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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.

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

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Embe

    Embe in Peterborough serves Afro-Caribbean soul food, offering traditional family recipes from chef-patron Nick Rutta’s native Tanzania…

  • Fitzbillies

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

  • Fruit Pig Butchery

    Fruit Pig are an East Anglian butchery producing rare fresh-blood black puddings, white puddings, haggis and slow-cured bacons from traditional breeds…

  • Gourmet Brownie Company

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

  • Grasmere Farm Peterborough

    One of Peterborough’s finest butchers, Grasmere Farm is the place to go for quality sausages rolls and meat for the ultimate Sunday roast…

  • Gurkha Lounge

    The Gurkha Lounge is a smart, modern restaurant in Hampton, Peterborough, serving authentic and beautifully presented Nepalese dishes…

  • 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…

  • Homme Nouveau

    Homme Nouveau chef and owner Chris Newman worked his way around the area before fulfiling his dream of opening a restaurant in his home town…

  • 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…

  • Jigsaw Bakery

    Real bread and delicious baked goods are always on the menu at Jigsaw Bakery…

  • Johnsons of Old Hurst

    A diverse family farm enterprise near Huntingdon, established in 1899. It’s a steakhouse, butchery, tearoom, delicatessen – and much more besides…

  • L & AE Munns and Son

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

  • La Pergola at The Wheatsheaf

    At La Pergola near Cambridge they focus on their Italian roots. Most dishes are homemade, including bread, sausages, antipasti pickles and pasta sauces…

  • MillWorks

    If you’re looking to eat out somewhere a bit different, how about MillWorks in Cambridge?It’s got a working water wheel…

  • 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…

  • Nene Valley Spirits at Sacrewell Farm

    For delicious gins and liqueurs inspired by the local area, head to Nene Valley Spirits at Sacrewell Farm…

  • 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 Bicycle Shop

    The Old Bicycle Shop is a restaurant and bar located in Cambridge’s Regent Street, housed in what was once the country’s oldest bicycle shop…

  • Old Weston Garden Farm Shop

    A delightful smallholding offering its own pork, turkey, lamb, eggs and more. Cream teas, coffee and cake are also served in the summer…

  • Papworth Brewery

    Papworth Brewery of Huntingdon was founded by two beer-loving scientists. Their philosophy – it’s all about the beer – feeds their ambition to brew delicious ales…

  • Parker’s Tavern

    Parker’s Tavern is one of Cambridge’s most stylish dining venues and the menu is truly exceptional…

  • Petty Elliott

    You might not know much about the cuisine of the world’s largest archipelago, but Petty Elliott is on a mission to change that…

  • Provenance – Brix + Mortar

    Provenance – Brix + Mortar is a fabulous find situated just outside Cambridge, comprising a restaurant, café and deli. Local sourcing is a speciality…

  • Rennet & Rind

    Cheese is surely one of the finest things in life? If you agree, you’ll find plenty of delicious varieties here…

  • Restaurant Twenty-Two

    Restaurant Twenty-Two in Cambridge is a small, intimate venue. Based on our lunchtime visit, it will prove popular with locals and visitors alike…

  • Sarah’s Pantry

    Love sourdough, scones, cakes and desserts? Us too! Sarah’s Pantry is run by talented baker Sarah Andrews from her home kitchen…

  • 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 Architect

    The Architect in the north of Cambridge serves up a homage to two of the most iconic pub foods: pie & mash and fish & chips…

  • The Black Horse, Elton

    The Black Horse at Elton is a lively village pub that attracts both locals and those looking for a decent meal out…

  • 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 Bluebell at Helpston

    This delightful pub with rooms really sums up what a good rural pub is all about! It’s also next door to John Clare Cottage & Garden…

  • The Cambridge Cheese Company

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

  • The Cambridge Chop House

    Meat-lovers rejoice – The Cambridge Chop House is a steak house that fuses the traditional and contemporary…

  • 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 Crown & Punchbowl

    This beautiful pub is a Grade II-listed former coaching inn located in the pretty village of Horningsea, three miles from Cambridge…

  • The Crown Inn at Broughton

    The Crown is a charming Grade II-listed pub in the attractive Cambridgeshire village of Broughton near Huntingdon…

  • The Crown Inn at Elton

    The Crown at Elton is a village pub with rooms serving excellent food and seasonal dishes in a welcoming atmosphere…

  • 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 Elm Tree

    This quirky boozer in a Cambridge backstreet five minutes from Parker’s Piece is a hidden gem – a rare ‘proper’ pub – part of a dying breed…

  • The Falcon Tavern

    The Falcon in Huntingdon keeps 18 real ales. Expect historic surroundings, excellent ales, and hearty pub grub such as pies and sausages…

  • 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

    The Green Man is the archetypal village pub. It has no TVs or jukeboxes to distract visitors, although room is made for the ‘Hooded Skittles’ table…

  • 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 Millstone at Barnack

    The Millstone has recently undergone a significant renovation and, with a new owner at the helm is sure to delight both locals and diners from further afield…

  • 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 Old Fire Engine House

    The Old Fire Engine House in Ely is a special restaurant (and art gallery). It’s charming, eccentric, unique and insulated from fads and trends…

  • 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 Petersfield

    The Petersfield is a lovely neighbourhood pub in the backwaters of Cambridge. It has a constantly evolving menu…

  • The Pheasant at Keyston

    The Pheasant is a thatched inn in a pretty village near Huntingdon. It is a regular County Dining Pub of the Year in the Good Pub Guide…

  • 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 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, Cambridgeshire, is a restored 17th century pub with rooms. In 2021, it came 22nd in the UK’s Top 50 Gastropubs…

  • The Three Horseshoes

    The Three Horseshoes is a fantastic gastropub located in the Cambridgeshire village of Madingley. It’s another top offering from the Cambs Cuisine group…

  • The Tickell Arms

    Expect high-quality food in smart, comfortable surroundings at The Tickell Arms in Whittlesford near Cambridge…

  • 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…

  • Whyte Wytch Cheese

    Whyte Wytch is a delicious, artisan cheese made at Sacrewell Farm by cheese maker Alison Williamson…

  • 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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