9 days to go...

...until we welcome our first guests to our brand new kitchen in our new home.

This is the exciting stage where lights and furniture are going in and we can see our vision appear before our very eyes.

We welcome our first corporate clients on Friday 9th - so the kitchen has to be ready to take a team of 30! Saturday morning we have a full class cooking Autumn Italian food foloowed by a large private party in the evening and then it is more of the same all the way to Christmas.

The café and bakery will slowly gain momentum and should be fully up and running from the third week of October. Our whole team needs to get to grips with our new iPad till, the gorgeous coffee machine and the bean grinder...perfect flat whites will be de rigeur!

Café and new kitchen 16-day countdown

We have stopped counting months and weeks and are switching to days as we find our selves on the home run! The wonderful, amazing teams from Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms and Primary Developments have been nothing short of miraculous working with flawless precision and speed to raise internal walls and doors, lay 2000m of wires, create the new cookery school, prep kitchen and what we think will be Cambridge's most beautiful café and bakery. Neff have treated us like royalty and have ensured that we will be one of the very first kitchens in the UK to be fully kitted out with their ground breaking new ovens. If you fancy a free demo and lots of delicious food join us for our next Neff Day on November 9th.

Café and new premises 4-week countdown

Less than a month to go until we re-open! Our builders have all been amazing working at break-neck speed and we marvel at the daily drastic changes. All plastering is finished, heating and air con going in and we are measuring up for fitting and cutting in our coffee machine and hot tap to our stone work tops. With so much of the on-site daily decisions and adjustments now behind us, the coming weeks are ear marked for trimming our menu plans and deciding which dishes to launch straight away and which to introduce as part of our second wave of delicious food going on our boards.

Some of our favourite things and in no particular order include Swedish dark rye with mature cheese and black currant jam, Green pea fritters with curd cheese & chilli, Crab and soy omelette, Huevos Rancheros, Churros, Cinnamon rolls, Beet and goat's cheese salad, Puy lentils and char grilled Harrisa salmon, Mayfield and Pumpernickel...we hope to make an impact on the vibrant Cambridge food scene!

Café and new premises 5-week countdown

This bundle contains the tail end of our 2km (!) of electrical cabling! When we looked at the plans all those months ago we could not fully envisage the massive scale our project.

The astonishing Cambridge Kitchens & Bathrooms have master minded the creation for us of 8 hobs, 8 ovens, 6 dishwashers, 5 fridges, 5 freezers, 5 sinks, ducting, ventilation, coffee machine and ceiling lights. Only when we contemplated this bundle and the frankly frightening amount of cabling across our new space did we fully appreciate the scale of what we are creating. We are currently on time for opening second week of October.

Café and new premises 6-week countdown

With all the major structural work now finished by Balfour Beatty our builder Simon and his team from Primary Developments have started on the internal studs walls.

For the first time, we are able to see each room as individual spaces and can better imagine what our new home will look like. We have a café/deli space which will seat 24,  more or less the same space for the cookery school kitchen, a prep kitchen, an office and a store room!