Rutherford’s Punt and Eat


Rutherford’s Punt and Eat experience

Rutherford’s have a simple and flexible approach to offering punting packages that will really give you a great day out in the historic university city, and their Punt and Eat experience takes you right into the heart of the Cambridge experience.

First, of course, comes the boat trip along ‘the Backs’ of the Colleges (remember to pick a midweek tour if you can to see the river at its quieter best). Simply head down to quayside on Cambridge’s iconic River Cam, with Magdalene College a glorious backdrop on the other bank. Enjoy the sight of the famous chapel of King’s College, Clare College, Queens’, Trinity, Trinity Hall, and their various bridges, including the Bridge of Sighs.

It’s a great way to really get a view of the ancient buildings and rooms and a feel for the city. Turnaround at Queens’ for the return journey and you’ll continue to hear a wonderful detailed account of city and University’s history, as we did from our punting supremo, chauffeur JJ.

And after this fantastic experience, what could be more exciting and luxurious than to disembark and make your way on the delightful walk to Trinity College, and the restaurant (also called Trinity, at No. 15 to be precise), a short way away? It really completes a wonderfully satisfying day out.

We sat down for a late lunch at 2pm, and, with our daughter Pippa, 12, with us we were pleased to see a children’s menu, although to be fair Pippa ordered something fantastic and vegetarian from the main menu. She especially loved her starter which was ‘Slow roasted tomato and mozzarella arancini with olive tapenade’. Later she chose roasted cauliflower, parmesan puree, falafel, cauliflower foam, pistachio crumb, pickled cauliflower and coriander. Chloe meanwhile had wild mushroom and Westcombe cheddar risotto, pan-fried mushrooms, truffle oil and watercress. Henry had a starter of crab, fennel and apple croquette, smoked haddock, mussel and sweetcorn chowder. He moved on to a fine main course of calf’s liver, with braised lentils, fennel and burnt orange salad.

Trinity had an a la carte menu and also Trinity’s Lunch and Pre-Theatre Menu (Mon-Fri, 12pm to 7pm).

It was an eclectic mix of dishes for lunchtime and we shared some of them, eaten in fabulous cosy and intimate, and yet also, with our window seats, interesting surroundings. It really was wonderful service and the perfect complement to the earlier punting trip, with passers by on Trinity (including some school friends of Pippa’s who waved at us in a highlight of the lunch) looking up at us. Drinks were premium grade ginger ale and lemonade for our family group!

Coming soon – a combined offer ticket, but for now you can book ahead and save by contacting Rutherford’s directly on 01223 322200 or emailing

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