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fter a pause, Team Edition is delighted to be back and bringing you news on all Cambridge’s best bits, from new openings to upcoming events. This issue sees us previewing The Human Touch, a new exhibition at the Fitz (which you

EDITORIAL Editor in chief Nicola Foley 01223 499459 Editorial assistant Frances McNaughton 01223 499469 Editorial director Roger Payne Chief sub editor Alex Bell Sub editor Elisha Young Junior sub editor Jack Nason ADVERTISING Group ad manager Sam Scott-Smith 01223 499457 Sales executive Lucy McNally 01223 492248 CONTRIBUTORS Liz Young, Charlotte Griffiths, Alex Rushmer & Anna Taylor DESIGN & PRODUCTION Senior designer Lucy Woolcomb Designer and ad production Man-Wai Wong Designer Emma Di’Iuorio MANAGING DIRECTORS Andy Brogden & Matt Pluck

may have seen promoted via huge colourful murals around the city), as well as looking ahead to some of summer’s unmissable music festivals. We also share news of Cambridge’s two (!) new doughnut shops, and some beautiful recipes for alfresco feasting with friends this spring (page 39), plus ideas for making your garden a cosy, stylish entertaining space on page 50. If you’re ready to start thinking about a

holiday, we round up some great East Anglian staycation ideas over on page 47. Or, for the chance to win a luxury glamping experience, check out our awesome giveaway on page 23. Enjoy the issue and see you next month!



5 ● WISH LIST Must-have clothing, edible treats and more from local indies 7 ● WHAT’S ON Art exhibitions, outdoor cinema and other cultural highlights coming our way 14 ● BOOK CLUB Our resident bookworm, Charlotte, highlights her top new fiction picks 19 ● FAMILY FUN Activities and days out for families this half-term holiday 21 ● FESTIVALS News on a glittery woodland party, a blues fest in the Suffolk countryside and more 23 ● COMPETITION Win a luxury, at-home glamping experience with The Sleepy Teepee Company 29 ● FOOD NEWS Doughnuts, artisan chocolate and other new launches, plus top merch from local eateries 37 ● CHEF’S TABLE Chef Alex Rushmer shares what’s on his table – and his mind – this month CONTENTS



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39 ● RECIPES The Modern Table’s Liz Young tells us about her fledgling catering business and shares recipes

43 ● ALFRESCO FUN A peek at some of the city’s very best outdoor dining venues

45 ● INDIE OF THE MONTH Gussie and Claire, owners of Augusta Hope, share the story of their charming flower shop 47 ● STAYCATIONS Beautiful boltholes to escape to, from self- catering cottages to luxury hotels 50 ● HOME EDITION Tips on creating a chic outdoor entertaining space, plus this month’s garden jobs

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BICYCLE NECKLACE £180, Podarok We love this intricate bicycle necklace by Alex Monroe jewellery, featuring gorgeous

details such as ruby and diamond lights, plus spinning wheels!

PICNIC RUG £109, Beg Bicycles

You’ll be sitting pretty in picnic season with this classic plaid rug from Hemingford’s Beg Bicycles. We love the soft, vintage colours and handy strap for buckling to your bike.

STONEHOUSE DUVET SET £45.95-£52.95, Angela Reed

One of our favourite local homeware shops does it again, with this beautiful ochre bedding made from 100% cotton.

BREAKFAST MUG £28, Kettle’s Yard Part of a collection of stoneware made for Kettle’s Yard by Cambridge-based potter David Stonehouse, these sturdy mugs feature bold designs and zingy pops of colour.



An ideal gift for the plant-killer in your life, this super-cute succulent by Jelly Cat is available from Ark on Peas Hill.


Add a splash of sunshine to your spring wardrobe with this stylish bag fromM.Hulot. Enjoy a range of design-led and beautifully crafted products at


We’re getting major 70s vibes from these chic cat-eye sunglasses in olive and pink. Pick up a pair from Lilac Rose on Bridge Street and strut into spring.

GOLD SPARKLE MASK BUNDLE Britmask Stay safe in style with this glitter mask kit, which also includes a pouch, wipes and sanitiser (from £14).


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Many of us have grown to appreciate the Cambridge University Botanic Garden more than ever over the past year; its beauty and serenity offering a welcome refuge during the chaos of the pandemic. If you’re keen to visit, there’s plenty planned for spring, including an international exhibition of garden photography that runs until 6 May. A chance to admire beautiful images of gardens from around the world, you can find it by the grass maze. Science on Sundays (currently online) continues its voyage of discovery, taking a look at the latest developments in plant science, as well as research linked to the plant collection at CUBG. There’s also a busy schedule of courses throughout spring and summer, with subjects ranging from garden design to nature printing. Find out more on the website.

