Hot Numbers steams into first place as top coffee shop

1 February, 2013 1 Comment

Coffee shop, Hot Numbers has caused a stir in the city winning first place in the monthly heat of MP Julian Huppert’s competition Discovering Cambridge.

The shop in Gwydir Street was voted the city’s favourite in the coffee shop category of the competition designed to find the best independent businesses. 

Votes for Hot Numbers poured in as customers told how the coffee shops offers “lovely staff, great new gallery annex and really, really good soy flat whites.” 

Customer, Tom Wilson told Julian: “I can’t think of another institution that has ingratiated itself to the local community in such a short time, as well as providing a much-needed (espresso) shot in the arm for the local nightlife with its regular jazz sessions.” 

Julian, who will visit Hot Numbers today (Friday, February 1) to congratulate the staff, enjoy a cup of coffee and present their certificate said: “I look forward to meeting everyone at Hot Numbers after the excellent reviews I have received.

“My competition has started very well and there has been an excellent response. People across Cambridge clearly value our independent coffee shops and I have received a large number of good reviews about them. 

“I hope that people might have discovered a few hidden gems that they haven’t visited before and we can encourage more and more out of the bigger chains and into our special independents.” 

Special mentions go to Savino’s, Black Cat, Indigo Café, Stickybeaks and the Cornerstone Café at St Philips Church. 

This month Julian is inviting nominations for the best independent music and book shop and the category includes shops selling fiction, cds/records, sheet music, textbooks, instruments, antique books etc. 

Nominations can be sent to Julian on Twitter @julianhuppert or Facebook, by email at [email protected] or by post to Discovering Cambridge, Julian Huppert MP, 16 Signet Court, Swann Road, Cambridge, CB5 8LA. 

Each month Julian will ask for nominations in a different category, a monthly winner will be chosen and an overall winner will be announced at the annual Mill Road Winter Fair in December. 

All nominees for the Best Coffee Shop category were as follows: 

Hot Numbers, Gwydir Street

Savino’s,  Emmanuel Street

Black Cat, Mill Road

Indigo Café, St Edward’s Passage

Stickybeaks, Hobson Street

Cornerstone Café at St Philips Church

The Coffee House Wulfston Way


The Garden Café at Cambridge University Botanic Garden




Café Otto

Caffe Mobile


The Copper Kettle


The Box Café


Urban Larder





Neides Café

The Green Coffee Co.

Café on the Round

Fair Shares Café

Café de Paris

Cristine Pâtisserie

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  • Tim: February 4, 2013 12:19 am

    I voted for Hot Numbers as the “new boy on the block” but my 2nd vote (in true LibDem style) would certainly have gone to that long established favourite Savinos.

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