The Chelsea Bun is a pastry that has earned some serious street cred in the university town of Cambridge. One venue that tops the rest is Fitzbillies Restaurant on Trumpington Street.
Walk in and up will find a sugary aroma of freshly baked buns at your disposal. Priced at just £1.80 they are a steal.
If you manage to get a table, sit down and enjoy a glorious cup of their Belgium hot chocolate, one that would rival the likes of Godiva.
The staff at the venue seem alert, the ones in the bakery are, however in the restaurant not so much. We came across one who seemed to think they had run out of their famous Chelsea Buns at 10am on a Sunday. Obviously thinking this was quite obscured I headed to their store counter ( just next door to their cafe area) and noticed at least 7 trays. I therefore bought my bun from the store and took it in to the restaurant to have with my hot chocolate. . . and at a cheaper price.
Chelsea Bun @ Fitzbillies (photo instagram @neelsmcgee)
The exterior of the cafe lives up to its traditional Cambridge roots whilst the interior exposes a calming blue and white stripped wall paper with white wooden chairs and tables scattered around the bistro. Adorning the walls are 1950's style paintings and prints which tie in nicely to the theme of the cafe.
Cambridge is just under an hour on the train from London's Kings Cross (depending on which train you get it can go up to over an hour). Cambridge is a great place to visit to road test their infamous Chelsea Bun.