If I told you that one of the best places in Cambridge for a curry was a pub and restaurant centering around meat, bread and beer then you’d probably think I was mad. But let me tell you, the Pint Shop’s chicken curry is up there. I was delighted to make this discovery when trying out their Autumn menu, devised by their new development chef, Rosie Sykes.
We’ve been regulars at the Pint Shop since they opened back in 2013. We make regular visits for quick post-work drinks, Sunday lunches and family dinners. The Pint Shop continues to please with the new additions to their menu.
What we’ve always liked is that despite being centered around meat, there were some good options for veggies too, which means I have a dining companion! The new additions are just as interesting and substantial enough to stand up against the heartier, meatier meals. My husband continues to be a very happy diner as a result.
We started our meal in the traditional way, with a G&T for me and a pint for my husband at the bar, before moving into the dining room.
My starter was the southern fried rabbit with a punchy garlicky green sauce. These little morsels of fried rabbit were addictive and the dipping sauce was perfect to balance the rich, fried meat.
The Mr went for charred celeriac, squash and Berkswell cheese on toast. Grilled squash and celeriac was piled on to thick toasted sourdough with a delicious sharp cheese, leaves and just enough dressing to make the whole thing work together.
Moving on to mains I had to go for the chicken thigh curry, Cambridge has such a dearth of good Indian food so I was curious about whether the Pint Shop would deliver the goods. The chicken was extremely juicy, and smoky from being cooked on the charcoal grill. The sauce was thick with onions and plenty of excellent quality spices – cardamom, cloves, chilli, ginger, garlic. It was accompanied by a flavoured rice, cooked in what I thought was a stock, so it was much like a spicy risotto – very comforting.
Mr went for the squash, pears and leeks with creme fraiche and lentils – this did sound rather light but what arrived was rich and hearty warm salad with plenty of flavour. We did both think that it would be nice to have a vegetarian pie on the menu though.
By now we were pretty full, so I opted for the Pint Shop fancies as a lighter pudding choice. A little basket arrived with blondies, pistachio tuile wafers and chewy chocolatey florentines. As it turned out it wasn’t the lighter choice, maybe it is meant for sharing, but I took home a doggy bag instead!
Mr had the tea and toast sundae, which is the signature pudding from the new menu. The sundae featured fragrant Earl Grey cream, marmalade ice cream (made by Jack’s Gelato) and crispy fruit toast wafers. A wonderful grown-up take on a childhood favourite.
We left as we often do from the Pint Shop – full and happy. The new dishes developed by Rosie are a triumph and really fit Pint Shop’s style. We’ll be back! I need to try the chocolate stout pudding cake for a start.
We were invited by the Pint Shop to review their new menu. Opinions are of course my own!