Recently I’ve started working in in the City of Peterborough – the UK’s environment capital. Working freelance is a wonderful opportunity as I can work flexible hours and take time to meet new people and get used to my surroundings.
When I was younger I visited Peterborough regularly – albeit mostly to shop – but since working here I have realised how much this wonderful city has to offer.
Working in Peterborough has opened up links to the horticultural sector which ties in very nicely with my love of food and my passion to learn about where produce is sourced from.
Last week, with the help of Eventbrite, I spent a day in Peterborough experiencing the culture, heritage and environmental food aspects that shape the city behind the scenes.
After a leisurely wander into town my first stop was at The Brampton Pie Shop to order a pie for dinner. All the pastry for the pies is made on site including the puff pastry and they are genuinely the best pies I’ve ever tasted! I was already looking forward to collecting it later on my way home.
Next I visited Bewiched Cafe, a local independent cafe which so many people had recommended to me as the best coffee shop in Peterborough. As I entered the cafe the atmosphere was already buzzing with people. Some meeting friends, others having business meetings or working on their laptops, some just reading a book and relaxing, watching the world go by.
The staff were friendly, and so full of knowledge! If anyone who’s tried latte art knows – baristas have a lot of talent and this bunch are nothing short of genius making my Spiced Pumpkin Latte into a work of art. I also ordered a slice of Victoria Sponge cake but this cake was no ordinary Victoria sponge, but a chunky layered cake topped with a thin layer of glaze. The coffee was also extra special as the beans themselves were roasted in Peterborough and the sweetness of the pumpkin spice with a hint of cinnamon was just the right combination for a blowy Autumn day. I chose to stay a while and catch up on some work before heading off to my next destination.
Although unplanned, I then decided to visit Peterborough Cathedral. It was lovely to visit somewhere with such rich architecture and design inspiration which fed my mind. I spent some time just taking in the surroundings, photographing the gothic arches and towers.
After visiting the Cathedral I attended an event at St John’s Church to discuss urban agriculture and ways in which unoccupied buildings and underused roofs can be repurposed to help the city grown it’s own food to benefit the local community, economy and environment. It was very inspiring and fuelled much debate over social change and indoor farming.
After the event I grabbed a salted caramel macchiato with a colleague back at Bewiched and went to look at the new Christmas decorations that adorned the city centre. Lastly I picked up the delicious cheddar and steak pie I’d reserved from The Brampton Pie Company earlier in the day before heading home and tucking into hearty pie and mash. It was a lovely relaxed day and it was fun to try some new experiences in places off the beaten track.
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