Cambridgeshire’s Best Authentic Caribbean Restaurants in Peterborough, Ely, St Ives and Cambridge

Your taste buds can take you anywhere in the world with the right chef in the kitchen and Caribbean cuisine has some of the most tantalizing flavors imaginable. There is a huge range of dishes originating from the West Indies and we are lucky enough to be able to sample them in many Caribbean restaurants across Cambridgeshire.

From fine dining regulars who can’t go a day without goat stew or a bowl of pelau, to those who want something more tantalizing than a ham and cheese sandwich for their lunch break at work, there’s something for everyone to love when it comes to Caribbean cuisine. Bold, intense flavors with delicate seasoning will blow your mind, and traditional foods made popular on the islands may soon become your new favorites.

Much of Caribbean cuisine is a fusion of dishes from Africa, East Asia and Arab countries, and each island has its own complex recipes and beloved traditions. There are now a number of fantastic restaurants, street food carts and takeaways in Cambridgeshire cooking up a storm with Caribbean favorites straight from the heart.

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Jerk Up, St Ives

This take-out joint in Harding Way is St Ives’ best-loved Caribbean food spot and the reviews are outstanding. Serving from a small but mighty menu, Chef and Owner Cliff offers all the classics such as; jerk chicken, goat curry, akee and salt fish, plantain, fried dumplings and patties.

The food is accompanied by a range of drinks such as; KA Black Grape or Fruit Punch, Ting or Pineapple and Bigga Grape. There are plenty of five star reviews and one from last year said “We ordered just about everything on the menu and every dish was so delicious. The jerk chicken fell off the bone and got the best shot of spice, the goat curry was so tender and full of flavor. Perfect ravioli, Mac cheese and Plantain. The real deal.”

Goat and mutton are often curried in the Caribbean

Embe Soul Food, Peterborough

Owner Nick is often praised by his customers who rate this Cowgate restaurant as their favorite in town. Embe Soul Food offers a menu full of delicious dishes, as well as an extensive vegan menu. Many customers have been impressed with the multitude of vegetarian options as well as the classic jerk and curry options.

A Jamaican couple who visited in March gave it five stars and said the place had “nice vibes, great music, nice people, authentic food.” It’s clear that the restaurant covers both food and atmosphere, as reviews often complement the two equally. Along with their mouth-watering menu – jambalaya, fried plantain and jerk burgers – they also offer a bottomless brunch!

Dutchie & Grill Jamaican restaurant and takeaway, Ely

This Jamaican restaurant on Market Street eats in and takes out, and based on reviews on TripAdvisor, it seems to be popular with everyone who visits. Offering a wide variety of dishes, from oxtail and butter beans to salted fish fritters, the grill has some great deals for customers, like its £15 offer for a starter, main course, main course, side dish, dessert and non-alcoholic drink.

One reviewer, who visited in September 2021, said: “Best jerk chicken I’ve had in a long time. The patties, dumplings, salt fish and ribs were all surprisingly tasty. Nice relaxed atmosphere and the service was the appointment.” Another from last summer said: “The food was absolutely superb, you could tell it was all fresh and homemade! The staff couldn’t be more accommodating and the owner took the time to come over and say hello and greet each other. find out about us and where we have been since”

Rock of Virtue, Cambridge

Owner Tanisha worked as a chef at the Ritz Carlton in her native Jamaica before moving to England and now wants to bring a taste of the Caribbean to England. Some of the favorite dishes offered at the Consort Avenue restaurant in Cherry Hinton include boneless curried mutton, jerk chicken meatballs and Caribbean fried chicken.

One reviewer couldn’t recommend the rum cake enough, while another praised it; friendly staff, good Jamaican food, well cooked, reasonable prices, hot food all the time and easy online ordering. It hasn’t received many reviews, but the ones it has are raving about the service from Tanisha and her staff.

Meat cooked in jerk rub, or curry, is a classic staple of any Caribbean restaurant
Meat cooked in jerk rub, or curry, is a classic staple of any Caribbean restaurant

The Lick, Cambridge

This street food cart specializes in homemade organic Roti wraps – a Caribbean favourite, especially in Trinidad – with a variety of toppings. The team at The Lick use flour grown in Cambridgeshire and ground at Fosters Mill. You’ll find them at most local street food events and occasionally see them trading at Cambridge Food Park or Cambridge Markets.

Festival and event patrons rave about the food provided by owner Janet, with everything from jerk dishes to snacks such as Spiced Island Roast Sweet Potato with Rum and Lime Glaze earning five-star reviews . The food truck also offers a buffet menu for business lunches, corporate events or private parties, making it a great choice for your next birthday!

Jamaican Delights Caribbean Cuisine, Peterborough

This little Lincoln Road takeaway has been hailed by reviewers as a “truly authentic taste of Jamaica”, with customers applauding the low cost and high quality. Although the venue is modest in size, its menu has all the traditional dishes you could want, including; oxtail, goat curry, patties, fried plantain and jerk chicken.

The whole menu is halal and all main dishes are served with rice, peas and steamed vegetables. Sandra reviewed takeaways in 2021 and said: “My daughter ordered food as a surprise for my birthday. The food was so good. I’m very picky and can definitely get my way in the kitchen. This food was delicious We had fried chicken, jerk chicken, goat, rice and peas, ackee and salt fish and dumplings All was fantastic The real authentic taste of Jamaica and service was up 100%. Highly recommend. And they even let us use their Tupperware to take everything home.”

Michael M. Tomlin