MP urges residents to Discover Cambridge and nominate a winner

14 January, 2013 8 Comments

MP Julian Huppert has today launched an ambitious competition to celebrate the best of Cambridge’s independent traders over the coming year.

The competition, Discovering Cambridge, encourages residents to shop at the city’s independent shops and visit its cafes, restaurants and pubs and nominate their favourites.

Cambridge’s independent traders give the city its unique appeal and the competition is designed to celebrate the eclectic mix of businesses that make Cambridge such a special place in which to live and visit.

The competition builds on Julian’s support for the independent traders and publicans which has led to him introducing a Bill to  Parliament to change the planning laws to protect them.

Each month residents will be asked to nominate their favourite independent traders in a particular category and say why they are so special. There will be a monthly winner in each category and the overall competition winner will be announced at Cambridge’s Mill Road Winter Fair in December.

The competition is launched today with Best Coffee Shop as the category for January.

Julian said: “I am delighted to be able to celebrate the best that Cambridge has to offer among its independent traders. These businesses are so vital to our city; they not only make it a vibrant and exciting place to visit but they provide residents and visitors with unique goods and services which make our city so special.

“I hope everyone will take this opportunity to visit the independent shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs that can be found around Cambridge and nominate their favourites so that through this competition we can give these businesses the recognition they deserve.”

Nominations can be sent to Julian via 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.

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  • Anne Prince: January 14, 2013 5:46 pm

    A fantastic initiative which we whole-heartedly support. Having spent the last 10 months cycling around Cambridge and discovering an amazing number of fantastic independents for our Independent Cambridge book, we are very happy to see the other side of the story to that of the City being labelled ‘no.1 clone town’. The constant effort the individuals behind the indie shops, cafes, restaurants etc put in to help keep Cambridge unique should be both supported and celebrated in this way.

  • Kevin: January 21, 2013 8:40 pm

    What is the definition of independent?
    Does the owner have to be running it themselves?

  • Chris Williams: January 23, 2013 5:19 pm

    A good initiative which, as Independent Advocate on Love Cambridge’s board, I fully support. The label ‘clone town’ was erroneously applied a while ago by people who looked no further than King’s Parade and the Grand Arcade: let’s hope this competition will open more eyes to the wonderful diversity that lies off the beaten track.

  • Vicki: January 27, 2013 7:22 pm

    The Black Cat, Brioche and Coffee to die for, just like home NZ.

  • Sam archer: January 27, 2013 8:25 pm

    I love the coffee house on wulfstan way. His coffee tastes lovely and always makes it special by adding caramel sauce with cream on top .very pleasant man always chatty and makes you feel welcome . In the plus side he is always open unlike before. My friends and I go every Thursday for lunch and sit in there for a few hours before collecting the kids from school.

  • Carol (Melbourne Australia): January 27, 2013 9:52 pm

    Having travelled to the UK for a holiday we took a train to Cambridge and discovered the Black Cat Cafe. We had an excellent coffee (we desperately needed that having found the coffee to be pretty ordinary) and were tempted by the lovely treats available. A long way to travel for coffee and yummies but worth it at the Black Cat Cafe.

  • Michael Billson: January 28, 2013 6:57 pm


    Popped up not too long ago but before there were millions of coffee shops. It does great food and rich, strong coffee a perfect place to get a great start to your day and pick up some lunch too.

  • Pamela Wesson: January 30, 2013 5:57 pm

    My “second office” is the Café de Paris, where I chat with Eunis (the owner), Carlos from the Bosphorus, Rafi the problem-solver, Mark the racecar fixer, Kevin the theorist, Frank from Ditchburn, and several others whose cheery and international-flavored anecdotes brighten my mornings. Plus they have the Daily Mail, my antidote to the “respectable” press like the Independent, which they also have. Plus they serve good coffee, and melty pains au chocolat – better than the ones I used to have at the Café Rostand in Paris’s Latin Quarter. Vive le Café de Paris.


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