There are so many reasons why talking business over lunch works. The change of scenery can work wonders for productivity as well as spark a new level of creativity and focus.

Cambridge is a popular haunt for business travellers, with professionals coming from near and far to access the thriving city’s corporate opportunities. Cambridge is also full of excellent eateries – which makes choosing one great restaurant to dine at for a business lunch rather difficult.

We’ve compiled a rundown of the best eateries for business lunches to help you find the perfect and most productive place to wine and dine your associates.

Riverside Restaurant

Based in Cambridge University’s University Centre, Riverside Restaurant offers high-quality produce and a creative menu of home-cooked dishes. It’s a popular choice with diners having a leisurely lunch and those enjoying more formal business lunches.

Riverside Restaurant boasts stunning views too, making it one of Cambridge’s best-kept secrets. The décor of the restaurant is refined and elegant, with its stunning tree-lined, riverside vista completing the experience.

Riverside’s lunch and dinner menus are very reasonably priced and no reflection of the high-quality cuisine crafted by their talented chefs.

St John’s Chop House

For traditional British food in a stylish and spacious setting, try St John’s Chop House. Unlike its sister restaurant, the Cambridge Chop House, St John’s specialises in business meetings, private dining, and large events.

St John’s Chop House is housed in a charming 17th-century building complete with rustic beams and wood burners. Diners booking a business lunch have the choice of three private dining rooms, as well as a table in their main restaurant.

Midsummer House

Midsummer House offers a private dining room that is perfect for larger business lunches. Suitable for between 7 and 12 guests, Midsummer House’s dining room is regularly used for corporate entertaining as well as lavish celebrations such as weddings, birthdays and family gatherings.

Whether you choose to dine in their private dining room or the main restaurant, you can enjoy a memorable setting, first-class service and fantastic food. Midsummer House is located just a 10-minute walk from our stunning serviced apartment development, Midsummer Mews.

La Mimosa

A popular dining spot for locals, La Mimosa is a hidden gem that deserves a mention. With more than 40 years of experience, the family-owned and run restaurant delivers the best Italian cuisine at lunch and dinner time. The result? A much-loved eatery that has a legion of five-star reviews. Cambridgeshire Live’s Abigail Rabbett recently reviewed the beautiful riverside eatery, here’s just a snippet of the positive things she had to say:

“Tucked away on Thompson’s Lane, the riverside restaurant has all the characteristics needed for the perfect dining spot… On the first impression, it was obvious that the family-run eatery exists to bring a slice of Italy to Cambridge. The welcoming staff and serene views of the river meant I could have easily been in Florence relaxing by the Arno.”

In addition to enjoying a range of delicious and authentic Italian dishes, the restaurant’s sophisticated décor makes it an ideal setting for professionals. Its idyllic location, on the banks of the River Cam, next to Jesus Green also makes dining al fresco a must during the summer months.

If your business lunch is a small part of a larger work trip, you’ll want to stay with us. Our outstanding serviced apartments ensure the highest quality accommodation for business travellers. Browse our portfolio of apartments today and book your next city stay.

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