Mitcham's Corner is the area around the junction of Chesterton Road with Victoria Avenue, Victoria Road and Milton Road, just north of the river Cam. It's home to a growing number of fantastic independents including the irrepressible Thirsty Cambridge, making this particular corner of CB4 a real indie destination.
Owned by the equally irrepressible Sam Owens, this indie drinks shop and bar aims to do things a bit differently - even (some might say) revolutionary! It's a great little 'offie/bottle shop', with wine categorised by style rather than country, but with a whole lot more. There's plenty of seating for in-house drinking and socialising, and 22 taps (12 lines of craft beers, 6 lines of wine and even 4 lines of cocktails).
On the food-front, tasty meat, cheese or vegan platters are supplied by Culinaris – another great Cambridge indie and a packed weekly schedule of visiting street food traders can be found pulling up outside – just keep an eye on Thirsty’s social media to find out which van will be there on which night (regulars often include Pizza Mondo, Meatless, The Wandering Yak, Buffalo Joe’s and of course the one and only Steak & Honour).
As well as their CB4 hangout, shiny and new in 2019 is Thirsty & Hungry in King Street. Part bottle shop, part sandwich bar, part coffee shop and part tasting room, they’re open all day serving great coffee (from Berlin-based The Barn), and equally great food (well it would be with Mark Poynton overseeing the kitchen!), including brunch, lunch, cakes and evening food to take away or have in.
If that wasn’t enough, Thirsty regularly get out on the road with their hugely popular Biergarten events. Popping up around the city in some interesting places with marquee-style tents in the summer months and atmospheric teepees in the winter complete with warming wood-burners and of course – a very, very fine selection of the best beer and wine Sam can find.
46, Chesterton Road