With a new bar on the way and plans for a swish-looking restaurant to join the existing pub, and bakery, it looks like the revamped Station Square is becoming a real destination for city foodies.
Another new bar looks to be on the way to the square, joining a recently-opened pub and a branch of one of the city’s most beloved bakeries.
So, could Station Square be becoming somewhere you’d choose to visit – rather than somewhere you’d inhale a quick pasty before your train departs?
Let’s consider the evidence.
New plans for the old ticket office
The old ticket office at Cambridge railway station is set to be transformed into a bar, and it will be called the Old Ticket Office.
Cambridge City Council has granted permission to convert the Grade II-listed building into a bar, with a new kitchen, toilets, a mezzanine floor, and a new window facing out onto the platform.
According to architects: “When guests enter they will immediately be drawn towards the new bar which wraps through the length of the room, behind which a large back-fitting makes use of the existing features and emphasises the impressive ceiling height.”
Station Tavern is a nod to railway heritage
Part of the CB1 development, the pub, owned by Young’s Brewery, is Cambridge's newest pub and has opened its doors almost a year ago.
As the first ever Young's to pop up in Cambridge, the pub is thoughtfully decorated and gives a nice nod to Cambridge's varied history with an abundance of stylish artefacts from bike memorabilia to railway items.
The walls are crammed with cool pictures and interesting things to look at, in particular a wonderful wall-sized artwork of Parker's Piece which you'll find in "The Sidings" – a cosy area with an open fire and available to hire for private gatherings.
There's local beers on tap, delicious food on offer like Cauliflower Steak with ricotta and butternut squash pearl barley risotto.
…And there are plans for another new restaurant
And yet another new restaurant is expected to be located in the large building at the south end of the railway station.
The restaurant would definitely make an improvement to this prominent building in the square, which was previously used as the “lost and found” department for the station.
According to the design access statement: “Cambridge Railway Station’s architectural and historic importance is recognised in its Grade II-listed status.
"The main building is a fine example of Italianate architecture; a style popular with the early railway tycoons, from 1845-1860, as it helped to create striking destinations which represented wealth, power, and permanence.”
Plans would see a new glass-fronted restaurant with outdoor seating.
…As well as a branch of a beloved city bakery
In September, a new Norfolk Street Bakery shop and cafe opened in Cambridge's Station Road.
It’s just down the road from the road from Station Square, and it serves a wide range of breads, cakes and sandwiches. It is the first sister outlet to Norfolk Street bakery in Petersfield.
Owner Adilia Frazao teamed up with business partner Natalina Sousa to deliver her dream of a new shop featuring a cafe.
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