Following much anticipation, Tamburlaine, located in the heart of Cambridge, is finally open. If you’ve not already seen or heard, Tamburlaine is the city’s newest hotspot. Situated close to the railway station, it’s just a short stroll into the city itself and a stone’s throw from many of Cambridge’s top attractions. With unique character and local charm, Tamburlaine is far more than just a new hotel. Named after a play by Corpus Christi College Fellow, Christopher Marlowe, this 155-room hotel is O’Callaghan Hotel Group’s first UK venture. General Manager, Zac Pearse, has previously overseen several leading London hotels. “We want locals to see Tamburlaine as their hotel; a place where they can come for a special dinner with family, cocktails or afternoon tea with friends, or grab a coffee and sandwich from our deli on their way to the station. Tamburlaine is a vibrant place for everyone to enjoy!” Zac said ahead of the opening.
Bryan O’Sullivan Studio, based in Shoreditch are to thank for the stunning interior. O’Sullivan has worked for an enviable list of leading interior firms including David Collins, Martin Brudnizski and Selldorf Architects to name a few. Aside from their stunning decor and distinct design, what makes Tamburlaine a little different is their four opposing food and drink offerings, all of which are united by their quality. Tamburlaine rewrites the rules of hotel dining with menus which are aimed at distinctly different moods. The name behind it all is Alan Dann, their Executive Chef whose vast experience has proved invaluable. Alan has worked for the likes of The Waterside Inn, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire and Restaurant Michel Geurard and has fronted numerous Michelin starred restaurants in his career to date meaning he has all the Tamburlaine needs to thrive.
The Brasserie boasts an accessible menu which is focused entirely upon offering seasonal and locally-sourced delights. The atmosphere is informal and has a chilled vibe thanks to the pendant lighting, relaxed leather banquettes, floor to ceiling windows and open kitchen which is a nice touch. The all-day menu is graced with delicious dishes from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. From pigeon and free-range pork to Norfolk Black chicken and a Barnsley chop, the menu is bursting with tempting treats. The Brasserie also houses a horseshoe shaped cocktail bar stocked with everything from spirits and beers to wines and speciality cocktails made by the resident mixologist. Make ours the King’s College Spritz with Cambridge Gin!
The Garden Room
Laden with lush green foliage, The Garden Room is ideal for those fancying a spot of afternoon tea or a sip of champagne. It’s a luxurious yet welcoming space which is perfect for a special occasion or celebration as well as light lunches or sharing plates. Decorated in a Colonial style with velvet sofas and ornate wallpaper, it certainly brings something a little different.
If you’re seeking a little peace and quiet, The Library is where you should be headed. The leather armchairs, period prints and inviting open fire give a ‘private club’ feel, whilst their menu is jam-packed with sweet and savoury delights, speciality teas, signature coffees and fine wines.
Say hello to Steam – Tamburlaine’s very own in-house deli. It sits as a stark contrast to the previous three and has a modern and quirky feel. The neon lighting and vibrant tiles add a sense of freshness – as does their health-conscious menu. From handmade salad bowls and sandwiches to fresh yoghurt pots and locally roasted coffee. It’s the ultimate pit stop for Cambridge commuters to grab in a hurry. Whilst takeaway options are their main speciality throughout the day, Steam in the evening is transformed into a wine bar. Take your pick from their never-ending list of wines and team with one of their charcuterie and cheese boards. Their open-air terrace is bound to be popular in the warmer months.
Why not make a night of it and book to stay in one of their elegant rooms. These too welcome floor-to-ceiling windows to give the very best views across the city. Their suites have private terraces where guests can dine al fresco when the weather permits. The colour palette is predominantly hues of blue with dark wood panelling, brass and patterned velvet. All of the furniture is bespoke and handpicked to give additional character and charm to your stay. Bathrooms are marble and filled with luxury robes, towels and exclusive toiletries. The deep duck down bedding with crisp cotton sheets will make getting up in the morning quite a task!
In addition, Tamburlaine also have a range of flexible meeting and event spaces which can cater to a close meeting or 12 to a conference boardroom of 120. By night, these meeting rooms are opened for parties, launches, receptions and other functions so whatever your need, Tamburlaine have it covered. Whether you’re looking for a takeaway coffee in a hurry on a Monday morning, tan overnight stay with dinner to mark a special occasion, a meeting or celebratory function, or perhaps just a quick lunch with friends, be sure to make it happen here.
27-29 Station Road, Cambridge, CB1 2FB