This was one of our first projects, after relaunching our website. It’s a bit out of date – places open, close or change names. Feel free to email us your suggested updates and corrections.
This page is an attempt to list all of the pubs, cafés and restaurants in and around Cambridge’s Mill Road, with links to their websites, Facebook pages and Twitter feeds. Whilst many of these also sell take-away food, we’ve left out those which are only take-away establishments. We want you to linger along Mill Road, in places where you can sit down for a relaxed bite and/or a drink. Don’t rush off home; stay and explore the many delights of Mill Road – both sides of the bridge.
Click on each pub, café or restaurant’s address to open a map in a new window or tab.
Descriptions are garnered from each establishment’s own website, Facebook page, or from on-line reviews. They are not to be taken as a recommendation from Mill Road Bridges.
If we’ve missed out your pub, café or restaurant – or your favourite place to eat or drink – please leave a comment on this site, send us a direct message on Facebook, or Twitter, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sociable backstreet Cambridge pub. Selection of ciders, ales, craft beers and gins. Occasional Alex Garden Parties with acoustic live music, family entertainment and garden games.
Now open in the former Rockers steak bar and Kebabish premises.
Contemporary Indian Cuisine with a sophisticated twist.
Atithi’s menu features a Dawat menu (sharing options), Vegan & Vegetarian menus, 6 Course tasting menus, and an A la Carte. Atithi also offers a lunch menu at weekends.
With the tandoor oven at the heart of the kitchen, the menu draws inspiration from flavors and techniques used from all over India using the only finest and fresh ingredients.
Bedouin seats up to 60 people comfortably and to avoid disappointment we strongly advise you to book in advance, especially at weekends. Bedouin is a fully licensed restaurant stocking some great wines from around the world including some quality Algerian wines that complement the food very well. Bedouin is a sister establishment to Al Casbah.
Black Cat Cafe is located on Mill Rd over the bridge; a cosmopolitan and vibrant part of Cambridge. A local icon since opening in October 2005, Black Cat has been serving a variety of coffee, specialty tea, smoothies and an assortment of handmade cakes and savoury food.
Black Cat was established to bring the artisan style of food found in New Zealand and Australian cafes to Cambridge. As a consequence, it has become a rendezvous for Mill Rd locals and a haven for New Zealand and Australian ex-pats and travellers desperate for a good slice of handmade cake (some of which we now sell to cafes in London) and a properly made Flat White coffee.
And yes it is true, Black Cat brought the Flat White coffee to Cambridge in 2005. (Well, that’s what they claim – and who are we to argue?)
B.L.D’s Café Restaurant serve a variety of English and Turkish dishes at their restaurant including kebabs and jacket potatoes with an assortment of fillings.
Bravo Café & Patisserie
Now open, after refurbishment, in the former Bridge Café & Sandwich Bar premises.
Web, Facebook, Twitter links not found.
The Brook – a family friendly, community pub located in Cambridge, offering a traditional pub menu with lots of classic favourites, all freshly prepared.
There is always a great selection of real ales, lagers, fine wines and a great range of gins. We love live sports and have BT Sports on 5 large screen TV’s throughout our premises.
We always have something special on offer – keep warm by the fire when it is cold outside, while in summer you and the kids will enjoy our garden.
Café Blue Sage
“Cafe Blue Sage is that rare treasure, a truly authentic cafe on the bustling Mill Road, making the most delicious Turkish mezze from scratch for health conscious grazers. The delicate spinach parcels and the energy balls are a treat and not overtly sweet. A wonderful place to relax, eat delicious vibrant food and watch the world go by.”
Independent café (formerly Café de Paris) on the corner of Mawson Road.
We are a small batch brewery based just off Mill Road in the heart of Cambridge, founded by two brothers in 2014, who are intent on brewing a diverse range of beer inspired by the worlds eclectic beer styles.
The Cambridge Blue, Gwydir St. – Real Ale Paradise – 2012 & 2016 Cambridge CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year – 200+ Bottled World Beers, 80+ Single Malt Whiskies.
(Formerly Sweet & Spicy)
Cambridge Gourmet Grill is a Pizza, Burger and Chicken Restaurant & Takeaway, serving a wide range of delicious Pizza, Burgers and Chicken food and offering online ordering and table booking.
Carlos the kebab man is a Mill Road legend.
Established in 1997, Al Casbah has been passed down from father to sons who continue in the family tradition of serving fresh North African cuisine. With a warm and friendly atmosphere we cater for couples, families, group parties and special occasions. Enjoy our freshly made meze dips, grilled meats and fish which are cooked for you on a large open charcoal grill or if you fancy something different from our kitchen try the tagines and couscous we have to offer. The warm and vibrant interior with the draping tent will leave you feeling as though you have entered an ancient medina. Al Casbah is a sister establishment to Bedouin.
Once described in Les Routières as: “Un peu décentré.” Mill Road Bridges would say: “Very Mill Road.”
