Food: Great Scott - the place that's flying the flag for local suppliers and wholesome food
A neighbourhood cafe by day and casual pizzeria by night, Scott’s All Day on Cambridge’s Mill Road opened just three months ago, but is already known for its hearty, homemade, wholesome food - and flying the flag for local suppliers, too. Owner Scott Holden chats to Velvet
Tell us how and when Scott’s came to be?
After years of dreaming up a neighborhood joint to culminate all our favorite eateries around the world, we found this corner site on Mill Road’s most bustling corner at the start of 2019. It took eight months to get it to where it is now and we opened our doors in August.
What made you want to join the Cambridge food community?
I’ve been a part of the Cambridge food community since joining Fitzbillies in 2013, but I’ve been away and come back again! Cambridge houses a bit of everything when it comes to food and that’s why we especially love Mill Road; it’s full of diverse, independent, local business.
What makes Scott’s one of a kind, would you say?
The people and the concept. We’re family-run and we care about our locals. Having lived just off Mill Road, we understand what people are looking for in a neighbourhood cafe and work hard to deliver friendly service and a warm and cosy environment, through the generous, hearty plates of food to the music we play.
What’s on the menu? Any signature dishes we have to try?
The Stonker is our version of a full English and features a sausage patty from Mill Road Butchers and our house-made beans. Culinaris is our aptly named pizza featuring Mangalica pork and ’Nduja sausage from Culinaris, the Mill Road deli.
Tell us a bit about your suppliers - are you keen to buy local?
Our bread comes fresh from our own bakery; beer comes from Calverley’s Brewery - the kegs are rolled the 200m down Kingston Street; and our sourdough pizza toppings come from the brilliant shops of Mill Road.
What’s your background? Have you always worked in food?
Quite simply: yes! As well as working at Fitzbillies here in Cambridge, I’ve had the pleasure to be part of opening some of London’s best casual restaurants (The Pig and Butcher, Smokehouse and Heirloom). My wife and I have travelled widely and I’ve run a low-and-slow BBQ restaurant in Vancouver and obsessively checked out every diner, deli and corner joint from Brooklyn to the Bronx while living in New York.
Christmas is coming... What’s happening at Scott’s?
Our American-style fluffy pancakes will be getting a festive twist, we will be hosting lots of pizza parties and look out for mulled wine on the counter. . .
Scott’s All Day is at 111-113 Mill Road, Cambridge. Follow @scottsallday on social for more.
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