We are excited to be joined by the team from The Garden Kitchen in the new café at Kettle’s Yard. On 10 February, Kettle’s Yard will open after a two year redevelopment project, which included a brand new café space. Andrew Smith, owner of The Garden Kitchen spoke to us to let Kettle’s Yard visitors find out a little bit more about them.
Tell us about The Garden Kitchen.
In 2005 I applied for a loan from the Prince’s Trust. I used the loan to buy a catering trailer and set up as a healthy fast food van. For the first two years I took the van to festivals and events, one of these was Apple Day a the Botanic Garden. They asked me if I would like to run their café as their operator had just left. The Café at the Botanic Garden and the business has grown over the years and in 2014 I opened The Garden Kitchen on Mill road.
We work closely with local suppliers. Dovecote bakery will be supplying our bread, we will have local apple juice, when possible Hilary’s (a Mill road grocer) source British fruit and veg for us and our meat comes from a Mill road butcher. Our coffee is roasted in Norwich and we will feature guest blends from Hot Numbers. We plan our menus to make the most of British produce and take a sensible approach to seasonality and food miles.
What can visitors expect at Garden Kitchen at Kettle’s Yard?
Kettle’s Yard is a Cambridge institution and I have followed the redevelopment project over the years. I was delighted to be given the opportunity to help develop the visitor experience.
I am looking forward to creating a café that complements Kettle’s Yard and continues to offer a welcoming atmosphere.
People can expect to find a menu featuring some of our favourites like our sausage rolls, together with some new additions and an exciting new loose-leaf tea menu. We will continue to lean towards healthier options but will of course have some indulgent treats along the way!
Do you have any favourite places to eat in Cambridge?
If I’m eating out after a day in The Garden Kitchen prepping salads for our salad bar, I would go for the opposite like steak frites at La Maison du Steak. Otherwise food trucks like Wandering Yak and Guerrilla Kitchen are firm favourites.
What’s next for you?
I think I’ll be busy enough for the next few months but one day I might get the food truck out again…
You can visit Garden Kitchen at Kettle’s Yard from 10 February 2018. Find out more about our café here.