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Cambridge Bars Clubs and Eating

Cambridge has a wide selection of bars and restaurants and we make it our sole purpose in life to be kicked out of as many of them as possible, so you don't have to!

Some places have almost become official venues of the Diamonds, while many restaurants and eateries have been visited by the dining club. For the remainder, you will need to rely on the reports of our interepid agents, especially for places further afield.

Please contact us at venues mail link with new reviews or queries, or post them on the tgcambs group.

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The Official Venues

The following venues are regularly visited by the Cambridge Diamonds transgender support group.

The Corner House

Welcoming 231, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JE
tel: 01223 308190

The CornerHouse has unfortunately closed and is no longer the mainstream venue for the regular Diamonds Wednesday meeting.

Our new landlord, Dave Green, was very apologetic and more details will follow as they become available.

Changing facilities are often available if required, but please contact the very helpful staff in advance outside normal meetings. There is car parking at the rear (River Lane).

Bird in Hand

cambridge-pubs.co.uk: Bird in Hand
good 73 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8EG
Tel: 01223 479450

The Bird in Hand public house is open to all expressions of gender and sexuality, and is the current home of the Diamonds group.

Since the refit in Feb 2008, the Bird looks set to only get better. The small size and high popularity of this location can make it difficult for the less confident T-Girl, but rest assured you are bound to bump in to someone.

Changing facilities are currently limited to a generous disabled stall in the ladies loo, but promises are that this will be improved.

Dining Club Recommendations

Burleigh Arms

cambridge-pubs.co.uk: Burleigh Arms

OK 9 Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8EG.

Generally a good experience. The Home-made steak-and-ale pie might actually have been made in house, but I doubt it!

Footlights Restaurant

good 71 Grafton Centre Cambridge, CB1 1PS

Quiet restaurant atmosphere with friendly waiter service. Surprisingly limited menu.

Other Cambridge Venues

The Café Project

good 22 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BQ


This Cafe is a space for encounters, meetings and discovery.

It is a social utility and a community resource.

It is not commercial. It is non-alcoholic.

It is open to everyone and will welcome all, regardless of religion, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, skin colour, hair colour, disability (although wheelchair users will need assistance getting up the front door step - afraid there's nothing we can do about that).

It is run by volunteers, and not for profit.

It is non-heierarchical, and run by users and volunteers. Everyone can come to our general meetings, make suggestions, and be involved in the decision making process.


goodEvery Friday

Every Friday from Friday 20th June, the cafe will be run by Naarii, a Cambridge based charitable organisation.

From 10am - 11pm every Friday, the cafe will be transformed, delighting your senses with music, spices, and fabrics..

The Cafe Project is always LGBTS friendly but fridays will be emphasising this with all money raised being donated to the Lesbian Association of India, www.l-a-i.org, So, EVERYONE is welcome to join us for a relaxing or uplifting drink, to chat or to chill!

The Junction

BBC: The Junction

Cambridge leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX.

The junction is a night-club on the south side of Cambridge, hosting many regular genre-specific nights.

Dot Cotton Club

goodLast Saturday of every month: 11pm - 4am.

Box Office: Junction: 01223 511 511; Corn Exchange: 01223 357851

The Dot Cotton Club is the well-known Cambridge lesbian/bi/gay club night at The Junction, where you can dance into the small hours to the latest club tunes. Although you may not bump into many other transgendered clubbers, it's a gender-friendly evening where you should be able to enjoy yourself without hassle. UK pounds, appox 12 euros8 in advance, UK pounds, appox 15 euros10 on the door.

The Soul Tree

good 1-6, Corn Exchange St, Cambridge, CB2 3QF


The Soul Tree is a night-club in the centre of Cambridge, hosting many regular genre-specific nights.

Secret Discotheque

goodEvery Thursday

Disco, 80s, say no more...

NICHE Late Lounge

good 90-92 Regent Street Cambridge, CB2 1DP

A very late licence, comfy seats, and a relaxed atmosphere make this the late venue of choice.

The Box Tree

poor poor Napier St Cambridge, CB1 1HR

The box tree is no more, and is now a chineese restaurant. Perhaps we will try them again.

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