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free school lane is our first BBQ restaurant in cambridge, opened in 2014. in the heart of cambridge we smoke, pull, brine and season classic BBQ food and pair it with beer, bourbon & milkshakes. delivered fast. eat-in or takeaway. located just round the corner from the cambridge corn exchange, SmokeWorks is the perfect lunch or dinner out before a gig or concert.

our 'slow cooked. fast.' concept means we smoke our meats for up to 14 hours in our cambridge smokery before finishing them off to order with efficient, fast and friendly service. we are happy to cater for allergies and intolerances, please see our allergy menu here. in particular we have many choices for gluten-free customers.


2 free school lane

no bookings, just turn up!
please note we only take bookings for groups of 1O or more (sunday-thursday and friday lunchtimes.)
please contact
tel: 01223 365385


monday-thursday 11.3O-22.OO
friday & saturday 11.3O-22.3O
sunday 11.3O-21.3O


do you take bookings/parties?

we don't take bookings for small tables but if there isn't a table available when you arrive we have a brilliant call back system so we can take your mobile number whilst you go for a drink and text you when your table is ready. our new bar SmokeWorks tap is located just next door, the perfect place to start your evening whilst your table is being prepared.

for groups we have a great basement room which is suitable for up to 20 guests. perfect for group bookings, kids parties, events and networking. please email to enquire and see photos below:

what are your opening hours on bank holidays?

bank holiday opening times are the same as sundays (11.45 - 21.3O.) we are closed on christmas day, boxing day and new year's day.

do you have a bar?

yes! our bar SmokeWorks tap is located just next door, perfect for starting the evening with a drink whilst you wait for a table.

is the restaurant child-friendly?

yes! please see our kids menu. highchairs are available. we also provide colouring in and etch-a-sketch to keep kids busy!

is there disabled access?

we have limited disabled access. please email to confirm details.

do you cater for allergies and intolerances?

we endeavour to cater for all allergies and intolerances, please see our allergy menu. in particular we have an excellent range of gluten-free options. please email for more information prior to your visit.

where is the nearest car park?

the nearest car park is at the grand arcade (entrance on corn exchange street.)

what method of payments do you take?

we accept all major credit cards including amex.