Cost – £10.95 (Nov 2014)

Background – John Lewis in Cambridge is in a large modern building in the Grand Arcade. The Brasserie Restaurant is on the top floor and has views over the rooftops of Cambridge.

Contents – 3 finger sandwiches (smoked salmon, ham and egg mayonnaise). 1 fruit scone, 1 plain scone, a small jar of strawberry jam and a tiny pot of clotted cream. A small round piece of Victoria sponge, a small round chocolate fondant, a macaroon and a coffee cream ‘splodge’ on a small round piece of bread! There was only one of each of the cakes between the two of us. Tea was tea bags.

Comments – We were given a window seat which was cleared for us to use. The tea arrived on a three tier stand of the spindle type with round white plates.


We then waited for over ten minutes for the tea. We asked twice and eventually were brought a small pot of tea each plus a small jug of hot (!) milk.


The sandwiches were rather on the small side and poorly filled. However, they were fresh.

The cakes were also fresh and very tasty with moist sponge for the cake. The macaroon was lovely and sticky. However, none of the items were particularly large and there was only one of each item. They were too small to cut in half so we had to decide who would have each cake.

The scones were tasty and fresh and it was nice to have a plain and a fruit scone each. The jam was far too small for two scones each but we were able to ask for a second pot without charge. There was not enough clotted cream.


The tea was a little on the weak side but was hot. There was barely enough in the pot for two cups each. There was a limited choice of tea. We didn’t try to get a refill.


Sandwiches 1.0
Scone 1.5
Jam 1.0
Cream 0.5
Cake (variety) 1.5
Cake (quality) 1.5
Tea 1.0
Presentation 1.5
Service 0.5
Value 1.0
Total 10.0