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Welcome to The Orator, at The Cambridge Union, a unique members club set in the heart of the city of Cambridge. The Orator, is the newly refurbished union Bar and Restaurant (previously 1815 bar), based in the centre of Cambridge. Whether you are looking for a coffee catch up, date night or a meal with friends you won’t be disappointed.

Ready to dine...

All Day Menu

The best food in town

Drinks Menu

Enjoy a drink and a snack in our courtyard garden

Sunday Menu

Stretch out and relax with us

Christmas Menu

Celebrate in style


Mon – Weds 11:00 – 23:00
Thurs – Sat 11:00 – 00:00
Sun 10:30-17:00



Mon – Weds 12:00 – 15:30 & 17:30 – 21:30
Thurs – Sat 12:00 – 21:30
Sun 10:30-15:00


01223 417 142


The Orator, Round Church Street, CB5 8AD

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A hidden gem
in the heart of
the city

Discover our history

The historical Cambridge Union Society has long since hosted famous speakers for drinks after spirited speeches or passionate debates. While this history still stands strong, The Orator restaurant and Bar now provides a perfect destination for city dwellers and visitors, as well as Union members.

Celebrate with us!

We’ll help you celebrate anything from birthdays and baby showers to retirements and christenings. The Orator is the perfect venue for your next event – either within our restaurant or private function room – we can accommodate all types of milestone events with flair!

Enquire now to find out how we can help you host your dream event.

Surrounded by
great minds

For business too

Whether you are looking for a few hours to break up the day, meet a client or colleague, The Orator provides the perfect location for all business occasions. Surrounded by great minds and all of our history and heritage, you will feel inspired to take on any task.

Need a little more space or hosting a more formal event, meeting or conference? You can choose from our wide range of corporate event facilities where you can be served fresh and delicious food from The Orator. 

Become a Member

Gain exclusive 20% discount at The Orator bar & restaurant when you become a member at The Cambridge Union. You don’t have to be a student and you can witness debates live whether you attend on the night or view on our live members stream.

Become a
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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Our Membership Portal is currently undergoing maintenance.

Existing Members – Please log in here: Member’s Log In

Prospective Memberships – If you are looking to become a member, please try back again shortly, or alternatively email

*Memberships are also available to buy at reception.