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Cambridge sticking together: let’s support local

March 18, 2020

In my usual blog writing fashion I’ve written a first sentence, read it back, and deleted it at least four times now. The truth is it’s hard to find the words to describe what’s going on in the world right now, so I think with that considered I’m not even going to try. I’m just going to launch straight into this post.

It’s always been so important to me that my social channels, Instagram in particular, are places of positivity. And I’d like to keep it that way as much as possible, despite the current climate.

Instead of focussing on the negatives in this situation and creating more talk around the virus and it’s implications, I want to share positive content. Content to make people smile, inform people about helpful or good news, bring normality, and lift my own and others spirits.

This is an incredibly difficult time for all, but especially terrifying for small, independent businesses. Over the past few days I’ve seen businesses share updates on how they’re supporting their communities and I want to do as much as I can to support them as well.

So, below you’ll find a list of some wonderful independent foodie businesses around Cambridge who are still open, offering additional services, and who I’m sure would appreciate some extra support themselves right now. Plus you’re likely to get something very tasty!

Stir Cambridge

You’ll know if you follow me on Instagram I’m a huge Stir lover. Their breakfasts are delicious and their banana bread…incredible. Plus if you’re looking for a caffeine boost it’s the perfect place to grab your favourite pick-me-up.

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OBSESSED with the golden sun this weekend, it’s been absolutely stunning ☀️✨ how have you been making the most of your sunny weekend? 💫🥂 we treated ourselves to a blissful spa day yesterday and I feel totally reset and relaxed 🧖🏼‍♀️🧘🏻‍♀️ massages, yoga, reading, naps, and of course….Prosecco 🥂👏🏻 I feel so grateful for a weekend spent with my best friend, and a gorgeous cake and coffee catch up with @sophie_elizabeth_w ☕️🧁 have a wonderful evening 💫💖✨ #YearOfEsther

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“Cafe opening hours update:
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 3pm
Saturday 9am to 4pm
Sunday 9am to 3pm

@stirbakerycambridge hours remain the same, although we will close early if all bread and cakes are sold out. That will give our bakers time to rest and regroup for another night of filling the ovens and baskets.
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📞 Take away: Please call ahead to place an order and we will leave your items outside if preferred 📦”

Stir are also offering a fantastic service for vulnerable people and those avoiding crowds, so please spread the word if you know someone who may find this of use.

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News: Stir Bakery will open EARLY from 7.30-8am daily from Wednesday to serve vulnerable people. • Please spread the word to the over 60's & those avoiding crowds. • We will also extend our home deliveries to 7 days subject to demand. • Can’t get your shopping? We plan to deliver boxes of essential supplies; bread, milk, tray bakes, coffee and more. • Do you need help or know someone who does? Please, get in touch. We have a delivery van, bike and many hands to help. Please, email us to express interest or tell us how we can help in the community: stirbakerycambridge@gmail.com

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Shelford Deli

In the village I grew up in, Shelford Delicatessen are shifting from their usual cafe style service to provide delicious takeaway items. A brilliant choice if you’re looking for something a little healthier like a salad, some soup, or even just some drinks.

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It’s cold and miserable outside…AGAIN ☔️🌧 who fancies a coffee? 🙌🏼🔥 you bring the coffee (gingerbread latte with almond) ☕️ and I’ll bring the cake 🧁🍰 have a fabulous Thursday! 💖💫✨ #YearOfEsther

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“We are open tonight and every night til 8.30pm!
Phone your order thru and we’ll have it ready for timed collection.
Hot artisan pizzas to takeaway, salads, soups + drinks / Shop goodies also available! Cheese, coffee, pasta, sauces – call us to ask!
T: 01223 846129
Our seated restaurant is now closed to the public to help ‘flatten the curve’ and protect our community.
Opening hours
Mon – Sun – 9.30 – 14.30 and 17.00 – 20.30

Kitchen hours [for pizza takeaways]
Mon – Sun – 11.30 – 14.30 and 17.00 – 20.30″

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We are open tonight and every night til 8.30pm! Phone your order thru and we’ll have it ready for timed collection. Hot artisan pizzas to takeaway, salads, soups + drinks / Shop goodies also available! Cheese, coffee, pasta, sauces – call us to ask! T: 01223 846129 Our seated restaurant is now closed to the public to help ‘flatten the curve’ and protect our community. Opening hours Mon – Sun – 9.30 – 14.30 and 17.00 – 20.30 Kitchen hours [for pizza takeaways] Mon – Sun – 11.30 – 14.30 and 17.00 – 20.30 #shoplocal #supportindies #shelforddeli

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Noel Young Wines

In times like these, a nice glass of your favourite wine is surely always appreciated. I know I’ve been thinking a lot about Prosecco…the guys at Noel Young Wines are here to save the day.

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Cheers to the freakin’ weekend 💃🏻🥂we took a trip to the newly opened @nywines wine bar in Shelford, Cambridge 🍷 it’s beautiful decorated 🌵, super instagrammable 📸, and the shelves are full to the brim with wine 🍷 what more could we want?! 💃🏻 so pleased this is just on our doorstep 🙌🏼 where’s your favourite spot for a drink? 🥂 I hope you’re having a fabulous evening! 💫💖✨#yearofesther #estherruthwyse #whatesthereats

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Open as normal and offering the option of delivery (yes, wine delivery!), you can find all the information about opening hours and delivery below.

