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Your guide to the best food & drink independents in Cambridgeshire

From Michelin-starred Cambridge restaurants to traditional village butchers and rural smallholdings, Cambridgeshire contains some very special food and drink businesses. Led by our Cambridgeshire editor Philip, who lives in the heart of the county, Great Food Club will shine a light on the county’s best restaurants, pubs, producers, farm shops and delis, with some exclusive member offers included.

  • FREE to join
  • Be guided to great independents, from street-food stalls to stylish restaurants
  • Up to 25% off with your membership card

Recommended businesses in Cambridgeshire

Here are the food and drink independents we love in this region and their member offers, with more coming soon…

  • Alimentum

    A stylish, friendly and comfortable restaurant that offers exceptional cooking and good value for money…

  • Arjuna Wholefoods

    A vegetarian wholefood shop in Cambridge, which has been run as a workers’ co-operative for more than 40 years…

  • Aromi Bene’t Street

    A family-run Sicilian eatery with three centrally located branches in Cambridge – perfect for a quick tasty lunch or lovely homemade gelato…

  • Aromi Fitzroy Street

    A family-run Sicilian eatery with three centrally located branches in Cambridge – perfect for a quick tasty lunch or lovely homemade gelato…

  • Aromi Peas Hill

    A family-run Sicilian eatery with three centrally located branches in Cambridge – perfect for a quick tasty lunch or lovely homemade gelato…

  • Bread & Meat

    Bread & Meat in Cambridge is a superior sandwich shop whose creations are made with love and top-quality ingredients…

  • Cambridge Cider Company

    A small-batch producer of fine ciders and perries, which it makes in the Eastern Counties style…

  • Cambridge Wine Merchants

    Cambridge Wine Merchants was launched in 1993 by two friends, Hal Wilson and Brett Turner – still the sole shareholders – and has been winning awards ever since…

  • Cherrywoods Smokehouse

    Friends Sam Chadwick and Daniel Owen are the duo behind Cambridgeshire-based Cherrywoods Smokehouse, purveyors of authentic American-style, slow-smoked barbecue…

  • Culinaris

    Culinaris is a fantastic Cambridge deli and yet another fabulous food and drink independent on the city’s Mill Road…

  • East

    Situated on the upper deck of a 19th century boat in Peterborough, East serves a dazzling array of oriental food…

  • Edible Ornamentals

    Edible Ornamentals in Chawston, Bedfordshire, is a chilli farm, a chilli-inspired restaurant and a chilli cookery school. Chilli heaven!

  • Elgood & Sons Brewery

    Elgood’s is a family-run brewery in Wisbech on the bank of the River Nene. Ale has been brewed here since 1795, making it one of the oldest breweries in Britain…

  • Fitzbillies

    Fitzbillies is a legendary Cambridge café and cake shop: don’t leave town without trying one of their sticky Chelsea buns…

  • Gourmet Brownie Company

    A crisp crust and a rich, indulgent centre: Gourmet Brownie Company of Ely, Cambridgeshire, are taking brownies to a new level…

  • H. Hellett & Sons Butchers

    A traditional family butcher with its own abattoir at the back of the shop. Helletts has traded in this shop since the early 20th century…

  • House of Feasts

    At House of Feasts near Peterborough, chef-patron Damian Wawprzyniak shows why he is a BBC Top 10 UK Food Pioneer…

  • Jack’s Gelato

    Jack’s Gelato in Cambridge offers amazing flavours such as Roasted Banana & Bourbon, Borage Honey, and Beetroot & Black Cumin alongside traditional favourites…

  • L & AE Munns and Son

    Munns is a Fenland farm near Chatteris that produces cold-pressed rapeseed oil, free-range geese and goose fat…

  • Moor Farm Shop

    Moor Farm Shop is a small Red Tractor producer selling its own lamb and beef, plus a range of other fantastic foods from local farmers and producers…

  • Nanna Mexico

    Nanna Mexico in Cambridge is a great place to stop off between those busy shopping trips for a quick, tasty, and authentic Mexican bite…

  • Norfolk Street Bakery

    Whether it’s for a lovely sourdough loaf, a stunning Portuguese tart or a satisfying slow-roasted lamb sandwich, visiting this place is a real treat…

  • Old Weston Garden Farm Shop

    A delightful smallholding offering seasonal fruit and vegetables grown on site, plus its own pork, turkey and goose. Ultra local, ultra fresh…

  • Pearce’s Farm Shop & Cafe

    Pearce’s Farm Shop near Buntingford in Hertfordshire is a complete foodie delight – both the packed-to-the-rafters shop and the excellent café…

  • Prévost

    Fine dining in Peterborough city centre – expect an ambitious, creative menu…

  • Ristorante Il Piccolo Mondo

    Il Piccolo Mondo in the village of Bottisham is a smart restaurant serving authentic Italian dishes. Housed in a 200-year-old former school, it has a friendly, warm and welcoming feel…

  • Riverford Organic at Sacrewell

    Organic, ethically focused box delivery business that grows vegetables and more on 500 acres near Peterborough…

  • Samovar Tea House

    Samovar Tea House (and art gallery) in Ely stocks more than 200 blends of tea and is a great location for a light lunch or slice of homemade cake…

  • Sharky & George Fishmongers

    A mobile fishmonger that supplies fresh, sustainably caught fish sourced directly from the docks. Find them at Kimbolton and Cambridge markets…

  • Simon’s Cider

    Simon’s Cider is made in the typical East Anglian style: slightly cloudy with a sharp initial taste and fruity finish. Wonderful on its own but better with a pork pie…

