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Thank you for voting our window in the Love Cambridge Facebook page. You may wonder why this year we have a very different display.

(Photo credit: Cambridge Bid)

As you may know, for years, every December, we always decorate our window with something bright & bold. Whilst we've always struggled to find wall space to hang all the pictures we'd love to, we do have our lovely big windows that our customers adore.

It become our space to get creative, with the help of local artists some years including Karen Jinks, Mandy Knapp & local art students.

Last year, Helen of White Cottage Bakery ran a class to show us and a few of our small business friends (Romano's, AliBalticBakes & NaomiDaviesArts) how to make festive bread wreaths. They all helped us to hang them in our lovely windows.

2020 has been a difficult and special year for everyone. Due to the social distancing in place, we couldn't get our local suppliers to come in as before to have our lovely traditional evening doing what we loved to do - decorating, followed by a social supper. Instead, this year, I found myself struggling late one night trying to decorate alone. After a two hour unsuccessful struggle to untangle the recycled Christmas lights, I sent a SOS message to my friends for some help. The first one who got back to me was Naomi who had the lovely idea of keeping it simple with just our green plants (from Janet of Small & Green) , simple lights, and baubles written with wishes of hope and joy. This seemed just right for this year, so we asked our customers and followers on social media to tell us their wishes and hopes. Every wish was written on a wooden bauble and hung from lights in the window.

We are delighted to say that since hanging our first bauble on 1st December, we have received more than 100 messages (at time of writing) both from walk-in customers or social peeps messaging us from far and wide all over the world.

What started off as a simple idea has taken on a life of its own. It has brought us even closer to our customers, and there is a feeling of bonding over a communal hope for good things to come. A display of hope for 2021. This is something very special, and we are so pleased to have your support. We are still enjoying reading and putting up your wishes every single day. Thank you to everyone who has contributed. Please do keep your wishes coming, as we will continue to put them up all the way to Christmas.

One of our wishes has been to thank our lovely neighbours, especially St Clement's Church, who let us use their outdoor courtyard space to enable us to continue to trade when we could finally reopened in July after more than 3 months of lockdown. When we expressed our thanks during the difficult time they told us briefly & sum up a very sentimental point, "that's what community is for!"

We are so grateful to be shortlisted in this year's Festive Window Competition organised by Love Cambridge who will donate £150 to a charity chosen by the winner. Please head to Love Cambridge Facebook Page to vote for us if you love our window but we will be equally happy if you vote for any window as our local businesses all put in such an enormous effort. This year we have seen the strong sense of community which we haven't noticed before. No matter what happens tomorrow, there is always hope. Let light shine out of darkness.


Meggy, Chan & Team Bridges xx

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What is your Christmas wish this year?

We are collecting our customers’ and community’s festive wishes to be written on simple baubles which will hang in Bridges twinkling window as our contribution to the Cambridge Bid annual Christmas Window Competition. The winning window earns £150 to donate to charity.

But what’s equally important for us is to have a window of hope and joy and simple wishes from you. You can come into Bridges and write them yourselves, or send us by DM, or comment here. We can write them on the baubles for you. It can be a wish, a hashtag, a few words that have meaning for you. Please make them ten words or fewer. Less is more!

Everyone who helps us by contributing a message will be entered into our very own giveaway - to win a meal for four (a main, a drink and a dessert each) to be taken sometime during 2021. And if we win, our winner will also get to choose the charity for our donation.

Please get your wishes to us by the 15th of December so we can welcome our customers again with our Christmas window of hope and love and gratitude..

Share this post, drop us a few words, we need your messages on the baubles to share the community love to make 2021 a brighter year. Let light shine out of darkness. ♥️


Meggy, Chan & Team Bridges


Update: while writing this post, we are getting additional donations of prizes including

- a pack of Xmas cards from Naomi Davies Art (who gave me the lovely idea of baubles message for decorations).

- a box of award winning Reforest Tea donated by Reforest Org. (Alastair just added 2 more boxes!)

- a whole Guinness Chocolate cake baked by Romano's

If you are a local supplier, an artist or a maker who wants to donate a little gift for the raffle please dm us.

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Here we go again! Lockdown#2 from Thursday 5th November 2020. But this time we are prepared to open for takeaway, delivery and click & collect. Or you can message us via our social media channels (instagram, facebook messenger or twitter) to place your order.

Our order hotline: 07733005871, email:

During November, we open from 10am-3pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am-3pm Sunday.

Let's hope it's only for 4 weeks before we can lay the table for you again.

Since reopening in June 2020, we have assessed our layout and put in measures to ensure it's covid-safe for you to come in to order. Please wear a facemask when placing your order in our counter. All filled baguettes, toasties, salad or juices are made to order and it will take only a few minutes while you wait on the scenic Portugal Place or Bridge Street. For a quick grab & go, just choose from our new counter with various savouries and cakes freshly cooked & filled daily. Or let us pour you a pot of hearty homemade soup. We have minimise use of plastic as much as possible in Bridges and all our disposables are recyclable or biodegradable.

If you prefer to enjoy our food in the comfort of your own home, order via our delivery partners

Foodstuff Cambridge



For catering, check out our catering page. A sharing platter for 4-6 is very popular at the moment. Just email us your requirement at least 24 hours in advance.

2020 isn't a great year for the hospitality industry and we are saddened by the fact that lots of restaurants & small businesses are closing permanently. We are blessed to have your support to keep us going all these years. All the small businesses and locals are relying on your choice and your way of shopping now. No matter whether it's daily food shopping or buying Xmas presents, Please support your locals, support small businesses. Thank you!

Meggy, Chan & Team Bridges xx

Except freshly squeezed juices, these are the most popular takeaway items currently:

Toasted Sourdough with your choice of fillings

Bridges Signature Udon Noodles with Free Range Chicken, Carrot, Onion & Mushroom

Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice and Frangipane

Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

Homemade Spinach & Broccoli Soup

Catering - Sharing Platter (for 4-6 people)

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