The school holidays- the perfect excuse for a long overdue visit to Provenance Kitchen’s Brix and Mortar restaurant. Having (on many occasions) enjoyed the food from the silver Airstream, I was excited to see how this transferred into a restaurant setting. On to our Provenance…
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Trying new places to eat in Cambridge is our favourite pastime and we recently had the pleasure of Amélie in the (newly revamped) Grafton Centre Cambridge. Look out for the bright yellow vintage Citroën van opposite the VUE cinema.
This independent, family run venture serves delicious flammekueche (I’ll explain this in a minute) and is proving popular in the city. Regis and Alex, the father and son duo behind Amélie, both have years of experience at the top end of the hospitality industry and this shines through in all aspects of the restaurant.
So what is flammekueche?
This was new to us. A classic flatbread (not a pizza!), served throughout the east of France. Served on a thin yeast-free base ( their own recipe of course), spread with seasoned crème fraiche, then topped with fresh, local and high quality ingredients and stone-baked. Both savoury and sweet versions can be ordered.
As we were both ‘flammekueche virgins’ we opted for two to share. Firstly ‘The Authentic’. This is a traditional crème fraiche base, topped with sliced onions, smoked bacon and Gruyere cheese. A great balance of flavours and after one bite we were both hooked. The light crispy base is a perfect vehicle for the smoky bacon and soft melting cheese.
We also go for a ‘Goats & Beetroot’. Again this had a crème fraiche base, then a generous helping of caramelized onions, goat’s cheese, red beetroot, roasted pine nuts, honey and rocket. The tangy goat’s cheese is superb alongside chunks of earthy beetroot. The honey brings a lovely sweet element to this savoury dish. It disappears quickly!
All of the savoury flammekueche are offered in two sizes- medium and large. We went for two mediums and shared a fresh, green salad. After our first bite we both wished that we had gone large as both were super-tasty and extremely moreish! We will learn from our mistake next time- and there will be a next time for sure.
Vegan and gluten free options:
Amélie offers a wide range of flavour combinations, including vegetarian, and vegan options- if you’re a vegan, simply ask for the tomato spread. Gluten free bases are available on request too, so there is something for everyone. This would be a great choice for a group.
From a small but well thought out drinks menu, I go for an Amelie Golden Ale which is brewed just for the restaurant. It is cold and refreshing on a warm summer’s day. Mel goes for a glass of crisp, clean house white.
For dessert we share a sweet flammekueche of red berries. A fantastic combination of raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, sweet cream, crumbled, crunchy meringue, and chocolate sauce. This is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream which all sits on top of that fabulous crispy flatbread base. We have an espresso and Americano coffee to finish off which are excellent.
We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at Amélie. The service was faultless, friendly and efficient but totally natural and relaxed. This perfectly matched the atmosphere and the delicious food.
Places to eat in Cambridge, Grafton Centre:
We highly recommended that you visit Amélie and enjoy the excellent flammekueche. After, perhaps relax in the VUE cinema and sink into those huge, reclining seats? The perfect afternoon!
Amélie kindly invited us to review their restaurant but as always our choice to recommend and opinions are our own.
For more of our local recommendations click here.
As the temperatures rise, it is time to consider those summer running essentials. The right kit can make a run more pleasurable and most importantly keep you safe and healthy.
Trainers- As with running in all conditions, getting a good pair of training shoes is absolutely crucial. If you are new to running, try an in–store gait analysis at a local running shop. Cambridgeshire based runners can head to Advance Performance. I love Asics support trainers.
Keep your feet blister free, comfortable and protected with the one of the many quality brands of running socks available. My top choices are Hilly, Thorlo low cut and Sweaty Betty. These brands are excellent for those of us with smaller feet as they start at size 3.5.
For our other cruelty free recommendation click here.
Invest in a cap to protect you from the sun. There are many available which are made from cool, moisture wicking fabric to keep you feeling dry and cool. Try Sweaty Bettys Swiftie Running Cap– fast drying and lightweight. Also adjustable. Some runners also wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from not only the sun but the inevitable bugs!
Opt for a moisture wicking, breathable t shirt. Some brands have t-shirts with SPF too. My favourites are the New Balance Ice tops, that help to keep you cool and feel airy as you run. You can also buy tank (sleeveless) versions.
There is nothing worse than shorts that rise as you run. Sweaty Betty clothes are designed by women, for women and stay put! Try their contour workout shorts.
I also love my New Balance Impact Capris. They really stay put and are super comfortable around the tummy.
If you don’t like carrying a bottle, or are having a shorter run, make sure that you are well hydrated before you set off and rehydrate when you get home.
Try a hydration sachet like Arbonne Phytosport. They also have great natural energy fizz sticks for pre-run.
Summer running essentials:
These summer running essentials are just some of the wonderful options available. Please share your own suggestions in the comments.
Happy shopping and running!
See our winter running essentials here.
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With its ever expanding food scene, it is easier than ever to find a restaurant for a special occasion in Cambridge. Here are some of our favourites.
Sam Carter took over Restaurant 22 a short time ago and is receiving (well deserved) rave reviews. The food is delicious and the atmosphere luxurious. They have a private dining room seating 12 upstairs in addition to the beautiful Victorian dining room downstairs. Terrific value food for the quality. A must visit! See our review here.
7 course Tasting menu- £55, a’ la carte menu and 5 course tasting also available.
Vanderlyle on Mill Road was recently opened by Masterchef finalist and former Hole in the Wall’s Alex Rushmer. Offering a set 5 course seasonal feast of a menu, the chefs work directly with local growers and producers to compile the menu based on what is available locally. An inventive, forward thinking restaurant, serving top quality, delicious food. Visit soon! See our review here.
5 course Tasting Menu- £55 paid by Tock system.
Recently refurbished Parker Tavern is a city centre restaurant by chef Trisan Welch. This ample restaurant can handle larger groups but is also special for a smaller celebration. Try their Cambridge themed afternoon tea, or a drink in the beautiful art deco style bar. See our review here.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner (main courses ranging from £14-£25) and afternoon tea menus available.
The two Michelin starred Midsummer House by Daniel Clifford has been serving the good people of Cambridge for many years. Fabulous high quality food and a dreamy ambience- finding a restaurant for a special occasion in Cambridge made easy.
8 course tasting menu – £135, lunch menu at £50 also.
3 course menu Mon-Fri £70, or Sat-£75.
Food for a special occasion:
Marking special occasions with great food is really important to us. We do hope that you enjoy these recommendations. For more of our restaurants recommendations click here.
If you are wondering where to eat in Cambridge, look no further than Vanderlyle– a new inventive restaurant offering quality food. As a huge fan of ‘The Hole in the Wall’, I was extremely excited to hear about Alex Rushmer and Lawrence Butler’s latest venture…