Independently owned Amélie is the first name to sign for Food Social, the new dining quarter at the Grafton Cambridge. It will be the UK’s only restaurant specialising in flammeküeche, an authentic light dish made of thin bread dough, spread with crème fraîche and fresh topping combinations that dates back to the 14th century and originates from the French Alsace region.

Food Social is located on the first floor of the former BHS store which is being reconfigured by owner Legal & General Investment Management Real Assets. Food Social will be home to eight new casual dining restaurants, three of which will feature dine-in food-pods. These will complement the ground floor level food-pod in the centre of the mall, adding to the overall appeal. On the ground floor, the neighbouring H&M store has been upsized by 60 per cent to include H&M Home and is now trading over a total of 29,875 sq ft. A 17,500 sq ft PureGym on the second floor completes the changes.

The Grafton is nearing the completion of a major £28.5 million refurbishment by Legal & General and asset manager Wrenbridge. The centre has undergone substantial reconfiguration to create bright and open retail and leisure spaces, and to match retailer and operator requirements. Featuring a striking new food quarter, it will be the only destination in Cambridge to offer shopping, dining and leisure all under one roof.