street food pop-ups and rural foodies
This starts with a conversation I was having a month back at the Ickleton Lion (which re-opened to rave reviews at the end of February) with the owner of the Cambridge based breadandmeat which operates out of Bene't St and may soon be at Cambridge Station as well. Then I was talking to the Rural Coffee Project people who do excellent pop-up coffee out of the back of a converted long-wheel base MoD landrover named Daisy, and they name checked SteakandHonour who are part of the Wednesday night street food at the Queens Head at Newton (my burger, my pic).
It also made me think of the food field at upcoming Thriplow Daffodil Weekend which now attracts moustachio'd hipsters who happily mingle with the people off the bus tours who have come from far and wide to view the daffs and eat an ice cream.
So the point here is not is eating the new shopping - i.e. people in Cambridge seem willing to try a lot of new food and many have the disposable income to do that, but more that for rural villages this phenomenon is opening up choice. It especially works in the symbiotic relationship between pubs who can't run to a full scale kitchen because there isn't the footfall to underwrite the investment, but whose turnover goes up with people calling in with whatever they have bought from the street food van parked outside, and the po-ups for whom the venue and assured market makes coming out from Cambridge viable. Social media makes it easy to broadcast where and when, although the odd paper flyer helps too.
Its all part of the micro-business agenda that keeps South Cambridgeshire villages vibrant. Of course there are still great pubs doing great food, like the John Barleycorn in Duxford, but its good to have choices outsideof the City