My home town of Cambridge has some amazing places to eat.
Pint Shop is a restaurant/bar located just off of Market Square in the centre of Cambridge. The decor is the perfect balance between rustic pub and modern eatery, and the food is just amazing. Their drinks list is pretty special too, with a changing draft beer list and a selection of around 100 gins including one of their own.
The building in which it is located was once a house and dates back to the 1830s. The 1830s coincidentally was the same time when ‘Beer Houses’ first came about, and if you want to read more about the history of these early pubs, check out their web page here to read the story.
I moved to Peru before it opened, but I knew that the next time I returned home I would have to make a reservation. I’ve since visited a few times but I’ve found that their set Sunday lunch is a great way to experience their menu.
I obviously paired my Sunday lunch with a G&T (gin and tonic) made with their very own gin distilled with the lead botanical of peas (I imagine this is due to their address on ‘Peas Hill’!). It was very delicious, if a little more expensive than some of the others on offer (check out the blackboard behind the bar for their chosen gin deals). However, it is thought to be the only one of its kind in the world at the moment, so it’s probably worth it!
The Sunday lunch menu is comprised of a starter, a roast main course and dessert but you can choose how many of the courses you actually want. I would highly recommend getting the pork, but everything we ordered looked great!
The menu has changed slightly on every trip back I’ve taken (usually for seasonality), so I’m sure the dishes are likely to be different whenever you decide to visit. If they ever bring the ham hock butter on toast back as a starter, make sure to order that; it was incredible!
If you can’t get in on a Sunday, they also do a set menu from Monday – Friday and an a la carte menu is available at all times, plus bar snacks too! So if a roast isn’t up your street for Sunday lunch you could opt for one of their other dishes instead.
Even if you just decide to drop in for a drink, it’ll be absolutely worth it for the amount of local drink offerings and the wide range of options. From gin (try the pea one) and cider (see if they have a local Cambridge one) to draft beer and interesting soft drinks.
Pint Shop // 10 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PN, England