“We are OPEN and we can deliver.
Open as normal at NYWines, for those who don’t want to come in then you can call and collect! Place your order via email/website/phone we can call you when its ready and bring it to your car in our huge car park round the back.
We can deliver. Locally any CB postcode free over £50 Nationally and our couriers are still operating as normal, free over £150
If you are really local to us in Great Shelford and cannot get out then I am sure we could pop round with just a couple of bottles.. Or call In as normal, we are sanitising regularly and following all government guidelines on hygiene.
Open 10-8 Monday-Saturday
12-2 Sunday
Email sales@nywines.co.uk
www.nywines.co.uk
Please shop locally in this most troubling of times and support local businesses. #shoplocal
Keep well.”

No30/ The Waterman Cambridge

Pub/ Cafe The Waterman is still open for business but the team are preparing to offer the opportunity for delivery. They’re making changes to their menu and enabling delivery without contact – as they say, in spy style.

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Anyone’s else’s Tuesday being fuelled by caffeine and the thought of 5pm?! 🙈☕️ ALSO how cute are these teal mugs from @no30_cam 😍☕️ how’s your Tuesday going so far? ✨💫 I try not to watch the clock too much, but today I am just waiting for 5pm because Chris is coming home! 🤗💖 the evenings forecast is lasagne, gin, and potentially a bit of Harry Potter 🍸🍝⚡️ have a fab Tuesday! 💃🏻 . .p.s I always love posting photos of these sunglasses, you can totally see the ‘behind the scenes’ in the reflection! 📷

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Keep eyes on their feed for an updated takeaway menu, if they’re providing any of their breakfast items I know I’ll be first in line.

“Our new opening times are 8am – 3pm Monday – Sunday

While we are currently open as normal we are also tweaking our range to be perfect for takeaway and delivery. All products are available to takeaway – if you would like this to be no contact then give us a call at the pub and we can arrange to drop your bag outside spy style 🕵🏻‍♂️ DELIVERY to the CB4 area will be launching Friday keep your eyes and ears posted for the menus and details. In the meantime stay safe & know we are doing everything in our power to keep you, our staff and our customers safe 💪💪💪”

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Well this is what Bruno thinks to all this drama!! 😝 But in all seriousness, we are still OPEN!! Our new opening times are 8am – 3pm Monday – Sunday While we are currently open as normal we are also tweaking our range to be perfect for takeaway and delivery. All products are available to takeaway – if you would like this to be no contact then give us a call at the pub and we can arrange to drop your bag outside spy style 🕵🏻‍♂️ DELIVERY to the CB4 area will be launching Friday keep your eyes and ears posted for the menus and details. In the meantime stay safe & know we are doing everything in our power to keep you, our staff and our customers safe 💪💪💪

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Gog Farm Shop

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s proving much harder to grab the food and drink bits you need from supermarkets at the moment. The Gog Farm Shop is continuing to offer fabulous fresh foods to fill your cupboards with.

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Good morning! ☀️ who’s glad to see the weekend?! ✨ this snap was taken yesterday morning. We got up early, went on a long walk and stopped off for a well deserved breakfast at @the_gog_ ☕️ the combo of fruity granola and a super fresh smoothie was just dreamy 🍓 there’s no better way to spend the last day of holiday than sat in the sun with a big breakfast 🙌🏼 cheers to the weekend! ✨

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The cafe (see above for deliciousness), is also offering a takeaway service as well as outdoor seating for some fresh air relief. Looks like delivery is also coming soon…

“Do you need to do a food shop & not quite sure where to go?

The @the_gog_ farm shop is currently stocked with fabulous food & the cafe is open for #takeaway only (following the new government guidelines). There is outdoor seating and The Shack has cover no matter the weather… #Delivery & #Collection service coming soon…🙌”

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Thank you all for your overwhelming support & community spirit! We’re open for business & will always do our best. 🥪🥩🥕The @the_gog_ farm shop is currently stocked with fabulous food & the cafe is open for #takeaway only (following the new government guidelines). There is outdoor seating and The Shack has cover no matter the weather… #Delivery & #Collection service coming soon…🙌 . . . . #thegog #british #britishfood #food #cambridge #farmshop #farmstore #deli #grocer #localshop #shoplocal #visitcambridge #delicatessen #cambridgeshire #shopping #foodshop #thegogfarmshop #deliver #community #covid19 #shopping #shoppingtime

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I could honestly go on and on with this list, as I’ve been writing it up I’ve stumbled upon so many local businesses providing flexible services and support to local Cambridge communities. It really is wonderful to see.

Above are just some of my favourites, but there really are so many more. Check out the below links which will give you further information.

The Shops

IndieCambridge.com

Finally, if you’re a small business local to Cambridge and you’d like to spread the word about your updated services, or let people know you’re still open, then please take a look at the below list created by the wonderful Chloe from The Creative Strides. Tag any of the Cambridge accounts in your posts and stories and we’ll share them as much as we can.

A little additional exposure can go a long way to reaching someone who may not know what’s available.

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✨✨Calling all small independent companies in Cambridge! ✨✨ A growing list of incredible social media accounts are ready to share your content! With a very large combined audience please feel free to tag as many of these people in your next stories and posts as you like (feel free to tag us in the comment section of your most recent posts too!) In hand, we’ll then do our best to share your words and content across our own channels to maximise your reach and help boost your sales in this difficult time. Find the list of people by typing the above link into your browser and start tagging. We are ready and raring to help! 💪🏻 Message me if you have any questions. If you would also like to make the most of my free creative consultancy and content marketing assistance, including social media training, during this time then let me know! I’d be happy to help 💛 All the best! #IndieCambCollab #Cambridge #CambridgeUK #CambridgeBusiness #IndieCambridge #CambridgeIndies #YesWeCamb #Collaboration #IndependantBusinesses #Letsdothis

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Stay safe and comfortable during this strange, strange time, and most of all, let’s stick together.

Love,

 

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