Thompson’s Lane Cambridge CB5 8AQ
Forty years young, this family-owned Italian restaurant is in one of the nicest locations in Cambridge, wedged against the River Cam beside Jesus Green – and its sun-drenched lunches al fresco as the punts drift past are a treat. Proper Italian mains star on a menu that includes pasta and pizza. This is a great place to while away a long lunch with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, somewhere that, on a sunny day, will trap you once you arrive. Why would you want to leave when the foods so good and there's so much to watch from the terrace? Its far enough from the city's core that it avoids the worst of the crowds, though in summer, like anywhere, it's certainly a very busy place.