About OS

OtherSyde (OS) is an intriguing new venue on the riverside in downtown Cambridge. Set in the grounds of the City’s Old Pumping Station – now the Cambridge Museum of Technology – OtherSyde provides a range of experiences like no other place in the UK.

Whether you’re a local resident, or a visitor to the city, you’re sure to find a host of reasons for spending time with OS.

“Cool place..” “Exciting.. Super casual..” “Quirky. Something different.” “Just love it.”

Why not spend a minute or two browsing our website to get a flavour of the wide range of experiences that OtherSyde can offer you?

tipi for hire

Our newly installed tipi will be in the beer garden over the next few months. If you’re having a party, why not call us? We can provide full catering and bar facilities and if you’re really going to let your hair down, we can also provide all the fun of a silent disco.

“Intimate and cosy” “Lovely beer garden” “Really fun location”

When the tipi isn’t being hired out, it’s free to use by all our visitors. You can reserve a table in the tipi if you fancy dining in the only (as far as we know) tipi dining space in town.


We pride ourselves on serving some of the best craft brewed beers in Cambridge. We have partnered with Brewboard to ensure that we always have at least four of their beers on tap. Brewboard also brew our own in-house lager ‘The Guv’nor’, which is proving to be extremely popular.

“Lovely atmosphere” “Great beers and wines” “Cute little beer garden”

Our wines and spirits are provided by the award winning Cambridge Wine Merchants and we also serve freshly ground coffee and have a wide range of teas and soft drinks.

Food and Drinks Menu

Please note that we are currently carrying out various upgrades to our catering facilities that mean opening hours are subject to change at short notice. Please call or email us to confirm that we are open if you want to be sure of being able to eat or drink on any particular day.

“The food is excellent.”

“Really good craft beer.”


Beef burgers, cheese burgers, fish burgers, chicken burgers, veggie burgers, we do ’em all!

Prices start at £9.00 for a burger and chips. A portion of chips can be bought separately for £2.50. Children’s meals start at £5.00.

We also cater for large groups. Call us on 01223 512122 to discuss.


Hand-made pizzas, stone-baked in our oven, come with a wide variety of toppings, with prices starting from £9.00 for a margherita with fresh basil.

You can select your own toppings or choose from our chef’s recommended selections. 

We also do garlic bread at £2.50 and side salads at £4.00.


Vegetarians and vegans will never go hungry (or thirsty) at OtherSyde.

Our vegan burgers are delicious, as are our haloumi burgers and fries. Our burger prices start at £9.00 and include a serving of chips.

Vegan wines and beers can be purchased from the bar.

Ice Cream

We serve ice cream all year round by the tub. All tubs are priced at £2.75.

At least five flavours are usually available including chocolate and vanilla with at least one vegan offering.

Our delicious ice cream is made locally by the Saffron Ice Cream Company.


We always have eight beers on tap. Most of them are locally brewed craft beers. Brewboard is our craft beer partner.

Craft beers start at £5.00 a pint. We usually have two lagers on tap, a stout, a selection of IPAs, an amber ale and one local cider.

Bottled beers and alchohol free beer are also available.


We have a wide range of gins, some of them locally made, plus a good selection of other spirits.

Spirit prices start at £3.00 for a single, with mixers all at £2.00. See our events section for info on our gin tasting sessions.

Our own brand gin, with a label customised for you, can be bought at the bar.


Small glasses of red or white wine start at £4.05. Wine is also available by the bottle.

Champagne and prosecco can be purchased by the bottle and we offer discounts if you’re hiring the venue for a party or company do.

We also serve mulled wine in the winter months.

Hot drinks

Prices for hot drinks start at £1.50 for a cup of tea (we have a wide selection of teas).

Freshly ground coffee – espresso, cappucino, latte, americano, iced – starts at £2.50 a cup and can be served with ordinary milk or oat milk.

We also serve hot chocolate and Irish coffee.

Opening Hours

Please note that our opening hours will be changing over the next few weeks while we set up the Electric Cafe. Given that we have quite a large garden, with seating overlooking the River Cam, we also open more often in the spring and summer, especially in good weather.

