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Are your jeans feeling a bit tight after the excesses of Xmas? Well, I’m afraid they’re only going to get tighter after you’ve read this week’s hot gossip, because there’s a smorgasbord of new restaurants and eateries opening across our counties. Bon appetit!
Michelin-starred chef starts a residency at Cambridge Cookery
One of Muddy’s Little Black Book members and favourite culinary destination Cambridge Cookery has some rather exciting news… top Cambs chef Mark Poynton from much-missed Michelin-starred restaurant Alimentum has just announced a residency at the bistro/ cafe/ cookery school just off Hills Road. You can expect a heavenly mixture of “unstuffy food” served with “great wines” in the light an airy open plan venue every Friday and Saturday night. Both MJP and Cambridge Cookery put a strong emphasis on sustainability too, so you’ll supporting a fabulous cause while filling your boots with delicious grub. Book your table here.
Suffolk’s first vegan pub opens in Ipswich
Veganuary has never been easier! Not only do we have lots of local restaurants and cafes getting behind the movement, but a new vegan pub is opening on St Helen’s Street in Ipswich so you can spend the entire month of January propping up the bar safe in the knowledge all the delicious food and drink is plant-based! Hank’s Pub is a new venture from the owners of Hank’s Deli, which has become extremely popular during the day. The pub will be offering delicious pub classics including roasts, burgers and curries.
New curry house opens in Cambridge
I barely recognise Station Road in Cambridge anymore thanks to all the recent opening rejuvenating the area! And the next to add to your list of new places to visit is Tawa Kitchen, a different concept on the classic curry house. The eatery specialises in casual regional Indian-style dishes that are largely plant-based and nutritious rather than the heavy takeaway dishes we’ve come to expect. Tawa is a flat round frying pan on which most of the food is cooked, plus there’s a chai bar too. So long Chicken Korma with rice, hello heavenly bowls of Indian fare.
Hopsters Beer shop in Ipswich opens a bar
Doing dry January? You might want to look away at this point… If you already love Ipswich indie Hopsters beer at home, then I have good news for you. The shop is opening a bar at the shop on St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, and there are more than 250 varieties of craft beer to whet your whistle. Beer not your thing? There’s also spirits from Heart of Suffolk gins and Burning Barn rum. Cheers!
Spanish restaurant comes to Cambridge
Grab your castanets and make some noise because we’ve got yet more exciting culinary news, this time from España! Mercado Central has opened on Green Street in Cambridge and promises to be the go-to place for paella, Galician seafood, jambon iberico, tortilla and sangria! Downstairs you can glug back Spanish wine and cava to your heart’s content in the bar before heading up to the restaurant to soak it all up with tapas inspired by the flavours of the Spanish market. Salud!
The Grafton welcomes a Gail’s Bakery
Used to live in London and miss daily trips to Gail’s Bakery for the most delicious carbs? Well, people of Cambridge rejoice because our old friend Gail has opened in the Grafton Centre and she’s tempting us with her old classics – moreish warm-from-the-oven loaves, pastries, cakes and of course the lunchtime staple salad pots. There’s also a house blend of coffee to wash it all down. Forget the diet, you can do that another time!
A taste of Italy comes to Bury
Driven through Fornham All Saints recently and spied a new place called Lucy’s Restaurant? Well I have, and I’m delighted to reveal it’s a new Italian eatery that has been opened by two cookery school graduates. The casual dining space specialises in sourdough pizza made in the bespoke pizza oven, handmade pasta and seafood. The restaurant has been completely renovated from its former grocery store and is a chic space to shovel down plates of perfectly cooked pizza and inspired pasta dishes.
New cookery school starts in Suffolk
Gosh, enough of all this going to restaurants, how about we learn to make some of this delicious grub at home too? Well, if you go along to new Linda Duffin’s new cookery school in Suffolk you can. Mrs Portly’s Kitchen is a cook school with a difference (also how good is that name!). Your teacher is Linda, food writer and recipe developer and the classes take place in the kitchen of her gorgeous farmhouse with Aga of course. The focus here is on local produce and home-grown ingredients (you can source these in Linda’s beautiful herb and vegetable gardens). Expect guest appearances too from teachers like Simon Wooster of Wooster’s Bakery.
Launch of eco brand from Suffolk
Phew finally a piece of news that won’t make you hungry! Is Prince William’s Xmas message about acting to save the planet still ringing in your ears? Then you’ll be delighted to hear about a new eco brand from Suffolk based entrepreneur Lynne Jardine. Ginger & Jardine has a range of bamboo clothes designed with country pursuits and outdoor living in mind. There’s everything from equestrian clothing to socks. Stylish while saving the planet? Count me in.