After a busy busy summer and lots of stress, Jezz and I decided to take a few days off and go on a mini adventure somewhere. After throwing around a couple of options, we finally settled on Cambridge after it had come up in conversation that neither of us had actually ever been there. Well, I had once been about 4 years ago for a conference with work, but the most I saw was the sights whizzing past as a taxi took me places. On so many occasions at work I am asked about Cambridge and what it is like, so finally I would be able to find out for myself!
On Monday we woke around 9 am and headed to the car rental place to pick up our trusty steed for the next few days. A rather comfy silver BMW (free upgrade thank you sir) and off we went. It took us around 3 hours to reach Cambridge after a bit of dithering at a service station and some slow traffic a la M25 slowed us down but we reached Cambridge just after 2 pm.
We stayed at CB1 apartments, which we booked through booking.com. Rather than it being a hotel it was a self-catering apartment which was perfect for us.
It was a one-bedroom flat, on a quite modern and fancy square which was around 30 minutes walk from the historical part of Cambridge.
It was also literally about 5-minutes to a shopping area which had a huge Asda, HomeSense, Hobbycraft, TK Maxx, Toys’R’Us and lots of other shops. The apartment also had secure underground parking included which as a definite plus. As we were within walking distance of everything the car was parked up when we arrived and stayed there until we left.
On the first day we got ourselves settled into the apartment and then went and had a wonder around the shops close by. Spent some money in HomeSense on silly things for the house (another large wooden cat to join Gerald the existing wooden cat Jezz bought me a few years ago) and Jezz bought a bag for work. (Terribly exciting eh?) We then headed out for dinner to the recommended CB2 restaurant close by.
We were really happy that we chose to eat here, it is a somewhat unsuspecting place from outside and if honest we probably would have walked straight past it if we didn’t have it recommended. It was a little bit cafe like in appearance and we were not sure if we should sit/wait/stand etc. However, after some awkward British dithering we sat and were served.
The food was certainly pretty good. We had mini fish cakes and asparagus wrapped in smoked salmon to start. The fish cakes were really delicious I enjoyed those, the asparagus and salmon was interesting. I love both of these flavours but I am just not sure they go together. Jezz enjoyed it though.
For our mains I chose the Tuna Steak with bruschetta tomato, rocket, orange dressing and spicy chips and it was divine! Jezz had Milanese Chicken breast, salad and spicy chips which was also very good (but not as exciting – essentially a giant good quality chicken nugget!) A bottle of Prosecco washed it all down. A lovely meal all in all and quite reasonably priced. The service was also very good.
After our meal we decided that we would catch a late viewing of the new Mission Impossible movie, with a couple of hours to kill we went to a nice little bar/cafe called The Snug where we had a coffee and an Aperol Spritz.
The movie was okay, a typical Mission Impossible film – very bangy crashy and fun.
We headed back to the apartment afterwards and crashed out. I slept really well in a very comfy bed.
On Tuesday we headed into the historical part of Cambridge and walked around the beautiful streets. The sun shone for the morning and we sat outside a nice Italian restaurant at lunchtime.
After lunch we went for a punting tour, when then heavens opened. We got soaked! It pretty much rained solidly from that point until we left on Thursday.
The tour was great fun, and the guide seemed pretty knowledgeable. He shared a great little bit of information that when Prince Charles attended Cambridge University his bodyguard also did the same degree and come results day the bodyguard actually got a better grade than Prince Charles. While Prince Charles got a 2:2 his bodyguard came away with a 2:1!
After the punting tour we went to The Anchor Pub (the first pub that Pink Floyd played their first gig we were informed) for an Irish Coffee to warm up and we went for a little wonder around the shops.
Quite soggy at this point and starting to get hungry we headed back towards the apartment via another recommended place, this time a pub that did food cooked on hot rocks called The Geldart. It was delicious! We shared pork loin, and fillet steak, salad, vegetables, chips and wedges and washed it down with another bottle of Prosecco.
We headed back to the apartment and watched some Netflix and relaxed.
Part two coming soon….