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Lunch and Dinner

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Afternoon Tea

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Cocktails, Gins, Wines & Spirits

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Weekend Brunch and Sunday Roast

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Private Dining, Parties & Events

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The Roof Terrace

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The Times, 16th September 2017


"Sweeping views across the college turrets and church spires of Cambridge are to be had from the brilliant rooftop bar at this well-located hotel."

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Daily Express, 15th July 2017


"Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with the whole works, washed down with a classic summertime cocktail as you take in the superb view over St John's College spires"

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The Daily Telegraph Online, 7th April 2017


"Located in the heart of Cambridge, overlooking the river Cam and just yards from St. John’s College, The Varsity Hotel's spa underwent a major renovation last year."

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The Daily Star, 23rd January 2017


"With the bar and kitchen in the centre of Six, all the seating is around the edges, so you can continue to savour the views when you take your seat for dinner."

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American Way Magazine, January 2017


"Right next to the river, across from medieval Magdalene College, this Luxe boutique sleep in UK’s historic university city has classic-chic suites furnished by Liberty and a rooftop terrace with the best views in town"

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Vogue Magazine Online, 2nd December 2016


"It's location is unbeatable being a leisurely 5 minutes stroll away from the Market Square, Kings College Chapel and the River Cam"

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Velocity Magazine, December 2016


"A big draw for this hotel has always been the rooftop terrace"

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Star Magazine, 29th November 2016


"The Varsity Hotel and Spa is a boutique bolthole with a great central location on the edge of the river and a stone’s throw from several of the colleges"

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TV Life Magazine, 13th November 2016


"Treat yourself to a pamper in the heart of historical Cambridge"

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2016


"We have sundowner G&Ts on the roof then stroll down a floor to dinner at a table with a view to King's College"

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The Guardian Online, April 2016


"The Varsity Hotel is in the perfect location, both for the start of scenic runs, and for exploring the town more generally…The higher floors have spectacular views – I stayed in a corner room on the fifth floor, with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, and actually uttered a rather stunned “wow!” when I walked in"

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Ok! Magazine, October 2015


"The hotel has welcomed A-listers including David and Victoria Beckham, Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Irons and Ralph Fiennes, and members of the Royal Family"

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Ok! Magazine, May 2015

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Reader’s Digest Magazine, September 2014


The Varsity hotel, Cambridge, takes in one of Britain’s most impressive and historic skylines

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Harper’s Bazaar Magazine website, 30th May 2014


Harper's Bazaar Magazine Travel Editor, Sasha Slater, informs readers that she enjoyed a "really superb rib-eye steak with Hollandaise sauce at the hotel's Riverbar Steakhouse & Grill overlooking the Cam" before heading to "the very New York-style rooftop bar on top of the hotel" where she "had an expertly mixed Negroni while watching the sun set".

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Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, 31st March 2014


“Astroturf-green underfoot and scattered with planter boxes, wicker chairs and smart sofas, this truly splendid sixth-floor rooftop terrace has a spectacular panorama of the old colleges further down the River Cam”

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The Sun, 1st February 2014


“The Varsity itself is a wonderfully stylish boutique hotel in the heart of the city”

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Radio Times Magazine, 1st October 2013


“The Varsity is a trendy and welcoming place to eat, sleep, drink and be pampered”

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MSN, 8th July 2013


“Cookery and astronomy come together in Cambridge in August at the Varsity Hotel and Spa”

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Daily Mail Online, 6th June 2013


“A modern, six-story boutique hotel a stone’s throw from the Magdalene Bridge”

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Daily Star, 18th May 2013


“We marvelled at the 360 degree view of the whole city, including the River Cam and Queen Victoria’s much-loved Bridge of Sighs.”

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Sunday Mirror, 12th May 2013


“Boutique hotel feels like a modern enterprise restored in a historic building” where “everything is designed for maximum space and light.”

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Velvet Magazine, May 2013 issue


“If I could have captured and bottled the glorious feeling we experienced after visiting the spa, I'm sure I would be a millionaire.”

