Sam Smiley stops selling food after 25 years

Joanna Taylor 12 December 2016

Sam Smiley, a Cambridge favourite for baguettes, sausage rolls, and other lunchtime snacks, has announced that it will no longer be selling food as of Saturday 10 December. 

The takeaway on Trumpington Street also sells Cambridge-themed gifts such as notebooks and shot glasses, and is adjoined to a larger gift shop of the same name which sells university apparel for students and tourists alike. 

In a handwritten sign on the shop door, the takeaway announced “we will be closing the food shop on Sat 10th December to expand our gift shop next door”. It added “we would like to thank you all for your custom over the last 25 years!” 

The food section of Sam Smiley will be missed, particularly by students of central colleges who live minutes away from it. In recent years, vet students at Pembroke have even traditionally held their freshers’ welcome lunch at the takeaway. 

Sam Smiley food has an average of four stars on Yelp. One customer wrote that “I studied abroad at Cambridge 4-5 years ago and still dream about the amazing sandwiches at Sam Smiley’s. I really would go back to Cambridge just to have a sandwich from this place.” 

Another reviewer remarked “Ah, to taste their delicious corn filling, and the crunch of that baguette brings back memories… 5 stars!!’ 

A third added: “Just the name itself called to me. I needed a smile.”