I'm going to be home alone at Christmas. DC at their dad's and just been dumped by the guy I was seeing this year. I'm not bothered about being alone but I don't want to stay indoors all day. So I thought I'd go into Cambridge and enjoy the city while it's quiet. I'll take my camera and maybe some drawing materials. But I know I'll be desperate for some caffeine after a couple of hours. Do anyone know of anywhere that might be open on Christmas Day where I could get a coffee and maybe a bite to eat. (I know I could take a flask and a sandwich but sitting indoors would be nicer)
I have a feeling that Midan (used to be called Nasreen Dar) on Histon Road is usually open on Christmas Day, and they do coffee. It's a corner shop that happens to sell coffee rather than a coffee shop. Best to check it out first.
If you want to spend some time with other people there's an organisation called something like "Community Christmas" which gives information about Christmas lunches for people who are going to be alone at Christmas. You don't have to be older or vulnerable in any way.
I think the problem with pubs which are open on Christmas Day is that they are geared up for people out celebrating, and they will be charging a lot for a full 3-course meal (and understandably so). The OP has said she'll be by herself and just wants coffee and a bite to eat. I'm very happy in a pub by myself with a good book, but I would feel a bit odd doing it on Christmas Day.
I would go to one of the hotels as it will be business as usual there I’d have thought. the one by John Lewis or the Garden House serve coffee so I imagine they would on Christmas Day too. There’s also the new one next to the station. Worth a phone call to check