THIS MONTH AT THE FITZ Whether it’s a loving hug, linked arm or reassuring hand on the shoulder, the pandemic has deprived us of one of our most basic needs – physical contact – and

caused us to reflect on what happens when we are starved of it. It couldn’t be a more fitting moment for The Fitzwilliam Museum’s new exhibition, The Human Touch, which probes into themes such as anatomy and skin, ideological touch, and the relationship between the brain, hand and creativity. Objects range from ancient Egyptian limestone sculptures to medieval manuscripts and panel paintings, and the exhibition runs from 18 May to 1 August. Also at the Fitz this month is Scent from Nature: Beauty’s botanical origins, which showcases early examples of botanical illustration, offering visitors a chance to see watercolours, perfume bottles and more.


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Both Cambridge Arts Theatre and Cambridge Junction have received a second instalment from the government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund, securing the venues’ futures and ensuring they can reopen safely and imminently as restrictions ease. Cambridge Arts Theatre chief executive, Dave Murphy, said: “It has been a difficult year for the industry, but this vital grant will enable us to lift the curtain and launch our summer 2021 season. We are working very hard to bring the theatregoers of Cambridgeshire a fantastic, varied and entertaining season – and cannot wait to welcome audiences back to our theatre once again.” FUNDING FOR CAMBRIDGE THEATRES

Cambridge Junction artistic director, Matt Burman, said:

“Everyone at Cambridge Junction is relieved and grateful for the funding we will receive from the Culture Recovery Fund. We have continued to work with independent artists and inspiring young people and engage with our audiences through the last year, and are looking forward to progressing exciting plans to connect with communities, restart live programmes and support the making of new projects, as we emerge from lockdown restrictions over the coming months.”

HATCH VIRTUAL ART SPACE LAUNCHES Are you a local artist fed up with working on your own? Check out Hatch Club, a free, online ‘studio’ founded by Gabby Gilmore and Ellie Breeze. Members get weekly check- ins, drop-in videos for ‘water-cooler moments’, and chats to share advice, opportunities, questions, ideas and critiques. You can also suggest other ways of using the space, making it dynamic and ever-evolving. “It felt important to keep this local. People are feeling overwhelmed by the digital at the moment, so this is focused on networks that are already in Cambridge,” explains Gabby. “The hope is that we’ll build a network of artists looking for a physical space to work in, and that Hatch Club will be able to provide

it for them when it’s safe to do so.”


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Anna Taylor, our resident garden guru (read this month’s column on page 58), enjoyed such success with her Wildstems flower deliveries during lockdown last year that she’s launched ‘Standard Flowers’. A sister company to her flower farm in Audley End, the new venture delivers locally grown flowers across the region. It specialises in combining delicious tonal colour combinations and textural accents, giving customers bouquets that are full of energy, movement and scent. All flowers are – quite radically – grown without any chemicals, and you can order subscriptions, ready-to-arrange flowers, bouquets and wedding packages via the website.


One of pop’s greatest living composers, Beach Boy Brian Wilson comes to Cambridge this summer for a hit-filled trip down memory lane.

JOHN GRANT 30 SEP, JUNCTION, £27.50 Join Denver-born troubadour John Grant for an evening of music, featuring hits from a back catalogue of albums including Queen of Denmark and Pale Green Ghosts .

CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL CLUB 17 DEC, JUNCTION, £19.50 The hot pre-Christmas ticket in Cambridge, Craig Charles returns for his annual visit in December. Expect great tunes and a full house.

PULLEN RESIDENCY AT BYARD ART An exhibition of new works by Alison Pullen takes residence at Byard Art gallery from 29 April to 30 May. It gives visitors a chance to explore this artist’s intricate and evocative pieces, alongside work from Frances Bloomfield. Pullen’s fascination is interiors, which she deftly brings to life in her semi-abstract collages, while Bloomfield also utilises collage in her pieces, which draw the viewer in with their dark surrealism.

DIONNE WARWICK 9 JUN 2022, CORN EX, FROM £33 A farewell tour from a true legend, see the six-time Grammy winner perform Walk On By , I Say a Little Prayer and more.


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UNMISSABLE OUTDOOR CONCERTS Whether it’s Van Morrison crooning in the gardens of a stately home, or the winning combination of great tunes and a flutter on the gee-gees, this summer is a chance to catch big names in unique settings around our region. Newmarket Nights, which offers punters a day at the races followed by a concert, returns to Newmarket Racecourse, bringing acts including Tom Jones (23 July), Olly Murs (30 July), and Rick Astley (13 August). Also during August, enjoy the Heritage Live series at Audley End House and Gardens. Pack up a bottle of fizz and a picnic and join the fun on the 14th, when a true great, Van Morrison, takes to the stage with classics like Brown Eyed Girl, Moondance and Have I Told You Lately , with support from The Waterboys. On the 13th, there’s James Blunt, Hackney Colliery Band and Craig Charles, while a tempo change on the 15th sees Russell Watson take to the stage alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.


