Food: Top Cambridge indies open at Turing Locke
Two of the city's best-loved independents are opening sister venues at the new Eddington aparthotel. Velvet raises a glass. . .
Here’s something to celebrate: two of Cambridge’s best-loved indies are opening sister venues at Turing Locke, the aparthotel which has just arrived in the city’s new Eddington neighbourhood. Extending across the main hotel restaurant, coffee bar, courtyard area and rooftop terrace, KOTA is sibling to NOVI, the social dining space on Regent Street, while Dutch, a bar offering cocktails and sharing plates, is a second site for the team behind Mill Road institution 196 Cocktail Bar.
The kitchen at KOTA - Finnish for shelter and a place to cook - will focus on Finland’s core culinary concepts: charcoal cooking and community dining. Promising “boozy brunches, barbequed flavours, speciality coffee, botanical cocktails and craft beer”, KOTA will span the coffee bar (featuring coffee bespoke roasted by London’s Saint Espresso alongside fresh juices, smoothies and light bites); the restaurant and courtyard (serving breakfast through to dinner, with antipodean-inspired brunches and roasts at weekends); and the roof terrace (where you’ll find unique fruit, bean, herb and spice cocktails, plus small plates and nibbles). As with NOVI, there’s a focus throughout, says the team, “on being independent, local and environmentally conscious”.
With a focal bar set in the centre, Dutch is billed as Cambridge’s new “go-to location for catch-ups over cocktails and gatherings sustained by sharing boards and fine wine”. As anyone who’s sampled the menu at 196 will know, visitors can expect the unexpected: the hand-written and ever-evolving drinks list will draw on “a multitude of cultures and far-flung flavours from across the world. . . reimagined classics and rare spirits with local flare”.
Known for its collaborations with local food and drink heroes at all its locations - it also has sites in London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Dublin and Munich - Locke’s Cambridge development spans 180 studio apartments, complimentary co-working area, meeting and event spaces and a gym. The development is shared with a 150-room Hyatt Centric – the first opening of the Hyatt Centric brand in the UK.
To celebrate its arrival in Cambridge, Locke is currently running a special offer of £80 per night until January 31 2022 with the code HELLOCAMBRIDGE. For more see lockeliving.com/en/cambridge/turing-locke and follow @lockehotels.
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