Browns is a national chain but the Cambridge restaurant is particularly lovely, thanks to its location just across the road from the Fitzwilliam Museum. A day of museum explorations followed by a truly British afternoon tea or dinner? Yes please! I’ve visited Browns before in both Cambridge and Leeds so when I was invited to try the new Spring menu in Cambridge, I couldn’t wait to try more of the menu.
Browns has a wonderful 1920s vibe and the dining area oozes sophistication, with teal furniture, beautiful wallpaper and a grand piano. Unfortunately I was driving but luckily Browns’ mocktails are just as delicious as their alcoholic counterparts – the Passionfruit Dream was a favourite as was the Raspberry and Grapefruit Mojito. However the Espresso Martini was highly recommended by Angelica from Puns On A Plate so it’s on my to-drink list!
To start, we shared a platter. Although I don't eat shellfish, the mussels looked delicious and I loved the vibrant beetroot hummus from the Browns' sharing plate which was as tasty as it was bright. There's something so sociable about a sharing starter and it was a great way to start off a fun evening with my fellow Cambridge foodies.
For my main, I couldn’t resist the pork belly with crackling and a miniature apple pie (it wasn’t a Monday, so I didn’t have to go meat free!) The pork belly was wonderfully tender, perfect with the crunchy stick of crackling and I loved the idea of a miniature apple pie rather than a more traditional apple sauce to accompany the meat.
Finally, I chose the trio of chocolate for dessert. I’m not a chocolate obsessive but there’s something so indulgent about a chocolate fondant and one too many episodes of Masterchef meant I was craving a perfectly gooey-on-the-inside fondant and Browns’ version was perfect. The rich molten chocolate was ideal with the white chocolate pot and chocolate ice-cream and the whole dish was deliciously indulgent without leaving you feeling sickly.
I couldn’t have chosen a better bunch of local bloggers to enjoy dinner with and we had a wonderful evening, thanks to the attentive staff and excellent company. I love visiting restaurants where the staff so evidently love their jobs and the service was exceptional. I can’t wait to return to drink some alcoholic cocktails or try the afternoon tea - if you’ve visited Browns, let me know your favourite item from the menu or take a look at the new Spring menu here.
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