Give your elderly loved ones or senior friends a true taste of the town the next time you’re out for a midday meal with these great lunch spots in Cambridge.
If the past two years have taught us anything, it’s that isolation is hard. Two years of having to hide away inside our homes has left many parts of our communities more cut off and alone than ever before, and no demographic has been hit quite as hard as the elderly. Social interaction and exercise are crucial for our mental and physical health, and it is crucial to remain connected; especially to our older loved ones, whom we so often take for granted.
To help get you out and about with your elderly relatives, why not take them out for a spot of lunch at one of these choice selections in Cambridge? Few things bring people together quite like a good meal, and we guarantee you will not be disappointed at these venues.
The city’s independent local bistro, perched on the corner of Lensfield Road since 2009, and passionate about serving quality British and European food. Their dishes are home-made using traditional recipes and quality ingredients, matched with an extensive, hand-curated wine list.
The Oak Bistro rests at the site of The Oak, an old historic coaching inn that was once a welcome stop for weary travellers on the road to London. It’s said that The Oak was itself named after an ancient tree that once grew on the same spot; and that the wood from the tree was used to build the inn. Today, The Oak Bistro is a Grade II listed building, offering an elegant dining experience in the heart of Cambridge’s historic city centre.
A slice of Sicilian life in the heart of Cambridge, Aromi is a much-loved independent café serving authentic food with a famously cheerful Mediterranean atmosphere. From a perfect, rustic sourdough pizza to fantastic focaccia, delicious arancini, a traditional selection of cakes and cannoli and an artisan gelato worth queuing for, everything is lovingly handmade by their chefs following old family recipes.
A small independent café with a variety of options for food and drink, Café Blue Sage is a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern inspired restaurant serving the most delicious breakfasts and lunch dishes packed with flavour. With many vegan and vegetarian options available alongside meat dishes, the food is incredible, and the staff are so friendly, treat yourself and your loved one to the flavours of the Middle East without having to go further than the city.
After the success of the Garden Café in the Botanic Garden, the Garden Kitchen was opened on Mill Road in 2014 and has been a hubbub of activity ever since. With interesting flavour combinations, quality ingredients, and the cutest hanging decorations lining the walls, this café is not one to be missed. With space to dine in and the option of takeaway, relax amongst the greenery that creates a very grounded environment, or find a nearby park bench to enjoy your lunch in the sun.
Ling Ling’s Steam Kitchen is based right next to Cambridge train station. Ling Ling started the street food van knowing that Cambridge lacked authentic Taiwanese street food. Her passion for food and flavours come from her childhood and she is always inspired by her hometown in Taiwan, she won ‘Best Street Food in Cambridge 2015’. With tables and chairs set up right beside her van in the warmer months, get a taste for something a bit different and support a small local business owner at the same time.
As they grow older, nothing becomes more essential to your elderly loved ones than companionship. Conversation, sharing memories and creating new ones together ensures health, happiness, and soundness of mind more than anything else that you can provide. So as you enter a post-lockdown world, make sure you bring your elderly relatives out with you – and treat them to lunch while you’re at it!