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Shop local: Visit Histon's new Smokehouse market

As well as reopening with a new onsite smokery, barbecue menu and Estrella bar, Histon Smokehouse has built a mini marketplace in its back garden for local artisans to show and sell their wares. Alice Ryan goes shopping

Rennet & Rind

An award-winning cheesemonger based in Cambridge, Rennet & Rind has been flying the flag for British farmhouse cheesemakers for more than 30 years. Says founder Perry Wakeman: “Over lockdown, we’d formed a community of people that care about our British cheese heritage. These bonds were formed virtually, so we jumped at the chance to once again engage with our customers face to face - even better to do so on artisan Food Fridays, alongside some of the best producers Cambridge has to offer.”


Wild Rosamund Vintage

Her wedding and event floristry business laid dormant due to Covid, Wild Rosamund’s Bridget Davidson decided to diversify - and start selling some of the vintage vases and styling props she’d amassed over the years. And so Wild Rosamund Vintage was born. Selling online as well, Bridget says: “The Smokestalls are a great place to visit as they’re a lovely opportunity to meet and buy direct from micro-businesses who you might not otherwise come across, while giving them the opportunity to test out their products without the huge overheads of a premises.”


Cambridge Luxury Bakes

With top sellers including Galaxy Cookie Dough Millionaire Slices, Malteaser Brownies and Kinder Bueno Blondies, what started as a lockdown hobby for Jemma Page and Will Hodge has become Cambridge Luxury Bakes. “Alongside the stalls, people are drawn in by the great food from the Smokehouse,” says Jemma. “It’s a great relaxed vibe in the garden, especially when the sun is shining. Plus local residents have the option to purchase handmade products on their doorstep without having to go further afield.”


Copper Crew

Coming in picnic-friendly and reduced carbon packaging - cans have a 75% lower carbon footprint than bottles - Copper Crew’s South African wine comes in three vintages: a 2018 Merlot and 2019 Chenin Blanc and Rose. “We've known Simon from the Smokehouse for years and whenever he has a new idea we're always interested to see what he's up to,” says co-founder Oli Purnell. “As we started our business in lockdown, we've hardly had the chance to get in front of people and meet our customers so we were completely sold on the chance of doing that - we really enjoy doing the market.”


Jake’s Kitchen

Launched just pre-pandemic by Sutton chef Jake Battrick, Jake’s Kitchen offers everything from tiered celebration cakes and giant party cookies to postal traybakes and a treat box subscription service. “I saw other local small businesses sharing that they had been to the Smokehouse market and knew it was something I would love to be involved with. I like to spread the word and to support other small local businesses and I knew it would be an amazing thing to be part of.”


Naomi Elstow Ceramics

A Goldsmiths Fine Art graduate, Naomi Elstow rekindled her love affair with clay during the last lockdown after leaving her job and “throwing myself in at the deep end: I got a wheel on eBay, got myself a studio space and just immersed. . .” The result is a collection of one-of-a-kind handmade and glazed pieces, including her signature boob (and bum) pots. “I’ve been coming to the Smokehouse market since it started in May and I’m a regular - I love it! It’s so much fun. After all the lockdowns, getting to see customers face to face, and spend time with other makers, too, is really special.”


Prestige Doughnuts

Long famed in Cambridge for his Greek speciality bakes - baklava, kataifi, loukoumades - which he started selling on the city centre market in 2018, chef Konstantinos Kemeridis is now known for his handmade doughnuts, too. All made fresh on the day of sale to guarantee that perfect squidgy texture, with help from partner Lia, top-selling flavours include Oreo and Biscoff, with vegan options available. “Being part of this market is great,” says Konstantinos. “The Smokehouse team have created this really nice atmosphere.”


Rebecca Dawson Jewellery

Rebecca Dawson has been hand-making jewellery - using silver, gold, platinum and gems and traditional skills: forging, casting, wire and beadwork - since 1998, with every piece hallmarked at the London assay office. As well as creating her own collections, she takes bespoke commissions and does repairs, too. “Earrings are my current best-sellers at the market,” she says. “I think a year of Zoom has probably rekindled people’s love of earrings! You’re always going to see something different at this market; it’s a great place for a browse.”


Green Blue You

The brainchild of friends and fellow wildlife conservationists Sarah Smith and Sarah Ferriss, Green Blue You is a one-stop shop for planet-friendly products, from cleaning and kitchen supplies to dental, hair and skincare - there’s even a collection for pets. “When making our own product choices we felt that there was a gap in the market for a company providing information on the environmental footprint of different products and offering the customer choices - so we do the research for you,” says Sarah Smith. “We’re already getting regular customers at the Smokehouse: the first four sales this morning were all repeat purchases!”


On the roster:

A roster of artisanal brands take it in turns to sell at the Smokestalls. Other regulars include:

Potty Mouth Pottery

Bobby Bird Little Knits

HANDz UP Arts & Crafts

Roundwood Gin

Raised in Rampton Micro-bakery

Sue Smith Art

Grange Gardens of Cambridge

Il Molino Olive Oil

Vintage Rainbow

Rehab Vintage

Painted Peppermint Ceramics

Fused Glass Jewels

Professor Messer


Plan your visit:

The Smokehouse market runs Wednesday to Sunday inclusive.

To find out which stalls will be at this week’s markets, follow @smokestallshistoncollective.

For more about the Smokehouse, including new menus, see @histonsmokehouse.

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