July 2021 will see the launch of Garden House, a new restaurant within Graduate Cambridge, nestled on the banks of the River Cam. Adam Wood, formerly of London’s award winning Perilla will lead the kitchen with his focus on open-flame cooking and seasonal East Anglian produce. Garden House will be an approachable, and seasonable contemporary restaurant in one of Britain’s best loved and historic cities. Graduate Cambridge will comprise Garden House and Garden Bar, as well as a café and flexible gathering space, all developed in partnership with White Rabbit Studio, the creative arm of White Rabbit Projects (Lina Stores, Kricket, Island Poké.)
Set within the Graduate Cambridge, Garden House acknowledges a local continuity by remembering the original Garden House Hotel which stood on the same site for much of the 20th century. Adam and his team will source hyper seasonal and local produce from East Anglian suppliers, farmers and gamekeepers, drawing upon the rich agricultural history of the area. Vegetables will come from Flourish Farm, an entirely horse-powered, biodiverse small holding, with meat provided by Huntsham Court, specialists in traditional breeds and high welfare farming.
Adam Wood’s menu will be largely flame focussed, with seasonally changing dishes. The summer menu is broad and varied including, to start, ‘native oysters, gooseberry and jalapeno’, and ‘cured chalk stream trout with green almond dressing’, main courses include ‘grilled Norfolk quail, pickled cherry and dandelion’ or ‘herdwick hogget, roasted peppers and kelp sauce’, or ‘Flourish Farm tomato tart, goat’s cheese and preserved wild garlic’. In addition, we’ll be offering a ‘Garden House dressed seafood platter’ and signature pudding of ‘Cambridge Burnt Cream Tart.’
At the heart of the restaurant is the open grill kitchen. Design takes inspiration from the local landscape; textures, patterns and tones that provide an intimate and familiar setting within the restaurant and the adjacent private dining room. There is also an exterior terrace which extends onto the garden overlooking River Cam. The garden itself offers a lighter, more informal Garden House menu.
Nestled in the centre of the hotel, a large, oval bar provides a discerning focal point as the Garden Bar and lounge. The drinks list focuses on a wide range of British, European and new world wines, together with cocktails which speak to the history of the locality of Cambridge. Citrus, garden fruits, herbs and botanicals provide the flavour profiles.
The café and flexible work and gathering spaces offer flexible dining from breakfast through to dinner. The menu takes its inspiration from the Garden House and provides a variety of informal and uncomplicated dishes from signature burgers to seasonal salads, partnering with local makers for fresh breads and pastries. In addition, the space offers private meeting rooms with their own exterior terraces.
Garden House, Garden Bar, the café and co-working spaces will be developed and operated by White Rabbit Studio, the creative arm of White Rabbit Projects (Lina Stores, Kricket, Island Poké).
Garden House and Graduate Cambridge will open in July 2021