After a long winter, the world is waking up again – and so is the much-loved Star & Mouse Picture Show! This season, cinemagoers are invited to enjoy a drive-in experience with a bit of Star & Mouse magic. “We don’t do things by halves, so forget about any drive-in experience you’ve had before, because we are going to spoil you with so much more,” say organisers. “Forget those tiny LED screens mounted on the back of an ugly old lorry plonked on a square bit of tarmac. You’ll be watching your movie in style and we promise you, there’ll be a great view. Prepare yourself for car bingo, quizzes, live music and food and drinks, as we bring a little pre-film entertainment your way before your movie starts at nightfall.” The season kicks off on 28 May with a screening of Oscar-winner A Star is Born, the tear- jerking blockbuster starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The next night, it’s Notting Hill , followed by Breakfast at Tiffany’s on the 30th, while June yields Point Break (4th), Moulin Rouge (5th), and Le Mans ’66 (6th). All screenings take place at Burwash Manor in Barton, with snacks and drinks available to purchase.


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Darren Harriott and Radio 4’s The Skewer . Saturday night, meanwhile, welcomes Dara Ó Briain, Ed Byrne and Gary Delaney to the stage, as well as Nina Conti and award-winning comedian Russell Kane. There are plenty of laughs in store on Sunday, too, when Al Murray, Seann Walsh and a final flurry of super-talented acts round off the weekend. A series of special shows are also taking place including parody TV-cookery show Kev’s Komedy Kitchen , written and hosted by Kevin Dewsbury and Mike Newall, as well as the Comedy Club 4 Kids – so there really is something for everyone. In addition to the comedy action, catch some of your favourite comedians spinning tunes in the Glade bar area after the shows finish each evening. Or, if you

riginally launched in 2007 by the Jesterlarf Comedy Club, with a goal of bringing a mini Edinburgh Fringe experience to

fancy, you can even enjoy a swim in the freshwater lake on site! There is camping space available right next to the arena, plus boutique camping if you can’t be without your creature comforts. This year, to cater to the current climate, the Cambridge Comedy Festival will be taking place outdoors on Grange Farm in Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon. The festival has been held outdoors twice previously on Jesus Green, and proved a huge success, so this year’s affair promises to deliver just as many – if not more! – laughs, with a gorgeous new backdrop. Make sure to catch The Cambridge Comedy Festival this summer, from 9 to 11 July. Full weekend passes and individual day tickets are available.

our city, the Cambridge Comedy Festival has evolved into a fully-fledged, A-lister magnet of an event in its own right. With over 150 acts appearing across four stages, you can expect a jam-packed weekend of spectacular comedy performers, from superstar household names to the finest emerging comedy talent, plus a smattering of left-field fringe acts, live podcast shows, and family-friendly entertainment. Festival highlights include some serious comedy superstars. Catch 8 Out of 10 Cats team captain Rob Beckett, Milton Jones and Mark Watson on the Friday, along with Edinburgh Fringe favourite


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How will the Parkers of Leatherhead fare when everything crashes down around their ears? Find out in this rollocking riches-to-rags tale, which is perfectly- timed for the pandemic. Characters are splendidly drawn and scenes laid out like staging instructions, making the reading experience rather like what you might expect from an afternoon spent with Giedroyc’s TV persona, all high-speed stories and anecdotes flying off the page. It’s an enjoyable race to keep up with the tale as it weaves from Surrey garden parties to hedge fund offices and beyond, and while it’s difficult to relate to any of the (entitled, fairly ghastly) characters - it feels like that might be just the point.


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This is a truly breathtaking book. It spans such vast timelines that you’d be forgiven for thinking – as I did – that it was the author’s debut: surely she’d spent her life plotting this novel, and the hopes and dreams of her multi-generational cast of characters? It turns out it’s been nestled firmly in her head for 17 years, delayed by the pandemic and the success of her debut, Behold the Dreamers . Set in the fictional African village of Kosawa, protagonist Thula, her family and community are battling devastating pollution caused by an American oil company based nearby on the village’s ancestral land. How Beautiful We Were tackles huge, heart-wrenching themes of belonging, community, colonialism and capitalism, and the idea of taking action versus lying in wait. The company’s disregard for the locals’ health leaves you furious and ashamed, willing the villagers on as they seek justice and reparations for the damage done to their families and fields. Yet, when profits come firmly before people, can anything ever really change? Magnificent and unmissable. HOW BEAUTIFUL WE WERE BY IMBOLO MBUE

IMAGES How Beautiful We Were places the reader at the centre of an African community’s struggle against a powerful American company, wreaking havoc on lands their ancestors have long called home

“With profits before people, can anything ever change?”


This sensational novel opens in India, where a terrorist attack has killed over a hundred people. Jivan, a Muslim girl living in the slums and one of the book’s three narrators, shares a video on Facebook in which a devastated woman questions the inaction of the local police, accusing them of watching the victims burn instead of rescuing them. An anonymous comment points out that the video could be fake, and the stab of conflict thrills Jivan. “Wasn’t this a kind of leisure dressed up as agitation?” she questions. No-one rallies to her video’s defence, and in the quiet of the night, Jivan adds an inflammatory comment about the government: “It’s a dangerous thing; a thing nobody like me should ever think, let alone write,” she says, offering it up to us, pleading for forgiveness – but it’s too late, and events have been set in motion. We switch to Lovely, a gorgeously charismatic narrator, who bumps us into the now, flirtatiously swinging her hips on the way to acting class, dreaming of becoming a film star. As clouds start to gather, we also meet Jivan’s gym teacher, a man frustrated by his lot in life and looking for more, at any cost.

