Friday, 20 May 2016

Cambridge | Catesbys #CambMeetUp

 Catesbys in Green Street Cambridge is the most gorgeous shop and cafe situated in the heart of the city. Georgia from Mapped Out and I arrived a little early as it was our first ever bloggers event, to be greeted by the lovely Pippa from Clashing Time. We've both met Pippa before so it was nice to see a friendly face before we headed further into the shop to explore!

 It's safe to safe that I had my beady eye on a few pieces as soon as we walked in the door, including a rather gorgeous grey candle lantern that ended up coming home with me - it was definitely love at first sight. As we wandered around snapping lots of photos of all of the gorgeous home-ware, the other bloggers began to arrive. It was great to meet some other local bloggers, and everyone was really friendly.

Once people had arrived, we headed back into the front room to hear more about the business. Neil and Jonathon started Catesbys five years ago in a little seaside town in Norfolk. After three years they were beginning to think about whether they would like to move their business to a city, and after visiting friends in Cambridge, their dream became a reality. They spotted the shop in Green Street which was to let, and 24 hours later - they were moving to Cambridge!

I loved hearing about their dreams for the business, and how they wanted their shop and cafe to feel like home. I have to say, it really did feel very homely. It was so interesting to hear about how their idea came alive, and the trips they spent buying from flea markets in Paris. You could really sense the love and dedication the pair of them had for the business.

Their philosophy is all focused around "L'Art de Vivre" or "The Art of Living", and they consider the pieces they sell to be timeless which I'd say is pretty accurate. All of the pieces that were sold there were unique, and pieces that would be appreciated for a very long time. I remember Neil saying that they would rather people buy one item that they would love for a long time, than lots of items which they would love for a month.

After hearing all about the business, it was upstairs for brunch (which of course was devoured once every one had had the chance to take photos!). I chose to have some pastries - the pain au chocolat was DELICIOUS. Literally heavenly, I can't wait to take my mum and sister.

Brunch demolished, and after getting to know some of the other lovely bloggers, Neil and Jonathon explained their new concept, the DecoBox. These are carefully selected pieces, that are specific to a certain theme or room. Currently there are three different types of boxes - The Cool Kitchen DecoBox, The Summer Dining DecoBox and The Hot Desk DecoBox. Priced from £200, these boxes include pieces that are very carefully chosen to reflect the theme, and I think they did a great job. Although these may seem a little pricey, just remember you are choosing timeless pieces - and £200 spread over a whole lifetime isn't much.

Catesbys is such a stunning place to visit if you are ever in Cambridge - I would really recommend a visit! Neil and Jonathon are the most welcoming hosts, so a huge thank you to them for letting us bloggers invade. Thank you also to Pippa who did a fabulous job in getting us all together, and arranging the whole thing. I had a great first bloggers event!

Have you ever been to Catesby's?


  1. This sounds like THE perfect event and what a gorgeous shop, my brother is actually moving to Cambridge so I must have a look now xxx

    1. It was a fantastic event to get us started, and it was so nice to meet some other local bloggers! Ooh yes definitely, if you are ever coming up to visit, I will have lots of recommendations :) XXX


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