Cambridge’s five foodie must-haves for August


This month’s five foodie must-haves, brought to you by Velvet Magazine

Elle-Roberts - Cambridge Cookery

Elle Events

1. Book It

Nothing conjures a holiday destination like food and, thanks to a 12-week pop-up launching this month, diners at Cambridge Cookery can take a culinary world tour without venturing further than its terrace. New Cambridge-based company Elle-Events will be hosting Limited Elle-Editions, a pop-up restaurant showcasing different chefs at the cookery school bistro each Saturday evening, from now through to the end of October.

Starting with a Taste of South Africa from Shanty Cambridge, the August line-up includes a pair of Italian nights with Fasta Pasta and a Sustainable Seafood Supper with City Buoys, with more chefs and themes soon to be confirmed. Local breweries and wine merchants will be supplying complementary drinks. To celebrate the launch, diners attending their fifth pop-up in the series will receive 25% off their total bill.

Book it : Elle Events


Gatherer Foods - Aksara

Gatherer Foods

2. Dine It

Making its debut with a menu spanning saffron-infused, mango-topped coconut chia and tapioca porridge and Thai veggies with herby rice and spicy salad, Gatherer is Cambridge’s new plant-based pop-up.

Based at the city’s Satyam Yoga & Wellbeing Centre, everything on the menu is “made with filtered water and is organic, plant-based and free from dairy, eggs, gluten and refined sugar,” explains founder Askara Inamdar, former boss of Cherry Hinton eatery Co. “We are looking at redefining eating out and drinking out by creating a space where you have access to all of the same social aspects as well as pleasure from food and drink, without any of the harmful additives, chemicals and toxins – or hangovers.”

With child-friendly small plates also on the menu, which will change for every pop-up date, drinks include locally brewed kefir, alcohol-free beer and warming caffeine-free options.




Histon Smokehouse

3. Shop It

As well as reopening with a new onsite smokery, barbecue menu and Estrella bar, Histon Smokehouse has built a mini marketplace in its back garden for local artisans to show and sell their wares. Along with arts, crafts, vintage, plants and eco products, a grocery list of food and drink stalls are on the roster for the market, which runs every Wednesday to Sunday.

Get home-baked sourdough from Raised in Rampton, canned South African wine from Copper Crew, artisan East Anglian cheese from Rennet & Rind, cakes from Jake’s Kitchen, traybakes from Cambridge Luxury Bakes, doughnuts and Greek pastries from Prestige Doughnuts, olive oil from Il Molino, gin from Roundwood Distillery. . .

New traders are being added all the time. Check socials for the latest.




Inspired Grazing

4. Cook It

It’s the dining trend which has taken your Insta feed by storm: colourful, flavourful and by very nature sociable, too, the grazing board is the new way to go when entertaining.

With a chapter tailored to every season – think Strawberry Fields for summer, Fireside Fondue for winter – Inspiring Grazing by Laura Billington, founder of Graze Cheshire, is a complete guide to the art of board-making, filled with advice (how to pair flavours) and recipes (cheese straws, candied pecans, chocolate hazelnut dip).

Inspired Grazing is out now in 192-page paperback, published by Meze and priced £22.

Get Cooking : Inspired Grazing



The Rupert Brooke

5. See It

The Rupert Brooke, the much-loved Grantchester inn famously named after the war poet who once lived in the village, has reopened with both a new look and new menu.

Following in the decor footsteps of its sister property, Barrow’s The Weeping Willow, both bar and restaurant now feature colourful walls and a rainbow of quirky furniture, including patchwork chairs.

Both part of Chestnut Group, there’s a culinary connection between the two, too: The Rupert Brooke’s new head chef, Lewis Ryan, comes from The Weeping Willow kitchen, where he perfected the menu. Described as “modern British: good food, locally sourced, skillfully cooked and thoughtfully served”, local hero dishes include Smoked Dingley Dell Black Pudding Scotch Egg, Adnams Beer Battered Haddock and Cambridge Burnt Cream.

Visit : The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester

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