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As the English Summer time descends upon us, so has the newly renovated garden courtyard at The Orator. Set in the heart of Cambridge and offering an exciting outdoor space for locals, tourists and students to meet for a bite to eat, a freshly made cocktail or to enjoy a glass of fizz in the sun; surrounded by the history and heritage of the Cambridge Union. 

Opening Hours...


Mon – Weds 11:00 – 23:00
Thurs – Sat 11:00 – 00:00
Sun 11:00 – 21:00


01223 417 142


No need to book for the Garden. First come, first served.


The Orator, Round Church Street, CB5 8AD

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Proudly awarded as recommended Cambridge Restaurant by Guru.

A slice of greenery
in the heart of
the city

Food on a plate on the table in the Orator Garden

New Seasonal Menu

Our new seasonal menu showcases a British fusion with Mediterranean style sharing menu that is both comforting and exciting. Unpretentious, authentic, and most importantly delicious!

The garden will be open daily from 11am, and with seating available for more than 150 people, there’s plenty of room to indulge in a slice of greenery in the heart of the city, surrounded by one of the most historic venues in Cambridge.

Refreshing drinks

Come to try the new delicious summer menu and wide range of refreshing drinks in the stunning ornate garden space. From our quintessential cocktails, on the tap ales or finest wines to flavoured teas and mixers, we have something for everyone.

Cocktail being held above the table with the Orator Menu

Surrounded by
great minds

Friends In The Garden

Working lunches

Whether you are looking to exercise a ‘working’ lunch, after hours drinks, or for a bite to eat following a day of exploring the great City of Cambridge; the garden at The Orator provides the perfect place to wine and dine in the summer sun. 

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The historical Cambridge Union Society has long since hosted famous speakers for drinks after spirited speeches or passionate debates. Pictured here, King Charles III (then HRH the Prince of Wales) arriving with Earl Mountbatten of Burma for his maiden speech at The Cambridge Union in 1970.

You don’t have to be a student to become a member at The Cambridge Union. Gain exclusive 20% discount at The Orator bar & restaurant when you do.

*Photograph taken from Arena of Ambition: A History of the Cambridge Union by Stephen Parkinson [Icon Books Ltd]
Photograph of a page from the book Arena of Ambition: A History of the Cambridge Union by Stephen Parkinson [Icon Books Ltd] of King Charles III walking through the Orator garden

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member today.

Join Cambridge’s largest student society today for the opportunity to see world-class speakers and debaters as well as many other member benefits.

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