The Senate Bistro COVID-19 Update

We will be opening from July 4th with new procedures to ensure the safety of both staff and customers. A few new measures for customers:


Please sanitise your hands on the way and wait to be seated by a member of staff

Once you're sat, you’re sat. Please do not move tables. If you’re outside and it begins to rain we may not have space for you inside. Please try to stay seated as much as possible.


We are running at a reduced capacity, so can only take a limited amount of bookings. If you are running late, please let us know. After 15 minutes your reservation may be released. 


We are running off a reduced menu to ensure distancing in our kitchen and whilst we judge the demand to reduce waste.


If you are feeling unwell or showing any Covid symptoms, Please Stay Home!


If you are visiting us we will need to take contact details for your party, This information is being collected to assist the NHS Test and Trace service for tracing close recent contacts of anyone testing positive for coronavirus. It will be given to NHS Test and Trace on request in the event that it is required for contact tracing purposes. We will not use it for any other purpose, and will destroy it after eight weeks. It will be kept here at The Senate. You have a right to access and correct any information we hold about you. For any questions about this notice please contact or 01223 315641.

What Our Customers Say

“'We went for an early supper and picked this last minute due to hearing other good reviews. We weren't disappointed. We were blessed with a gorgeous evening which enhanced the fantastic location. Our waitress was lovely - friendly and attentive and nothing was too much trouble (even heard her booking a cab for another couple). The food was fantastic. There are lots of sharing plates but we decided to go for one of the limited selection of main meals. Both the beef cheek and duck were fantastic and beautifully cooked; with a chocolate orange torte to finish you really can't go wrong. Will definitely be coming back."


Beth Healey

“Fantastic!! Great food wish I was still in Cambridge I'd have gone back tomorrow just for the Chicken and Pesto Ciabatta. Great service from the friendly staff. Highly recommend."


Paul Briggs

“Our new neighbour in St Mary's Passage. The Cuckoo girls had some delicious tapas and drinks one evening, The food was great and the vibe was chilled and stylish.
Looking forward to some warmer weather so we can sit outside for after work drinks!"


Hayley Butler

“You must try the tomato soup, it was very tasty. Loved the vibe, definitely coming back to try the sesame crusted Halloumi.
Thanks guys!"


Anna Collinson

“Such a rare gem of a restaurant. An intimate space but well designed. We had a feast of cheesy chilli prawns, raclette, charcuterie and pitta with hummus. The flavours were amazing. A real treat."


Eva Madley

“'The staff were really welcoming, The food was tasty and appealing and the restaurant is in such a lovely spot, looking out on the Senate House. Went there twice on my visit to Cambridge and both times we really enjoyed it."


Stu Stevens

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