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Us parents all pretend we don’t like soft play, but we all know we love sitting there with a coffee while the little mudlets wreak havoc and tire themselves out in a completely safe environment (aside from the odd biting child that is!). It might be noisy, but at least it’s a sit down! And now there’s a brand new £500,000 soft play centre in the Chesterton area of Cambridge (go now before the floor gets sticky and the ball pool is a salmonella pit). It’s called Partyman World of Play and is home to a giant jelly mountain, 20,000 plastic balls, a vast play frame, slides including a huge vertical drop for daredevils and a special area for babies and toddlers.
Cheers to that!
We’ve been waiting with bated breath since 2016 to hear when BrewDog brewery is opening in Cambridge and Muddy Cambs can finally reveal it’s actually happening people! Ok, so there’s no actual date yet, just a rather tantalising “coming soon”, but there is a website and confirmation that it’s official. It will be located on Bene’t Street in the building that used to house CAU. Expect all the favourites – Punk IPA and Dead Pony Club as well as some Cambs’ specials and light bites. Keep your eyes on Muddy Cambs for the grand opening reveal (race you to the bar!).
The plaice to visit
There are fish n’ chips and then there are Eric’s fish n’ chips. We’re super excited to tell you that Norfolk favourite Eric’s has opened in on Harrison Way St Ives. Chef and owner Eric Snaith is well know for his delicious Friday night classic, but you’ll also find dishes with modern European influences and out there options such as Japanese fish burgers and delicious veggie options like halloumi and spinach arancini – as well said, not your average chippy. There’s also an ice cream station to delight kids and adults alike and the interiors with wall upon wall of colourful tiles and retro banquettes are seriously instagram-worthy.
If you already love SmokeWorks in Cambridge, you’ll be delighted to hear that the team behind the popular BBQ restaurant have opened SmokeWorks Tap, a bar and coffee shop on Bene’t Street. The new bar is connected to the original restaurant by an underground passage and by day serves flatbreads with a selection of smoked fillings. By night, it’s the place to drink if you want a buzzing atmosphere and cocktails that are so tasty you’re dancing on the tables before you know it.
Not a rogue choice
Remember Quinn’s on Downing Street? You know, the Irish pub that you could hear from the moon on Paddy’s Day? Well, Quinn’s is no longer – in it’s place you’ll now find The Roguery – a bizarre hybrid of a barbershop, bar, café and live music venue, that really does work. Sound familiar? Well that’s because it’s the second outpost in the city for the company, you may have seen the other branch on Cherry Hinton Road.
Shop ’til you drop
There are two new tempting shops opening this summer in Grand Arcade – Sketchers on 5th July and – the one most of my pay check with be going on…Mango (date for this summer still TBC, but I’ll race you to the racks!).
Open, close, open, close… the poor residents of Girton have been given a right runaround by their local pub. The Old Crown relaunched in early 2018 and then closed less than a year later, but we’re pleased to say this much-loved chocolate box beauty is open again and what a stunner it is – all copper-topped bar, bright velvet upholstery and art deco inspired touches. The new owners run The Plough in Coton and Don Pasquale in the city centre, so hopefully this time the pub is in safe hands.
The Punt Yard has it all going on this summer. They’ve just opened a brand new gin garden (now that’s my kind of gardening!) and if this one is full you’ll be able to elbow your way to a sunny spot in sister pub, The Petersfield’s gin garden on Mill Road. They’re also launching a brand new menu on 19th June and from 1 to 14 July they creating Cambs’ very own Murray Mount for live screenings of Wimbledon, complete with strawberries and cream, of course.
New spa alert!
Calling all spa connoiseurs – here’s one you need on your radar! Sopwell House, just over the border in St Albans, Herts, is all set to unveil the country’s first ever private members’ spa this summer. The three-storey, state-of-the-art, totally exclusive club, Cottonmill, cost £14m (yikes!) so we’re expecting it to be fahhh-bulous! Alongside the organic sauna, plethora of steam rooms, vitality pools and high-tech gym, members are promised signature treatments harnessing the soothing and healing powers of sand and water, like thermal therapy on an Amber & Quartz Crystal Bed, and bespoke hydrotherapy; a spa garden created by award-winning garden designer Ann-Marie Powell; luxe touches like Tom Dixon lighting, Dyson Supersonic hairdryers and sensory showers. We. Can’t. Wait.