New restaurant openings in the East of England Summer 2018

Discover the taste of Cambridgeshire

Cover of book "The Cambridgeshire Cookbook - Second Helpings". Subtitle "A celebration of the amazing food and drink on our doorstep. Featuring over 50 stunning recipes"
The Cambridgeshire Cookbook – Second Helpings

Satisfy your taste buds with the launch of ‘The Cambridgeshire Cook Book: Second Helpings’. Following the success of the first edition, the second publication is now available, covering the best of the region’s independent food scene from Huntingdon to Ely to Cambridge. Its pages are filled with over 50 recipes from some of the region’s finest independent restaurants, cafes, farm shops, pubs and producers, stunning food photography and comment from of the city’s most talented chefs including Midsummer Houses’ Mark Abbott, Tristan Welch of Parker’s Tavern and Sam Carter of Restaurant Twenty Two. The book is available priced £14.95 from all businesses featured, plus local gift and book shops, and online at Amazon

Enjoy a Spanish fiesta

A plate of tapas

If the recent glorious weather has left you craving the cuisine of the Mediterranean, look no further than ¡Qué Rico! Tapas. This Cambridgeshire catering company serves up the very best of traditional Spanish food with services across Cambridgeshire and surrounding areas. Chef, Estefanía Led Ramos, brings her Spanish cooking heritage to create flavourful menus, based on traditional recipes to offer an authentic gastronomic experience.

The ‘Private Chef’ service features a combination well-known Spanish dishes and lesser known, using fresh seasonal produce, the Mediterranean canapes and finger food buffet option is ideal for special occasion, BBQs and the ‘Tapas Picnic Boxes’ perfect for summer parties and punting.

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If you want to expand your knowledge of Spanish food, ¡Qué Rico! Tapas will guide you on cooking delicious and well-balanced meals, canapes or classic tapas, all in the comfort of your own home, surrounded by friends and family.

Fine Dining Indian Restaurant Opens in Norwich

Last month, a new culinary concept opened in Norwich, with the arrival of Gali, the city’s first Indian fine dining restaurant. Offering a six-course tasting menu of innovative dishes inspired by authentic Bangladeshi cuisine, alongside a la carte options, Gali will be an exotic addition to the city’s current gastronomic offering. The resturant’s sleek style and menu have been created by Mo Ali, a local hospitality entrepreneur. 

Located on Upper St Giles, the restaurant is ideally placed for city-centre entertaining with a difference. A full a la carte menu will also be available including numerous vegetarian options. The tasting menu costs £45 per person excluding wines, £75 inclusive of six specially-chosen wines to accompany the six courses. www.galifinedining.co.uk

Flammekueche at Amélie Comes to Cambridge

East Anglian chef and restauranteur Regis Crepy, has announced that he and his son Alex are launching Amélie, a new fast-casual dining venture in Cambridge in August 2018.

A sharing plate called Flammekueche. Consisting of salmon, avocado and artichoke hearts
A sharing plate called Flammekueche. Consisting of salmon, avocado and artichoke hearts

Regis, who has owned three successful restaurants in Suffolk including the celebrated Great House in Lavenham for 32 years is now set to establish a dish perfect for today’s lifestyle.  Flammekueche is extremely light, made with very thin bread dough, spread with crème fraiche then delicious topping combinations of the finest fresh ingredients. Cooked very quickly, it is great for sharing and can be eaten at any time of the day.

Amélie’s menu is concise and Flammekueche-centric. A choice of six tempting tapas style starters will be available with mains starting at just £5.95, The Bar, located in an old Citroen Van, will stock a carefully selected range of drinks. The family-friendly restaurant which seats 55, will be located in the £28 million newly renovated Grafton Centre by the Vue cinema. Open seven days a week.

New Wine & Cheese Bar Opens in Newmarket

Rutland Arms Hotel in Newmarket has introduced a wine and gourmet cheese bar. The dedicated wine and cheese bar will offer guests a carefully curated offering of over 40 wines and cheese and charcuterie from around the world. 

The wine and cheese bar at Carriages – Rutland Arms Hotel will be open Wednesday to Sunday. Visit therutlandarms.co.uk for opening times.

Celebrate summer at The Ivy Brasserie in Cambridge & St Albans

As a celebration of the summer season, The Ivy Brasserie in Cambridge and St Albans have both added additional sweet treats to its afternoon tea offerings. Available until Friday, 31 August, The Ivy Nursery Pot features an indulgent chocolate topping, lavender cream and edible flowers, creating a delight for both the eyes and the taste buds. Served alongside savoury bites such as truffled chicken brioche rolls and smoked salmon on dark style rye bread with cream cheese and chives. The Ivy Nursery Pot afternoon tea addition will also be available throughout ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ in August 2018. Priced from £19.75, served Mon-Sun 3-5pm.

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