Grantchester has a distinct air of Englishness and the Rupert Brooke pub and restaurant fits in very nicely indeed. The food is good old fashioned fare with a modern twist - we're talking mashed potato and al dente vegetables. If you find yourself hungry in Grantchester, the Rupert Brooke is a good place for a bite to eat.
This pub/restaurant caters for a variety of needs from
We went for the 'slow confit pork belly with crackling' from the A La Carte menu and '8oz rib eye steak', from the bar menu
afternoon tea to traditional home cooked meals, all in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The interior is simple but effective. The wooden tables sit amidst the warm wood and magnolia decor, giving an inviting and clean feel to the place. We went for the 'slow confit pork belly with crackling' from the A La Carte menu and '8oz rib eye steak', from the bar menu
We went to The Rubert Brooke on a weekday night at around 8.30pm, at which time the restaurant was fairly quiet. If you're looking for a livelier buzz then it's best to go at the weekend, especially on a sunny day when everyone flocks to Grantchester. On a weekday it is quiet, unhurried and perfect for an after work bite - especially on one of those days when you don?t wish to cook for yourself but want something wholesome to munch.
The menu mainly offers what it describes as 'Modern British' cuisine. Starters and puddings cost between £5-7, while main courses range from £10-17. You can get a glass of house wine for as little as £3.50 but the bottles range up to about £50 for something a bit special. The ale was a reasonably priced £3.25 and there were three on tap to choose from. As one might expect from a traditional menu, there isn't a massive choice for vegetarians and the main courses are of the meat and veg style served with potatoes in various forms. We went for the 'slow confit pork belly with crackling' from the A La Carte menu and '8oz rib eye steak', from the bar menu. The waiter was friendly and patient and struck the right balance between attentiveness and allowing us time to chat. The food was served quickly, steaming hot and was well presented. It was tasty but perhaps a little pricey for a mid-week meal.
The pork was cooked well and was wonderfully tender. It was served with creamy mashed potatoes, crackling and steamed but still crunchy broccoli. It was doused in a rich gravy that really added a meaty flavour to the meal. The rump steak, ordered rare, was just a little overcooked and perhaps a little overpriced. However it was nicely presented on the plate with the chips stacked up beside it like a miniature golden wall and the salad tossed in a vinaigrette dressing. The meal was somewhat dry as the there was no sauce at all and perhaps a good homemade mayonnaise would have complimented the dish. However, all this, combined with a freshly tossed salad, left us feeling very well fed and generally replete.
After spending the evening there, I can confidently say that if you're looking for some nicely presented comfort food in a pleasant environment, then this is the place for you.