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Piping hot news, coming atcha! This week in Suffolk & Cambridge: new openings, foodie subscriptions, and more reasons to get merry.

Gourmet drive-through meals at Parker’s Tavern, Cambridge

Getting a bit bored of cooking or ordering Domino’s pizza? How about upping your lockdown takeaway with a gourmet drive-through at Parker’s Tavern? The drive-through service will allow you to park up in the grand porte-crochere (that’s the entrance arch to you and me) of the hotel to pick up classic comfort dishes with an extravagant twist including Lobster Macaroni, Black Truffle Macaroni and Bol Bake Macaroni & Cheese using the restaurant’s signature slow-cooked beef bolognaise recipe. There are also cooking kits, which come with all the ingredients to make truffle risotto. Sweet tooth? You can also pick up Afternoon Tea for Two, or the restaurant’s ultimate dessert – Ripture Rapture. Click here to book.

Giggling Squid opens in Cambridge

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One for the diary when this lockdown is over – Giggling squid has just opened in The Old Library on Wheeler Street (where Jamie’s Italian was located). The menu is full of all the best dishes from Thai cuisine, but who cares about the food – the renovation is spectacular and anyone worth their instagram salt will be flocking here to be papped in Cambs’ cool new restaurant.

The Cheese Hole coming to Bury

Cheese lovers rejoice. The Cheese Hole, a traditional cheesemongers is taking over the shop that ANNA has vacated on Hatter Street. Don’t worry you can still get your designer clothes (if you can fit in them after all that cheese) – ANNA has relocated to larger premises on Abbeygate Street.

Thrive plant-based eatery opens in Cambridge

Cambridge is fast becoming the capital of plant-based eating thanks to the arrival of another awesome vegan cafe – Thrive on Norfolk Street. The cafe (formerly CB2) has had an eco refurb and only uses local suppliers where possible to reduce food miles.

New bakery in Newmarket

Good news for Newmarket dwellers – you don’t have to go far to get your daily bread anymore because a new bakery, The Bakery by Stellar Catering has opened at the National Horseracing Museum. Cakes, pastries and just-out-the-oven bread here we come…

Cambridge Fruit Company subscription boxes

After the success of its lockdown boxes The Cambridge Fruit Company have launched weekly subscription boxes full of fruit and veg from local suppliers. You can then add any extras you require like bread, milk, meat and cake. It’s like online shopping but only getting the very best produce from our area – think Fitzbillie’s Chelsea buns and drinks from The Cambridge Juice Co.

Gutter & Stars Winery opens in Cambridge

Gutter & Stars is a brand new urban winery based in Chesterton Mill historic windmill. Owner Chris, winemaker and wine journalist, is using grapes from Essex’s Missing Gate Vineyard to create a lovely Bacchus with more wines to follow in 2021.

New ‘micro’ eco-friendly department store opens in Lavenham

Lavenham might be one of the most historic places in Britain, but it has just welcomed a very 21st century shop to its medieval streets. Home Kitchen is a brand new refill shop that provides products in low waste, refillable packaging. The shop stocks responsible organic food pantry essentials including rice, pasta, tea and coffee as well as cleaning products, sanitary refillables and toiletries. There will also be a natural remedy pharmacy, a garden and pet section, frozen foods and even books.

Fishers Gin opens in Aldeburgh

Fishers Gin, made in Suffolk, has opened its doors for tours and tastings at its first distillery in Aldeburgh, with lovely views over the beach. The distillery is housed in a converted beach house, metres from the beach, but don’t worry there’s nothing fishy about their glorious Original London Dry Gin. As part of the tour you can take park in a botanical tea-making experience, making your own bespoke blend from a wide variety of native and traditional botanicals. 

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