To find out when food pop-ups will be on site, please take a look at our calendar.

Electric Cafe

The Electric Cafe (including Chimney’s) will be serving food at the following times:

Monday: Closed all day
Tuesday: Closed all day
Wednesday: Closed all day
Thursday: Closed all day
Friday: From 10am to 9pm
Saturday: From 12pm to 9pm
Sunday:From 12pm to 3pm

Food Menu

OS Bar

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The OS Bar will be serving drinks at the following times:

Monday: Closed all day
Tuesday: Closed all day
Wednesday: Closed all day
Thursday: Closed all day
Friday: From 5pm to 11pm
Saturday: From 10am to 11pm
Sunday:From 12am to 8pm

Drinks Menu

Escape Games

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We currently have two games that can be booked online or at the venue:

We are currently setting up our escape games for a spring launch. Please sign up to our mailing list to be kept informed of developments

What's On

A diverse programme of events and activities throughout the year. Escape Games, Fireside Drinks, Tours of the Museum and the Haunted House, Sundowners, Talks, Film Screenings and more.


Got an idea for an event you’d to see at OS? Come and talk to us.  Check out what has been on at OtherSyde on our Instagram feed.  Like OS on Facebook and we’ll keep you informed about all our upcoming events.

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Hack the Matrix?

Before the matrix hacks you..

Book NowCrowdfunder

Check out the special rewards that are only open to participants in our crowdfunder.

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Join us for an escape game like no other. Inspired by the history of the Cambridge Museum of Technology, use your creativity and logic to solve the puzzles and save  the city from disappearing under a sea of waste!

Suitable for adults and children of all ages.

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Scroll down for more info on our escape games in the Hack the Matrix collection.

the time machine

You are locked inside a strange and imposing Victorian house in which there has clearly been a terrible tragedy. The ghosts that haunt the house are trying to communicate with you. They hold secrets that they urgently need to share, but their messages are breaking up within the ether. Can you work out what it is that they are trying to tell you and find a way to escape from what appears to be certain doom?

Not suitable for young children or people of a nervous disposition.

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Experience the OtherSyde

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Plan your visit

How many minutes have you got?

Just a few

an hour or two

Half a day

a full day

How about a quick drink and a snack in the Secret Garden or the Electric Cafe, or sit on the Vartan Steps and watch the rowers on the River Cam while sipping on a freshly ground cup of coffee and charging your smartphone at the Juice Point.


“Great setting.
Friendly staff.
Relaxed vibe”

Settle down for a delicous meal indoors or al fresco, maybe in the Iron Yard or the Giant Tipi. Go on a guided tour of the Museum and the Haunted House or maybe play a game of chess while enjoying a pint of craft beer from the OS Bar


“Lovely views and lovely service”

Get together with your family and friends and see if you have what it takes to crack the puzzles in one of our Escape Rooms. Celebrate your success with a pre-booked meal in the Electric Cafe and have your picture taken as a group of Victorian adventurers.


“Just love it”

Start your day with brunch in the Electric Cafe or under the apple trees in the Secret Garden. Explore the Museum of Technology and then park the children in the Yurt while you catch up with the news on your laptop. Eat lunch in the open air and then spend an hour trying to escape from the Haunted House. End the day by letting your hair down at a Silent Disco or another one of our Regular Events, or just chilling on the Vartan Steps while watching the sun go down over the river.


Outside at OtherSyde. Set in the garden of the Engineer’s House, here you can enjoy locally brewed craft beers and ciders, freshly ground coffee, homemade cakes and savoury snacks.


Our food shack serves pizzas, burgers and haloumi fries.  Vegetarian and vegan options are also available. See our menu for information about our food and drinks. Call 01223 512122 if you’d like to talk to us about catering for your event at OtherSyde.


Electric Cafe

Fresh sandwiches and toasties, homemade cakes and biscuits plus freshly ground coffee and a great range of teas. The cafe also plays occasional host to musicians of many stripes.

Vartan steps

This is the place to sit and watch the world go by. Enjoy the sunshine, sunset and stars over the River Cam. Also a great spot for small-scale theatre performances, talks, presentations and al fresco meetings.

