Hero Eats: October

Nicola Foley selects three things you need to eat in Cambridge right now 

1. Afternoon Tease's Choc Guinness Cake 

The well-laden counter at King Street’s Afternoon Tease is a mecca for Cambridge cake lovers – but few of its offerings are held in such high regard as the dense, dark beauty that is the Chocolate Guinness cake.

Velvety rich sponge, with a slight tang of stout, is topped with a blanket of thick sour cream frosting, making for an utterly magnificent eating experience. Team it with one of AT’s superb coffees and you’ve got yourself a pit stop fit for a prince.

2. Urban Larder's Toasties 

Thickly-sliced wedges of sourdough bread sourced from Linton’s excellent Jigsaw Bakery form the foundations of Urban Larder’s unfeasibly tasty toasties.

A solid base on which to layer all sorts of scrummy toppings, from the (pictured) symphony of spinach, rosemary, goats cheese and beetroot, to the drool-inducing three cheese medley or the winning combo of butternut squash teamed with crumbly blue cheese. Heaven, all of them.

3. Salisbury Arms' Pizza

A favourite local watering hole, the Salisbury Arms on Tenison Road also serves mean pizzas, freshly made to order on their wood-fired oven. Think light and crispy bases, bubbling mozzarella and a to-die-for range of toppings (current fave is the Armin, with its tart, creamy goat’s cheese and lashings of sweet red onion chutney).

I like to take my order to unnecessary and delicious new levels by throwing in a steaming pot of gooey mac ’n’ cheese with bacon. I suggest you do the same…