Close to the River Cam, a stone’s throw away from Jesus Green, you can find one of the best restaurants in Cambridge. Restaurant Twenty-Two has been here for many years and was known as quite an unusual restaurant as it felt as you were dining at somebody’s house.
Restaurant 22 changed hands in 2018
Two years ago, in 2018 the restaurant changed hands. Sam Carter and Alex Olivier decided to share Sam’s fantastic food with the Cambridge diners. Sam’s menu draws his inspiration from working many years at Michelin level at some of the country’s top restaurants (Hambleton Hall and Maze by Gordon Ramsay to name only two). The ingredients for his seasonal and weekly changing menu are sourced locally and foraged by Seed to Feed Microfarm.
Instagram excellent for finding inspiring chefs
I ‘met’ Sam for the first time on Instagram, where he shares his fantastic looking plates of food and personal posts. Much to my surprise, Cambridge was often on his grid. When I found out that he was a local lad, I asked him when he was going to open his restaurant in Cambridge. “We need you here”, I told him. The response was even more surprising “soon”!
Months passed, and I couldn’t share this exciting news with anybody. Finally, in February 2018, Sam and Alex announced that they had taken over Restaurant 22. Local foodies were excited that this talented chef finally came back home.
Excellent dining at Restaurant 22
Since opening in April 2018, I have had many excellent dinners, lunches and celebrations in the private dining room here. My last time was on the 6th of March for my birthday. The next time was going to be on the 24th of April but didn’t happen because of lockdown.
Restaurant 22 is opening again
Sam and Alex have now fully reviewed the Government’s guidance and reopen on the 2nd of September. Needless to say, I am very excited. We’re booked in for the 5th of September, and I am counting the days!
Supporting local restaurants, pubs and shops is always important, but even more now. Don’t forget to cancel if you cannot make it that night. They are all running on limited capacity and they need all tables filled.