We’ve been meaning to go to Wimpole Home Farm for a long time now, well the whole 5 years we’ve lived here. It took the National Trust offering a free entry day for us to go.
I couldn’t have been a better time to go, during their lambing season.
They have several rare breed sheep, pigs, cows, donkeys, chickens, shetland ponies and ducks!
We also took a walk around the walled garden where they grow fruit and vegetables which they use in the restaurant and sell in their shop. The meat is also sold there too. We’ll definitely go back soon once more things come into season to see what their garden and farm can offer.
Lately it seems like we’ve been dining out a lot, I can assure you this is not a very regular occurence but I’m pleased we’ve been out more recently.
One place that we’ve had our eye on for a while is Alimentum, its been open since 2007 and has recently recruited the chef from Midsummer house, the two Michelin starred restaurant in Cambridge. Since he joined in April this year Alimentum has been enjoying a lot more press and is steadily gaining a very good reputation for excellent food.
If you live in Cambridge you’ll know that there is very little choice of restaurants unless you like chains – because of high rents (mainly caused by the University owning 90% of the land and buildings) not many independent restaurants pop up in central Cambridge.
Alimentum prides itself of local and seasonal food (the waiting staff emphasise this greatly) as well as an ethical approach to running their business. They also offer a great deal of good value options as well as their a la carte menu.
We booked for the fixed price pre theatre menu which was very good value, £15.50 for two courses or £18.50 for three.
I started with the artichoke barigoule with goats cheese, I wasn’t exactly sure what this was but I thought I’d try it as I’m terrible at preparing artichokes myself. It turned out to be a stew of artichoke hearts with baby vegetables in a light white wine and mustard sauce. The goats cheese was perfect alongside it and it was beautifully presented.
Mr had Tilbury Meadows rib eye of beef- it was prepared by very thinly slicing rare roast beef with parmesan crisps and a light horseradish cream – a very nice alternative to a carpaccio.
For main I opted for the roast fillet of cod with mussels. Both were extremely fresh and the cod was cooked perfectly, it was served with a delicious spinach and garlic sauce which didn’t taste as iron-y as you would think from a spinach sauce. Mr opted for the confit duck which was cooked to perfection, falling off the bone with a lovely crisp skin.
I again had already chosen my dessert before my starter or main, I went for the chocolate mousse with praline and mascarpone sorbet. I loved the presentation, the mousse was layered on top of a crispy biscuit base and finished with another layer of dark chocolate. The handmade praline was beautiful, the highlight of the pudding. The sorbet was a wonderful idea, it wasn’t as rich as ice cream but still had a nice creamy taste but with the freshness of mascarpone.
Mr had the mulled wine poached pear which was completely christmassy in every way, the wine was spiced just right. It was served with ice cream, a pear crisp and pear puree.
We had a great experience at Alimentum, there are lots of good value options for dining which is something Cambridge badly needs. Alimentum already has 3 AA rosettes and I expect it will gain a few more accolades quite soon.
But in a more civilised way….
We stopped by one of the newest restaurant additions to Cambridge yesterday, The Sea Tree on Mill Road. An ‘alternative’ fish bar providing the usual favourites as well as some other interesting additions. I’d spotted a good review over on Not Another Food Blog, so after a mornings shopping/elbowing through the crowds we went along to rest our weary feet.
I opted for the battered calamari with salsa verde and the hubby (still getting used to saying that!) had cod and chips. Both were great, the chips especially – handcut with skins on! Everything is made to order and there is lots of choice. I particularly like the fact that they do a range of freshly made sauces – things like tartare sauce, aioli, sweet chili and the aformentioned salsa verde.
They also have a little fishmongers section with the seasons fish on offer, things like salmon, rainbow trout, sea bream and haddock. I think they do shellfish on occasion too.
Will definitely be stopping by again, this is a great addition to Mill Road and its good to have some kind of fishmongers option that isn’t the local supermarket.
The first leg of our honeymoon was Amsterdam, somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a while.
The city was lovely, the buildings very much what I had imagined and very picturesque indeed. We took a boat tour and saw lots of the sights and learnt about the history.
And we did go for pancakes too at the Pancake Bakery! Absolutely huge dinner plate size pancakes topped with anything you can imagine.
Foodie wise the Pancake Bakery was excellent but you must also visit Tempo Doeloe, an Indoniesian restaurant in Amsterdam, brilliant food and very popular – we had the goat! http://www.tempodoeloerestaurant.nl/