The Sea Tree Cambridge review

Going From Strength To Strength – Tucked away in one of the most cosmopolitan streets in Cambridge, Mill Road, you can find some rather nice hidden gems. It’s not a secret, that the cocktail bar 196 is one of my favourite watering holes in Cambridge. With their understated appearance, they have created one of the best cocktail bars in Cambridge. Don’t expect posh surroundings. It’s more like a Spanish Tapas bar without the Spanish Tapas, but instead delicious small bites such as charcuterie, cheeses and smoked mackerel paté. Best described as their own tapas. Perfect to pair with one of their amazing cocktails or a glass of wine.

Sea Tree fish and chips

Just across the road from Bar 196, you can find one of the top fish shops in the UK. Of course ‘us’, residents from Cambridge knew this, but now the rest of the world has been led into this secret too by the Times UK.

The Sea Tree Cambridge

Many people think of Fish and Chip as a greasy spoon meal. Did you know, that a regular portion of fish and chips has almost half the calories of a regular portion of Tika Masala! The Sea Tree is not your traditional ‘chippie’. They like to refer to their fish shop as ‘the alternative fish shop’.

All fish here is freshly cooked to order and at the Sea Tree, you are not only restricted to the traditional Fish and Chip. Battered, grilled or pan-fried mackerel or calamari is on the menu here too. Every morning they head off to Billingsgate Market in London to buy the daily catch, which includes wet fish too. All their fish comes from sustainable well-managed stocks fished using responsible methods with complete traceability. For the rest of the products they use local suppliers in Mill road and their very tasty chips is made from potatoes from the Fenlands North of Cambridge. And it’s not just Fish and Chip on the menu here. On Sunday mornings they serve a lovely brunch of kippers, kedgeree or eggs Benedict.

Recently there have been some changes. I was delighted to see a new face behind the counter. Actually not very new! Gael Schaller, who worked at Coast as head chef joined the award-winning team of The Sea Tree in August. As mentioned before, he has ‘fish running through his veins’ as his father is one of the biggest fish mongers in France. He probably didn’t have milk at birth, but fish. And it shows…

Gael is the Head Chef and Manager at the Sea Tree and secretly I’m hoping, that he will dish up his delicious fish souffle soon too. The food at The Sea Tree is always fantastic, but the new additions to the menu look very tempting too!

Cambridge food tour at the sea tree

Fish Soup

Served with garlic toast, Rouille sauce and cheddar cheese.

Creamy Seafood Linguine

A selection of Mussels, Clams, Prawns and Squid served with Linguine in a creamy sauce topped with Parmesan.


Poached Smoked Haddock with Colcannon Mash with whole grain mustard sauce topped with a free-range egg.

Crab and Cod Scotch Egg served with Sweet Potato Chips.

Last week I popped in with my children. We were told, that we should try Gael’s stuffed squid. I am glad I did. It was very nice indeed! The Sea Tree is definitely going from strength to strength and it’s worth the detour if you don’t live in the area.


Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram