£2million restaurant creates new jobs in Cambridge


The Varsity Hotel & Spa on Thompson’s Lane is to launch an all-day skyline eatery, transforming its entire top tier into a new dining destination for the city and its residents. Opening from the end of April, The Varsity is investing £2 million to launch the restaurant, which is projected to add at least 40 jobs to the local economy.


The 120 cover restaurant and bar will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a weekend brunch offering. It will be housed on the sixth floor, below the hotel’s iconic rooftop garden but unlike the popular space above, it will be open all year round, in response to huge customer demand.

Floor to ceiling windows throughout and two spectacular terraces will provide diners with a breath-taking panorama of historic Cambridge and its beautiful architecture, from St John’s College spires to the lush green of Midsummer Common and the sight of punts gliding down the picturesque River Cam.

The Varsity’s unparalleled views have attracted a number of A-listers over the years, including the Beckhams, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes as well as the families of Royal Households. Now everyone will be able to enjoy these incredible sights whilst dining.

The new eatery will complement the well-established restaurant, The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill, which is committed to serving the most tender, full flavoured steak, only using the finest prime beef, aged for 28 days.

Roberto Pintus, General Manager of The Varsity, says: “We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of a brand new restaurant in Cambridge. This opening will add at least 40 jobs to the local economy and will provide the city with a brand new dining destination and a completely new offering, giving both locals and our hotel guests incredible food and beautiful views in equal measure.”


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