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Condé Nast Traveller Magazine June 2013


"The terrace is 'truly splendid', with a 'spectacular panorama of the old colleges further down the Cam'.”

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InStyle Magazine Website, January 2013


"Warm, happy feeling... when I was shown to my room", due to its "spectacular views, a huge comfy bed and a luxurious bathroom... Perfection."

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Your London Magazine, January 2013


"A luxury option for a romantic weekend getaway."

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Flybe Uncovered, July/August 2012


"One of the classiest boutique hotels in the city."

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Velocity, in-flight publication for CityJet, July 2012


"A bastion of secret opulence in the heart of Cambridge, the triumph of The Varsity is that it showcases the surrounding city to perfection. With its home-from-home atmosphere, spot-on service and luxurious rooms."

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Easy Jet Magazine, May 2012


"Small-but-perfectly formed example of understated opulence."

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The Daily Mail Weekend, April 2012


"Perfect place to while away a weekend."

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Caterer and Hotelkeeper Magazine, January 2012


"Hotspots 10 Best Designs of the year."

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The Daily Mail Online, 22nd November 2011


"I hit the jackpot with a seafood platter of the tastiest salmon, swordfish and king prawns."

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The Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2011


"Small but perfectly formed The Varsity spa is perfect for city breaks, and in need of a quick fix for pampering."

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Vogue Blog, May 2011


"The terrace of this sweet - and centrally located - hotel gives unparalleled 360-degree view of the city's historic skyline."

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Fabric Magazine, January 2011


"Rarely have we experienced such terrific service."

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Red Online, December 2010


"Why go? For great views, a great spa and great grub."

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The Times, 9th October 2010


"The fabulous view across the rooftops and spires of Cambridge... the tall windows had made it feel like the whole city had opened up."

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Quintessentially Insider, Sept 2010


"This would all count for little were it not for the genuinely helpful and keen staff, whose dedication to making your stay a welcome and happy one is a delight."

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Glamour Magazine Online, Sept 2010


"In a perfect world, we'd spend all of our lives in boutique hotels - but in the real world, they're often beyond our budgets. Until now: enter The Varsity Hotel & Spa in Cambridge."

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Company Magazine, Sept 2010


"Easily the nicest staff at any hotel I have ever been to, friendly and helpful during out stay. The location of the hotel is fantastic."

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Customer Reviews

“WOW!”
Really, wow! The views are stunning, I think it’s safe to say there isn’t a bad table in the place, because of the panoramic views and huge windows. The best margarita I’ve ever had was followed by the best vegetarian dish (cheese and aubergine). The menu doesn’t look like it will blow you away, but the food does. Fantastic garlicky garlic bread…in fact, everything we ordered was amazing. There are a lot of great places in Cambridge, but this is a complete winner and we will definitely return. As an added bonus, the birthday boy got a free drink. Nice touch!

–Jouette63
Suffolk, United Kingdom

“Afternoon Tea at SIX”
We were given an afternoon tea. Voucher for our golden wedding anniversary from the moment we arrived we were made to feel special and the food was amazing a truly great experience.

–Carol_1uk
Cambridge, United Kingdom

“Best Food in Town”
The food is amazing! I had the lasagna and my partner the steak and we were delighted! The food tastes so fresh! The staff was super friendly as well!
The restaurant has a nice view also, all in all i would definitely recommend!

–Alexandra19080

“Lovely Evening Dinner and Drinks”
Beautiful setting, on top of the Varsity hotel, has an amazing roof bar where we had cocktails before going down to eat. No bad table in the house ours overlooked the river and university others over the green. My lamb was perfect and side dishes were generous. My husband went for the flat iron which he had trouble finishing. Couldn’t face dessert so we did a nutella martini and new york something both delicious and not too heavy. We went back up to the roof bar to finish our evening. Lovely informal evening.

