Hidden Cambridge

 A place to fall in love with -The other day I had a meeting at one of the cemeteries in Cambridge. I am sure you will wonder, why does a Foodie have a meeting at a cemetery?


It was a lovely sunny autumn day and one of my favourite open spaces in Cambridge was parading in front of me. The reason for my meeting was, that my Cambridge Food Tour includes the Mill Road Cemetery. Although it is a shortcut between Norfolk Street and Mill Road, I have tried very hard to include it in my walk from day 1 as it is such a special place.

On my Cambridge Food Tour, I take people to unexpected places, delicatessen shops, taste well known Cambridge food and introduce my guests to unexpected combinations and flavours. So Mill Road Cemetery had to be definitely included in my tour. The first time I came across it, was on a cold winter’s day. I asked my partner ” what is behind that gate? ”  The answer was “ I don’t know”. He is not Dutch, like me,  but has lived in the area for a long time.  I  entered through the gates and a magical place appeared. I fell in love with Mill Road Cemetery instantly. Every time of the year it has something special. It has some very impressive graves with interesting stories,  and the landscape is fascinating  –  from an impressive line of Yew trees to fig trees, brambles and other magnificent plants and trees.


I love to go here to escape. The local community likes to meet up here on a sunny day and walk their dogs. It is just a fascinating area, but of course, we shouldn’t forget it is a place of remembrance and not a park! So we should behave accordingly. It was very interesting to learn more about the cemetery and find out about the development and improvements. John Lewis donated money towards the restoration of the grave of Robert Sayle to mark the 5th anniversary of their new store in Cambridge. They did a lot of maintenance and planted new trees. The result is magnificent!

So what role will the Cambridge Food Tour play? Apart from sharing this special place with locals and tourists and making them aware of how to treat and preserve it, we will donate every year a percentage of our profit to the  Parishes Committee which, together with the City Council, is responsible for the Cemetery.  The money will go towards the preservation of the monuments to retailers such as Robert Sayle.

And you’re never too old to learn and my fascination about this place will have a serious topup soon. I will join a specialist guide on one of her tours. That is really the best way to learn about the history, the graves and the area of Mill Road Cemetery as I am just a Foodie and not an expert in this fascinating area.


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