Veggie Pub Grub Pop Up!

There’s certainly a foodie vibe going on around Cambridge the moment, as demonstrated by the number of supperclubs and food-related events happening locally and new eateries opening across the City. Many different tastes and cuisines are catered for, and now there’s a new pop up in town – the Veggie Pub Grub Pop Up!

Veggie Pub Grub Pop UpThis new venture is the brainchild of Sam Dyer and Jennie Debenham, both known locally for their love of vegan food. Starting Monday 24th February, the pop up will run for six weeks at the Alexandra Arms on Gwydir Street, on Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-9pm. The menu promises a whole host of vegetarian and vegan food delights, as well as gluten-free options.  Sam and Jennie are trying to source their food locally, including having their bread created for them by Bread On A Bike. You can just turn up on the night, but word is already spreading fast so it’s advisable to book in advance – just call The Alex on (01223) 324448.

Famed locally for her delicious vegan cupcakes, Sam is no stranger to the local food scene – she has run her own catering business, Mouth Music, as well as the kitchen at Arjuna on Mill Road, she has supplied food to hungry hordes of volunteers over the years at events such as Strawberry Fair and has also been part of the team behind the Wild Thyme Community Cafe. Jennie is also known for her food exploits and created the Liberated Feast – a vegan banquet that sources food from surplus produce that would otherwise go to waste (look out for the next one on 6th April!).

More information about Sam and Jennie’s menu will be revealed on their facebook page later this week, but I was lucky enough to hear a sneak preview yesterday and can tell you that it is going to be delicious – I’m not even a veggie, but my mouth was watering when I heard about the dishes planned for the menu! Right, I’m off to book a table… .

Sam & Jennie’s Veggie Pub Grub Pop Up
Monday & Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm (runs Mon 24th February – Tuesday 25th March)
The Alexandra Arms, 22-24 Gwydir Street CB1 2LL. Tel: (01223) 324448

The Alexandra Arms

Petersfield residents may be wondering what is happening to the Alexandra Arms public house on Gwydir Street, as it has been closed for some time now… Well, I am very pleased to report some exciting news – there are new people taking over and the pub looks set to re-open on Friday 30th November.

Craig and his wife will be taking on The Alex, as well as continuing to run The Free Press on Prospect Row. They are very excited about their new pub and are looking to make sure it is welcoming and has a warm cosy feel to it that customers will like. They know they are moving to an area that has some good and well established pubs, which they hope to complement whilst offering something different.

The pub will be serving food and although I’m not sure exactly what will be on the menu just yet, if the Free Press is anything to go by then it will all be home cooked and locally sourced. There will also be a selection of eight real ales, including four from micro breweries. I have to admit the thing I am most excited about though is their wine list – as the list itself will be created by local residents! They will be holding a series of wine tasting evenings at the Free Press over the next couple of weeks (to which everyone is invited) where people will taste a variety of wines and the favourites will make it on to the Alexandra Arms wine list. This is a great idea and means you can really be involved with the pub right from the start.

The planned 30th November opening date ties in very well with local activities and seems the perfect time to celebrate new beginnings – it is the day before Mill Road Winter Fair and the pub will be open on the day of the Fair itself. I’m looking forward to visiting the new Alexandra Arms when it opens and hope that a nice white zinfandel makes it onto the wine list… so I guess I’d better get myself along to one of the tasting evenings. Cheers!