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4 Benet Street,
Cambridge,
CB2 3QN

(01223) 311000

Benets Information

Enjoy a delicious snack from the wonderful cafe Benets. They serve a fresh and scrumptious menu, such as panini's and baguettes alongside cakes and cookies, in a warm and sociable atmosphere.

Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 08:00-17:00
Sat 09:30-17:00
Sun 10:30-17:00
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Booking
Not Necessary on Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Avg Food Spend
Under £10 per person
Food Info
Take Away Service
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Reviewer Nicola2210
22/11/2013
As previous residents of Cambridge we were sad to come back to what we once considered a brilliant cafe in Cambridge. It's ridiculously over priced with an Americano coffee costing £2.35! Music was loud and not in keeping with the spurt surroundings (dance/techno). Coffess were ok and cakes were tasty however, I think they need to take a good look at what's at the heart of this little Cambridge chain.
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Reviewer MissSixty
12/03/2013
We like Benets! Its the only place my daughter can have ice cream when out as most other places in town add carrageenan or annatto to ice cream to which she is allergic.
We have never been asked to leave on finishing. Not once.
Its busy and noisy on Kings Parade, quieter in Benet Street.
For work I order pastries every 2nd week and these are on-time, perfect and delicious.
For me I use Benet Street as a quiet place for tea if I need a break; for quick coffees off-site with friends and have always found staff (though ever changing, nature of the environment and city) friendly even if sometimes they are so new they need extra input. Alex is always there with a smile and a wave.
My only gripe is I now have to miss out on their cakes as I am currently gluten free!
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Reviewer blank
06/02/2013
Take it from someone who used to work here...if you haven't been then don't go. If you have then please accept my sincere apologies. The owners are as contemptible to their staff as they are their customers. Not many people stay, and even fewer leave on good terms. If you think the tables, crockery etc is grimey just take a look at the kitchens. This is, to my knowledge the only cafe in the world where the staff are instructed to pretend the baffling choice of music (drum and bass at 8aon a t tuesay anyone?) can't be turned down, where the owners would sooner lose a customer forever than give them a squirt of hot water and where the traditional british view of the customer as a nuisance to be endured lives on. Business is slow this year? It's not the weather George, it's the way you treat people!
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Reviewer briciole
15/11/2012
appalling service and staff. average food, slightly overpriced for.what it is. I suspect one pays for tne location rather than the quality, which is nothing special. there are certainly nicer places around. all in all, quite a disappointment.
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Reviewer briciole
15/11/2012
appalling service and staff. average food, slightly overpriced for.what it is. I suspect one pays for tne location rather than the quality, which is nothing special. there are certainly nicer places around. all in all, quite a disappointment.
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Reviewer truth1
07/09/2012
Never mind nice try 'Benets' I own another Restaurant - not this one and I can see exactly that one of you students/layabouts has been upset by the owner - note the similar wording in all the reviews - or is so small minded they have created separate email addresses. Get over yourself, you are probably the person who never notices that the staff want to go home - despite regarding yourself as a good person, and thinks you can pay four wages and rent and electric from one cup of coffee. Sad,
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Reviewer Paddyclayton
08/08/2012
I have been into benets half a dozen times, every time I have been in there is no one on the till , waited for quite a while and just gave up waiting, another time went in and they said at 4 o'clock mid week in aug they said we are closed all the lights were on and sandwiches were in the fridge. It's such a shame cause there sandwiches are nice. Since the owners are not there any more the place has gone into decline. Won't be going back will go to smileys instead next to Ben haywards.
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Reviewer PBJSandwiches
20/07/2012
Don't ever go to Benets. The service is mediocre, staff are frequently rude and the worst thing is the owner who doesn't even wait for you to finish your meal before impolitely taking it off the table and forcing you out. If you want to enjoy a nice relaxing meal or cup of coffee, this ISN'T the place.
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Reviewer StudentCoffee
01/05/2012
I remember grabbing a late one evening and reading a book at around 8:30 pm (the cafe was nearly empty, with about 3 other people in the whole cafe). An older man came in and was vacuuming, I'm assuming he was the owner. The then rudely implied that I had overstayed my welcome and should leave. I could understand if he wanted me to leave because it was busy, but it certainly wasn't. Complete jerk. Definitely going to Starbucks or anything else from now on. Staff are terrible and rude. AVOID.
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Reviewer DRdc
05/01/2012
Everything seems to have gone downhill, somewhat, in what used to be a lovely kings parade cafe.
They had a refurb and expanded last year with a very tall young man at the helm and for a spell it had a lovely local feel with the trimmings of a chain store. sadly he appears to have left and taken the 'vibe' with him.

Staff now seem uninterested, uninformed and downright rude to each other and customers. As others mentioned, the cleanliness is appalling. This comes with the added insult that managers (I assume all those without uniforms to be management though I could be wrong) prioritise smoking and sitting on the phone outside to cleaning tables or helping serve customers so their staff can clean.

As a former regular I think they dropped they ball and have possibly ruined what was once my cafe of choice. A great shame considering things were looking so promising with their last manager and team.

