Contemporary dining & botanical cocktails in Eddington
Keen to escape the tourist traps? Not quite sure where to go to avoid the big crowds?
Cambridge is expanding at a rapid pace, including the local food scene. Traditionally, restaurants were in the main centre of Cambridge, also known as the historic centre, which is in and around Kings Parade. Over the last 20 years, there has been a huge shift. You can now find an exciting array of spice shops, pubs, and restaurants in and around Mill Road and excellent bars and restaurants at the bottom end of Regent Street and at the Quayside.
Sustainable living and open green spaces
With the development of new communities, the need for facilities in Cambridge is increasing too. Eddington in North Cambridge, at the top of Huntingdon Road, is one of these newest neighbourhoods in Cambridge. There is a big focus on sustainability here, which shows in their garden design and focus on planting all through the Turing Locke Aparthotel and Hyatt Centric.
Contemporary accommodation in North Cambridge
In October 2021, Hyatt Centric opened its doors to their Hotel and Turing Locke, contemporary apartments. Part of their development is KOTA Cambridge, created by the team behind the popular bar and restaurant in Regent Street, NOVI Cambridge.
KOTA Cambridge took its inspiration from the Finnish concept of wood-fired cooking and community dining. This contemporary restaurant offers warm and inviting hospitality, focusing on using local, independent, and environmentally conscious producers and suppliers. Enjoy a relaxed brunch, lunch or dinner at the main restaurant Kota, pastries and an excellent cup of coffee at their coffee shop and amazing sunsets and cocktails at their rooftop bar and beer garden.
Staycation at Turing Locke
In October, I had a mini-staycation in Eddington at one of the Turing Locke apartments. It was a thank you for the work I did for them a while ago. We wanted to make the most out of it, so we decided not to wait until check-in time at 4 pm but arrive earlier to have lunch at Dutch.
The apartment at Turing Locke is very comfortable and well kitted out. Perfect for a weekend away in Cambridge, but also suitable for an extended stay in Cambridge. The contemporary and comfortable design of the lobby offers an excellent space to work or to relax.
KOTA Kitchen & Bar not just for tourists
At the beginning of October, when KOTA opened its doors, I enjoyed here a delicious lunch of Jerusalem artichokes three ways. Lovely and velvety, it was spot on for my lunch. Now for our mini staycation, we were booked in for a lazy dinner.
Local and environmentally conscious
The layout of the restaurant is spacious, which gives you a lot of privacy. The mood is relaxed, perfect for a date night or meeting with friends or for a business meeting. KOTA means shelter and a place to cook, and it is certainly true to both, being a place for the community to gather and dine. Just like their sister brand, NOVI Cambridge, KOTA focuses on being independent, local and environmentally conscious.
The must-have Cambridge dessert
We had a great time dining at KOTA. The Botanical cocktails were perfect as always, followed by delicious starters and mains. There is something about cooking over a fire as it gives the food that special touch. We finished with their incredibly light Saint espresso Cambridge burnt cream, which is becoming a must-have dessert, and we aren’t surprised!
Sundays are for long walks and roast dinners
KOTA specialises in brunches, barbequed flavours, speciality coffee, botanical cocktails, and craft beer and is a place where the local community and hotel guests meet, but people from further afield too! The KOTA roof terrace is undoubtedly going to be a huge attraction, but I think their Sunday roasts too!
Why not take a stroll through the open green spaces of Cambridge. Make your way to Eddington and tuck into a comforting roast, sip one of their botanical cocktails and indulge in their silkySaint espresso Cambridge burnt cream. It’s a perfect spot for Cambridge residents from further afield too.
KOTA Coffee at the Hyatt Centric
In a rush or looking for a co-working space? Stop by at KOTA’s funky coffee spot for third-wave coffee roasted in house by London-based roasters Saint Espresso, fresh juices and smoothies. Grab an artisanal pastry of something savoury on the go before you head into Cambridge. With ample car parking away from the city centre and close to the M11, it’s a perfect place for business meetings.
KOTA Rooftop Bar
What’s even better than dining at Kota? Enjoy Cambridge’s views from a bird’s eye view with a cocktail in hand and enjoy their food at lunchtime or sunset. KOTA’s rooftop menu features innovative botanical cocktails using aromatics, infusions and shrubs and hand-crafted by their team of expert mixologists. Crafts beers, showcasing a host of local breweries, play a part of the eclectic menu, as will nibbles and small plates.
KOTA’s Roof terrace is open from April to September 12 pm – 9 pm so make sure you book a table when the sun is out to avoid disappointment.
Enjoy your stay and Cambridge and the sunsets from KOTA Roof terrace!