Cham Veg Snack Bar
Home-made vegan and vegetarian food
Website, Facebook, Twitter not found.
Fast-food chicken restaurant and take-away.
Cornerstone Café is a local place for local people to meet and chat over a nice cup of coffee and a freshly baked cake or biscuit. Also offering main meals, baked potatoes, sandwiches and snacks at affordable prices. Come try our delicious home-made cakes and meals made with love and help from our dedicated staff and helpers. Eat in or take away!
“Great little café and really good value. Breakfast is lovely and always comes piping hot and within 10 minutes of ordering. Staff are friendly and helpful. Chef always has a welcoming smile and always produces tasty food. Well recommended!”
The Devonshire Arms opened on Friday 22nd January 2010, and is Milton Brewery’s first Cambridge pub, selling a fine selection of real ales from Milton Brewery and other British microbreweries. Fewer events than heretofore.
The Dobblers is a traditional, sports mad, community ‘backstreet boozer’, with a loud, lively & friendly atmosphere, situated in a densely populated area of Cambridge, between the Grafton Centre, Beehive Centre and Mill Road. Regular Tuesday Quiz Nights, Wednesday Crib League & Darts League, Pool League on Thursdays, live sport on the TVs throughout the pub. Real Ales, ciders, lagers, pizzas, light bites and pub favourites.
A multi-award winning, thriving,community pub, a live music venue, and home to a fine range of Cask Marque ales, refreshing lagers, draught ciders, and absolutely lovely wines, that’s not forgetting a bar billiards room and swap library, a suntrap beer garden, delicious stone-baked pizzas.
Our Tuesday acoustic jam attracts some of the best musicians in Cambridge, there’s jam for Sundays called Jam Sandwich (because… why not!). For both jams, you’re more than welcome to come along simply to listen, or to play.
Then we have a lovely, relaxed open-mic night every Thursday courtesy of PluggedIn Events.
Finally, Saturday is our guest act night, and we’ve been blessed with some truly stunning performers. Plus we also hold occasional one day music festivals.
A few years ago, funding was awarded to build a recovery hub in Cambridge, a working café open to the public but with a recovery-based focus. The café forms a visible, public-facing demonstration of the possibility of recovery from substance misuse, generating opportunities both for people in recovery, and for the wider community.
Situated on the site of Brookfields Hospital, on our walls you’ll find a different artist in residence each month, and throughout the week we provide a wide programme of workshops and music, spoken word and interactive events that are open to all.
The Edge Café also offers a meeting room for commercial, community and charity hire at reasonable rates. The Hayman Room offers facilities that include broadband access, AV equipment and SMART board. A catering service is available for people using the meeting room.
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Regional winner for Best Spirits Pub of the Year 2012. Regional winner for Best Smoking Area 2012. Award from Great British Pub Awards by the Morning Advertiser. Regular quiz nights.
The Garden Kitchen, opened in 2014 by the team behind the Garden Café at the Botanic Garden, is proud to be one of Mill Road’s many independent traders. We carefully source ingredients to prepare rustic, hearty dishes. Some on the healthy side, others more indulgent. We are proud to say our packaging is 100% biodegradable including our coffee cup lids and salad pots, which are made from corn starch.
A backstreet pub in the heart of Cambridge specialising in quality real ales, innovative & exciting food on the ‘hot rocks’, live music & local art.
Gourmet Burger & Fries
Hot Numbers opened in 2011 just off Mill Road, on Gwydir Street – named in memory of Hot Numbers Record Store that traded for years on the adjacent Kingston Street.
The vision was for a space to combine good music and good coffee and a friendly meeting place for the locals.
Espresso, brewbar & roastery. Proper coffee, friendly staff, live jazz, gallery, real piano! Early and all-day brunches. Street-food available from selected partners on music nights.
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Independent pub with a sizable garden, serving locally-sourced dishes and hand-pumped real ales.
Lagona opened in July 2016, located on Mill Road Cambridge, situated in the lively and ethnically diverse mix of shops and eateries.
The owner envisioned bringing Lebanese cuisine and culture to Cambridge and Mill Road was naturally the perfect setting. The restaurant focuses on cooking with quality ingredients, providing great friendly service at an affordable price to best serve the locality.
Lagona also provides a separate area for Shisha for relaxing professionals and students alike.
Sister café to Lagona, above.
Seafood restaurant, featuring an open charcoal grill at the front where much of the fresh seafood dishes are prepared.
Compact Italian deli selling truffles, coffee, pizzas and of course limoncello.
Liutaio is a music café and music shop on Mill Road, Cambridge. Offering both Oriental and Western food and drinks, a fusion of old and new, where East meets West, and where people can enjoy live music performances along with great food and good company. Our music shop sells modern Classical and Baroque violins, violas, and cellos as well as their bows and accessories, and offers repairs and restoration.
Enjoy Live Music with your dinner on select evenings. We have a grand piano and many other stringed instruments.