The narrators retell stories from different perspectives – leading to questioning and doubting and pointing fingers – until the flames that Jivan sparked are whipped into a frenzy that no-one can control. As the saying goes: you might not be interested in politics, but as this book proves, politics is very much interested in you.


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Set on the sun-kissed Californian coastline, Malibu Rising is a warm, calm ocean of a book that was surely designed with an golden-filtered HBO series in mind. The main action takes place over a single evening, with the Riva siblings preparing for their legendary celebrity-packed annual party, which is shaping up to be even bigger than the last. With dreamy flashbacks to life in the 1950s, 60s, 70s and 80s that will be welcomed by fans of Daisy Jones And The Six , Jenkins Reid’s smash hit novel from 2019, we slowly discover more about the fire-forged bonds that hold this talented family together – and the silent stories hanging over their heads which could come crashing down at any moment. Will the surfer siblings be reconciled with their absent rock star father? If the truths come out, will they remain as close? Will they ever understand that families are not static structures, but shifting constructs that can only survive when people are given permission to grow and change without the pressure to remain as they were? One for a warm afternoon in the sun.

IMAGES In Malibu Rising, feuds and secrets linger under the surface of one family. Flashbacks reveal their origins, but are old traumas about to reappear?

Cecily’s author, Annie Garthwaite, had an inspirational history teacher at school who opened her eyes to the possibilities presented by the subject as “the raw material of story.” Her interest in Richard III lingered long after finishing education, slowly supplanted by a growing curiosity about the strong women who surrounded the king – particularly his mother, Cecily Neville. The wife of Richard of York, Cecily was dismissed by Shakespeare as “old, pious, embittered and dull,” and marginalised by historians in favour of other, more dynamic characters. Annie, meanwhile, spent her career at managerial level, surrounded by men and finding every day to be an exercise in discovering how women can hold power in male-dominated environments, before leaving to start her own business. Twenty years after that, she stopped work, started a creative writing MA and crossed paths with Joanna Laynesmith, a specialist in medieval women. After two further years, the result, published this summer, is Cecily . It’s a brilliant retelling of the beginning of the Wars of The Roses from Cecily’s perspective as a wife, mother, partner and politician – a fascinating and humanising look at what it might have been like to live the peril-filled life of a high- powered noblewoman. The relationship between Cecily and Richard is beautifully drawn. Her ongoing, quiet grief for her lost loved ones and deep courage to protect her family feels modern, but is profoundly human and relatable, shouting clearly through the centuries and leaving you wondering which other histories might contain untold tales... BY ANNIE GARTHWAITE CECILY


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A TRIP TO ELY If you’re looking to get out of Cambridge for the day, the nearby city of Ely has a whole host of hotspots that make for a fun-filled family day out. You can enjoy a picturesque picnic next to the astounding Ely Cathedral (we recommend picking up some snacks from newly opened Tom’s Cakes), or explore the mysteries of Oliver Cromwell’s House – including Ely’s Escape Room, opening on 22 May. Or there’s always Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, where you’re sure to encounter an abundance of wildlife on your wanders.


NEWMARKET RACECOURSE For a fancier affair, why not spend the day at Newmarket Racecourse? Frequent race days are taking place over summer, offering afternoons or evenings of exciting racing action. You can also upgrade the experience to include hospitality at the racecourse’s Summer House restaurant, or maybe book to watch the races from your very own private box. Find out more on the website.

LOCKHOUSE GAMES You needn’t leave the city to find a great family day out. LockHouse Escape Games offers three distinctly different escape room experiences to please every interest. Whether you’re into space and sci-fi, the ancient Egyptians, or spies and secret agents, LockHouse has something for you. The escape rooms are available to book from 18 May – head to the LockHouse website for details. KINGSWAY DINO GOLF Newly opened this spring, Kingsway Golf Centre has invested £750,000 in an impressive dinosaur-themed adventure golf site called Jurassic Links. Kingsway has a nine-hole course, nine-hole pitch and putt, driving range, plus footgolf. Visitors can navigate through a jeep, walk under a cascading waterfall and putt through various hazards – watched over by a pterodactyl and a 30ft T. rex!

SCUDAMORE’S It’s certainly been a while since we’ve taken to the Cam, but luckily Scudamore’s is here to remind us how to do it right. Championing a traditional punting experience, Scudamore’s has been around for more than a century, offering private tours of the city’s waterways, as well as self-hire services and special punting packages. Check out the website for further information, or to get booked in.

JESUS GREEN LIDO For a relaxing day out with the family, you can always rely on Jesus Green Lido, where you can power through some lengths, or at least try a tentative toe-dip. There’s plenty of space for sunbathing, so set yourself up for the day and bring a book to while away the hours. There’s no better location in Cambridge to relax when the weather at its warmest during the summer months.


