UPDATE: Cafe@abantu is no longer located at Manor Farm, Bourn. In July 2016, it moved to Wysing Arts Centre which is also located in Bourn. It’s run by the same owner who continues to provide their popular menu, as well as some new items. It is a beautiful setting that includes an outdoor terrace and free parking. I wrote an updated post so click on this link to read about the new cafe@Abantu.
UPDATE 2: In January 2018, Cafe@abantu moved from Bourn to Cambridge at a city centre location at 42 Hobson Street, CB1 1NL (where Stickybeaks used to be). Read my post on the new location here.
Tucked away in converted stables with pedestrian access for locals “in the know”, it is literally a hidden gem.
For those driving in, turn into the path by the sign and A-board opposite the surgery then make a loop around to the car park in front of the café. You will be greeted by a lovely patio with ample seating, perfect for those sunny days.
There is a strong emphasis on running the place ethically and Fairtrade products are at the heart of this. The shop showcases a staggering variety of original items that make great gifts. The café offers hearty breakfast and lunchtime fare, such as eggs, bacon, sandwiches, toasties and soups. The decor is rustic with mismatched chairs and tables, which lends a warm and cosy ambience to the tearoom. There is a child-friendly area at the back. Service is cheerful and you are always made to feel welcome.
There are two things you need to do before you order. Firstly, check the board by the door for the daily specials. There are always some nice soups and dishes on offer so don’t miss them! Secondly, feast your eyes of the parade of homemade cakes on display! These are lovingly made every day by the owner and staff. The carrot cake is my favourite but every cake gets rave reviews. These go quickly so if I’m having lunch and I know I will want cake, I order it at the same time as my lunch items.
Earlier this week, my husband and I popped in for lunch. I had a very tasty roasted red pepper and tomato soup, served with brown bread. My husband had one of his favourite sandwiches – the ploughman’s. Sandwiches are always served with a bit of salad and some bulgur wheat, which is a nice touch. Everything is fresh and made to order, which means it can take a while to get served, especially when it’s busy. It’s worth the wait though. It’s the perfect opportunity to pop into the gift shop and browse.
I tried the red velvet cake for the first time. It was sweet, rich and dense. My husband also tried a new cake too – orange and pistachio. The cakes went very well with my tea and his cappuccino. They serve some gluten free options too, so don’t be afraid to ask!
The next time you’re in the area, be sure to stop by this hidden gem for a relaxing and enjoyable visit.
Cafe@abantu is a place created with love, dedication and a strong ethic, so these qualities are inevitably reflected in their food, service and products.
Lastly, don’t forget to pass by Knibbs Meat Safe, the new butcher shop on Manor Farm. You will pass it if driving through the farm. If by foot, just walk around the back, past the cute animals on the farm. Knibbs offer a nice selection of meat and cheese. I heartily recommend the smoked bacon! For a quick meal, try their ready-made pasties and meat pies. They are very fresh and they don’t skimp on the ingredients. There is also a variety of other products such as sauces, condiments, eggs, vegetables, biscuits… the list goes on. Make sure you pick up a jar of Mustard Mary’s excellent Crunchy Wholegrain Mustard with Honey!
The owners, managers or staff did not invite me to visit this establishment and were unaware that my experience would be the basis of a written review. It is based on my experience at my own cost and I did not receive compensation for my review.
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