With the help of Indie Cambridge - the community of ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network resumes its exploration of the best independent businesses, people, shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: Bridges.
Explore Indie Cambridge - Bridges
A zesty aroma of freshly-squeezed citrus fruit greets you as you step off one of Cambridge’s busiest streets, into Bridges café. Owners Meggy and Chan Yip have been juicing at home for years (they’re both the picture of health!) and introduced the revitalizing thirst-quenchers eight years ago. Made to order, the juices and smoothies - including immune boosting ginger, pear and apple, heart-healthy kale, cucumber and apple, and cold-busting onion, garlic, celery and ginger - use the best-quality produce from Cambridge Organic Food Company.
Alongside these, Bridges serve a variety of homemade cakes, ranging from decadent sea-salt fudge brownie and Italian cannoli, to gluten-free lemon drizzle cake and apple and cinnamon vegan slices. Many are low-sugar options. There’s a delicious menu of seasonal soups, salads and deep pan quiches, plus toasted sandwiches and paninis with original fillings such as chickpea, curry and mango chutney. Then there’s the speciality Asian stir-fries (Thai green curry, udon noodles, satay chicken) cooked in small batches daily, using marinated free-range meat from a local butcher, traditional spices and colourful veg. These are Meggy and Chan’s favourite home-cooked dishes, tried and tested by the couple’s children and friends. And this is one of many appealing aspects of this family-run business, which opened in 1997 as Bridges Patisserie, serving tea and takeaway cakes, but over time has introduced seating and embraced heathier cuisine.
As a customer, you feel like one of the extended family, savouring an aromatic coffee at the panoramic window seat or grabbing lunch at one of the tables lovingly handmade by Chan.
Alongside the cafe, Bridges caters for corporate events (nearby colleges are regular clients), serving elegant canapés, hearty baguettes, freshly toasted sourdough and appetising oriental dishes. Meggy and Chan hope to expand this arm of the business, while continuing to offer healthy eating in the heart of Cambridge.
Bridges is open for takeaways and deliveries during opening hours, Monday - Friday: 10am - 3pm
Sat:10am - 4pm and Sun:10.30am - 3pm.
20 Bridge Street
Tel: 01223 300800
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