Cambridge is certainly known for its ‘bests’. It’s home to some of the UK’s best academic institutions, architecture, research, and in our humble opinion, cuisine. It’s no wonder, really, as the city attracts a diverse pool of the world’s greatest minds, hailing from foodie cultures all around the globe.
But once you’re done punting on the Cam and taking in the history that seeps from the city’s winding cobbled streets, you might be too tired to head out for a spot of fine dining. Thankfully, the best takeaways in Cambridge are only a stone’s throw away. Here are five of our top Cambridge takeaway recommendations.
Best Italian Takeaways
Pasta Evangelists has taken to the streets of Cambridge. That’s right — our very own pasta makers walk among bustling groups of academics and budding restaurateurs, delivering restaurant-quality pasta to your doorstep.
We operate all across Cambridge so that when you’re after a late-night study snack or a delicious midweek pick-me-up, help is only ever a few clicks away. And available in as little as 15 minutes.
Or, if you’re looking to spruce up your mealtimes with a home-cooking experience, trade in your supermarket ready meal for a freshly assembled recipe kit. With next-day delivery, we can ship out everything you need to prepare an artisanal Italian dish from the comfort of your own kitchen.
That includes freshly made pasta, a delicious sauce of your choosing, and a selection of our carefully curated accompaniments. This is Italian takeaway in Cambridge done right.
From one Italian icon to another, Aromi offers a slice of Sicilian cuisine to the streets of Cambridge. If you’re feeling more pizza than pasta, this humble café will deliver a rustic sourdough selection to your front door. Aromi serves up satisfying rectangles of margherita, capricciosa, piccante and more, including vegan options.
The menu also features an array of focaccia, arancini and sweet treats hailing from il bel paese, baked just how they would be in a proper Sicilian patisserie. Enjoy tartine, biscotti cioccolato and cannoli to your heart’s content.
Best Indian Takeaways
The kitchen at Tawa takes inspiration from ayurveda, an ancient approach to medicine that aims to harmonise the body and mind. After all, that’s what any good takeaway does — fills your belly and puts a smile on your face. Tawa’s menu is made up of light, well-balanced meals, offering an eclectic assortment of veggie, meat and fish-based dishes.
From paneer to Persian pomegranate, delectable pan-Asian ingredients are never far away. Reviewers of this Cambridge takeaway have heaped praise on mains like the Cochin prawn curry, Mysore lamb and courgette kofta.
The Taj Tandoori sits on Cherry Hinton Road, where it first swung open its doors back in 1986. Since then, the restaurant has been serving the people of Cambridge with delicious Indian fare and a healthy dose of hospitality. And that’s just what you’ll get if you order in, too — with large portion sizes and complementary dishes sealing the deal for this classic Indian takeaway.
But don’t take our word for it. At the time of writing, Taj Tandoori is the #1-rated restaurant in the whole of Cambridge, according to TripAdvisor. Select from staple takeaway dishes like korma, tikka masala or madras, or spice things up with any of the street snacks that nab your fancy — from pulled lamb samosas to Bangladeshi popcorn dall.
Best British Takeaway
Bread & Meat
No best Cambridge takeaway list would be complete without a mention of Benet Street’s famous Bread & Meat. The British-fusion street food eatery is loved by students and locals alike, who enjoy its tasty sandwiches and generous bowl options delivered or eaten in.
Bread & Meat offers a unique medley of dishes drawing inspiration from either side of the pond. On one hand, you’ll find English countryside staples like topside of British beef, porchetta pork middle and roast mixed veg, while on the other, you have Philly cheese steak and poutine — a rarity for British takeaway menus. The common attribute that links them, however, is the quality. Fill your boots at Bread & Meat.