Franny welcomes Tim as the Mill Road Coordinator

After 15 months of working for Mill Road, Franny has decided to step back and return to her status as a local resident. Tim Jones, of the City Centre Management Markets & Street Trading Team, will be taking over many of the projects and functions that Franny has been fulfilling during her tenure.

Tim is a local resident and a former manager of a local business, who has been with the City Council for just over two years. He’s just the man for the job.

Franny says thank you for everything and will look forward to seeing you as a customer rather than as a coordinator.

Tim is taking a long-scheduled holiday until 10 September, and is looking forward to getting stuck in upon his return.

Welcome, Tim!

Calverley’s Brewery

Calverleys Brewery is a family-run microbrewery in the heart of Cambridge, just of Mill Road offering beer on tap and in growlers to take away, plus wine and soft drinks. They have a regular programme of food trucks on Saturdays and also run occasional special events.
Tap room and shop hours:
Friday 6pm till 10 pm
Saturday 11am till 10 pm

Independent Cambridge


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Independent Cambridge, run by Anne Beamish, is based just off Mill Road in Romsey. They offer a book, newsletters and social media to help residents and visitors to Cambridge find the best local offerings and support independent traders and unique businesses.

The books are available at shops around Cambridge and are updated regularly.



New Things to Explore on Mill Road

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There is so much happening on Mill Road this summer – after saying a sad goodbye to a few Mill Road stalwarts, like Cavendish Classics and Cambridge Resale, we are welcoming a whole raft of new businesses to the road.

Liutaio, the cafe and music shop that opened in March, has received rave reviews, and Prana Indian Restaurant held a grand opening in April that blew up Twitter! The Curry Inn took over the old Kohinoor site and a handful of new restaurants will be arriving on the scene later this summer, too:

  • Lagona, a new Lebanese restaurant in the old Jaffa Net Cafe, will open at the end of June.
  • Tom’s Cakes, in the former CB1 Cafe, is slated to open in August.
  • The Seafood Grille in the old Tulip Restaurant doesn’t have an opening date yet, but is slated for a summertime.
  • The Royal Indian Takeaway, closed for years, is reopening as a pizza and coffee shop (maybe as a second outlet of Charlie’s Coffee Company? The rumours are unconfirmed).

There are a couple mystery shops in Petersfield, too: the newly-refurbished shop next to Petersfield Pharmacy will be reopening shortly and the old Digital Village shop, used as storage for the last few years, is under construction and getting a new lease of life.

In Romsey, there’s a similar influx of new business. Cavendish Classics is reopening as a hair salon this summer, and down the other end of Romsey, there’s a new Ramadan Halal Shop with lots of international treasures. Life on a Bike is the new version of Claude Butler Cycles, with some really sweet new espresso cups and cycle merchandise.

And most excitingly for those with young children, the new play area outside the Bath House on Gwydir Street is expected this summer. The Coordinator got a look at the plans and can confirm – it’ll be great.

Mill Road makes a great destination all year round, but its at its best in the summer. See you there.


Coming 2 July from 5-10 pm!


There is so much amazing stuff happening as part of the Mill Road Midsummer Event. Its amazing to think that its nearly here.

Check out the ‘Lineups and Venues’ page for (mostly) comprehensive information on what’s happening when. Here are a few highlights:

  • An opening ceremony in Gwydir St Car Park at 5 pm
  • A family-friendly area at Ditchburn Place with crafts, stories and a bouncy castle
  • Music, food and beer at Gwydir St
  • Cocktails and DJs at the Lloyd’s Bank car park
  • Reggae and shopping at Ash Co-op
  • A retro young persons’ chill-out space at the Bath House
  • A craft and artisan market at Bharat Bhavan, the Indian Cultural Centre next to Mill Road Bridge

Other things to look out for include a 30th birthday celebration for Railway House; a celebration to remember the Battle of the Somme at Mill Road Cemetery; guided tours of Hughes Hall (Mill Road’s local Cambridge College!); late opening hours from Urban Larder, Culinaris, Bacchanalia, and Garden Kitchen; and special musical guests at Earl of Beaconsfield.

Things are being added all the time, so its worth checking for all the details – but even more than that, its worth coming down on the day to see for yourself.

Thanks to Prana Indian Restaurant, our core sponsor and to sponsors Anglia Ruskin, Haart Estate Agents, and Fired Up Pizza.

Eat Cambridge on Mill Road!


Eat Cambridge is an annual festival, now in its 4th year, celebrating all of the delicious things to eat in drink in and around Cambridge. A headline event on 7th May is followed by two weeks of fringe events all over the city. It’s a great opportunity to try new things, or to take advantage of special events at your favourite places.

Mill Road will be represented at the banner event at the Guildhall, with Culinaris Fine Food and Spices and Hot Numbers both making appearances.

Between 8 May and 22 May, there will be events at Culinaris, Hot Numbers, Garden Kitchen, and Limoncello. You can find the full Eat Cambridge event schedule at their website, or take a look below to find out more about what’s going on along Mill Road.

7 May:
Coffee and Chocolate at Hot Numbers, 5/6 Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir St. at 7 pm (tickets at the cafe’s website or in cafe)

8 May:
Garden Kitchen in Bloom! – a special all-day event at Garden Kitchen, 82 Mill Road, celebrating the best seasonal snacks and treats. Its the first of a series of pop-ups at Garden Kitchen over the course of festival, so keep checking back.

14 May:
Eat Mill Road Walking Tour with Caroline Biggs and Alan Brigham from 2:00-3:30 (book here!)
Cupping & Coffee appreciation at Hot Numbers at 7 pm

19 May:
Culinaris Cheese, Beer, Bread & Butter at Culinaris, 88 Mill Road, from 7-9 pm. Email or stop into the shop

21 May:
Coffee Cocktails at Hot Numbers, 7 pm.

Throughout the Festival: Limoncello tasting at Limoncello, 212 Mill Road – a great deal at £5 (vs. the usual £15)! Stop in anytime during the Festival to try a range of limoncello varieties.

It’s worth taking in as much of the Festival as possible, but if the options have you overwhelmed, Mill Road is an amazing place to start.