–jennyklein
Cambridge, United Kingdom

“Superb Saturday Lunch Party”
We enjoyed our anniversary lunch for sixteen in the Six restaurant on a busy Saturday in April. Attentive staff. Delicious food – generous portions, well cooked, served simultaneously. Our guests enjoyed an imaginative range of cocktails, mocktails and wines.
We would like to express our appreciation for help in arranging our celebration, and comfortable overnight accommodation, to Tariq Mahmoud (Manager) and Gemma White, (Events Manager). On the day Paula, (Restaurant Manager) guided our choice of wines and ensured everything went to plan.
This is a lovely venue to which we will certainly return.

–Virginia Y
Weston Turville, Aylesbury

“Best Cocktails in Cambridge, PERFECT date place”
If your a fan of Sex and the city you will love this place. We had a lovely evening here today. My friend booked as she’d been to the roof bar before and said it was classy. We had a warm welcome from the receptionist who led us to the bar, we ordered two burlesque martini’s. Was worth navigating the tricky stairs for the views from outdoor terrace though it was a bit cold. Headed back down to a busy bar, service was quick though could do with being a bit quicker. We did an appletini and honey daiquiri which were good. Didn’t have the appetite for mains so shared starters, crab avocado salad, burrata and mussels with truffle chips. Good size portions. We finished off back at the bar met some lovely guys from London and ended up doing a few more rounds. Perfect night out would recommend.

–tessapowell27
Cambridge, United Kingdom

“Afternoon Tea is Truly Sensational”
We visited SIX for Afternoon Tea to celebrate my girlfriends birthday. The host, Tariq, took note of the special occasion and wished her Happy Birthday on arrival, which was a really nice touch! We were given a beautiful table by the window, with a truly stunning view of Cambridge. The waiting staff were very friendly and polite, when showing us to the table, taking our orders and explaining the choices of tea. The tea! Such a fantastic, bespoke selection, with sample to smell to get an idea of how they would taste. I went for Granny’s Kitchen, which had a flavour reminiscent of some distant childhood boiled sweet, something I could not put my finger on, but was a welcome and refreshing change! The afternoon tea itself was fantastically presented, with very tasty finger sandwiches, fresh scones with cream and jam, and finally some fantastic freshly made cakes, which were just amazing! We partook of a cocktail or two in the bar and on the roof terrace. What a fantastic addition to the Cambridge summer this place is! We had a wonderful day between spa treatments at the glassworks spa (part of the same hotel), the afternoon tea at SIX and drink on the roof (special thanks to Sophie and Kirk for booking us in!). I’ll be telling everyone that this is the place to visit in Cambridge! Great staff. Great food. Great all round!

–Vallabell

“Another Lovely Visit”
Great ambiance, great food and friendly helpful staff. Enjoyed a lovely sunny evening starting with cocktails then a lovely dinner, nothing chosen disappointed. The beetroot and goats cheese was both very generous and delicious, the steaks were very tasty and the apple and belly pork delicious. Great choice of cocktails as ever, lovely ambiance. felt valued as a local who visit either for just drinks or dinner in six or the steakhouse by a nice chat with, Tariq who was in charge of customer services for hotel . Always a good evening and look forward to our next visit.

–969nikki
Cambridge, United Kingdom

“Great Food and Cocktails in a Relaxed Place”
We went as a group on Friday night and all tried the cocktails and different things on the menu. I went for the vegetarian option halloumi with aubergines. My boyfriend had the flat iron steak which was huge and my brother had the pork belly with spinach. Portion sizes are generous. Highlight of the evening was our attempt to drink around the world, Cuba libre, Manhattan, Singapore sling etc .I played it safe with a Nutella martini which was delicious. Menu is reliable with all the classics. Good choice for a fun night.
–pyork7876
Cambridge, United Kingdom

“Amazing Views and Cocktails”
This bar is by far my favourite in Cambridge, classy and elegant, stunning views and cocktails were good too, staff are helpful and friendly.

–Stephanie L

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