With the help of Indie 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: Stir Café and Bakery.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Stir Café and Bakery
It’s four years since Stir opened up shop on Chesterton Road bringing a much-needed coffee haven to this buzzing corner of Cambridge. The brainchild of owner Judith Harrison, Stir has flourished during its short lifetime and after a taste of the coffee (sourced from Butterworth & Son in Bury St Edmunds) and a whiff of the freshly-baked bread (made daily at Stir’s onsite bakery) its easy to see how this independent coffee house has become something of a local gem.
Judith and her family moved to Chesterton 12 years ago and always believed the neighbourhood needed a coffee shop. An HR professional at the time, Judith decided to take what she admits was ‘a massive punt’ and began researching opportunities to open up one of her own. After much searching the now Stir building became available and fast forward a few years, it’s serving delicious food and drinks seven days a week, has a team of over 20 staff and its busy bakery, which provides all of the bread and pastries for the café as well as serving the public and retail customers, has just received the accolade of ‘Best Bakery’ in Cambridgeshire in the National Bakery Awards 2019. It’s safe to say the punt paid off.
From the start Judith was determined to create a place where people from the local area and beyond could go to enjoy great food and drink, but above all be made to feel very welcome and experience great customer service. And Stir does just that. Step inside and you’ll see workers enjoying a flat white and the ever-popular ‘Stir Stack’ over their laptop, alongside parents and kiddies recharging with a delicious pastry and hearty smoothie.
If you haven’t yet visited Stir, what are you waiting for? You won’t be disappointed.
Stir Café and Bakery
Stir Café 253 Chesterton Road Cambridge CB4 1BG
Telephone 01223 778530
Stir Bakery 255 Chesterton Road Cambridge CB4 1BG
Telephone 01223 354222
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