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Fit for a prince or a pauper?
Eraina Taverna (Cambridge)
Member Name: dangaroo
Eraina Taverna (Cambridge)
Advantages: Good location, royal history
Disadvantages: Over zealous staff, not much atmosphere, average food
My last day of a small trip in England was spent in Cambridge, close to where my grandmother lives. After a bit of sightseeing and walking and having eaten nothing since a bacon butty for breakfast, we decided to stop for a spot of lunch. I thought that I really should have some fish and chips before vacating the island but as a northerner should have known better than to dabble in the world of Cambridgeshire fish and chips. As often seems to be the case, the rows of restaurants had disappeared as soon as we were peckish.
We walked along a small side lane, a somewhat dingy looking establishment turned up on the right hand side. The menu was scrawled on a blackboard type material that acted as the outside wall. The alphabet used in certain parts of it was a dead give away as to the fact i t was a Greek restaurant but I was none the wiser as to whether it was open when peering through the window. Another couple of potential customers tried to open the door and succeeded.
I suppose that the lack of customers was a dead give away as to the quality that awaited us. A new waitress attended to us and was not overly familiar with certain things on there when quizzed but she was nice and friendly and consulted with the owner/manager who oversaw happenings with a hawk-eye. We ordered bread as a starter to keep us busy but it came from the meal. It was toasted pita and did not particularly go well with our main course which was two portions of fish and chips.
In appearance it certainly resembled fish and chips from a chippy, that is if it hadn't been served with a somewhat unique side dish of feta salad which despite its eccentricity was actually pretty yummy. I squeezed as much lemon on to the fish as possible but it still remained rather bland, the sprinkling of cold peas did little to liven it up as well. It was distinctly average and as we were only one of two tables in, eyes seemed to constantly be on us. The minute we rested a fork to have a sip of our drinks (the most respectable part of the meal), we were prey to the waitress who was ready to pounce on our plates. The toilets were located downstairs at the back of a room filled with empty tables.
Perhaps this was once popular, in fact it was supposedly one of the Price of Wales' favourite place when he studied there in the 1960s. The best thing I can personally say about it, is that it didn't break the bank. This wasn't dreadful, it was mediocre but they overstretched themselves and our experience was worsened by the fact we came across a much better looking real chippy just a couple of minutes walk away.
Summary: One shouldn't go there