Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Cambridge at DoubleTree by Hilton restaurant review

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill review at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge city centre
On Saturday we had a lovely day out in Cambridge with lunch out somewhere rather special. It's unusual for us to head into the city but it's refreshing to head out of familiar territory and explore.
We had been invite along to dine somewhere rather special for lunch, so we made sure we arrived with a healthy appetite. The DoubleTree hotel by Hilton is located right by the river Cam, the Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill has an amazing outlook over the river with it's glass front. We felt all the enjoyment of being out in the sunshine with all the luxury of sitting in comfy chairs in a beautiful restaurant.  
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill review at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge city centre
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
We perused both menus; both the set menu and the a la carte menu. To be honest, there was so much that I liked the sound of that it took quite a while to decide what to have, I pondered a good while. In the end I decided to order from the set menu as this is the one I would be looking at if I popped in for lunch spontaneously. At £20 for two courses and £24 for three, you know exactly where you stand and the choices are excellent.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
It had never crossed my mind that dining in the midst of the city could be such a relaxing experience. Where can you eat in Cambridge city centre with a view of the river Cam? I don't know o anywhere else. The chairs were so comfy and equally practical for sitting at to dine formally. The tables were laid out immaculately, almost a shame to move anything, with crisp white napkins (the kind I always feel are too nice to get dirty!). There was plenty of space too, so it felt private.
We were offered wine, but instead we fancied something refreshing and non-alcoholic. So I asked if there was something soft that came recommended. An elderflower fizz was proposed and we both immediately asked for one. Elderflower is always a real treat! The drinks were wonderful, refreshing and perfect to sip as we mused the difference between a kayak and a canoe as both bobbed by outside.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
Starters were pleasing. C ordered the smoked salmon with celeraic remoulade and brown bread. The first thing to say is that the plate was huge and there was a generous amount of smoked salmon, more than expected so it kept him going a while. My chicken liver pate and melba toast looked lovely. Proper melba toast too, crisp but study enough to take the pate. A good quantity of both so there wasn't an excess of one thing left over at the end. A great start to the meal.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
Earlier in the day we had wandered across the bridge up the path by the river. It was such a blue sky, such a gorgeous area! We couldn't help but fall in love with it a little more. The restaurant is just across the river so I'd have been able to see myself from the table we dined at.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
Mains arrived and took us by surprise. C's large plate was colourful and pretty. He had the roast chicken breast with carrot puree, dauphinoise potato and wild mushroom sauce. As quite a particular diner, C was revelling in the best piece of chicken he's eaten for a very long time. Moist and full of flavour, he was impressed. The potato was beautiful and the whole dish was one he relished, the only thing which seemed unusual was that the chicken skin was not crispy. He ordered a side of garlic mushrooms which he loved. The sides came in adorably cute little coppery saucepans to avoid them cluttering the plate which was a good idea.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
My main arrived on a beautiful long polished piece of wood to hold the three parts of the dish; spinach and ricotta cannelloni, garlic bread and salad. I think I win the booby prize for most inappropriate side order: creamed cabbage and bacon - which was utterly divine. I could have eaten a plate of it. The cannelloni was served on a fairly flat plate, contrary to the more bowl-like dishes before but this way didn't keep it molten hot for hours so was much better. I ate all the pasta, salad and almost all the garlic bread too. It was delicious and a great size portion. Plenty to eat and excellent food.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
In true Sophie style, I considered that going out for a meal and not having a pudding to be something of a travesty so I ordered the bread and butter pudding with custard. I was hardly going to pass up a favourite.  
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
C was feeling more pragmatic and passed up more food, instead opting for coffee (which I then wanted as well). The a la carte dessert menu was rather exciting and if I hadn't eaten a starter I could have easily been swayed by the knickerbocker glory. And I suspect C would have been tucking into cheeses.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
Wowsers, my pudding was delicious. Light, sweet and pretty with fabulous custard as well. I made a good choice. A pudding to leave room for, that's for certain.
Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill at DoubleTree by Hilton Cambridge review
The verdict? We absolutely loved the restaurant for so many reasons. The portions were plentiful and the quality of ingredients and cooking was very high. Price wise, the set menu represented excellent value from our point of view. I would be more than happy to return next time we are in the city for some more wonderful food. The service was attentive and professional, the team worked well together and we were made to feel at ease and most welcome. It was a most enjoyable dining experience and somewhere I'd recommend. Great food, service and location. 
Sophie
Thank you to DoubleTree at Cambridge for inviting us. We received a complimentary meal from the restaurant but all content and opinions are entirely my own.

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3 comments

  1. Hi Sophie looks and sounds fantastic wish I lived closer, a nice reward for you for the excellent blogs you produce . x

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  2. Mmmmm, thus sounds delicious!!!! I want to go!!!

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  3. I. Want. It. All. (well maybe not the mushrooms). Cambridge is definitely a place I'd like to explore further.

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