Location, location, location may be a cliche, but Agora at The Copper Kettle is doing a roaring trade at its privileged college-side setting. Add to that some tasty Mediterranean food and drink and you've got an absolute hit.
Positioned proudly on the idyllic and central Kings Parade, opposite a number of beautiful buildings including the famous Kings College, Agora at The Copper Kettle could probably make a reasonable trade based on its location alone.
On the outside of the building’s large windows sit a number of tables which are perfect for watching the world go by on a summer’s day.
Inside is a light and spacious dining area that's usually teeming with customers enjoying a light meal or a chat over coffee.
Pale green walls are adorned with colourful works of art and there is quite a bit of greenery to give the restaurant a refreshing and invigorating atmosphere. The restaurant is tastefully furnished but could, perhaps, do with a lick of fresh lick of paint.
Because of its location, Agora at The Copper Kettle attracts a cross-section of Cambridge society. It is frequented by academics, university students, shoppers and tourists.
Because of the weird mix the atmosphere can be a bit hit and miss, especially during the week. But at weekends it is usually a buzzing restaurant and the affability of the Turkish staff is worth going for in itself.
During the day you can expect normal cafe-style fare, such as salads, baguettes, lasagne, all-day breakfasts and beans on toast. And to cater for the more adventurous palate, there are also a number of Turkish-influenced options.
If you’re looking for something more extravagant then check out the specials board which usually has a homemade soup of the day and delicious fish dishes.
The food is also good value, with the majority of plates costing from £4 to £7. In the evenings the Mediterranean menu is more kebab orientated, with a number of vegetarian options on offer as well.
The adventurous wine list is reasonably priced, with bottles ranging from £12 to £30. There is also a selection of bottled beers.
During the day you can watch the bustle of Cambridge while enjoying a coffee or pot tea, and there's the usual assortment of soft drinks.
The Last Word
An authentic, friendly restaurant offering a good selection of English and Turkish cuisine. It’s not the place to go if you want to avoid the crowds, but on a warm summer’s day there are few better places to watch the world go by.