  • SmokeWorks

    SmokeWorks in Cambridge smoke, pull, brine and season classic barbecue food and serve it with beer, bourbon and milkshakes…

  • Steak & Honour

    Sticking to their principles of no-nonsense, honest food using top quality ingredients, Steak & Honour in Cambridge serve up a honed list of exceptional burgers…

  • Stir

    Stir is a relaxed and convivial independent neighbourhood coffee shop located to the north-east of Cambridge city centre…

  • T & S Thomas Family Butchers

    A high-class family butcher in every sense. Traditional, award-winning, and big on local sourcing…

  • The Abbot’s Elm

    The Abbot’s Elm near Huntingdon is a traditional thatched inn with rooms serving outstanding locally sourced food…

  • The Anchor

    The Anchor is a Grade II-listed pub in Burwell offering highly accomplished cooking using quality seasonal ingredients…

  • The Anchor

    The Anchor at Sutton Gault, Cambridgeshire, is a delightful 350-year-old pub by the New Bedford River. It is renowned for its high standards of cooking…

  • The Blue Bell

    A cosy 18th century dining pub in the Cambridgeshire village of Glinton, where locally sourced, seasonal food is cooked to a high standard…

  • The Cambridge Cheese Company

    A small and friendly independent specialist cheese shop in the heart of Cambridge…

  • The Chubby Castor

    The Chubby Castor in Castor, Cambridgeshire – housed in a beautiful thatched 17th century former pub – is where chef-patron Adebola Adeshina produces some truly special food…

  • The Cock

    The Cock at Hemingford Grey is a popular local destination and former Good Pub Guide UK Pub of the Year, serving a good selection of high quality, well-prepared dishes…

  • The Dyke’s End

    The Dyke’s End at Reach in Cambridgeshire offers candlelight, a glowing fire, scrubbed tables and high quality cooking. It’s what a pub should be!

  • The Fox at Folksworth

    The Fox at Folksworth serves up modern British cuisine in a bright, comfortable and airy restaurant. It has a pleasingly commodious feel…

  • The Fruit Pig Company

    An award-winning butchery producing joints and charcuterie from rare-breed meats for restaurants, delis and pubs, as well as next-day deliveries for online customers…

  • The Geographer

    The Geographer in Impington, Cambridge, is a travel-inspired café, deli and store. It is a food lovers’ delight!

  • The George Hotel & Brasserie

    A stylish former coaching inn in Buckden, Cambridgeshire, that serves good seasonal food and fine wines…

  • The Gog Farm Shop

    A brilliant farm shop, deli, butchery and café located three miles from Cambridge. A real foodie hot spot and one of the best farm shops in the UK…

  • The Green Man

    A classic English village pub serving good pub food – much of it locally sourced – and real ales at good prices…

  • The High Tea Club

    A satisfying world of teas (over 80 varieties), tea-infused cocktails and dim sum on Cambridge’s Mill Road…

  • The Kingston Arms

    The Kingston Arms in Cambridge is a traditional, cosy, ‘proper’ pub tucked away in a residential street. It serves a fine array of beers and honest, locally sourced food..

  • The Mermaid

    A characterful and ancient village pub in Ellington, which serves excellent food and drink…

  • The Old Bridge Hotel & Wine Shop

    The Old Bridge Hotel comprises 24 boutique rooms, an upmarket restaurant and a wine shop, so there is plenty to offer the discerning foodie visitor…

  • The Palmerston Arms

    A cosy, traditional community pub in Peterborough that’s a real Mecca for beer drinkers…

  • The Pasta Shop

    An award-winning deli that’s an Aladdin’s cave of lovely Italian products, run by the Borrillo family…

  • The Pheasant at Keyston

    Attractive family-owned thatched country pub situated in a sleepy Cambridgeshire hamlet, serving Michelin Bib Gourmand-quality food and equally fine drinks…

  • The Pint Shop

    Being in central Cambridge, the ambience is imbued with a certain academic flavour. Indeed, you can well imagine lecturers and students overdoing their lunch breaks here…

  • The Plough at Bolnhurst

    A special pub near Kimbolton which dates dates back to Tudor times and is a magnet for food lovers…

  • The Prince Albert

    The Prince Albert calls itself Ely’s ‘proper pub’. It serves a fine selection of cask ales and some serious pub grub…

  • The Racehorse

    A welcoming village local serving comforting pub classics and fine ales. There’s a deli and cafe on site, too…

  • The Sea Tree

    The Sea Tree in Cambridge is a family run local fish and chip shop with a difference!

  • The Senate Bar and Bistro

    The Senate Bar & Bistro is a delightful place in the heart of Cambridge. It serves seasonal, locally sourced produce in a relaxed environment…

  • The Three Hills

    The Three Hills in Bartlow, east Cambridgeshire, is a beautifully restored Grade II-listed 17th century pub with rooms…

  • Tilbrook Grange Farm

    A Red Tractor-approved Cambridgeshire producer of high quality Red Ruby Devon beef. This farm has been in the same family since 1947…

  • Tom’s Cakes, Cambridge

    A café and shop in bustling Mill Road in Cambridge that sells Tom’s amazing cakes and more…

  • Tom’s Cakes, St Ives

    Enjoy Tom’s amazing homemade cakes and more in his café housed in a unique building in St Ives, Cambridgeshire…

  • Varsity Restaurant

    Varsity is Cambridge’s oldest restaurant, situated in a listed building on St Andrew’s Street in the heart of the city…

  • Willow Brook Farm Shop

    A proper farm shop with a fine butchery and a good tea room, set on an idyllic north-west Cambridgeshire farm…

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