Classy contemporary bistro and wine bar opens in Cambridge
Auntie’s Tea Shop – a favourite with tourists and something of a local institution – closed its doors for the last time recently, but we’re pleased to report that something rather exciting has popped up in its place.
Now occupying no.1 St Mary’s Passage is The Senate – a classy and contemporary bistro and wine bar. With an interior characterised by dark wood surfaces and blue and white patterned tiles, The Senate gives off a distinctly modern Mediterranean vibe – a theme that extends to the menu too.
For lunch expect light dishes, like spiced sweet potato and feta salad, as well as a range of mouth-watering sandwiches with gourmet fillings (also available to take away). There will also be a range of healthy breakfasts, as well as morning favourites, like overnight oats and a signature full English breakfast.
But the main focus of The Senate’s food happens in the evenings, when you’ll be able to enjoy sumptuous sharing plates and raclette – a completely delicious concoction of melted cheese, boiled potatoes and ground black pepper, accompanied by small pickled onions and gherkins.
To drink, expect a selection of old-world wines sourced by Cambridge Wine Merchants to complement the menu, and a small but perfectly formed cocktail list featuring classics like Clover Club and Espresso Martini.
The Senate, which is named in honour of Cambridge University’s neighbouring Senate House building – is the brainchild of Oli Prevett, who brings years of experience in the hospitality industry and is fulfilling a lifelong ambition in opening his own venue. He’s got big plans for the future, including biweekly dining events like Bubbles Night, featuring a fizzy line-up of cava, brut and champagne, plus food and wine matching evenings. There’s also the inspired Fleetwood and Fondue evening – yes that’s melted cheese in your mouth and Fleetwood Mac in your ears, what more could you possibly want?
Stay tuned to Cambridge Edition for more details on events at The Senate.