Browns Cambridge – Dining with Tradition

This week City Connect is reporting on one of the finest and most famous of all Cambridge restaurants: Browns Restaurant. Browns is situated on leafy Trumpington street in central Cambridge and thus easily reachable by anyone from in and outside of Cambridge. Some of our writers went for an evening at this fine establishment and were very impressed as they enjoyed a fantastic evening at Browns. Thus, our City Connect writer Sebastian Müller wrote a review on this fine brasserie.

The great establishment is in a converted wing of the former building of Addenbrooke’s hospital which opened in 1766. Browns has a restaurant and also a famous bar which attracts people from all over the city. The cocktail menu of the bar is huge and the Bloody Mary has reached cult status in Cambridge. Click here for the lush drinks menu. The bar is ideal for a night out with friends and the restaurant has a great atmosphere suitable for small and big gatherings.

Browns offers great food for all tastes including vegetarian food and hearty meat dishes. The food is prepared beautifully and served with style.

Piano Evenings

Concomitant with a great menu and lovely atmosphere, Browns also offers music nights which give your evening such an additional nice feel.Three times a week Browns offers great live piano-playing  – the perfect accompaniment for drinks and dinner. A pianist will be playing at the following times during the week:

Wednesday: 7 – 10pm
Thursday: 7 – 10pm
Friday: 7 – 10pm

Private room booking

Browns also offers private room bookings and the rooms are stunning. We had the pleasure to see the rooms when the staff showed us around. The rooms are ideal for any medium sized gatherings and can be reserved all week long

The Menu

The menu is lush and has a fine choice of great foods. Here’s a selection of our recommended favourites which we tried before:

Warmed Foccacia

  • Prepared with baked tomatoes, garlic and herbs and served with balsamic olive oil.
Fish Platter
  • Consisting of prawn cocktail, crispy squid, crab and lobster croquettes, salmon pâté, wakame, herb focaccia, garlic cream and tartare sauce.
Baked Camembert
  • Prepared with rosemary and garlic, served with grapes and crusty bread.

Meat Platter

  • Consisting of Gloucestershire smoked beef, prosciutto, chorizo, homemade Scotch egg, herb focaccia, picante peppers and fruit chutney.

Roasted supreme of salmon

  • Served with a lemon and spinach risotto, chargrilled asparagus, crispy capers and basil oil.

Steak frites

  • A 6oz sirloin steak served with a lemon, parsley and peppercorn butter, confit tomato, watercress and seasoned chips.

If you want to see the whole menu, please click here.

Our recommendations

Please read below some quotes from our City Connect writers on Browns:

“When I first entered the restaurant, I had to look around and up the ceiling in awe. What a place! The whole place was vibrant and full of buzz. The decor was extraordinary and the whole place has a very welcoming and warm feel to it. The ceiling is very high rising and gives a great feeling of space. We were greeted by friendly staff straight away who organised a table for us to dine. We had to wait a few minutes as the restaurant was busy, but we grabbed a drink from the bar and set on a nice little table with our aperitifs. 10 minutes later we were seated by one of the friendly staff. The menu was impressive and yet not too pricey. The selection of dishes was very good and some seemed exotic. The service was great and we had a fantastic meal. I personally enjoyed the roasted supreme of salmon for my main course and it was beautifully prepared. The dessert menu was also very impressive and we had an awesome sticky toffee pudding.”

“Wow! When I entered the building I really knew that I wanted to dine here. The staff were so friendly and I loved the atmosphere. I tried one of the famous Bloody Maries and it came with a whole Celery stalk. What an awesome way of serving and a great way to start off the evening.”

“I had never been to Brown’s before and absolutely loved it straight from the beginning. The seating areas outside gave a great welcoming feel and once we entered through the revolving doors I was astounded by the atmosphere of the restaurant. We entered a huge hall with amazing decor and were greeted by friendly staff straight away. I will never forget this evening.”

We highly recommend Browns as a restaurant and a bar and hope you will have as fabulous an evening as we had.

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About Sebastian Müller

Sebastian Müller was born and raised in Leipzig/Germany and moved to England as an adolescent. He is a trained research chemist and geneticist and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Curie in Paris/ France working in cancer research. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge and is still actively involved at the university today. He is fluent in English, German and French and has many fortés and interests including science, philosophy, linguistics, history, competitive sports such as rowing, fitness and nutrition. He is a freelance writer also drawing from his experience as an author in peer-reviewed scientific journals. "I love writing and putting my thoughts down on paper. The written word to me is one of the most powerful ways of conveying thoughts and initiating discussions."
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