November’s Foodie Must-Haves


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

Eat It

Step inside Jolie, the new cake shop and cafe in Saffron Walden, and you’re teleported to a Parisian patisserie: a countertop lined with exquisitely piped pastries, glass cloches filled with rainbows of macarons, the scent of hot chocolate and freshest coffee. . .

It’s a dream realised for Danielle Steed who, despite already having four children, two dogs, a cat, chickens and a full-time day job with Cambridge University Press & Assessment to keep her busy, says turning 40 prompted her to take the plunge.


Jolie – Saffron Walden

Follow Jolie on Instagram @jolie.saffronwalden


Cook It

From simple-yet-elegant party canapes to crowd-pleasing coffee morning bakes, whatever the social occasion, new recipe book Food & Company serves up the perfect dish.

Introduced by behemoth of broadcasting Melvyn Bragg – who deems it “in a class of its own” – the cookbook is the brainchild of sisters Joan Gate and Margaret Brough, who’ve spent the last 30 years in catering, 15 running sell-out cookery classes. Now putting their culinary wisdom into print, they describe their food as “home cooking from the heart”.


Food & Company Cook Book

The Food & Company Cook Book is out now in hardback, published by Meze and priced £22


Shop It

Il Mercato By Signorelli is an delicious Mediterranean deli in Cambridge’s Grafton, offering authentic produce from around the Med. Their in-house bakery offers freshly made pizzas, bread and Pasticcini. There’s also a large selection of Italian cured meats and cheeses from small independent farms and the wine corner offers consumers a chance to taste, drink and purchase fine wines and Italian craft beer. Take your time to browse the shelves or order online for a delivery straight to your door!!

Il Mercato Deli

Il Mercato Deli – Cambridge

Shop at Il Mercato


Dine It

Founded on an ambition to bring a top-flight restaurant experience to people’s own homes, Kale Dining is a new venture from Cambridge’s Ashley Sargent. Currently head chef at Clare College, he developed the bespoke private dining service during lockdown.

Reviews have been rave, hence Ashley is continuing to run Kale alongside his Clare College job. Planning a direct delivery Christmas Day dinner box, containing everything you need for the full feast prepped and ready to go, he caters for gatherings of all sizes, from intimate dinners upwards.


Kale Dining

Follow on Instagram @kale_dining


Drink It

Cambridge’s Prince Regent public house – which, like the street it sits on, is said to be named after George IV’s 1815 visit to the city – has reopened following a six-figure refurbishment.

And it’s not just fixtures and fittings that have been given a new look: the menu has been refreshed, to include a signature shin-and-rib beef burger, a Beyond Meat plant burger and a bigger and better Sunday roast, and additions to the drinks list span socially responsible soft drinks (LemonAid, Belu Water) and exclusive ales (a new beer from Cambridge’s own BrewBoard and a house Prince’s Pale Ale).


Prince Regent – Regent Street, Cambridge

For more information visit the website Prince Regent


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