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stalls, craft beer and plenty of surprises hidden in the woods. Tickets are currently available via waiting list only. If you miss out on the June event, a smaller, farewell- to-summer shindig is being planned for 11 September, so keep an eye out. READY TO RUMPUS From the same team as Wild Wood Disco, Rumpus (18 September) has all the creativity and glittery good vibes as its sister festival – but this one’s for the kids! Entertainment includes circus skills, crafting, and author talks, as well as more adventurous activities such as tree climbing and zip wires (under the watchful eyes of Big Tree Climbing). Visitors will be stomping their feet to Brass Funkeys and The Vegas Girls, and for the grown-ups there’s a well-stocked bar – and bookable creche, so you can enjoy your prosecco in peace. Adult tickets from £25/family tickets from £77. ALL THAT JAZZ Presenting the cream of London’s new wave of jazz artists, plus a bit of house and hip-hop, We Out Here has taken over the

stunning lakeside setting which used to be home to Secret Garden Party (RIP). Just down the road from Cambridge in Abbotts Ripton, the festival is headed up by Gilles Peterson, known for his left-field musical meanderings on BBC Radio 6 Music. And that’s exactly what you can expect from the WOH line-up: cutting-edge artists, eclecticism and a guarantee of discovering something new. The event runs 19-22 August, and adult tickets start at £154. Festival is back, bigger than ever before, and with a new location of Childerley Hall. Taking place 10-12 September, the now multi-day festival will see Rag’n’Bone Man and Jack Savoretti take to the stage along with legends like Shalamar and Soul FEEL-GOOD FAMILY FUN After a year off, the Cambridge Club II Soul, while the all-new ‘Party Time Continuum’ features Horse Meat Disco and tribute act Abba Disco Wonderland. Also new for 2021 is the Auditorium of Intrigue, wellness area and a comedy line- up provided by Footlights. Plus, camping options are available for the first time. Day tickets start at £61.30.

FINGERLICKIN’ GOOD Bringing a bit of the Deep South to the Suffolk countryside every summer, Red Rooster serves up music of the blues/ roots/Cajun variety, lip-smacking food and drink to match (think ribs and bourbon), and all kinds of family friendly activities – from pedalo trips on the lake to den making. With this year’s event on August Bank Holiday weekend, you won’t have to worry about Monday at work, either! Tickets available from £89.50. WILD IN THE WOODS One of the few UK festivals able to go ahead last year (albeit in a socially distant, scaled-down fashion), Wild Wood Disco is back this June – and boy, are we ready for it! With big-name DJs, street food, a woodland dance floor and the ultimate sunset spot, this boutique event is primed to give everyone a party to remember on 26 June. Headlining are Seb Fontaine, Stanton Warriors and Norman Jay, with local talent including funk duo Kontroversi also performing. Food-wise, expect faves like Warm and Toastie and Guerrilla Kitchen, alongside cocktail


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his summer is about making up for lost time and creating special memories with our loved ones – and we’ve got a fabulous giveaway

The Sleepy Teepee Company is based in Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire. It provides children’s parties, bell tent hire, luxury picnics, overnight dining packages and more. Visit thesleepyteepeecompany. com or email info@ thesleepyteepeecompany. to find out more. ABOUT THE SLEEPY TEEPEE COMPANY

to help one lucky reader do just that! We’ve teamed up with The Sleepy Teepee Company to share a glorious glamping experience worth more than £250. You can enjoy this treat from your own garden, over a weekend (Friday to Sunday) or midweek (Monday to Thursday). The ultimate staycation, luxury bell tents are brought to your home and set up ready for a sleepover; be that with family, friends or a romantic date. The team will create a beautiful hideout, complete with flooring, rugs, table, fairy lights, bunting and scatter cushions, and they’ll even throw in a vintage candy crate and midnight feast hamper, packed with drinks, popcorn, chocolate and sweets. Whether you choose to snuggle up with your other half, play games with the kids, or drink prosecco and catch up with your pals – it’s sure to be a memorable sleepover under the stars. To enter, visit the Competitions tab at

Ts & Cs: Entries close 31 May. Booking season for 2021 ends 1 October (prize may also

be claimed during 2022 season). Bookings are subject to availability and any government restrictions. No cash alternatives available.


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Knights Park is 1.8 miles from Cambridge city centre, just a 10-minute cycle ride. Cambridge Railway Station is 18 minutes away, with access to Stansted Airport in 30 minutes, Peterborough in 49 minutes, and London King’s Cross in just under an hour. Hill’s part-exchange scheme offers buyers a quick and stress-free move. Obtaining three independent valuations on the purchaser’s current property and making an offer within one week, the scheme eliminates agent fees and long chains, while providing a guaranteed moving date. Once the process has been completed, buyers can quickly settle into their new life. Prices for the three-bedroom homes at Knights Park start from £729,950, and £949,950 for a four-bedroom house. A prestigious collection of luxurious five-bedroom villas will launch later this summer. The marketing suite is open for viewings, in line with government guidelines. For further information, please visit or call 01223 607200.

