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Food: The Linton Kitchen launches Cambridge cafe

This is brilliant news: The Linton Kitchen has opened a sister shop in East Chesterton. Housed in a former barber’s shop, it’s called Barbarella and is both a takeaway (lunches, brunches, Hot Numbers coffee, Linton Kitchen cake) and deli (free-range Suffolk eggs, flour, jam, cheeses, Grain Culture bread and pastries).

Sharing the space with Westley Waterless florist The Botanical Alchemist, Barbarella is a pop-up at present; once the storm of the pandemic has passed, the plan is to metamorphose it into a fully-fledged cafe/deli.

Having launched The Linton Kitchen in 2013 as a six-seater coffee shop and grown it into a cafe, deli, private catering and cake wholesale business, founder Gemma Whiting says she’s long wanted to open a second site. “I was aiming to open late 2019 but planning issues and falling pregnant put those plans on hold,” she explains.

“Topped off with the pandemic hitting just as we were about to start the refurb, we had to pivot our plans and think outside the box! A quick whitewash and a collab to help contribute to the rent and we decided to open Barbarella as a pop-up takeaway until Covid subsides.

Just a couple of streets away from the river path, Barbarella is offering grab-and-go options for people wanting to picnic by the Cam and “when the weather remembers to be sunny again, there will be some one metre-plus outdoor seating where people can watch the world go by,” adds Gemma

“I can't wait for some normality to return so we can embed ourselves as a community hub in East Chesterton, just as we have done in Linton.”

For updates follow @Barbarella.Cafe on Instagram.

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