We’ve been fans of the Pint Shop in Cambridge since it opened a year ago, and have become well acquainted with their excellent drinks menu, their yummy scotch eggs and the hearty dinners. Their Sunday Lunch was something I’d not tried before so when they invited us along it seemed like the perfect time to try it out.
The Sunday Lunch is a very reasonable £17 for two courses, or with pudding (mandatory for me) £20 for three courses. There are a selection of light starters, 3 kinds of roasts with all the trimmings for main and one pudding to end the meal. The full a la carte menu is also available, which means there are vegetarian options, although he’d have liked a vegetarian roast dinner too.
Our tradition at the Pint Shop has been for me to try the latest G&T (currently there is a choice of 59 gins, going up each week) and for Mr to pick a beer from the board, which is always sporting something new and interesting. I went for a the Autumn G&T which was Blackwood’s Pear and Mint with Tonic. A really nice flavoursome gin with some nice crispness from the pear, it went down a treat! I’m afraid I don’t remember which of the beers the Mr picked, there are so many of them, but he was pleased with his choice.
Starters were a beautifully thought out; curried mackerel and fennel salad for me and the freshest tomatoes on sourdough toast with capers for the Mr. Both were light, flavoursome and used the best ingredients – treated well.
For main I picked the Roast Chicken with Sage & Onion stuffing from the Sunday Lunch menu. What arrived was a plentiful and expertly cooked roast – huge crispy roast potatoes, juicy chicken, herby sage and onion sausagemeat stuffing, carrot and swede mash and cavolo nero – all topped off with a great gravy.
Mr’s choice from the main menu was globe artichoke with red onion, pumpkin seeds, croutons and cheese. He said everything was cooked very well although it needed something a little extra to give it a bit more substance, especially compared with the heartier meat dishes on the menu, and given I was tucking into a very large roast dinner…
On to dessert, Mr made a beeline for the Summer Pudding which is something he loves and he loved this one, it had lots of fruit, a little kick of booze and a big dollop of clotted cream with it. My pudding was an apple and blackberry fruit crumble, and it was a perfect end to the meal – roast needs crumble. The top was crispy and chewy and the fruit well cooked, with some cold cream on top it was everything a crumble should be.
We really enjoyed our Sunday Lunch at the Pint Shop and would certainly come back again – the option of a vegetarian Sunday roast would be lovely but other than that everything else was wonderful.
10 Peas Hill
Cambridge, CB2 3PN
We dined as guests of the Pint Shop, thank you for inviting us for Sunday lunch.