Cambridge Edition August 2020 - WEB


GOG & GO The Gog has demonstrated its ingenuity and innovative spirit repeatedly over the course of the Covid-19 crisis, first with its drive-through grocery shop and now with ‘Gog & Go’, a new takeaway service. Head chef Gary is back in the kitchens working his magic and whipping up seasonal salads, freshly made baguettes, hummus, crudites and more delicious light bites, all made with the best Gog ingredients and local produce. They’re perfect for lunch on the go, refuelling after a walk over the Gog Magog Hills or just as a little treat!

BARBARELLA In an excellent piece of news for CB4 dwellers, the team behind The Linton Kitchen has just opened a cafe on Chesterton High Street. Sitting on the site of the Blue Moon Barbers, the cafe has been named Barbarella in honour of the building’s heritage, and still bears the original 1950s barbershop pole (though now it’s painted pink and gold!). “We’d been looking for a potential second site, and a few opportunities had arisen over the years, but nothing I felt was right for us,” explains owner Gemma Whiting. “Last year, some friends approached me with a shop in east Chesterton: they’d bought the shop and flat space next door to their house. It seemed like the right fit. I was aiming to open late 2019, but planning issues and falling pregnant put that on hold! Topped off with the pandemic as we were about to start the refurb meant we had to pivot and think outside the box.” Gemma headed in a new direction, teaming up with local florist and grower The Botanical Alchemist to open Barbarella as a pop-up takeaway and flower shop, “until Covid subsides and allows us to refurb and metamorphose into the cafe we intend to be!” Currently, you can pop in for delicious bakes and hot drinks, with brunches, lunches and grab-and-go picnic offerings arriving soon. Coffee comes from Hot Numbers and all sweet treats are sourced from Barbarella’s big sister The

Linton Kitchen. There’s also a range of pantry items, including bread flour, jars of local honey, fresh Suffolk free-range eggs and Grain Culture bread and pastries. “We’ve had great support so far and when the weather remembers to be sunny again there will be some 1m+ outdoor seating for people to watch the world go by from,” says Gemma. “I can’t wait for some normality to return so we can embed ourselves as a community hub in east Chesterton, just as we have done in Linton.”


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