UPDATE: 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.
Café@abantu is a popular tearoom in Bourn and I’m relieved they managed to find another location in the same village near Cambridge. I wrote about them here a few years ago. They moved to Wysing Arts Centre in July 2016 and it’s really a perfect fit, with the same cosy seating inside and lots more space outside. They offer the same fantastic homemade cakes and treats as well a menu featuring hearty dishes with fresh ingredients (Fairtrade and locally sourced as much as possible).
Café@abantu isn’t just a run-of-the-mill village tearoom. It’s a destination in itself. You can walk along the trails and admire the outdoor sculptures by the artists at Wysing Arts Centre (ask for a map at the café) but their cakes and treats are definite highlights. Make sure you check out the cake counter at the till for their bakes of the day.
Their menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan options, is varied enough to keep it interesting whilst still offering staples such as toasties and soup.
Their specials board is always filled with tempting dishes. Even though I love their sandwiches, Paulo and I decided to go for something different and ordered from the specials menu.
I opted for the “superfood hash” featuring scrambled egg, feta and tomatoes on a bed of fresh spinach. The vibrant flavours – all high quality ingredients – complemented each other beautifully. This light and delicious dish ensured I had enough room for dessert.
Paulo really enjoyed the creamy mushroom stroganoff. It was served in a separate bowl and he spooned the stroganoff on toasted sourdough. I spotted Paulo scraping the bottom of the bowl for every last morsel… always a good sign!
Abantu’s carrot cake is one of my favourites but there was a chocolate cake I never tried before so I gave in to the temptation. It was dense and moist and just chocolatey enough not to be sickly sweet, even with the Cadbury square and Malteser on top (a bonus!).
Café@abantu, only a few miles from Cambridge, is a great escape from the madness of the city centre. There is plenty of parking around the back of Wysing Arts Centre. This charming, sun drenched café is the perfect place to relax with its mismatched furniture and friendly service. It can take a while to get served at peak times, but that’s because everything is made to order.
At present, there are a few awkward steps to negotiate upon entering the café but I understand there are plans to remedy this, as well as the path leading from the car park. However, there is another entrance on the side as well as a separate car park for those with mobility issues.
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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