Food News: New tapas, cream teas and street food
From Spanish and South American restaurants to an all-English tea room, an Italian deli and a global street food market, here's what's new this month
Promising to bring “deliciously fresh food with South American influences” served in “vibrant surroundings” to Ely’s riverside, Urban Fresh is set to open a second restaurant in what was formerly Red Herring fish and chip shop. Urban Fresh opened its debut restaurant in Ramsden Heath, Essex, last year, and has won rave diner reviews for its menus, with signature dishes including Moqueca (Brazilian fish stew) and the Urban Wagyu Burger.
Cambridge & District CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has named the Queen Edith pub on Wulfstan Way, Cambridge, as its 2022 Pub of the Year. Run by Jutt Bloxam, the Queen Edith became the city’s first new pub in 30 years when it was opened in 2015 by Milton Brewery’s sister company, Individual Pubs. The Three Horseshoes in Stapleford was also named Rural Pub of the Year in the CAMRA awards.
With a delicious roster of street food vendors on the menu - including vegan Samu’s Kitchen, Gino’s Pizza, Alchile Mexican, Pimp my Fish and Ely Burger Van - Ely Markets has cut the ribbon on its new Foodie Fridays. From 5pm to 8pm each Friday, the Market Place will be filled with street food and live music, too: the launch event, on Good Friday, featured folk duo Erin Brown and Barry Watson.
Billed as “a great family venue by the river”, the new Boathouse Bar and Grill has now opened on Cross Street, Sudbury. Formerly home to the Riverside Bar and Restaurant, the venue was closed on-and-off for a decade before Darren Pratt, previously owner of the town’s Easterns nightclub, took it over, pledging to make it “a community hub and a place for couples and families to enjoy the scenery and a good meal”.
Famous for selling their Italian delicacies on Cambridge Market, where they’ve traded for 10 years, Roberto Sanna and Yen Siow have opened a bricks and mortar deli in the centre of St Neots. Located on the town’s Church Walk, Roberto’s Deli is sister to the ongoing market stall and stocks all the duo’s signature products, including Roberto’s own-cured meats, cheeses and wines.
Offering a “real and authentic taste of Spain”, from tapas and paella to churros, De Maravilla Tapas has opened permanent premises in Haverhill, having launched in lockdown as a home-delivery service. Located on the Charterhouse Industrial Estate, next to Sturmer Arches on Sturmer Road, it is also known for its breakfast menu, which spans both English and Spanish classics.
Known for its homemade brunches, lunches, cakes and cream teas, independent cafe Rosey Lea has taken over the coffee shop at Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Much Hadham. Opening last month with a new all-day menu, serving from 11am, spring/summer specials include seasonal baguettes and bagels, salads and quiches.
The Food Marketing Experts, the specialist PR and marketing agency based in Brampton, has won an impressive four industry awards since the start of the year. Taking Silver in both Service Excellence and Business Hero at the SME Huntingdonshire Business Awards, it was also crowned Best Speciality Marketing & PR Agency by Corporate Vision Magazine and won Corporate Live Wire Food Marketing Agency of the Year, the latter for the second year running.
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