Restaurant review: Pint Shop, Cambridge

photo-3The Pint Shop in Cambridge has been a favourite haunt of mine since it opened its doors over two years ago. So when I heard it had launched its new autumnal menu I just had to pay a visit.

Located on Peas Hill, The Pint Shop is no longer a well-kept secret. I visited on a blustery Wednesday evening to find the bar heaving and queues for a table – the new menu is obviously a winner!

Once settled into our table for two in the intimate industrial inspired dining room, I started with the most important and perhaps hardest decision of my evening – which gin? (It had been a long day)

The Pint Shop is renowned for its gin and beer selection. As I flipped through the pages of options, I decided my best choice was to go with the ‘gin of the day’, a Tanqueray export. At 46% it was strong, but gorgeously refreshing, but you’ll need to be quick to give it a try, there’s only a small batch available.

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On to the menu, which has been created by newly appointed development chef, Rosie Sykes. Looking around at the dishes whizzing past to fellow diners, I knew it would be a tough decision.

Starters included southern-fired rabbit, potted crab and bacon and egg croquettes, while mains consisted of overnight pork belly, cheeseburger, t-bone steak and squid. There’s certainly something for all moods.

I opted for the rabbit while my partner delved into the chilli ribs to start, each equally delicious. However photo-2the table next to me chose the bacon and egg croquettes, which looked insanely tasty – major food envy!

For mains I kept it classic and went for the cheeseburger, which proved to be the best I’ve ever tasted. My husband chose the flavoursome curry infused chicken and chips and a side of hispy cabbage. With just enough room left for dessert, we shared a chocolate stout cake.

As I expected this seasonal menu does not disappoint. Food at the Pint Shop is consistently exceptional, and is well worth a visit for lunch or dinner any day of the week. Looking around the restaurant at the businessmen, groups of friends and couples young and old, it’s clear the restaurant appeals to everyone – perhaps just not vegetarians!

Overall the atmosphere is warm and inviting, like stepping into an old friends house. If there’s one thing you do this weekend, make sure it’s a visit to the Pint Shop.

Tel: 01223 352293

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