7 New openings and a cookbook
Cambridge is on a roll!
Christmas has come early with so many openings! I am pleased to share that Cambridge and Beyond welcomes many new businesses this month. From a farm shop to Tacos, pizzas, a Deli, Craft beer at the Engineer’s house, an Italian restaurant, steaming hot cocoa and the launch of a cookbook!
I can’t wait to visit them all. Such great news in challenging times. Happy eating!
Flourish Farm Shop Hildersham
Calixta and her team are very excited to announce that Flourish will be opening their Flourish Farm Shop at Cooks Pen Farm on Saturday, the 5th of November.
Please come by to say hello. They will be stocking lots of lovely items from British producers and makers alongside our fresh produce grown here at the farm. The team have been working very hard to get this project off the ground, and while they will have lots of food, homewares and gifts available for this weekend, there is still more stock arriving day by day!
Calverley’s at the Engineer House
The Engineers House on the riverside in East Cambridge is one of the quirkiest venues in Cambridge. As you might have read on our blog, there have been some changes here.
Since last week, Calverley’s brewery will run the bar at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, and they have made a few changes. Including adding a cosy wood burner in the Engineers House. Pizzas will still be served by the well-known guys here, Alforno.
Wednesday 4pm – 9pm
Thursday 4pm – 9pm
Friday 4pm – 10pm (food til 9)
Saturday 12 – 10pm (food til 9)
Sunday 12 – 8pm (food til 7.30)
It’s all about chocolate at Knoops
Recently opened on the quirky cobbled street Green Street, Knoops Chocolate is renowned for making delicious steaming cups of chocolate, also known as ‘Knoopology’. It’s the art of crafting your perfect chocolate drink, not just in their stores but at home too.
Think of the process like an experiment; first, choose from our range of ten different % chocolate flakes. Then, pick your milk – dairy and plant-based all work to make hot and cold drinks. Finally, prepare any extras to add – a pinch of sea salt or some freshly grated orange zest are good starting points.
Pilgrims Brothers Pizzas on Market Street
Born in Naples, bred in London. Pizza Pilgrims launches with free pizza! Brothers James and Tom Elliot are opening their first site in Cambridge, and it’s set to be their best yet!
After having just returned from a six-week pilgrimage across Italy in 2011 to discover the true art of pizza making, the brothers began serving their pizza at Soho’s famed Berwick Street Market from a Piaggio Ape van converted into a mobile kitchen.
Joining a collection of 17 pizzerias in London and individual locations in Oxford and Brighton, Pizza Pilgrim’s Cambridge pizzeria will be taking over the Grade II listed building, which was previously a Monsoon. The new location will span over the two stories of this impressive building and, alongside an impressive dining area, will include a versatile games area housing a court for the classic Italian game, Bocce (think of a cross between English bowls and French pétanque!). The bocce courts will be available to hire for private hire and parties, as well as transform into a casual dining space when not in use.
Pizza Pilgrims co-founder Thom Elliott says: “We have always loved Cambridge as a location. It’s such a vibrant place, and some of the buildings are pretty sensational! We have been trying to find the right location for literally 5 years and, once we saw the Sidney Street site, we just had to get hold of it. It has the most amazing double height windows on the first floor and is such a beautiful space. It will really allow us to have some fun with the fit out to make somewhere really special to come and enjoy a pizza. Plus some room for a couple of creative surprises along the way!”
Pizza Pilgrims is celebrating its Cambridge opening with free pizza for the first 1,000 people who head down to its Sidney Street pizzeria on Monday 21st November.
Slice Day kicks off at 3PM (right after the England World Cup game); when they’re gone, they’re gone! Pizza Pilgrims will be open to the public at midday on Thursday 24th November.
Mr Taco Cambridge on Mill Road
Three friends, three chefs and love for Tacos. Mr Taco Cambridge street food was born in 2018. Due to the immense popularity, they have decided to open their brick-and-mortar place on Mill Road.
Open from midday to 9 pm. Head over to the funkiest street in Cambridge to get your Taco fix.
Culinaris at their new location on Mill Road
Cambridge has been waiting with suspense since the team of Culinaris closed their business in May for their big move to the old bank on Mill Road. It has taken 6 months to get the new shop ready, and they can’t wait to show you! Keep an eye out on their social media. They’ll be opening this month!
Giggling Squid Cookbook
With much joy and some over-excited tentacle waving, the Giggling Squid announces the launch of their first Giggling Squid cookbook. For as long as they have been operating, they’ve had requests for recipes from guests who’ve loved our food as much as we do. Inspired by Thai legends and founder Pranee’s childhood food memories, they’re delighted to share a huge selection (77, in fact) of their unique recipes.
With signature tapas dishes from Golden Money Bags to Candy Pork with Pineapple, and Thai classics with a twist, such as Crying Beef, Pad Thai and Salmon Paneang, the Giggling Squid Cookbook celebrates the abundance of ingredients found across Thailand and features favourite fish, meat, curry, noodle and rice dishes from the restaurant.
A bit further afield – Da Vinci a la carte restaurant
Andrew and Merinda from Di Rita’s Italian in St. Ives are passionate about food and have created a place for food lovers to come together. Di Rita’s at No 2 is the venue for business breakfasts, leisurely brunches, coffee with friends, after-work drinks, date nights and all the celebrations!
After moving to the Old Bank, another dream has come true. For many years they wanted to open an a la carte restaurant, and on the 2nd of November, Da Vinci’s will open its doors to the public. Di Rita’s pizza pasta restaurant is at the front of the old bank, and The Da Vinci a la carte restaurant is at the rear of the old bank. Make sure to book a table, as the response has been overwhelming.