Join us at the Eat Cambridge Debate to find out!

The motion:

This House Believes That We Can Make Cambridge The Next Foodie Destination

When: Wednesday 21 May, 7.30pm

Where: The Cambridge Union Society, 9a Bridge Street, CB2 1UB (behind the Round Church)

Top tip: Join our pre-debate talk by Dr Annie Gray, food historian, at 6pm ~ Book your tickets to Calves Heads and Cockentryce: feasting through history HERE.

Cambridge Union Society


We take over the famous Debating Chamber at the University’s Union Society for a lively panel discussion on the future of our city’s food scene chaired by local food expert and Financial Times columnist Tim Hayward. We’ll be getting to grips with Town vs Gown, indy vs chain restaurant, and questioning where next for our Michelin stars and formal college dining? There’ll also be time for some harmless heckling, Q&A and a glass of wine at the beautiful Union bar.

With this superstar line-up, how can you bear to miss out? We’ll even ask you to pick a side at the end of the evening by following the famous University tradition of exiting via the AYE or NO doors to the Chamber en route to the beautiful Union bar to carry on the conversation over a glass of wine…

For the Motion:

Roger Taylor – Director of Estate Strategy, University of Cambridge

Roger has responsibility for the strategic planning across the University estate, including key sites such as the £1bn mixed-use North West Cambridge development. Steadfast Dojo devotees will know that change is afoot in the Mill Lane area of the city and Roger will reveal some exciting plans to transform this quarter of Cambridge into a foodie’s heaven.


Edward Quigley – Cambridge BID Manager

Edward is manager of the recently formed Cambridge BID and has responsibility for the hard (but rewarding) task of working with city centre stakeholders to invest in the future of Cambridge. He’s also a big fan of street food.


Caroline Gohler – CEO, Cambridge Past Present and Future

Caroline heads up an organisation which works tirelessly to protect the heritage of Cambridge. Recent successes in our fine city include saving local pubs and working alongside local breweries to ensure they remain at the heart of the community and continue to serve up good food and even better ale!


Against the Motion:

Mark Poynton – Chef Patron, Alimentum Restaurant

Michelin-star chef of Cambridge restaurant, Alimentum, Mark is as passionate about food as he is about raising the game of foodie Cambridge. Mark was a huge hit on the panel at last year’s Eat Cambridge debate and we look forward to welcoming him back to the hot seat for 2014.


Mr Neil Bharadwa – Managing Director, Cambridge Fruit Company

AKA Mr Neil B, Neil is an opinionated local lad and down-to-earth indy business owner with dreams of Cambridge Market Square taking centre stage in a new, lively night food scene for the city.


Gigi Perry – Pembroke College student, foodie, and Lifestyle Editor at Varsity Newspaper

Gigi is the go-to-gal in student circles for the latest food news. When not in the library, history student Gigi can be found pounding the Cambridge cobbles in search of the next best eat or tucked away in her student kitchen testing recipes.


Book your tickets now and don’t forget to join the pre-debate banter on Twitter @EatCambridge.

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