Food News: Say hello to a new cafe, a new deli and new street food
Cambridge’s best-loved bakery expands, Bury St Edmunds welcomes a new street food van, and a food show launches for the whole region
The Potting Shed
The Potting Shed, the Alconbury farm shop and deli, has relocated to Holly Lodge Farm, Upton. Moving into a converted barn, adjacent to the onsite cafe, the shop will continue to stock all the local, seasonal and speciality produce it’s known for - plus it will be collaborating with the Holly Lodge team to host everything from cheese pairing and artisan burger nights to barn dances and food fairs.
Fans of Fitzbillies, the century-old Cambridge bakery famed for its super-sticky Chelsea buns, are in for a treat this autumn: a third cafe is opening on the city-central King’s Parade.
With “a bakery counter at the front with displays of Chelsea buns and pastries in the window and seating for customers at the rear,” it will, say the team “be similar to Fitzbillies Bridge Street, selling pastries, hot and cold sandwiches, artisan coffee and ice cream to eat in or takeaway”.
With the original 52 Trumpington Street site, loved for its unaltered Art Deco frontage, also expanding - it’s taking over number 53, just next door - it’s an exciting time, says owner Alison Wright.
“Thanks very much to all our customers and our talented and hardworking staff for making the Trumpington Street and Bridge Street branches of Fitzbillies so busy that we are able to consider taking on extra space,” she adds.
“We’re really looking forward to welcoming customers at our new bakery and coffee shop right opposite the most iconic building in Cambridge: King’s College Chapel.”
The news comes hot on the heels of Fitzbillies’ win at the National Bakery Awards, where it was crowned Best Bakery in the Eastern Region.
* Visit fitzbillies.com to find out more and to shop online. Dor opening-date updates, follow @fitzbillies
With the best-seller ‘the salt and pepper one’, a wrap packed with seasoned chicken and chips and topped with sweet chilli sauce, new Suffolk street food van Wok Wraps is fast gaining a fan following for its Chinese fusion menu.
Launched this summer by local Jamie Burgis, manager of Top Garden Chinese in Bury St Edmunds, Wok Wraps was inspired, he says, “by the street markets in Chinatown; it’s always such a buzzing atmosphere”.
“I have been lucky enough to work with chefs from Singapore and Malaysia, learning over the years how to cook and prepare the food their way,” explains Jamie, who will continue to manage Top Garden alongside running Wok Wraps.
Available for private hire as well as appearing at festivals, food markets and farmers’ markets, the van caters for various diets, including vegan and vegetarian.
* For the full menu and to follow the van, search Wok Wraps on Facebook and Instagram.
EAT with Thomas Ridley
Aiming to be *the* East Anglian food and drink trade show in the region, bringing 80-plus food and drink companies together under one roof, EAT with Thomas Ridley makes its debut at Ipswich Town Football Club on September 19. Stocking 8,000 different lines and supplying 2,500 customers, the team at Thomas Ridley describes the free event as “a dedicated food and drink showcase for the region, where people from across the foodservice industry can come together, network, sample and meet the many suppliers that we work with”.
* See more at thomasridley.co.uk
Summer might have been a bit of a damp squib, but here’s hoping for a golden autumn: an outdoor cafe service, The Kiosk, has just launched on the lawns of Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam.
Furnished with picnic blankets, deck chairs and parasol-covered tables, The Kiosk offers everything from drinks and sandwiches to cakes, pastries and ice cream, all prepared in the museum’s Courtyard Kitchen Cade and served, via hatch, in sustainably sourced disposables.
“Combining food and culture, The Kiosk is the perfect spot to chill in Cambridge whether you are visiting the museum or looking for somewhere new to try in the city,” say the team at The Cambridge Dining Company, the brand behind the cafe. “We look forward to seeing you down on the Fitz lawn soon!”
* Follow @courtyardkitchen_cambridge on Instagram for more and menus.
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