Fitzbillies is back!
Apologies to my faithful readers for the lull in writing. I’ve been on holiday in Italy and am still trying to gather my thoughts on the trip and to wake myself up from this post-holiday-slumber. Before we went away though, I was in Cambridge the weekend Fitzbillies re-opened (talk about good timing!) and really ‘didn’t have a choice’ but to pop in for a visit and some infamous Chelsea buns.
Fitzbillies has been a Cambridge institution for many decades, famous for its Chelsea buns and cakes. The Trumpington Street shop opened its doors in 1922 and was popular with tourists, locals, undergraduates and famous alumnus Stephen Fry who bemoaned its closure earlier in the year. It’s sad isn’t it, when an economic downturn pushes independent retailers off the high street. Unfortunately it’s a story that you will undoubtedly have heard of up and down the country over the last couple of years.
The good news is, Fitzbillies is officially back in town with a redesign and new shop fit. The proprietors are none other than Tim Hayward, food writer for The Guardian newspaper and various food magazines, publisher and editor of Fire & Knives, and his partner Alison Wright.
As we were there on the second day of its soft-opening, the full menu wasn’t available but there were signature Chelsea buns aplenty and we bought four to take away. We didn’t have time but you can enjoy them in the connected casual dining restaurant next door together with a nice cuppa.
Did they meet expectations? Soft, light, fluffy cinnamon currant buns with a sticky sweet sugar glaze. Oh yes.
Nice buns, ‘billies!
Fitzbillies is located on 52 Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG.