The Amnesty Bookshop

Browsing in the second hand bookshops here in Cambridge is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures and the Amnesty Bookshop, which has just relocated to the Parker’s Piece end of Mill Road, is a real gem that I keep coming back to.

Amnesty Bookshop

 

One of eight Amnesty bookshops, located in cities across the UK, the shop has been part of the vibrant Mill Road community since 1998.  Funds raised here go to support the work of Amnesty International as it stands up for humanity and human rights and works to protect women, men and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

Run by Manager, David Float, and staffed by a team of around forty enthusiastic, spirited and committed volunteers, the shop is thriving.  New volunteers are always welcome so David would be happy to hear from you either in person or by email to cambridgebookshop@amnesty.org.uk if you would like to make yourself known and find out more.

David believes that the city is very in tune with the work of Amnesty International and the shop enjoys huge support, both in terms of sales and book donations of all sizes (their largest single donation in the past year comprised six thousand books!).  Further sales are made online through Amazon.

The shelves in this bright shop are neatly ordered with a wealth of sections ranging from the occult to gardening.  While novels are always in demand, art, philosophy and religion are bestselling categories with the anthropology and cosmology sections also proving popular.  A selection of vinyl is for sale alongside sheet music and greetings cards.  In the run up to the festive season, Amnesty International T shirts, tote bags, calendars and Christmas cards will be stocked.

http://www.amnesty.org.uk/books-amnesty-cambridge

4 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 2AD

 

The Locker Cafe

I love King Street.  Where else in Cambridge can you have a wet shave, buy a ukulele and replenish your art supplies, all without walking more than a few paces?  And now a new cafe, The Locker, has just opened.

 

Locker Cafe frontage

Co-owned by Cambridge residents John and Adam Hodges, it is a real family affair.  Dad, John, had a long held ambition to open a cafe in the city and when son, Adam, returned from a spell living abroad, they decided to go for it.  Having acquired their premises in June, they worked hard on a total refurb and opened at the end of August.

They’ve done a great job.  The cafe is light, airy and spacious with seating on the ground and first floors and a small balcony for sunny days.  Art on the walls, curated by Adam’s mother, is for sale and sculpture is also exhibited.  The team has future plans for live music and private hire of the cafe for events.

Locker Cafe balcony

I visited mid-morning and enjoyed a pot of green tea with an excellent white chocolate and raspberry blondie.  Service was cheerful and charming.  A small breakfast menu includes organic muesli, yoghurt, berries and sourdough toast.  Cakes and other baked goods are served through the day while lunchtime offerings include sausage rolls, sandwiches, panini and bruschette.  The menu includes vegan and gluten free options.

The tea selection is by T2, an Australian brand which Adam came to know during his time abroad.  The hot chocolate is also an Australian brand but the coffee comes from nearer home as it’s supplied by local coffee legends Hot Numbers, who have created Davy’s blend especially for the cafe.

And finally, I have to mention the four legged member of the family, Adam’s much loved border collie dog, Davy Jones, who inspired not only the name of this new venture but also that signature coffee blend.

Opening hours are Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.30pm, Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm and Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Instagram @thelockercafe,  Facebook The Locker Cafe

54 King Street, Cambridge CB1 1LN