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Clowns Cafe

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54 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN, England
+44 1223 355711
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Newmarket, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I decided to go for the lunch deal; salad, pasta, pudding and a drink. I ended up taking a slice of the apple pie home! Lovely pasta & coffee.

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Suffolk
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Myself and my twin sons aged 16 had a super cooked breakfast at Clowns, on Friday February 17th. We had to be at Jesus College for an open day, by 11a.m. ,so travelled into the city for breakfast rather than eat at our hotel on the outskirts. Michaela was on her own, but soon cooked up an excellent fried breakfast... More 

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Thank IsobelSuffolk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

This is the sort of place you don't find many of anymore, a traditional cafe with good Italian food and old fashioned wooden decor. Luckily off the main drag in Cambridge so a hidden secret. Typical Italian fair but good portions and good value. Good coffee. Good space. Wifi available. Interesting toilet with seats outside the frosted window. Definitely recommended.

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Thank Jennifer P
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

In a city of costa coffee, Starbucks and mediocre food, Clowns is an oasis of great homemade fare and the best cappuccino in the east of England. Jenny and her sister are always ready with a wonderful and warm welcome and one visit makes you a regular! What a fabulous and wonderful place. Love it!

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Thank Anthony A
Nepal
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

And as a cafe it is one of the best places we have found in Cambridge and is our regular Saturday lunch stop. Staff are fantastic, great atmosphere, good value food. Just remember it's a cafe, and as a cafe you do not get much better.

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Thank Sinclai
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

I love this place! It's one of those places that doesn't really look like much, but it has great service. It can be really busy as it's quite a common haunt for local students. But if you can find space it's worth sitting and just taking in the ambiance... the food is wonderful (home cooked Italian) and they do excellent... More 

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Thank Gemma H
Norfolk
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is a very much take us as you find us place, a bit shabby but the warmth of the service and the tasty food make up for this.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I have been to Clowns many times over the last few years and the food is very simple, tasty and inexpensive. But I have tried to go there at least 6 times in last 4 mths, including this evening at between 6.30-7.30pm (bearing in mind the cafe says it opens to 11pm) and they have been closed. Even tonight at... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

You'd be happy to find a place like this on holiday in Italy. Pasta like Nonna used to make. Great home cooked food at a good price. It has a lovely, cosy atmosphere, that's hardly changed in the years since I first visited, It's had a bit of a smarten up relatively recently, but the charm and warmth remain. I've... More 

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Thank R0bertBROWN
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Clowns has been in Cambridge for as long as I can remember, which, when so many cafés and restaurants come and go, tells you a lot. Decor-wise, it's past its best, but perhaps that's part of its charm. The coffee is wonderful, always served with a warm and friendly chat, and there's a range of homemade Italian pasta dishes and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian, Cafe
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Cambridge
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 355711

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