Explore Independent Cambridge - The Garden Kitchen


With the help of Independent Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, people, businesses, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: The Garden Kitchen.

You may have sampled the delights of The Garden Kitchen on a visit to their café in the Botanic Garden or at their new spot at Kettle’s Yard. If so, you’ll have appreciated their philosophy of using quality, basic ingredients and making them into something great, as you sat and enjoyed some warming soup or devoured one of their incredible sausage rolls – which are probably nearly as famous now in Cambridge as a Fitzbillies Chelsea bun!

Mill Road is the third location and is considered the urban sibling. Small, but perfectly formed, it’s known for great ‘on-the-go food’. This could be anything from their delicious salad bar to go with your Dovecote Bakery sourdough toasted sandwich, through to pasta dishes and hearty soups. There’s a great vegetarian choice and loads of gluten free and vegan options, plus handily, it’s also one of the few places that offer breakfast by Deliveroo.

It’s also very good to know that all the disposables are biodegradable; plastic bottles have been replaced with glass, and you can get money off with your own reusable coffee cup. And this isn’t jumping on the eco band-waggon, as when owner Andrew Smith started his business back in 2005, he committed to using environmentally-friendly alternatives as fundamental to his way of operating.

Finally, for local businesses who want something a little more appetising than the traditional tray of curly sandwiches, The Garden Kitchen can provide an impressive spread – catering for 20 or more for a build-your-own-lunch menu or just a cake fix for an office treat!

The Garden Kitchen
82 Mill Road
Cambridge CB1 2AS
Telephone 01223 315205


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