New restaurant openings in the East

Read the latest food and drink news and events from around the region, including a book launch from a Michelin star chef, a pizza pop up and doggy dining menu…

Cambridge’s Midsummer House chef publishes his first book

The two-star Michelin star chef and TV regular, Daniel Clifford, has published his first book, ‘Out of My Tree – Midsummer House’. The brutally honest part autobiography, part cookbook tells the story of the chef’s life, starting from the struggles he had as a child from a broken home, to the bully boy tactics he experienced when he was just starting out as a chef, to how he has become a successful business man and chef today. As well as an autobiography, the book features over 140 recipes. It will be available at the Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge, as well as on the website, priced £45.  www.midsummerhouse.co.uk.

The Portuguese Festival returns to Peterborough

Second Drove, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 5XA | Tel: 07766 584 535

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The Portuguese Festival is returning to Peterborough for its fifth year from 7-8 July.. Pop along to taste Portuguese cuisine, including cheeses, pastries and charcuterie, as well as authentic wines and beers. There will be live music, children’s entertainment, free camping and parking for the two-day event.  Tickets priced: £5. www.festivalportuguese.co.uk

Sourdough pizza restaurant opens in Cambridge 

Sourdough pizza pioneer, Franco Manca has announced the launch of its Cambridge pizzeria. Bringing Neapolitan pizza to the city of Cambridge, the pizza provider has celebrated its arrival by collaborating with local talent, Sofia Greaves. 

A student studying a PhD in Classics at the University of Cambridge, Sofia was crowned the winner of Franco Manca’s illustrator competition earlier this year, the result of which sees her artwork adorn the hoarding of the latest addition to Cambridge’s restaurant-scene.

To celebrate the pizzeria’s opening and Sofia’s illustrations, which were inspired by the culture and heritage of Cambridge itself, from 11 – 17 July 2018 inclusive Franco Manca will be offering all their delicious sourdough pizzas for just £5 – the price of the first pizza on their menu.

Customers will be able to order one of the daily specials or choose from seven regular pizza options, including fan-favourite “the no. 4”, which features Gloucester old spot ham, wild mushrooms and a mix of mozzarella and buffalo ricotta. 

Embracing local Cambridge talents further, pizza-lovers visiting Franco Manca will also be able to accompany their meal with one of two guest beers. Produced by BrewBoard, a young Cambridge-based independent craft brewer, the company’s RIPCHORD (a light-gold, multi-hopped Session Pale Ale) and LAKOTA (a light-straw, dry-hopped American Pale Ale) will be available for customers to enjoy.

Located at 15 Market Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3NJ, the pizzeria will open its doors and pizza ovens to Cambridge locals on Wednesday 11 July 2018. 

The Sun Inn in Dedham celebrates 15 years with Beer and Music Festival

The Sun Inn, High Street, Dedham, Essex CO7 6DF | Tel: 01206 323351

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, The Sun Inn, in Dedham, Essex, is hosting a beer and music festival in its pub garden on 20-22 July. Over the weekend there will be a range of food and drinks available, as well as live music from a number of musicians. Head Chef Jack Levine will be cooking up Bonfire Pork Chilli and a Black Bean Chilli, or you can grab a burger or an ice cream from the stands outside. Visitors can enjoy a range of beers, ciders, craft lagers and keg ales, plus a gin and Prosecco bar. www.thesuninndedham.com

Channels Bar & Brasserie introduces ‘doggy dining’

Little Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 3PT | Tel: 01245 440003

Channels Bar and Brasserie in Chelmsford, Essex, has opened its doors to our favourite furry friends and is now offering ‘doggy dining’. It’s not just us humans that need to fill our bellies after a walk around the park, but the pooches can now join us too. Offering the ‘4 Paws’ menu, which includes Proctors Sausages, Cheese & Biscuits, Doggy Ice Cream, Snuffle Dog Beer and Pawsecco Wine. Dogs can now dine with in a dog-friendly setting, which is separate to the ‘formal’ dining area. With exceptional amenities, walks and green spaces, the doggy experience is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.  www.channelsestate.co.uk

Pearces Farmshop, Herts, opens Pizzeria

Hamels Mead, Buntingford SG9 9ND | Tel: 01920 821246

Pearces Farmshop and Café near Buntingford, has opened a ‘Pizzeria’ in a converted horsebox which is located on the meadows below the Café.

This vintage Rice horsebox has been creatively fitted out with an authentic Italian pizza oven where the chef freshly cooks pizzas to order using ingredients sourced from both the Farmshop and as locally as possible.  The simple and affordable menu has a choice of six thin-crust pizzas including the popular Margherita and the spicy Diavola or Parma Ham; prices are at £9.95 and £10.95.

A drinks menu is also available. Two further Rice horseboxes have also been converted to provide on-site smart ladies and gents toilets.

The new pizzeria will be open 7 days a week:  Monday – Friday 12.30 – 5.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 5.00pm, Sunday 10.30am – 3.30pm. www.pearcesfarmshop.com

intu signs up long-running seafront ice cream shop, Rossi, for intu Lakeside

A legendary ice cream parlour on the Southend seafront has signed up for a site at intu Lakeside.

intu Lakeside has agreed terms with Rossi Ice Creams to launch at the shopping and leisure destination this summer, 86 years after Rossi’s Southend parlour first opened its doors to the public in 1932. 

Rossi sits next to artisan baked donut brand, Dum Dum Donut’s an independent British company based in Chelmsford, Essex who offer high quality, natural artisan doughnuts that are baked fresh every day.

Jack Wills will also open at the centre this year, opposite a new Zara store which will be three times as big as its current intu Lakeside shop.  

And incoming leisure brands like Nickelodeon, Hollywood Bowl and new mini-golf operator Puttshack will arrive at intu Lakeside in 2019 as part of the centre’s £75 million development.

Summer afternoon tea at The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

As a celebration of the summer season, The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie has added additional sweet treats to its afternoon tea offerings.

Available from Sunday, 1 July 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, it is the perfect accompaniment to ensure guests are left feeling content. The Ivy Nursery Pot afternoon tea addition will also be available throughout ‘Afternoon Tea Week’ in August 2018.

Read our guide to the best afternoon teas in the East of England 

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