Things seem to have gone a little quiet on the blogging front here. To be honest, the unexpectedly hot weather over the summer means that I've mainly been sticking to dinners that require minimal cooking, tending to avoid the kitchen unless essential, and eating ice cream at every opportunity.
But the nice weather has also resulted in a couple of visits to the
rather lovely Gogmag Hills cafe a.k.a. the Canteen, and I realised that I
have not written about it here before.The site consists of a butchers, farm shop, and
excellent dedicated cheese shop, as well as the cafe. And with excellent timing,
there is also an extended outside seating area too. So it feels a
bit like being out in the country, despite only being five minutes from
the Addenbrooke's mega-biomedical campus. The cafe does a
range of savoury stuff for lunch, including some fab looking scotch eggs
and sausage rolls for meat-eaters, and loads of cakes, scones and
On my recent visits I sampled a fantastic lemon victoria sponge cake that was light, moist, and lemony without being lip-puckeringly so. And a cheese scone with butter made for an excellent lunch. Service at the cafe is always cheery, even when they are busy, and as a notorious tray-wobbler I really value the fact that they bring your order to your table (even if you're sat quite far away outside). As an extra bonus, there is at least one very friendly, non-barky farm dog who politely brings you a ball to throw for her.
To be honest, there's very little not to like about this place and you could easily spend a couple of hours sitting outside admiring the view (and eating cake). I plan to return again while the sun lasts, and probably even if it doesn't.
Gog Magog Hills Farm Shop and Cafe
Heath Farm, Shelford Bottom
Cambridge CB22 3AD