The Face Behind Norfolk Street Deli

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Just off East Road, and only a few minutes from the Grafton Centre, Norfolk Street is becoming one of the Foodie area’s of Cambridge where you can find independent cafes and restaurants serving ‘unexpected’ food, a wonderful deli and a fantastic Portuguese baker. It is a part of Cambridge which has become a firm favourite with local residents, businesses and the student population of Anglia Ruskin University just around the corner. But if you don’t fit into these demographics at all, then you really should make the effort to visit Norfolk Street anyway –  perhaps for the life music on Friday night in CB2 or the Meze platter in the Box cafe or to stock up on yummy treats.

Norfolk Street Deli entrance

Inside Norfolk Street Deli











Today I had lunch at Norfolk Street Deli and chatted to the new owner Caroline about her shop, plans and her favourite food and holiday destination. Caroline’s new baby, the Norfolk Street Deli has a great, Mediterranean vibe to it. Walking in will take you straight to the sunnier parts of the world such as France, Italy, Spain and South Africa. This lovely delicatessen shop in Norfolk Street is a shop I regularly visit to get my South African kick. Recently Norfolk Street Deli changed hands and Caroline and her team are now ‘searching the globe’ to add unique delicatessen to their already exciting assortment.

Apart from offering fresh meat and cheese from their counter and fresh sandwiches at wonderful prices, they deliver sandwiches, platters and meals to your door. If you love fresh food and enjoy a taste of the Mediterranean then The Norfolk Street Deli is the shop to visit.


Q: Where did you grow up? 

A: I spend most of my life in Hitchin, where I still live at the moment

Q: What did you do before you took over Norfolk Street Deli?

A: I used to work for SKF (UK), a Swedish engineering company selling bearings to the rail industry.

Q: Why did you decide to become a full-time Foodie?

A: I felt undervalued, disillusioned and forgotten. I wanted to share my love of food with other people and thought the time was right to do ‘my own’ thing.

Q: What are your plans for the future?

A: I would like to expand, add more interesting products, a cafe and a kitchen. We’ve just added an exciting range of Spanish produce and especially the Spanish mini breadsticks is hunted down by the Spanish locals.

Q: What is your favourite food?

A: I love Italian food.

Q: What is your favourite dish?

A: Casserole of chicken and fennel

Norfolk Street Deli delicatessen


















Q: What is your favourite holiday destination?

A: I had a very special time with my girls in New-York, but I love Greece.

Q: Where can we find you apart from at the Norfolk Street Deli? 

A: Every morning we set off in our van filled with freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and other yummy treats to St. Andrews, the Science Park and the Italian College where we sell our produce from the back of our ‘Norfolk Street Deli’ van to employees and students.

During Eat Cambridge I will do a joint event with La Danta on 9 March during the Food Festival promoting Italian food and culture.

Q: What is the most amazing thing you have seen in your shop?

A: Customers coming in and buying bags full of Italian pastries. I am not sure what they do with it. Maybe share it with their colleagues in the office?

Gerla de Boer

Gerla de Boer is the founder of the award-winning Cambridge Food Tour in Cambridge, UK. She is a globetrotter foodie and always keen to get under the skin of a city or country she visits. She likes to get off the beaten track to get to know the latest food, fine local produce, visit their local markets and check out the hot places to eat in town. These experiences she takes back to Cambridge to create amazing food tours and events. Connect with Gerla on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram