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Food: What's new on the local menu

Shop and restaurant openings, a new farmers' market and plans for a cookery school. It's all going on. . .

Good news for chocolate lovers: Marimba, the family-run Suffolk chocolaterie, has opened a store in Bury St Edmunds’ Butter Market. Famous for its flaked hot chocolate - which, produced using single-origin chocolate from South and Central America, is served in more than 500 cafés across the country - the company cut the ribbon on what was formerly jewellery store Artico last month. Run by husband and wife David and Jackie Wright, their son and two daughters, Marimba has a second shop and cafe in Sudbury and is also known for its chocolate bars and truffles. marimbaworld.com

From Totham Bangers’s sausages and The Jam Trolley’s preserves to award-winning sparkling wine from Saffron Grange, the new Horseheath Farmers’ Market is already the place to go for fine local food and drink. Launched in April, it takes place on the second Saturday of the month in the grounds of the village hall and, now Covid restrictions allow non-essential trading, craft stalls are being added. Describing the market as a “one-stop shop for meat, vegetables, pies, cakes, preserves and drink,” Frances Howard of Horseheath Village Community Association says it’s also a chance to support local business with ease. She adds: “The pandemic has reminded us of how important it is to support our local community and connect them with our local businesses.”


A new restaurant, bar, cafe and cookery school could be coming to Cambridge city centre. Planning permission has been requested to refurbish what was Don Pasquale, a Grade II listed building on the corner of the market square, turning the basement into a tea room, the ground floor into a cafe and casual dining space, first floor into a bar and restaurant, and second floor into private dining and a cookery school. Says the application: It says: “The design has been sensitively approached with consideration of adjacent properties fully in mind from the outset.”

Vetomeato, the vegan dining venture which launched in Cambridge just eight months ago, has already expanded to London. Announcing a partnership with The Old Crown, a three-storey pub and events venue, you can now find Veto’s plant-based and globally inspired food on New Oxford Street. Say co-founders Justin Bone and Natalie Pace, who will continue to serve their Cambridge customers from the Ta Bouche kitchen in Market Passage: “Despite the surge in people eating meat-free, the high street still lacks venues exclusively focused on satisfying appetites to live lighter - on the planet, on waistlines and wallets. We want to offer delicious food but remain conscious of consumption.”


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