Cambridge’s five foodie must-haves for September


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

Raised In Brampton

Raised In Brampton

1. Shop It

When Alice Brown started nurturing Stella – her now-beloved sourdough starter – in the April of last year, it was little more than a lockdown hobby. Fast-forward to today and she’s running her own independent artisan micro-bakery, Raised in Rampton, just crowned Best Covid Start Up in the 2021 Muddy Stilettos Suffolk & Cambs Awards.

Stocking three weekly pop-up shops, alongside direct orders and a subscription service, Alice now bakes more than 200 loaves a week for her legion of loyal customers, with best-selling flavours including Marmite & Cheese, Sundried Tomato & Chilli and Olive, Oregano & Garlic.

Shop it : Raised in Brampton


Histon SmokeHouse

Histon SmokeHouse

2. Book It

Relaunching post-lockdown with a menu revolving around the new onsite smokery – fed with a well-honed mix of whisky barrel, cherry and hickory chips to achieve just the right flavour profile – Histon Smokehouse has just unveiled another addition: an intimate upstairs bar, in partnership with Estrella Damm. Coupling taps of the iconic Mediterranean beer with a special tapas-style menu, the venue is ideal for group dining and private parties.

The main menu features wings, steaks, strips, ribs and veggie and vegan options (tofu, plantain, jackfruit), plus a Smokehouse take on tapas, for those wanting smaller dishes, and all-day brunch and order-ahead beer can chicken on Sundays.

Book it : Histon Smokehouse


The Baking Jin

The Baking Jin

3. Order It

Traditionally baked to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, mooncakes are coming to Cambridge this month courtesy of The Baking Jin. An intricate biscuit pastry case, created with a highly decorated mould, the ‘cakes’ are filled with sweet pastes, most often lotus seed.

Debuting his mooncakes last September, Jin has brought them back for 2021 by popular demand. Available both locally and for national delivery, they come in two sizes (large: 100g, small: 50g) and two core flavours (lotus paste and pumpkin seed; red bean paste and walnuts), with the large versions containing special centres too (salted duck egg lava; pandan coconut custard).

Order it : The Baking Jin

The Pizza & Kitchen Co - Shelford

The Pizza & Kitchen Co – Shelford

4. Dine It

Helmed by a chef formerly of Midsummer House, Cambridge’s two Michelin star restaurant, The Pizza & Kitchen Co. at Shelford Rugby Club is fast developing a fan following – according to one recent reviewer, it’s the city’s best-kept foodie secret.

Uniting Ian Stuart’s fine dining background with authentic woodfired pizza, the menu is anything but ordinary: monthly specials have included medium rare bavette steak and bone marrow nugget with peppercorn sauce, tarragon oyster mushrooms, roast tomatoes and chips, and beef brisket and pork belly chilli with bramley apple and cider vinegar salsa, maple cinder toffee and coriander.

Dine it : The Pizza & Kitchen Co



Plant-Based Recipes For Every Occasion

5. Cook It

Now, more than ever, every meal shared with family and friends feels like a reason to celebrate. That’s the ethos behind the latest book from culinary wellness guru and social media star Bettina Campolucci Bordi: simply called Celebrate, it contains delicious menus for all occasions, from casual kitchen and garden suppers to Easter and Christmas. Spanning canapes (herbed crostini, chickpea dippers with chipotle mayo) right through to desserts and bakes (pavlova wreath, ultimate chocolate birthday cake), every recipe is plant-based, too.

Celebrate: Plant-Based Recipes for Every Occasion by Bettina Campolucci Bordi is out September 16, published in hardback by Hardie Grant and priced £20.

Get Cooking : Plant-based Recipes for Every Occasion


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