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The Edge Cafe

351, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3DF

01223 212478


There’s a few things that hit you as you walk through the door of The Edge Café. There’s the aroma of freshly-baked quiche, the rich scent of roasted coffee beans and tempting slabs of chocolate brownie, but more than that, there’s an atmosphere of warmth. Located in the grounds of Brookfields Hospital, on Mill Road, the cafe is more than a place to grab a Panini or feast on a full English. It’s a non-judgemental space where people who are positive about recovering from addiction can gain support and mentoring.


Set up five years ago, after funding was granted to launch a recovery hub in Cambridge, The Edge is run by Sarah Dickinson and Recovery Coordinator Gail Sawyer – who along with her Peer Mentors, ensure there is always someone there to talk to. Gail and her team also co-ordinate a wide range of inclusive groups and events for people in recovery from substance misuse and mental ill-health, as well other groups such as Art and Tai Chi which are open to everyone.


Sarah leads on everything food-related at the café and is passionate about creating tasty dishes from scratch. With a background in catering, having managed renowned Notting Hill Gate restaurant Sally Clarke’s, before working at indie café Abantu in Bourn, her menu is packed with delicious crowd-pleasers such as hearty breakfast baps, superfood salads and rustic sandwiches. While the homemade cakes – including vegan carrot cake and gluten-free orange cake – cater for all tastes. Ardent too about tackling food waste, the cafe houses a Community Fridge, and Sarah creates daily specials, using surplus ingredients provided by the charity FareShare.


It’s no wonder there’s such a buzz about The Edge; all in all, it’s the perfect place to work, has excellent cakes and amazing conversations – a truly thriving community hub.