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Look above the door and the sign features an old-school chemist’s weighing scale; order a cup of tea and your milk comes in a dinky conical flask. But that’s where the similarities between Pharmacie Cafe and its predecessor, a pharmacy in Waterbeach, end.

Describing the cafe as “a comfortable environment where the good people of the village and surrounding area can enjoy great coffee and a selection of teas accompanied by some lovely homemade cakes and food”, owner Deiron Patel chose the tongue-in-cheek name “as everyone knew where the pharmacy was, as it had been in the village for 15-plus years.”

Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677531)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677531)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677532)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677532)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677510)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677510)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677503)
Velvet: Pharmacie Cafe, Waterbeach. Picture: Keith Heppell. (24677503)

The homemade cakes are a best-seller, along with Norfolk Bakery’s much-loved Pastel De Nata, with the classic Full English, toasties and wraps - notably the Indian and falafel fillings - also proving popular. Along with a monthly tapas night, Pharmacie Cafe hosts one-off tasting events too, such as a wine evening in collaboration with Cambridge Vinopolis and a vegan Indian dining night with Love Nutrition Cambridge.

“I do get some people still walking in saying have you got any ibuprofen?” laughs Deiron. “I politely show them in the direction of the pharmacy across the green. . .”

* Pharmacie Cafe is at Chapel Street, Waterbeach. Follow @pharmaciecafe on Facebook for more.



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