or Cambridge homebuyers on the hunt for a spacious new property in a vibrant neighbourhood with community at its heart, Hill’s award-winning development, Knights Park, is a must-see. Situated in the thriving district of Eddington, by the University of Cambridge, buyers are guaranteed to reap the rewards of a new home and village this summer. Benefiting from the current Stamp Duty Holiday, and with part-exchange now available, there has never been a better time to move. A beautiful collection of luxurious three- and four-bedroom family houses, Knights Park provides the ideal environment for families to enjoy hassle- free living. Perfect for summer 2021, the site boasts beautiful green landscapes, nature havens, parks and playing fields, providing an ideal canvas for those of all ages to enjoy. For buyers seeking a serene space to escape after a long day of work, Knights Park is sure to impress. Each home offers spacious and versatile layouts, with an outstanding specification. Stylish kitchen/dining/family

rooms deliver a pleasant outlook on to a rear garden, creating a natural hub for entertaining and relaxing. Equally spacious bedrooms, en-suites and bathrooms ensure everyone in the household has plenty of space to enjoy contemporary and uncomplicated comfort. The University of Cambridge Primary School is just a four-minute walk, whilst a range of secondary and independent schools – such as the outstanding St Bede’s Inter-Church School and Heritage School Cambridge – can be reached via public transport.


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Whether you’re a career or accidental landlord, using a letting agent can make your life so much easier. A good letting agent frees up your time, organising property inspections, carrying out rent collections and ensuring your properties and contracts are up to date with the latest government rules and regulations. When it comes to finding the right agent, it’s crucial that they are registered with a professional body, such as the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA). This certifies that the agent is operating within specific rules of conduct. The same advice also applies to tenants. By letting through a landlord who uses an agent, you can be sure that the property you are renting is safe and compliant with government guidelines. By opting for a property under the WHY USE A LETTING AGENT?

management of a professional agent, you guarantee that yours and the landlord’s rights are protected, hopefully leading to longer and happier tenancies. Cheffins is one of the leading letting agents throughout Cambridge, Ely, Saffron Walden, Haverhill and Newmarket, as well as the surrounding villages. The company provides support to tenants and landlords across thousands of properties in the local area.

For advice on letting your property or having it managed, contact Cheffins on 01223 271916 or visit



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THE ITALIAN JOB Mill Road’s Tradizioni has recently expanded, opening a second branch at Cambridge train station that promises to brighten commuters’ days with authentic Italian dishes. In the morning, you can pick up pastries and focaccia, while in the evening, it’s all about Italian classics, such as ragu bolognese, caprese salad and fresh pizza. All homemade, of course.

SAFFRON GRANGE TASTING SERIES Saffron Grange is popping corks in celebration of our new post-lockdown freedoms with a tour on 22 May, offering guests a chance to learn more about the vineyard’s story. Discover why this parcel of Essex land is so perfectly suited to growing the exceptional grapes that go into the company’s award-winning sparkling wines, join in a guided walk, enjoy stunning views and tuck into heavenly charcuterie boards with plenty of tastings of Saffron Grange’s tipples. The tours will be running on selected Thursdays and Saturdays until October.


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As if we needed another reason to visit the Pint Shop, the pub’s garden is now hosting a pop-up from Lyla’s, makers of mouth- watering pizzas and other Italian delicacies. The collaboration launched mid-April, with a plan to run for five weeks, and the menu is packed with delicious offerings, from Italian sausage scotch eggs to a range of perfectly crisp pizzas. The team is also launching a ‘bake at home’ pizza service soon. Keep an eye on the Instagram @lylas_pizza for more announcements.

FIN DEMAND Featured in our Ones to Watch round-up in January, Fin Boys has now opened its doors on Mill Road, selling a huge range of fresh fish, with soups, marinades, oven-ready seafood dishes and more on the menu. The business belongs to Jay Scrimshaw (of Guerrilla Kitchen fame) and Richard Stokes, the long-term chef patron of Madingley’s The Three Horseshoes. The pair are on a mission to get the public sampling new fish, sharing their wisdom on how best to prepare seafood and educating on sustainability, provenance and ‘fin to scale’ cooking. “We don’t want people to find only cod, salmon and haddock here,” says Richard. “We want to spotlight underrated sustainable species like pollack, wrasse, spider crabs, scad, pouting, dabs, megrim and whiting. Fish can be cut and prepared to order and handed to the customer with advice on how best to cook it, so overcooking and soggy fish skins will soon be a thing of the past,” he continues. “Day by day, fish is getting harder to come by, but when we get our hands on it, we need to use more of it. It’s fish – and it deserves a bit more respect. We want to champion the whole fish. We will have a recipe for every single part of the fish, from the liver to the blood, bones and even the scales.” See what you can discover by paying a visit to the shop, or order online.

FOODIES FESTIVAL 2021 Bringing three days of fun and feasting to Parker’s Piece, Foodies Festival returns for its 2021 outing from 23-25 July. The Chef ’s Theatre is making a comeback, with demos from a line-up of culinary stars, including GBBO winner Candice Brown and MasterChef champ Thomas Frake, plus local chefs such as Midsummer House’s Daniel Clifford. As for music, expect a pop- filled weekend, with Maybe Gaga, Kylie on Show and Ultimate Coldplay performing while you soak up the atmosphere and enjoy edible treats ranging from street food to desserts. For tickets and more info, visit the website.