THE boiler house

Set in the heart of the Museum of Technology, this incredible space now plays host to a truly challenging escape game. Book today for an experience that you’ll never forget!

The Haunted House

A fascinating house with a remarkable history. Downstairs it’s a cafe, upstairs there is an escape game under construction that will be like no other in the world. Find out more and discover the rewards we have on offer for early-bird players of the game.

the giant tipi

Wow! You can hire the tipi for your private event or just book a table inside for you and your friends. Birthday party, silent disco, presentation? Tell us how you’d like to use our tipi. We’re always open to ideas.

SECRET garden

Hidden behind an 8 foot high brick wall, 100 year old apple trees (mind your head if you sit underneath them!), dog roses, a large lawn and the OS Bar on hand to serve you with drinks and snacks all year round. The garden is dog friendly, child friendly and cycle friendly.

Juice Point

This is place to recharge (yourself and your smartphone), with a refreshing drink and a boost for your battery. With excellent views over the River Cam and across to Logan’s Meadow Nature Reserve on the opposite bank.


Children love our yurt. We’ve got games, books and construction kits in there and it works really well as a place to hold a kids’ party – though this is more for the summertime than any other time of year. But it’s not just for kids, adults can use the space as well. Suggestions to date include: palm reading, therapy, shisha sessions, drawing classes and late night poker games. What would you do in a yurt?

Iron Yard

Before Lion Yard, there was Iron Yard: where upcycled metal objects have found new life as pieces of industrial furniture. Here, amongst other things, you can relax with a pint of locally brewed craft beer while playing a game of open air chess.

Peacock Stage

This a great place for performers to show off their talents. We don’t pay artists to play, and we don’t manage marketing and ticketing. What we do do is provide a free space for artists to perform in front of a friendly crowd at our outside bar. Come and talk to us if you’re looking for somewhere to strut your stuff. Please note that we like to keep our neighbours happy by keeping the noise levels to under 11. 

The home of othersyde

At the Museum of Technology

The Museum of Technology

Big brother next door. Showing the progression of power technology from steam to electricity and home to historic working engines, telephone exchanges, printing presses and many more wonderful and interesting contraptions. Visit their website to find out more.

The Museum is also host to Escape from Disaster, a truly immersive escape game that includes a magical history tour of this wonder of Victorian engineering. 

Guided tours of the Museum and the Haunted House can be booked online, and tables can be reserved in our cafe if you’d like to enjoy a meal during your visit.

For all enquiries and table reservations, please call us on 01223 512122

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Party Hire

party hire

Any excuse for a party! We have a variety of spaces for the perfect adults’ or children’s celebration. Whether your thinking about a small party or a big party, indoors/outdoors or both: Contact us to find out more or to arrange a viewing with our Events Manager.

Event Hire

Looking for somewhere special for your event? We love to support local makers, bakers and candlestick makers! Whether it’s a food festival, market, exhibition, fundraiser or something completely different, we have the venue for you. Contact us to chat to us about your event.


An inspiring place for your team to get creative, work together and enjoy each other’s company. Whether for a presentation, team-building escape games, museum tour or even crazy golf! Hire the whole venue or just a part of it – there are oodles of possibilities for your event at Othersyde. 

Film Hire

The upstairs rooms in the haunted house are a great setting for small-scale films and photo sessions. You can hire the venue for your film – we provide onsite catering – or you and your family and friends can dress up as Victorians and have your picture taken sepia style in what is reputed to be the spookiest house in Cambridge.

Whatever your event, talk to us. We have a wide-range of interesting and quirky spaces to hire with a full on-site catering service and licenced bar.

email us at events@othersyde.co.uk | or call us on 01223 512122 for more information


working together to create something special

preserving our past

The Museum stands high above Cambridge and the surrounding area. Standing beside the beautiful River Cam between Stourbridge Common and Midsummer Common, the Museum shows the progression of technology from the age of steam through to the present day.

OtherSyde is delighted to be working in partnership with the Museum of Technology to restore the house of the Chief Engineer and to assist the Museum in enhancing its visitor experience.


