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Published May 6th 2014
I am not sure how I would describe the 'English Breakfast' served at The University Arms Hotel in Cambridge. After much thought, a few words come to mind: minimalistic, simple and sparse.
Don't get me wrong, but when I think of a 'Full English Breakfast' I think of two slices of toast, not a circular comical cut out of bread (not even toast) crispy bacon, sausages, fried/ poached eggs, mushrooms, hashbrowns, baked beans and sometimes even black pudding. I am not sure if this venue got the memo, or they were catering for a more elderly audience, but their breakfast was not much to write home about.
My partner and I stayed at The University Arms Hotel in Cambridge for a weekend getaway and we couldn't fault the venue in terms of its service, extra special attention (we received a bottle of wine, chocolates and sweets) and beautiful rooms. That said, it does pain me a little that their breakfast doesn't seem to reach the benchmark that the rest of the hotel exceeds.
The standout was actually the bacon, it was crispy which is what you want your bacon to be. My eggs were poached perfectly and my mushrooms were sautéed well. I am not sure what to say about the brown bread, other than it was bread and not toast.
The venue allows non-guests to pay ten quid to join in their breakfast buffet. If you are after something light then this is a goer, however if you are after a 'Full English Breakfast' I would suggest you look elsewhere.