This week’s Three Things list is a little different to usual. It’s focused on one of my favourite cities, Cambridge. It’s a great place for an autumnal day trip – whether you want to find delicious food, cultural delights or start some early Christmas shopping. Here are a few things in the city that I’m loving right now.
Chelsea Buns at Fitzbillies
Fitzbililes has been a Cambridge institution for a long time. Their Chelsea buns are famous. My husband remembers his fellow students buying them on the way to lectures twenty years ago – and they’re still just as delicious.
Cambridge always manages to be one of the coldest places on the planet at this time of year. So, if you’re planning a trip to the city you need somewhere to hunker down and drink good coffee and eat a sticky bun. Choose between the original location on Trumpington Street, or the slightly more informal cafe on Bridge Street – where you can sit in the window and watch the punts come and go. They also sell wonderful picnics for taking punting.
Find Fitzbillies at 52 Trumpington St and 36 Bridge St.
The new menu at Pint Shop
Pint Shop is a relative newcomer to Cambridge, but it has quickly become an institution too. And deservedly so. It’s the perfect place for an informal, but utterly delicious meal in the city. It’s housed in a beautiful old building – E.M Forster once lived there – which has been simply restored.
The upstairs dining rooms are light, airy and always bustling with life. Every item on the menu is basically delicious, but my favourites are their cheese and meat platters and hot scotch eggs. Oh, and their ever-changing selection of beer and gin is fabulous.
Find Pint Shop at 10 Peas Hill.
An emporium of wonderful gifts. I’ve been shopping there for many years, and it’s always one of the first places I start my Christmas shopping. It’s always a riot of colour – perfect for magpies like me.
I like to buy stocking fillers for my boys and gorgeous treats for the rest of the family. It’s very difficult to leave Ark empty handed!
Find Ark at 1-2 Peas Hill.
There’s so much to love in Cambridge. I think I’ll have to be back soon with a considerably longer list!