A Student’s Guide to Eating Out in Cambridge

February 28, 2016


Cambridge Food and Drink on a Budget

We’ve teamed up with Cambridge student Lily Spicer to get her top tips on being a foodie on a budget. Follow Lily’s beautiful food and drink adventures over on Instagram @eating_london and look out for her Instagram Takeovers @eatcambridge in the coming weeks!

Eating well as a student isn’t easy. Budgets are tight, time is short and it is all too easy to skip proper meals and settle for a late night McDonalds when hunger strikes. It is also tempting, when deciding where and what to eat, to make a beeline for the big, familiar corporate chains we have across Cambridge. There is, however, an extraordinary network of independent food retailers, traders, café’s and restaurants all producing quality food and sourcing locally. They are keen to feed hungry students but sadly are all too often overlooked. And there’s no reason why supporting local businesses in this way must break the bank: if you budget right and make eating out a social occasion to look forward to and relish, it can be made entirely justifiable. Whatever kind of student you are, there is something for you. Here are just a few of my favourite places:

The Hangover StudentBread & Meat: their sausage, egg and bacon ciabatta sandwich can soak up out the very worst of morning afters.

The Essay WriterHot Numbers or Fitzbillies: the buzz of the busy cafes and double-shot coffees should sustain those lengthy laptop sessions.

The SmittenPint Shop’s dining room is a classy, discreet spot for a date: tucked away behind the buzzing bar. Be sure to go on a weekday, as this is when they offer great value – 2 courses for £10.

The Carnivore – head to Bene’t Street. Between The Cambridge Chop House, Bread & Meat, Smokeworks, Cau, and Pint Shop, any meat-lover will be spoilt for choice.

The Health Nut – head to foodPark to pick up a vibrant mezze box from The Wandering Yak and a green juice from The Juice Box. Espresso Library also offers a delicious range of salads, smoothies and Cambridge’s scrummiest frittata – and they offer student discount. In the centre, new kid on the block Tasty Cambridge now graces the Market Square on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday serving up healthy, reasonably priced treats. At The Garden Kitchen on Mill Road you can fill up a big box with a huge array of delicious salads for only £3.90.

The Sweet Tooth – The lovely ladies at 6 Ice Cream on Bene’t Street churn out fresh gelato every single day, which means there’s always inventive seasonal flavours on offer. If you can’t hack ice cream in the colder months, pop round the corner to Caffe Mobile in the Market Square, who lay on an irresistible spread of cakes, brownies and tiffins (the banana bread is unreal). Chocoholics should head either to Afternoon Tease or Catesby’s Cafe for some dense, indulgent chocolate cake.

The Adventurer – hop on your bike and pedal over to Linton, a nearby village where you’ll find the charming The Linton Kitchen, whose cakes are said to be among the best in the County. Or you could follow a cycle path to Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop and browse the local produce sold in their farm shop, followed by one of their famous Scotch Eggs.

Lily Spicer @eating_london

Hungry for more? Follow Lily’s eating adventures over on our Instagram feed from Monday 29 February for a whole week of indie-inspired Cambridge food and drink snaps!

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