With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its exploration of the best independent businesses, people, shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Meadows Cambridge.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Meadows Cambridge
Since the first UK supermarket opened in the 1950s, the big chains have spent a lot of money convincing us to expect cheap food. Of course, many people exist on tight budgets, but what is the cost in other terms – the environment and the local economy for example?
Meadows Cambridge is on a bit of a mission, not only to source and sell the best produce, but also to educate about a more sustainable approach to food.
Meadows Cambridge started life as an Eat Cambridge festival pop-up, before eventually finding its bricks and mortar home in Newnham. Originally set-up by Suzannah Wansell and business partner Emese Gengeliczki, and now run solely by Suzannah, this friendly neighbourhood delicatessen, kitchen and online shop specialises in foods that are great tasting, healthy and kind to the environment (being daughter and granddaughter to farmers makes Suzannah a passionate supporter of regenerative farming and small, local businesses).
Building on a long career in the specialist food sector, Suzannah – who worked at top delis Sheridans Cheesemongers in Dublin, Valvona & Crolla in Edinburgh and Mons Cheesemongers on Borough Market in London – has curated a stunning range of stock, all based on her criteria of taste, tradition, sustainability, independent status and, importantly, good value.
There’s chocolate from Suffolk, coffee from Norfolk and from Cambridgeshire, bread from the Allotment Bakery and fresh vegetables from COFCO and Flourish. In the kitchen, homemade cakes, cookies and fresh lunch dishes are prepared, and the superb selection of cheeses is carefully chosen from preferential batches supplied by Mons, Neal’s Yard Dairy and The Courtyard Dairy. Slightly further afield, an Italian importer brings a little seasonal sunshine with treats such as blood oranges, Amalfi lemons and wild mushrooms.
Complementing the fine food is a fine selection of gifts, bags and ceramics from local artists. And, whenever possible, regular tastings are offered – allowing Meadows Cambridge to share the love for great tasting food.
31B Eltisley Avenue
Tel: 07762 120 449
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