Hopefully it can be saved.
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Reviewer woodcub
09/12/2011
King's Parade, What a dreadful cafe, the tables were dirty, the cutlery was dirty and the menus were covered in food and mess, even though it wasn't busy so they could have tidied up. The server was unfriendly and the whole experience unpleasant. What a shame that many tourists will have their trip to the city marred by this sort of experience.
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Reviewer hbrw
05/08/2011
I sat in this cafe a few times but just experienced (for the first and last time) what I now understand is the owner's standard policy of kicking the customers out. He tried to take our coffee cups three times and when I insisted that I still had some coffee left, he helpfully pointed out that it had gone cold and proceeded to just take it, anyway. He also requested that we leave. When I confronted him he explained that he needed space for new customers, although there were none there and plenty of free tables around. I told him that this kind of behaviour was unheard of, but now I see that it is not. Seriously considering filing an official complaint at the City Council or wherever someone would listen. In any case, AVOID this place.
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Reviewer hbrw
05/08/2011
I sat in this cafe a few times but just experienced (for the first and last time) what I now understand is the owner's standard policy of kicking the customers out. He tried to take our coffee cups three times and when I insisted that I still had some coffee left, he helpfully pointed out that it had gone cold and proceeded to just take it, anyway. He also requested that we leave. When I confronted him he explained that he needed space for new customers, although there were none there and plenty of free tables around. I told him that this kind of behaviour was unheard of, but now I see that it is not. Seriously considering filing an official complaint at the City Council or wherever someone would listen. In any case, AVOID this place.
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Reviewer mrt
03/08/2011
I went to this cafe today with a friend of mine. After having coffee and cake our coffee cups were taken away. We were still sitting down (it was a really hot day). A person (who turned out to be the owner) came to ask if we were waiting for something. My friend answered no. He asked another time if we were waiting for something. I had to interrupt him and say that we had coffee already. This person was not very nice and after a short argument I had to tell him was being really rude. He said he was the owner and I was being rude. I replied that I am the customer and I will never come back.

By reading the reviews I can see this person does not deserve a single pound from anybody. Please boycott this place!

Mr T
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Reviewer cambridgeme
23/07/2011
I'd like to say that I agree with the other comments.
I have visited the shop on kings parade twice. After the first time I decided to give them a second chance. It seems that half of the staff are friendly but the other half are rude and unwelcoming. I too have had my experience of the owner...if your not sure who I mean look out for the short bulldog man who stomps about eyeballing you and your coffee, waiting for the moment to snatch it out from underneath you. When I pay for food to eat in I don't expect to be hustled out the instant it's finished. Oh yeh and don't bother asking for some hot water for your tea because 'we don't do hot water'....even when I offered to pay half the price of the tea....hospitality and politeness costs nothing. Good luck when everyone realises your little cafes not so cute. Been rude to your customers and your staff won't make you a bigger man....
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Reviewer boogatron
29/06/2011
As a Cambridge resident, I have been going into both Benet cafes for years. This is largely a result of its convenient location rather than excellent value or quality (the reasonable food is rather pricey) but recently I have also been thrown out by the incredibly rude owner after barely putting my cup down. I can understand that it might be annoying to have students sit all day over one cup of coffee and as such I can imagine reason for politely turfing the odd student out when there are other customers vying for seats, but I am far from my student days and there were plenty of tables available when I was asked to leave for non-existent waiting customers. The sad thing is, if he had only asked, I would have ordered another coffee and lunch which is what I was discussing with my colleague when ejected! I've also witnessed this man being rude to his staff and have felt on the verge of boycotting the place before but this was the final straw. I will never go in either Benets again and only wish I could recoup some of the money I loyally spent in here over the years. Leave Benets for the tourist... I wonder if he'll survive the winter once he's ejected all his regulars.
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Reviewer lizcam
22/06/2011
Completely agree with the previous reviewers, I and my friends (students at Cambridge) have had similar experiences. This cafe survives because it attracts tourists on King's Parade, it would last five minutes if it had to rely on returning customers because they are so incredibly rude. I honestly have never experienced anything like it. I am also sorry if this cafe influences the impression that tourist have of English hospitality and customer service. Overpriced and mediocre food, served up with open contempt for customers.
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Reviewer annieh
29/04/2011
Save yourself the trouble of being kicked out of this café by the scurrilous owner. Go elsewhere. The bad news for Benet’s is that there’s lots of competition in Cambridge so you lose custom if you lack professionalism and treat your customers like squatters! After going to this café on and off for about 5 years, I went for the first time to have lunch upstairs in the expanded Benet’s on King’s Parade – appropriate as it was the day of the Royal Wedding. A regrettable decision. After purchasing two sandwiches and two coffees, my friend and I were sitting on the couches when the owner brusquely came and cleared away the cups, one of which was not finished. He said, in his way, “Are you done? Are you leaving soon?” As if his message wasn’t clear enough, he grunted “If you would.” Now this is my first experience of being asked to leave a cafe so I have nothing to compare it to. Maybe that says something. Few cafe owners would behave so appallingly. The experience was completely inexplicable because the upstairs room where we had lunch was almost empty, it was just us and two other occupied tables. This was neither a busy time, nor had we occupied the table for hours.

So, to the owner of Benet’s, please do not take advantage of customers, be honest and hang signs that explain your business model: “Once you’ve taken your last bite or sip, or even before you’re done, get the hell out of here so I can have empty tables. If you would.” My fellow café-goers, do yourselves a favour and go where your custom is wanted and you’re treated with professionalism.
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Reviewer BSMSmedic
02/02/2011
Avoid!! Unless of course you enjoy being ask to leave by the owner as soon as you have emptied your cup and barely finished your final gulp. Quite literally asked to leave. Still find it unbelievable.
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Reviewer Anonymous
18/07/2008
What a cute little cafe, I came here for the first time and I couldn't believe how busy it was. I had a cookie and a coffee for a very reasonable price which I will no doubt have again next time.
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