New owners and a new menu full of temptations
More good news for the local dining scene as the celebrated Restaurant 22 reopens its doors this month under new ownership and with a new menu bursting with tempting dishes. Taking this treasured eaterie forward into its new chapter are Cambridge couple Samuel Carter and Alexandra Olivier, who are keen to build on the excellent reputation of the restaurant while giving it a new lease of life. A refurbishment inside has seen the building – a distinctive Victorian townhouse on Chesterton Road – refreshed while making the most of beautiful original features including the stained glass and fireplace. They have also added a new private dining space, The Chesterton Room.
Food-wise, we’re in good hands with head chef Sam, who’s worked in numerous Michelin starred kitchens including Hambleton Hall and Gordon Ramsey’s Maze. Inspired by the seasons, the menu will be updated regularly but include dishes like braised lamb shoulder with sheep’s yoghurt, carrots and mint, or roasted Cornish cod with lentils and sherry vinegar.
“Restaurant 22 is a really special place and we are very excited to be taking the helm of a historic bit of Cambridge,” he comments. “Armando has provided a fantastic dining experience over the last decade, so we have some big shoes to fill, but we are confident in the challenge.”
“Our style of food is best described as ‘creative seasonal British with a twist’” continues Sam. “It’s exciting and inventive but delicious and fulfilling. We will have a big emphasis on the best, seasonal ingredients, using local produce wherever possible; Cambridgeshire has some of the best suppliers and we fully intend to use them.”
Bookings are being taken from 24 March.