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Home to an impressive 82 eateries offering vegan options, Cambridge’s St Andrew’s Street has been crowned the UK’s “most eco-friendly High Street”. Save On Energy experts also gave the street plaudits for having 64 local green spaces, 18 charity shops and six charging stations. St Andrew’s topped the nationwide survey with 357 points, with Cardiff’s Bridge Street coming a close second with 350.


A shared passion for beer inspired friends Ricky Dolphin and Paul Belton, who work in software and life sciences respectively, to build a nanobrewery in a Burwell back garden. Describing Burwell Brewery as “an extended hobby”, the two have developed quite a reputation for their ales since launching last year: “When we put something on Facebook to say ‘This brew is ready’, it’s gone within a week,” says Paul. Star brews include Judy's Hole, a dark beer named after a local swimming spot which, according to lore, was frequented by a witch called Judy, and the Bavarian-style Stefans' Mühle, named after Steven’s Mill, Burwell’s last working mill which celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.

Burwell micro brewery, left to right Paul Belton and Ricky Dolphin. Picture: Keith Heppell. (41652071)
Burwell micro brewery, left to right Paul Belton and Ricky Dolphin. Picture: Keith Heppell. (41652071)


Congratulations are in order! Our friends at The Food Marketing Experts, the Brampton agency known for championing both local and national brands, from Provenance Kitchen and British Herb Kitchen to Chocca Mocca and The English Drinks Company, have won three awards over the summer: Best Speciality Food and Beverage Marketing Agency at the Corporate Excellence Awards and both Food Marketing Agency and Most Dynamic Agency of the Year at the SME News Awards.

Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Experts (41652150)
Vhari Russell of The Food Marketing Experts (41652150)


BeeBee, the Cambridge company best known for its beeswax food wraps, is also celebrating an award win: Best Eco-Friendly Food Wrap Brand: UK in the SME News Awards. On a mission to find planet-friendly alternatives to everyday products, Kath Austin launched the BeeBee brand in 2017 with her organic cotton wraps infused with beeswax, resin and organic jojoba oil. Since then, she’s added everything from compostable dishcloths to solid shampoos and lotions, to the range, most recently unveiling a vegan version of the beeswax wrap.

The latest release from BeeBee - vegan food wraps
The latest release from BeeBee - vegan food wraps


Cambridge’s old arts cinema, most recently home to Baroosh, is to become Town & Gown, a combined pub and theatre. Featuring multiple levels - including a 100-seater Black Box auditorium on the top floor, set to stage cabaret nights and theatre shows, and ground floor piano bar - the concept will completely reimagine the cavernous space for dining, drinking and live entertainment, says parent company McMullen.


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