Stacey Harwood wires from Fitzbillies, the legendary tea shop on Trumpington Street in Cambridge, with the news that the venerable institution, which faced bankrutcy not too long ago, is thriving under new management and a chef that is au courant. The rhubarb fizz is something you would never associate with the home of the Chelsea Bun (which Tim Hayward, a co-owner who writes on food for the Guardian and the Financial Times, calls "a diametrical coma in a rectangular box").
Here is Stacey's report filed for Saveur:
Cambridge mainstay Fitzbillies has always been one of my favorite stops when I'm in England. I look forward to the reliable tea and Chelsea buns they're famous for, but on my most recent visit I noticed that the university town fixture has somehow changed—newer, fresher, bigger, brighter. I soon learned that Fitzbillies has, in fact, enjoyed a recent growth spurt, thanks to husband-and-wife team Tim Hayward and Alison Wright, who took over in 2011 and added an imaginative dinner menu with the help of London chef Rosie Sykes.