The 4th July is the beginning of Independent Retailer Month 2014 in Cambridge. I have investigated a few independents that I think are well worth a visit. Don’t be tempted by a chain, look out for one of these retailers for a truly unique shopping and culinary experience. Show your support and above all, enjoy!
12a Market Hill Cambridge CB2 3NJ
Tel: 01223 350106
Behind a very unassuming wooden door, 12a Club is a private members’ club offering friendly, knowledgeable, attentive service in very elegant and relaxed surroundings.
The main lounge and bar area has been decorated 20s style and large leather booths invite you in. Brilliant and very cool bartenders are happy to add a 12a twist to a traditional cocktail, serve you a classic glass of champagne or a chilled beer.
Staircases lead off the main bar to the Red Room (small and intimate and perfect for an important meeting or a quiet drink with old friends) and the Purple Room (larger and fully-equipped with audio visual kits for presentations, training sessions or workshops). With the added bonus of wi-fi, daily papers and great coffee, the Club is a very special ‘office away from the office’.
It’s not all about work though. Its central location makes it a great place to rest during a major shopping-spree, with food to keep you fully-charged. 12a Club is also a sought-after venue for events from wine tastings to jazz evenings and cocktail workshops to fashion shows. There is something for everyone.
New Road Barton Cambridge CB23 7EY
Burwash Manor is a working organic mixed arable and livestock farm, having been run amazingly by the same family for over 100 years. Some of the farm’s produce is sold in the Food Hall which boasts a deli, a very fine butcher’s and a lovely Italian patisserie.
There is lots of free parking and shopping at the converted farm buildings of Burwash Manor is an incredibly relaxing experience: it is also just two miles from the city centre, it’s also an easy bike ride along its own cycle path. Of course, it’s not just food you will find there – all of the 15 carefully selected independent shops have something special and different to offer. There is an art gallery, clothing, vintage furniture, wines, jewellery, gifts, garden furniture, Persian rugs as well as trees and decorations at Christmas. There’s also a great tearoom, a holistic beauty and therapy day spa called Dragon Fly.
71 Bridge Street Cambridge CB2 1UR
Tel: 01223 363330
Lilac Rose on Bridge Street is not for the masses. You will easily find quirky and unique gifts, treats, dresses and jewellery to quench your thirst for style and fashion.
There is a generous boudoir-styled changing room area and a very helpful and knowledgeable team, it’s very easy to get caught up in the fun.
Lilac Rose is also a fantastic shop to find presents; from books and bags to cards and wrapping paper.
Woodview Farm Mill Hill Gamlingay SG19 3LW
T: 01767 650200
Woodview Farm is owned and run by the Titmus family who are carrying on a tradition of 5 generations of working farmers. They are committed to rearing and providing the highest quality food in a sustainable and low stress environment for the animals and the customers.
Their aim is to supply their customers with produce that has been sourced from the best possible suppliers either from the farm itself or from selected local suppliers. They pride themselves in supplying local and quality produce to all of their consumers.
They now have a new café that has just opened. Boasting wonderful views across the fields where you can see the sheep grazing and the lambs bouncing. The menu consists of some wonderful home-cooked food including pies, sandwiches and other favorite main meals.
Open for business every day.
42 Hobson Street Cambridge CB1 1NL
Tel: 01223 359397
This local café takes its name from the Australian term ‘to stickybeak,’ which means to have a bit of a nosey. Owners Catherine and Lucy set up the café in 2010 and right from the start they knew they wanted the kitchen to be the centre of everything so that people could have a ‘stickybeak’ at what was going on. True to its name, you can see your food being made in their kitchen.
The café menu contains everything from healthy salads and wholesome dishes for lunch, to indulgent cakes and puddings. Along with their fun team, they make everything by hand in the kitchen and they source key ingredients from trusted local suppliers. They also have a license to serve alcohol with food so you can even relax with a glass of wine over lunch. You can even hire the café for private events and parties.