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Doughnut fans of Cambridge have had much cause for celebration over the past few weeks, with not one, but two new launches dedicated to delivering sugar- dusted dough balls to our doorsteps. Up first, London brand Crosstown opened its store on 15 March, offering delivery of doughnuts, cookies and ice cream across Cambridge city and selected villages. Known for its signature sourdough doughnuts, Crosstown is a cult favourite with Londoners. There’s a mouth-watering selection of toppings and fillings, including peanut butter and blackcurrant compote, and chocolate ganache paired with crunchy honeycomb. Ice cream options include cookie flavour and vanilla bean crumble, while cookies range from classic choc chip to an oat and apricot number. Meanwhile, there’s a new local venture from baker extraordinaire Katie Moore and We Three Club’s Alex White. This impressive duo have used their experience in the food industry to dream up Fortune Donuts, an artisan treat company whose branding is as delicious as its products. Two new flavours are launched weekly (Saturday at 9.30am for delivery on Fridays), with a box of four priced at £14. You can expect delectable flavours such as salted caramel brûlée and key lime pie.


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“You can expect delectable flavours”


At the top of takeaway must-haves is this king of curries, with tender chicken and a silky, spicy sauce. 2. SOUVLAKI CHICKEN FROM THE OLIVE GROVE This Greek restaurant on Regent Street used to be an in-the-know gem, but it seems like word is getting out… 3. CHICKEN GRILLED BURRITO FROM TORTILLA We’ve been giving our lunch breaks a Mexican twist, ordering Tortilla’s grilled chicken burrito stuffed with rice, beans and fresh salsa. 4. CHICK’N SHACK BURGER FROM SHAKE SHACK Shake Shack’s Deliveroo Kitchen only opened in recent weeks, but its crispy fried chicken burger has already won our hearts. 5. PAD THAI FROM LUK THAI AT THE CRICKETERS A classic dish from a long-standing Cambridge favourite: Luk Thai’s perfect pad Thai is more than worthy of its popularity.

IMAGES Crosstown offers a range of delicious sourdough doughnuts in a variety of flavours. Meanwhile, local brand Fortune Donuts (pictured left) has a weekly changing menu


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Xocolat by Louis Beckett has been making a quiet buzz with its beautifully crafted bonbons, bars and ‘barks’ since launching during lockdown. Founder Louis cut his teeth at Michelin- starred restaurants including Latymer and Alimentum, and credits the latter with igniting his passion for chocolate. “It 100% started at Alimentum,” he explains. “The early days were very messy – chocolate everywhere to the point that the kitchen needed a deep clean before evening service could take place!” Having just arrived back in the UK after a year in Australia when the pandemic hit, Louis decided the time was right to take the plunge and get serious about making chocolate. “With the hospitality industry in turmoil, I needed to keep busy and make a living, so I started Xocolat by Louis Beckett”, he explains. “It was something I’d wanted to do for years, but always had an excuse not to. With the pandemic, there were no excuses and it just seemed like the perfect time to give it a real go.” Louis wanted his chocolates to taste amazing and look completely different to anything customers had seen before. And he’s succeeded, from the Pollock-esque designs to the unique flavour combinations, such as passion fruit and olive oil. It makes for a chocolate experience you’ll want to savour like a fine wine. All chocolates are made to order and sent out via Royal Mail. From £8 for a box of six and £6 for bars.


DOUGHNUTWOMEN’S TEE £24.95, Crosstown

PINT SHOP MBB TOTE BAG £12.50, via Click It Local

STEAK & HONOUR TOTES AND T-SHIRTS (designed by We Three Club), coming soon

SHOPPER BAG £17, Grain Culture

‘TURMOIL’ T-SHIRT £16, Brewboard


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t’s been an impossible year to dine out – let alone experience new cuisines abroad. Yet, I’ve found solace in the wealth of food television across streaming platforms I’m still to cancel (despite being several years past the month-long free trials). There is an element of escapism to these programmes, particularly the shows that are essentially travel documentaries with a foodie core. Last summer, I raced through (for the third, possibly fourth time) the entirety of Anthony Bourdain’s first series, A Cook’s Tour , which originally aired more than 20 years ago. From there, it was a natural progression to work chronologically through his follow-up series, which came to a tragic end with his death in 2018. This is a substantial body of work – Bourdain spent around 200 days a year travelling or filming – but I am still rationing myself to a couple of episodes a week, knowing that once the credits roll on the final farewell of Parts Unknown , there really won’t be any more. Secondary to the sheer enjoyment of watching footage from places we can’t currently visit is watching the gradual evolution of Bourdain’s on-screen persona. And the extent to which he grows into the role that he defined for himself. The shy, awkward and slightly gawky journeyman chef, who, much to his own amazement, finds himself fronting a food-leaning travel show, morphs into a confident, learned and interested traveller. One who understands that being in another country (and eating another culture’s food) not only necessitates a level of respect, but also offers endless

