New Cambridge hotel, the Tamburlaine, now open

Tamburlaine is now open in Cambridge  

One of the most exciting hotel openings to come to Cambridge in years, Tamburlaine has today opened in the vibrant, new city quarter close to the railway station. 

Named after a play by Corpus Christi College fellow, Christopher Marlowe, the 155-room hotel will be the first UK opening from Dublin-based O’Callaghan Hotel Group. 


Tamburlaine’s welcoming entrance has a dramatic double-height lobby with feature staircase and overlooking library above. The ground floor flows between four different food and drink areas each with its own particular offering and all tied together with a sense of quality, provenance of local ingredients, attention to detail, and distinct design.


In charge of the kitchens at Tamburlaine is Executive Chef Alan Dann. Alan’s vast experience has seen him work at celebrated restaurants such as The Waterside Inn, Restaurant Pierre Gagnaire and Restaurant Michel Geurard, to name a few. 


The Brasserie serves an accessible menu of locally sourced, seasonal dishes in an informal environment with pendant lighting, relaxed leather banquettes, open kitchen and floor to ceiling windows. Open in the morning for breakfast, then lunch and dinner, the classic brasserie fare includes dishes such as Grilled breast of wood pigeon, puy lentils, pickled girolles and parsnip to start, followed by Free-range Blythburgh pork, heritage carrots, Aspall cider jus

A horseshoe shaped Cocktail Bar serving an impressive range of spirits, beers and wines as well as classic and specially created cocktails flanks the Brasserie. 


The Garden Room, filled with lush foliage and decorated in a Colonial style, serves afternoon tea, Champagne and cocktails, a luxurious yet welcoming space to enjoy an afternoon.

In contrast, the hotel’s deli, Steam, has a more modern feel with vibrantly tiled floors and neon lighting. Freshly made salads are piled high in patterned bowls, daily-changing sandwiches and healthy yoghurt and fruit pots are on offer throughout the day, as well as breakfast options, and locally roasted coffee available for commuters to take away. In the evening, Steam transforms into a wine bar serving an extensive list of wines by the glass accompanied by charcuterie and cheese plates.


Tamburlaine also boasts five conference rooms next to the Library, which itself can be hired for drinks receptions and events.  

Tamburlaine is now open. Rooms are available from a starting price of £200 per night, including continental breakfast. Book a room at  

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