I love discovering a new place; somewhere I can take my one year old daughter, Tilly for a stroll and pick up some nice food at the same time. My staple favourites are Great Shelford, Mill Road and Saffron Walden because they all have that lovely community feeling and numerous places to browse. And now, rather splendidly, I can add Linton to my list. It’s not too far from me in Duxford and recently both Jigsaw Bakery and The Linton Kitchen have sprung up on the High Street. Rumour has it there is a butchers on the way too.
The idea of wandering from one end of the high street to the other picking up fresh bread, popping in for some meat and then stopping by the Linton Kitchen for some veg, cake and a cup of tea really appeals to my romantic notion of going back to the old style of shopping.
The bakery is run by Matthew Whitby who is up early on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Friday and Saturdays to bake his wonderful loaves. He puts on daily specials, from beetroot and feta focaccia to cranberry and white chocolate scones, plus staples such as bloomers, sourdough and baguettes.
The bakery is open from 11am to 6pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11am to 2pm on a Saturday. A mummy tip: pick up an olive oil grissini for the journey home – it keeps Tilly occupied every time.
You can follow Jigsaw Bakery on Twitter and keep up to date on their specials on their Facebook page. Matthew is also a keen Morris dancer so expect some fine bell jangling on the Facebook page as well!
The Linton Kitchen
A girl after my own heart, Gemma Whiting loves local food so much that just last week she realised her dream of opening her own shop-cum-cafe. At the Linton Kitchen you can sit down to a cup of Hot Numbers coffee and slice of cake or be tempted by a hearty lunch – all lovely and all local.
You can also pick up all sorts of essentials, including the most critical item of all – cake. The kitchen is open 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 3pm Sundays.
Find out more on their website lintonkitchen.co.uk. Or through Twitter and Facebook.
The Flower Boutique
Just opposite the kitchen you can find The Flower Boutique. It might not sell anything edible but it’s still right up my street – there’s nothing like a few stems to brighten up a room. I normally justify buying them by thinking how many times they will make me smile when I walk in the room and somehow it makes them seem just as necessary as bread.
Have a look at some of their beautiful bouquets at theflowerboutique.co.uk.
And now work is afoot for the butchers to open up next to flower shop soon so the high street will be even more bustling.
Linton looks quaint and feels full of friendly faces so as far as I can see it is starting to give the likes of Saffron Walden and Ely a run for their money. I will be visiting often for a sourdough and a good cup of coffee. A village with a thriving high street is a great thing to see; they are few and far between in the age of the supermarket so do use these local spots as often as you can.
Mums – as an aside there is also The Spotted Giraffe for little ones, I am yet to visit but it looks nice. It’s always good to know that there is somewhere for toddlers to wear themselves out – you might even get them to have a nap so you can enjoy a coffee in peace and quiet!