opportunities to explore issues far bigger than the ingredients in a recipe. I’ve also been struck by the significant changes in UK-based food television over the past 20 years. A few weeks ago, my wife and I began trawling through the archives on Channel 4’s on-demand service and started watching Real Food , Nigel Slater’s first series from 1998. Although some of the cooking hasn’t quite stood the test of time (his Thai green curry recipe looks as if it was mistranslated from a copy of a fax of a telegram), there is a wonderful integrity and honesty to the recipes. The series appears to have been filmed with minimal rehearsal in an actual home kitchen, as opposed to a finely tuned studio, dressed to look like an aspirational cooking space. What’s more, there are a number

of recurring guest chefs, including Rowley Leigh, Alastair Little, Nigella Lawson and Peter Gordon, who are a joy to watch (I particularly enjoyed the gentle jostling between Leigh and Little). Most enjoyable has been the discovery of another Channel 4 offering from the same year as Slater’s debut: The Italian Kitchen , presented by Rose Gray and Ruth Rogers, of River Cafe fame. The show has a simple premise: the two presenters care deeply about food, and know more about making it taste good than the viewer does. The recipes are timeless, and each half- hour show is an education into one, small aspect of Italian cuisine. It is a programme about how to cook better, rather than a show about creating a polished version of an unobtainable fiction (a narrative much contemporary food television insists on peddling). It is food television in the purest sense, and not lifestyle programming hidden inside a food-themed wrapper. It is as wholesome and warming as a bowl of Tuscan ribollita and – as has been necessary during this longest of winters – offers glimpses of the warmth and joys that are, we all hope, just around the corner.

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“I think people are going to start staying home and having friends over a lot more than previously,” she muses. “Lots of people have done up their houses, so having people over might become more normal than going out for dinner all the time. I’m looking to focus on cooking for private events – anything from family celebrations to weddings – and perhaps offering takeaways as a drop-off service for parties. That’s one idea!” For a taster of the kind of dishes that will be on the menu, look no further than Liz’s recipes overleaf, which include spring radishes with salty anchovy butter, a fancy tuna fish sandwich and a lip-smacking crispy chicken dish. Turn the page and get inspired for that alfresco lunch you and your friends have been talking about for months...

moment! That’s how it really started,” explains Liz. “I wanted to do something that I loved and I was proud of, and have control over it.” With events off the table, Liz focused on ‘ready meals’ – vibrant, nutritious food parcels ranging from grain salad boxes to tofu pad Thai. “It’s fresh and ‘sort of healthy’ – definitely not your average takeaway. It’s food that could be made at home, but it’s easier to get someone else to cook for you – and you still feel good about yourself after eating it.” The menu changes weekly, and you can pick up orders from Burwash Larder and Meadows in Newnham, or opt for home delivery. Moving out of lockdown, Liz is set to refocus on the events side of The Modern Table, serving her signature style of food at intimate weddings, birthdays and dinner parties.

aised in New Zealand, Liz Young’s upbringing was filled with social eating. Whether barbecues on the beach in

summer or hearty stews in winter, food and drink was centre stage and dining with loved ones a daily part of life. Her grandparents, keen classic cooks, instilled in her a love of feeding people which she turned into career, cooking first in fine dining restaurants and then aboard luxury yachts around the world, before settling here in Cambridge where she helped expand a successful local cookery school and cafe. Just over a year ago, Liz decided that the time was right to cast out on her own, setting up The Modern Table as a catering company for boutique events. “And then the pandemic hit, and like everybody else, I had to try and diversify – to ‘pivot’, as everybody is saying at the


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CRISP CHICKEN THIGHS, MISO MAYO AND CAVIAR MISO PASTE BRINGS AN UNMISTAKABLE FLAVOUR TO GOLDEN CHICKEN INGREDIENTS • 430-450g boneless chicken thighs (each cut in half) • 1 large garlic clove, crushed and pureed • 100ml soy sauce • Wooden or metal skewers • Sunflower oil or other neutral oil • 200g mayonnaise (either homemade or high-quality, shop-bought) • Miso paste • Lemon • Black and red caviar (or fish roe) • Baby leaves to decorate (optional) • Black pepper STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE 1. Marinade the chicken thighs in the soy and garlic overnight. If you’re using wooden skewers, be sure to soak them in water. 2. Place a generous tablespoon of miso paste in a bowl, adding a small splash of boiling water. Stir this together to form a loose paste. Add the mayo and a little squeeze of lemon, and mix. 3. Thread the chicken pieces on to the skewers. Put on a barbecue, in a pan or in the oven with sunflower oil, until cooked and slightly crispy. 4. Place on a platter, leaving to cool a little, as the mayo will fall off if it’s too hot. Add dollops of miso mayo on top of each skewer, spoonfuls of each caviar, then decorate with the baby leaves and season to taste with black pepper.


INGREDIENTS • Radishes • 300ml double cream • 5-6 anchovies – good quality • Maldon sea salt

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE 1. Whip the cream until it curdles and separates. Gather the curd in your hand and squeeze out the excess whey (water). Place into a bowl. 2. Finely chop the anchovies and mix them into the butter, along with some Maldon sea salt. 3. Serve on a platter with the crisp radishes and extra anchovies to garnish, if you like.


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