“BrewBoard is a young independent craft brewer.

The Board has assembled from far and wide, bringing prodigious talent and experience together to produce something special.

Discerning drinkers assemble, there’s a new player in town …”

BrewBoard craft beers are always on tap at the OS Bar, OtherSyde.

Food Hub

The Cambridge Food Hub is an innovative food distribution system for the Cambridge area, aiming to increase the accessibility of sustainable food whilst supporting local producers and small businesses.

The Food Hub project is also working towards a visionary centre for all aspects of food: from production and consumption to education and research. We aim to be fair, progressive and sustainable in all of our actions.


Turf is an escape game company based in Aalsmeer, Holland that specialises in designing and building games for play within unique settings such as museums.

In partnership with OtherSyde, TURF has designed and built the puzzles for Escape from Disaster: a game that can be played by up to 32 people at a time in the incredible setting of the Boiler Room at the City’s old pumping station.

OS Themes

At OtherSyde we are actively exploring various themes that impact on all of us and trying to integrate the findings from those explorations into the way we run the business. Feel free to come and have a chat with us about your ideas/interests/concerns. Just come to the bar and ask to speak to Matthew.

The Future of Technology

Through our custom designed escape games, OtherSyde will be exploring both the past and the future of technology – which is rather fitting, given our location smile. Think time travel, steampunk ghostbusters and mind-bending puzzles that will challenge players at all levels of ability. Click here for a taste of what’s to come.

Arts and sustainability

OtherSyde supports artistic work that inspires us to think about sustainability. Many of the structures at OtherSyde, including the furniture in the Iron Yard, and the artworks that can be found across the site, are made from upcycled or recycled materials, many of them donated by the Museum of Technology.

Supporting the Museum

OtherSyde is limited company that is based in Cambridge and that aims to make a profit from its activities at the Museum of Technology. However, a percentage of all profits generated is paid to the museum, which is a registered charity, with a view to supporting the museum’s mission to preserve the industrial heritage of Cambridge. A major role that OtherSyde has played at the Museum has been the restoration of the Engineer’s House, which was badly damaged in an arson attack in 2006. 

Local Suppliers

We support local businesses that provide work to local people. We work with Brewboard craft beer brewers, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cambridge Food Hub, Mill Road Butchers and Enchanted Cinema, to name but a few!

Ethical Eating

Vegan, vegetarian or conscious meat eater? What we choose to eat can have profound effects on not only our health, but also our environment and the animals we share it with. At OtherSyde, we offer a great range of food and drink that will meet your needs, whatever your ethical stance or dietary requirements.

Community Involvement

OtherSyde forms a vital part of the Museum of Technology’s Community Hub. We regularly co-host locally managed events with the Museum and volunteers from the Museum often get involved in projects that are managed by OtherSyde. OtherSyde is a warm and friendly space that welcomes local community groups to make use of the on-site facilities, often at little or no cost. If you have an idea for a locally managed event or meetup, please come and talk to us.

OtherSyde Bar and Event Space

Contact Info


Find OS: The Engineer’s House, Riverside, Cambridge CB5 8HN
(next door to the tallest chimney in town)

email: info@othersyde.co.uk

Telephone: 01223 512122

Parking: There is some free parking on Cheddars Lane and also on Riverside. Plus there’s lots of free parking at the Cambridge Retail Park on Newmarket Road (we’re a five minute walk away). For bicycles, there’s always room to chain your bike to the railings that run alongside the River Cam. If you’ve got a really fancy bike that you need to keep an eye on, then feel free to bring it onto our premises.

Wheelchair access: This isn’t brilliant as we’re dependent on access via the Cambridge Museum of Technology. Give us a call, however, and we can arrange for wheelchair access from the Cheddars Lane entrance to the Museum.

Dogs: They’re welcome, but please keep them on a lead.


Before it hacks you..

Artists, tech heads, philosophers, game designers, storytellers, engineers, steampunks and time travellers: Join us for our monthly meetup wherein we discuss all things futurological and develop the tools for the only hack that really matters.

See What's On or our Facebook events page for details. Or call us on 01223 512122.