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NANNA JUDE’S BAGELS Whether you fancy sinking your teeth into the finest paella this side of Valencia or warming your soul with a steaming bowl of Sri Lankan curry, there’s a world of flavours and cuisines to explore on Cambridge’s food scene. One thing we’ve never had? A seriously good bagel shop. But all that’s about to change with brand-new bakery and mobile food truck Nanna Jude’s, which will be launching in its bricks-and-mortar form at Cambridge train station within the next few weeks. You can expect salt beef bagels worthy of London’s Brick Lane from this outfit, which is on a mission to bring traditional kosher street food to Cambridge, with a modern twist.
The eatery is the brainchild of Sam Partridge, who’s joined by his wife, daughter, daughter-in-law and close family friends, the Hiders. The Partridge family geography spans Bratislava, Vienna and London, which is where their mother, Judith, settled in the 1940s – the ‘Nanna Jude’ of the company’s name. Alongside the classic salt beef (pictured right with a toasted bagel, salt beef, onion chutney and double-smoked cheese), the menu includes a ‘chicken schnitzel bagel’ composed of breadcrumbed chicken breast and lemon and chive mayo with rocket, as well as an assortment of cakes and drinks to try. Search Nanna Jude’s Bagels on Facebook for updates.
FOODSTUFFF Nine months ago, Toby Savill and James Perry (pictured left) were in the early stages of developing a food delivery app in London, with a view to testing it in Soho. Then Covid-19 happened and the brakes were slammed on – but with the pair finding themselves temporarily living in Cambridge, a new plan emerged. Foodstufff was born, quickly beginning its mission to give independent eateries a fairer deal in the delivery marketplace. The model gives restaurants and cafes 100% of the order money (taking only a nominal monthly sub fee of £30 – a figure in stark contrast to the 35% cut companies like Deliveroo can take per order), and delivering via eco-friendly bicycle. Launching a new business during peak lockdown definitely came with its challenges, says Toby, but there’s no doubt that the climate was pretty much perfect for Foodstufff ’s particular offering. “The urge at the moment to support independents has helped us,” he explains. “People love the independents in Cambridge, and don’t want them to go anywhere – we’ve been lucky to be a part of that. What we’ve learnt is that it’s definitely an educational piece, too, people don’t necessarily realise how much Deliveroo charges and how much that can damage small businesses.” Uptake has been great so far, with twenty vendors signing up, including Cambridge favourites like Steak & Honour, Amélie, Scott’s All Day and Fitzbillies, and more being added every week. The goal is to focus on Cambridge, recruiting the city’s top traders into the Foodstufff family, before expanding to as many as five different locations by next summer – potentially offering more profitable, greener delivery method for eateries around the country. Watch this space! foodstufff.co.uk
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