Lively pub with a rustic vibe, with a large choice of real ales and traditional bar food.
Maurizio Dining & Co. is an Italian aperitivo and wine bar. Aperitivo and simple cicchetti (small hot/cold plates), tavolozza antipasti planks plus one daily main dish to enjoy with your red/white wines, Prosecco and Franciacorta. Pasta is always on the menu!
Freshly-cooked noodle dishes to eat in or take away.
Opened Saturday 21st July 2018 in the former Golden Curry premises
A lively new bar serving bespoke wines and Mediterranean-inspired small plates, Ony’s offers an eclectic wine menu sourced from independent wineries across Europe and beyond.
Mediterranean small plates have been designed to accompany the drinks, each dish will is made with locally sourced ingredients and comes with an unexpected Egyptian twist.
We pride ourselves on being at the very centre of the local community, providing a warm, welcoming atmosphere and acting as a hub for residents of the surrounding area. Quizes every Sunday at 7:30 pm.
Prana is a Indian restaurant sitting on Mill Road, Cambridge and at the corner plot along side Gwydir Street and opposite St Barnabas Road, 5 minutes away from the station and walking distance to the city centre. We are proud to be a part of the Mill Road community as well as in the heart of Cambridge’s multicultural destinations. National Award Winning Restaurant in Cambridge. Restaurant of the Year 2017, England. Best Indian Establishment 2016, Best Restaurant Design 2016.
Independent Record and Coffee Shop, Opened Autumn 2014 for Records and Recuperation. Regular live music.
Turkish/Arabic coffee, the mint tea, waffles and shisha.
Belgian inspired bar, with 7 Belgian Beers on tap, Moules Frites, and more!
We are the only Free-House on Mill Road, and the only bar in Cambridge offering 7 draught Belgian Beers. We also have 6 Real Ale lines and an excellent spirit and wine selection. All dishes on the menu are freshly prepared by Chef Richard Norden (formerly of the Back Street Bistro), including Belgian themed dishes and chef’s specials.
Our love comes in threes – think light crispy artisan pizza, bubbling one pots of comfort food & pints of beer crafted at our Bedfordshire brewery.
Samaan Restaurant recreate mouth-watering dishes, borrowed their families’ traditional recipes, as an inspiration to create menus for their much-loved and acclaimed Iraqi/Turkish restaurant.
Now open in the former Broadway Buttery premises
230 Mill Road
Cambridge’s Nº 1 alternative fishbar and restaurant. 🐟 Fish & Chips, fresh seafood, fully licensed. Eat in or takeaway.
“The Select Coffee Bar”
This isn’t the name of the establishment…
Moreover, at the request of the proprietor we are not publishing an image, nor a description, nor contact details nor the address of this coffee bar.
However we can say that, if you seek out this place, you’ll be assured of a friendly reception. Intrigued?
At the heart of the local community, a traditional local pub, with traditional pub grub, with something for everyone in Covent Garden (just off Mill Road). Regular quiz nights. Frequent music events, from rock’n’roll to punk to Celtic, to Christmas Carols, and more…
Cheap no-frills, friendly restaurant, frequented by many Chinese and Asian people.
Every single cake and biscuit we sell is hand-made and baked in small batches in our Cambridgeshire bakery. We do not use any mixes – everything is made from scratch using only natural ingredients.
Our eggs are free range from local farms, our flour is milled in Essex and our vegetables are from the Fens. In season, our fruit is from local farmers and our lavender is from Norfolk. We take the provenance of our ingredients extremely seriously.
Our wide range flows with the seasons – be it a light summer Lavender Cake or an autumn Bramley Apple and Cinnamon Cake. We also produce a delicious range of handmade biscuits.
We want to take abroad the tradition of Italian cuisine. We use all products coming from Italy, high quality products, selected to offer the best.
An independent tapas bar, described as “a little piece of Spain in Mill Road.”
“Classic but really great food and warm, welcoming service.”
The Larder is a cosy Coffee Shop and deli located in the heart of Cambridge’s eclectic Mill Road. All are welcome. We’re a friendly bunch. Come say, “Hi!”
Good quality coffee and tea are our staple, lovingly complimented with fresh food, toasties and cakes, all locally sourced. From oils, chutneys and jams to coffee beans and loose leaf tea and works from local artists, the shop is thoughtfully stocked with high quality, interesting items.
Late-night pub with a British menu; sports shown on 5 TV screens, focusing on including all Gaelic games and rugby; traditional Irish music every Monday night.
No-frills fast-food eatery offering pizza and spicy chicken to eat in or take away.
5 Blends Coffee House
Now open in the former Cambridge wine Merchants’ premises on the corner of Covent Garden, with a basement gallery.
No Facebook, or Twitter presence yet found.
“Chilled out atmosphere, excellent drinks, friendly service and great quality bar snacks when you can’t bring yourselves to leave for dinner.”
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