The Garden Kitchen
You may well have sampled the delights of The Garden Kitchen on a visit to their café in Cambridge University Botanic Garden or, more recently, at their new spot at Kettle’s Yard house and gallery. If so, you will have appreciated their philosophy of using quality, basic ingredients and making them in to something great, as you sat and enjoyed some of their warming soup or devoured one of their incredible sausage rolls – which are probably nearly as famous now in Cambridge as a Fitzbillies Chelsea bun!
In the east of the city, Mill Road is the third location for The Garden Kitchen and is considered the urban sibling of the three. Small, but perfectly formed on the inside, this café is known for great ‘on-the-go food’ and there’s nothing diminutive about the menu choice here. You can take-away any of the food that’s available to eat-in – which could be anything from their delicious and varied salad bar to go with your Dovecote Bakery sourdough toasted sandwich, through to pasta dishes and hearty soups. There’s a great vegetarian choice plus there’s always loads of gluten free and vegan options. The Garden Kitchen is also one of the few places in Cambridge that offer breakfast delivered by Deliveroo – just in case there’s some reason you can’t make it out of bed!
On an environmental note, it’s also very good to know that all the disposables (salad boxes, cutlery, coffee cup lids etc) are made from corn starch and are biodegradable; plastic bottles have been replaced with glass, and you can get money off when you bring your own reusable coffee cup. And this isn’t a ‘jumping on the eco band-waggon thing’, as when owner Andrew Smith started his business back in 2005, he committed to using environmentally-friendly alternatives as fundamental to his way of operating.
Finally, for local businesses who want something a little more appetising than the traditional tray of curly sandwiches, The Garden Kitchen team can provide a pretty impressive spread – catering for 20 or more for a build-your-own-lunch menu or just a cake fix for an office treat!
82, Mill Road
Tel: 01223 315205
Closed on bank holidays