From cosy cafes to fine dining restaurants, we are lucky to have a wealth of places to eat delicious food here in Cambridge. Now Cambridge BID is celebrating our foodie scene in the city’s first Restaurant Week which runs from 1 – 7 April. Cafes and restaurants will be offering menus at £5, £10 or £15, giving you a chance to try their food and experience their ambience. It’s a great opportunity to check out a restaurant you’ve been meaning to try and to discover new styles of cuisine.
Taking part in Restaurant Week couldn’t be simpler. Go to the website (details at the end of this post) for info on the places that are participating. Just click on the restaurant or cafe of your choice to check out their offer and download a voucher which you can print out or show on your phone when you get there. For some restaurants, advance booking is recommended.
I caught up with a couple of old friends of this blog who are taking part in Restaurant Week to find out how they’ve been getting on since I wrote about them as they opened.
Over in the Grafton Centre, Alex and Regis Crepy are delighted that Amelie Flammekeuche continues to grow in popularity with customers of all ages. Cambridge has embraced this novel French fire bread and Alex hopes that their offer of any flammekeuche on the menu plus an Amelie Golden Ale for £10 will introduce the delights of flammekeuche to new people. (If you haven’t tried it yet, trust me, flammekeuche is VERY good!) Amelie has held a top position in the Trip Advisor rankings since shortly after opening in August last year and they have big plans for the future. To read more of the Amelie story, click here
Cafe Abantu has been open for just over a year in Hobson Street and owner Wendy Slade tells me they haven’t looked back since moving into the city centre. Abantu is popular with students, locals, tourists and a dedicated band of regulars. You’ll find Fairtrade, soil association approved organic coffee, delicious home made cakes and a menu which changes daily. Following their successful vegan and Fairtrade special events, Wendy is planning a South African supper club, so keep an eye on their social media for details of that. Wendy hopes that Restaurant Week will encourage people to explore beyond the main streets and discover indies. Abantu will be offering lunch, a slice of cake and tea or coffee for £10. To read more of the Cafe Abantu story, click here
And finally, when you take part in Restaurant Week, not only will you eat well, you also have the chance to win a £100 Love Cambridge Gift Card which can be spent in over 200 locations across the city. Simply redeem an offer in one of the participating restaurants, then share your experience with a photo on social media using the hashtag #LoveCambridgeRestaurantWeek
Good luck and bon appetit!!
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