Food News: New burgers, beers and a BBQ takeover
From a pop-up barbecue restaurant in Cambridge to new beer and burger bars in Bury St Edmunds, here's this month's tastiest food news
Dips, the Cambridge small-batch barbecue sauce brand, is staging its first ‘chicken wing takeover’ at The Swoop, the city’s retail taproom on Green Street on August 3. Promising “probably the best wings Cambridge has to offer”, the Dips team will be serving both classic and veggie versions from 5.30pm, with 45-minute sittings running till 9.30pm. Tickets to be booked via eventbrite.co.uk
Thurston Butchers is also poised to launch a burger bar. Located just up the road from its Thurston HQ - in what was the Oh Crumbs sandwich bar, which recently closed due to retirement - it will be called Stacked and is set to open in autumn. Inspired by a series of sell-out pop-ups held at the butchery’s onsite cookhouse, it’s a joint enterprise for Alastair Angus, boss of Thurston Butchers, and Kurtis Low, who helms the cookhouse. As well as burgers, Stacked will sell the Thurson Butchers’ signature pies, sausage rolls and pasties; sandwiches and toasties; and homemade brioche doughnuts with seasonally changing fillings.
Hailed as “a true celebration of British seafood”, For the Love of the Sea, the second cookbook from Cambridgeshire farmer’s wife Jenny Jefferies, has won Best Self-Published Work 2022 in the Guild Of Food Writers’ annual awards. Collating both recipes and real life stories from coastal communities right around the country, the book is published by Meze and available to order now, priced £22.
Bury St Edmunds is now home to a Belgian beer bar: called Vespers, it opened on St Andrew’s Street South just last month. The realisation of a long-held ambition for René van den Oort, boss of Beautiful Beers in the town's St John's Street, it takes its name from the early evening prayer service, a nod both to Bury’s history as an Abbey town and the fact the bar stocks beers from a dozen Trappist breweries, all housed within monasteries across in Belgium, Holland, England and Austria.
Navadhanya in Cambridge has been shortlisted for both Outstanding Restaurant of the Year and Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year in the 2022 English Curry Awards. Fellow Cambridge restaurant Prana and Lalbagh in Bourn are both listed for Restaurant of the Year, East of England, while the city’s Pipasha, Tawa Kitchen, Raja and Rice Boat are all in the running for Curry Restaurant of the Year, East of England, alongside Mildenhall’s Spice Lounge. Now in their 11th year, the awards winners will be announced at a black tie ceremony in Birmingham on August 22
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