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Varsity Hotel
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Varsity Hotel – The sky’s the limit

Varsity Hotel

The Varsity Hotel & Spa on Thompson’s Lane is to launch an all-day skyline bar and restaurant, transforming its entire top tier into a new dining destination for the city and its residents.

Opening from the end of April to guests and locals alike, The Varsity is investing £2 million to launch the restaurant, which is projected to add at least 40 jobs to the local economy.

The 120 cover bar and restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a weekend brunch offering. It will be housed on the sixth floor, below the hotel’s iconic rooftop garden but unlike the popular space above, it will be open all year round, in response to huge customer demand.

Floor to ceiling windows throughout and two spectacular terraces will provide diners with a breath-taking panorama of historic Cambridge and its beautiful architecture, from St John’s College spires to the lush green of Midsummer Common and the sight of punts gliding down the picturesque River Cam.

The Varsity’s unparalleled views have attracted a number of A-listers over the years, including the Beckhams, Daniel Craig, Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Irons, Ralph Fiennes as well as the families of Royal Households. Now everyone will be able to enjoy these incredible sights whilst dining.

The new bar and restaurant will complement the well-established restaurant, The River Bar Steakhouse & Grill, which is committed to serving the most tender, full flavoured steak, only using the finest prime beef, aged for 28 days.

Roberto Pintus, General Manager of The Varsity, said:

“We are extremely pleased to announce the launch of a brand new bar and restaurant in Cambridge. This opening will add at least 40 jobs to the local economy and will provide the city with a brand new dining destination and a completely new offering, giving both locals and our hotel guests incredible food and beautiful views in equal measure.”

Since its launch, the independently owned Varsity Hotel & Spa has been a popular destination for holiday makers and travellers wanting to experience Cambridge in luxury and style.  The riverside location, rooftop terrace, outstanding restaurant, full-service spa and the modern décor combine to make this hotel amongst the most luxurious and well-appointed in Cambridge.

Ideally situated in the centre of Cambridge, guests are truly immersed in the culture and charm of local life from the moment they arrive; The Varsity hotel is the perfect base for punting, shopping, sight-seeing and nightlife.

The Varsity is positioned in the heart of Cambridge’s community, regularly hosting unique and innovative events that can be enjoyed by both guests and locals. The River Bar’s steak and wine master class is legendary in the city and provides a gastronomic crash course in this classic culinary pairing from the restaurant’s expert suppliers. In summer 2012, the hotel hosted The Skyline Cinema, a pop up movie theatre, on its rooftop and in 2013, The Varsity has teamed up with the Cambridge Astronomical Association to hold astronomy master classes.


The Glassworks Health Club is located in the adjoining building and provides a cutting-edge health club with state-of-the-art gym equipment and yoga, pilates, aerobics and spinning classes on site.  All hotel guests receive complimentary membership to The Glassworks during their stay.

The Spa is comprised of a beautiful Jacuzzi that overlooks the river, a sauna and steam room and eight private rooms offering treatments from facials and massage to Jessica nail treatments and Aveda hairdressing.  The spa has devised bespoke indulgence days taking in everyone’s needs from ‘Rejuvenation’ packages to ‘Total Time Out for Men’ and ‘Prenatal Pampering’ for expectant guests. For the ultimate in in-room luxury, the spa can bring treatments to the suites. Guests are advised booking in advance to avoid disappointment.

The design concept is modern British, juxtaposing the traditional with cutting-edge elements throughout the hotel’s six floors.  All interior design elements combine fabrics and wallpapers from Colefax and Fowler, Osborne and Little, Farrow and Ball and other established British names.  Although each room is individual, guests can expect to see strong patterned wallpapers from Nineteenth Century English cotton print or botanical influences, solid oak flooring throughout each room, sandstone bathrooms with monsoon showers and some with free standing Victorian baths.

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