With steaks and burgers blazing a culinary trail across the UK, it was about time Cambridge got in on the act with a quality independent eatery. Step forward The River Bar, beautifully located along a decked broadwalk on the edge of the Cam, with views over the river and nearby Magdalene College. Inside, it’s ‘cookie-cutter steakhouse’ with exposed brick walls, dark wooden tables and prints of beef cuts on the walls, while the menu is exactly what you might expect: steak in all shapes and sizes, burgers, fish from the grill, a few veggie pastas and lobster mac. It isn’t cheap, but that doesn’t seem to matter. There’s also very decent wine list with ample choice, although the best bet is to head up to the roof terrace for cocktails and a rare view of the city’s spires.