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Cafe @ the Library

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Grand Arcade, Cambridge, England
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Showing 13: English reviews
Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow what a fab gem of a place they serve lovely food at good prices and the portions are also very good I love their soup.

Thank AngelaandRichard47
Belfast, United Kingdom
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452 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 166 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

A true cafe in the traditional style. simple menu with no frills, it's perfect for folk who are secure enough to not need to be 'cool'! Staff are old fashionedly formal so it's nice for the more mature among us. I guess it's more for locals than tourists, but the smart tourist will give it a go.

Thank UlsterFryNo1
Bodmin, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

On a very busy Easter Saturday my family and I wanted some where for lunch, as the usual places were very busy we went to the Library Cafe, been before but not for a while. Plenty of places to sit, there were 6 of us, although service was a bit slow the food was very good, lovely quiche, baked potato... More 

Thank Pat I
Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

In Cambridge for just a few months, I joined the library and received a voucher for a free coffee. That was my introduction to the café - a wee gem up on the third floor which I might well have missed. Now I have lunch here regularly. The café is spotlessly clean, the food is unpretentious (though admittedly the menu... More 

Thank Vaudoise750
Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

I am not sure I want to share this secret but the cafe in the library in Cambridge is great with good service and food cooked freely every day at a very reasonable price it is indead a Good place to go to have lunch when shopping in Cambridge.

1 Thank Marie E
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2015

Good place for a quick coffee,, very good cakes and good value quiche and salad. II love that it's in the library so can be combined with returning and borrowing books and just browsing, no pretensions just good value food

1 Thank Montezuma36
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2015

I went for a coffe yesterday before my cinema movie. I just love this bar its stunning on the inside. The service was good, the price ? well I guess they have to charge you a bit more as they are an independent coffe shop. Nice music, the toilets are awesome and very clean. I had a cappuccino and the... More 

1 Thank LaPaols2134
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67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2014

We had heard this was a pretty good place to come for a bite to eat and so popped in here to check it out while shopping in Cambridge. We found it to be clean and tidy with a fair selection of savoury and sweet eats available. To give you an example, we had 2 bacon and tomatoe baguettes (which... More 

2 Thank Ench1
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 November 2013 via mobile

Always call in here for lunch when in Cambridge. Food excellent and not too crowded as the tourists have not discovered this wonderful cafe. Great value and one can sit and people view from the window looking down into the Arcade.

1 Thank hattietyler
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116 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2013

Called in for lunch and had a delightful tuna and sweet corn quiche with salad. Very good value for money too.

Thank bapton

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, British
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Grand Arcade, Cambridge, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?