Hotel Felix is a fine example of traditional Victorian architecture and provides a wonderful setting that promises much in comfort and style. Although it brims with character on the outside, the hotel possesses all modern amenities within and is well-equipped to cater to the demands of the modern traveller.
Bedrooms are luxurious, as one might expect, perhaps best described as possessing an opulent simplicity, many with walk in Rainshower showers and a bath. King size Hypnos beds combines with the finest Egyptian cotton bed linen and duvets to ensure the best possible night's sleep. All the modern IT 'smells and bells' are supplied including a laptop safe, and wireless internal hotspots in both bedrooms and public rooms. Four bedrooms are located in the Victorian part of the hotel, the remainder in an adjoining wing. Rooms for the disabled are also available.
Overlooking the terrace and garden, the candlelit Graffiti is open to both residents and a wider public, and encourages a relaxed ambience against a smart background well lined with contemporary art. In winter an open fire adds to the feeling of luxurious living. Awarded 2 Rosettes by the AA, the menu covers a generous interpretation of modern British with hints of the Mediterranean.
A set price lunch menu at £12.95 for two courses, £16.95 for 3 represents some of the best value in town, with a café bar offering lighter dishes for lunch and dinner.
The modern menu is an inspired assembly of dishes, and a meal could commence with confit free range chicken and chestnut mushroom terrine. Raspberry jelly, hazelnuts and wild rocket is served with cured breast of Gressingham duck, while the bread selection accompanied by marinated artichoke hearts, tomato pesto and chilli oil that make a refreshing change, though closer examination reveals wasabi pea crusted loin of yellow fin tuna, confit cucumber and spring onion salad, soy and mirin dressing.
Main courses yield a veritable harvest of enticing choices, not least of which is the rump of Suffolk lamb with green garlic and parsley purée, broad beans, roast aubergine and thyme rösti. A pan fried fillet of hake arrives at the table with roasted bell pepper, confit baby fennel, sautéed ratte potatoes and Cabernet Sauvignon syrup.
Desserts of peach and raspberry curd tart, or bitter chocolate and spearmint torte with white chocolate and mint sorbet are but two of the temptations that await.
A more than usually attractive wine list includes an excellent range of by-the-glass options guaranteed to meet the great majority of aspirations. This is followed by an impressive collection of house wines, including the house champagne at a very reasonable £30.50. Prices in general hover between the £30/£40 mark, and there are more expensive but still reasonably priced offerings to cope with that special occasion.
Private rooms and the terrace are also available for occasions when only something rather special will do.
Little more than a mile from the centre of Cambridge, regarded by many as the most civilised of our University cities, Hotel Felix is well-placed for access to main link roads, business parks and the M11. For more information, including further details on staying at the Hotel Felix, do visit their Website