Pint Shop

4.2
883 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
Top tags:
  • Great Beer
  • Casual
  • Fit for Foodies
At Pint Shop we cook simple British food over real charcoal. Our bar serves 23 craft beers on tap, 100 gins and wines from small European growers. We have 4 dining rooms, where we cook around three cooking principles; Spit-Roasting, Charcoal Grilling and Braising.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday:
12pm - 10pm
Friday:
12pm - 10.30pm
Saturday:
11am - 10.30pm
Sunday:
11am - 10pm
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Phone number
01223 352293
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Parking Details
The closest car park is the Grand Arcade car park, which is about a 2 minute walk from Pint Shop
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 883 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 3 days ago

My first visit. Will no doubt be back again. Extremely well located for an evening in Cambridge

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Really cool place. Lots of nooks and crannies and places to sit and enjoy.
Great beer list. Lovely menu - very tasty. Starters were particularly delicious.
Staff made a genuine effort to be sweet and attentive.
Lovely independent place, a welcome relief amongst all the chain restaurants surrounding it.

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4.0Dined on 7 August 2018

Great food as always at the Pint Shop, coupled with a vibrant atmosphere and great beer - what's not to recommend!

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3.0Dined on 30 July 2018

Good food
Noisy music in restaurant had to ask for volume to be turned down

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2.0Dined on 29 July 2018

Poor service with a confrontational waitress and average food

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2.0Dined on 25 July 2018

We ate during the summer heatwave and the first floor dining room was like a furnace. Felt very sorry for the waiting & kitchen staff working in that heat. No air-con or fans. Food was good on the whole, apart from the heritage tomato salad which was terribly disappointing and in no way worth the £6 charge for a few woolly, red tomatoes. At time of booking I had mentioned we were celebrating a birthday (one of my guests was 60 on the day) but this was not acknowledged in any way. I've eaten here a lot since it opened and sometimes it's wonderful and at others just so-so, occasionally disappointing. Keep going back though because we like the atmosphere and choice of beers, each time hoping for a good result.

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3.0Dined on 21 July 2018

The table was not ready when we arrived. We had to wait around 20 mins - disappiointing, but we were provided with a free round of drinks and some nibbles.
The waitress was great throughout our meal.
One of our main choices was not available. Had to re-choose having ordered it.
Our wine had a problem too - that was removed from the bill.
I have been to The Pint Shop a few times now and feel that it is not as good as it used to be. Our overall experience was disappointing this time - a real shame after a great time punting in the afternoon and a couple of drinks at The Maypole. I could not recommend The Pint Shop at the moment. Reducing the bill and free drinks simply does not make for a night spoilt.

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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

Pint Shop was a great relaxed atmosphere with great service - able to sample the beers before deciding. Food was interesting and everyone had a nice time.

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1.0Dined on 20 July 2018

The service we received was terrible. Although the (enormous) restaurant was mostly empty, the single waitress was too busy to take even our drinks order for 15 minutes, and the arrival of food was delayed by probably 50 mins. The waitress was offhand and even rude, and when challenged made no apology but actually complained about us.

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5.0Dined on 19 July 2018

It was very good. The stuff was very talkative and helpful.

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1.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Waited over an hour for starters when I asked why reason was a big party upstairs if you cannot cope don’t book big parties.
Main course supposed to be beer marinated chicken I was asked if I wanted sauce I said garlic butter expecting to find a small piece of butter on the chicken it came in a soup bowl floating in 2 inches of melted butter uneatable
Won’t be returning absolutely awful experience

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3.0Dined on 9 July 2018

Wes very good, but a little loud for a business meeting (I asked for the music to be turned down a little, but it wasn't really)

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5.0Dined on 9 July 2018

At last we tried the Pint Shop restaurant and were delighted. The menu has a good range of food, the wine list is reasonable and of course you also have all the beers and gins. Service was friendly and helpful. Recommended.

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3.0Dined on 7 July 2018

Disappointed with prawn cocktail starter very small hardly any prawns, all lettuce and sauce.

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2.0Dined on 30 June 2018

We started with a few beers sat in the sun outdoors. The weather was fantastic, so we asked if we could eat outside given the nice weather but were told quite directly that was not possible. Our table inside was good but service was very slow. We felt ignored for some time. Food was tasty, but not a good as previous visits. Menu selection seemed smaller with less fish and veggie options.

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3.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Food was very expensive and average. Nice ambiance and friendly staff

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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

One of the best early evening meals at the Pint Shop so far since it opened. This is a gem of a place, don't want it to be too popluar though there'll be no room for us regulars.

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3.0Dined on 19 June 2018

Not as good as it used to be. I had a vegetarian pita dish with falafel. The falafel was rock hard, and the pitta bread almost inedible. Not pleasant at all. The non- alcoholic beer was awful (There are so
many tasty ones out there now). Service was also very slow but we had a charming waitress.

In my view, things have gone decidedly downhill here.

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5.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Lovely atmosphere
Great food
Friendly staffs

Absolutely perfect

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3.0Dined on 17 June 2018

Have marked down purely from the lack of vegetarian options. I think there were 2; a salad or a grilled aubergine with salad.
Compared to similar reataurants in Cambridge, the vegetarian offering was definitely lacking!

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3.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Would surely have given a higher overall rating if management had not understaffed.

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2.0Dined on 16 June 2018

Ran out of crucial items and incorrect charging

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Impressive beer menu, good gastro pub food in town center. This full of character restaurant/pub will not disappoint the pickiest of people. And if you do get disappointed, just stop going out.
I love the Pint Shop, from the drink to the food choices, it's a very welcoming place in the heart of Cambridge. It's our favourite pre-theatre stop in town.

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3.0Dined on 9 June 2018

I’m a frequent Pint Shop client, but they have been changing their menu lately. New portions are smaller and the service is quite slow. Was disappointed. Beers are good, scotch eggs are my favourite, but the mains weren’t to their usual standard. The pork belly portion was tiny, and the burger meat was too well done even though they asked me if I wanted pink inside and I said yes. We told the manager when we finished eating, but they didn’t really seem too bothered.

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1.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Service absolutely terrible. Waited 1hour and 20 minutes and no food. Walked out. Seems like no one was getting served very promptly even though it wasn't that busy . Obviously not a good time to visit. Can't comment on the food as we didn't get any!

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2.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Food very disappointing especially as eaten here several times before and enjoyed meals. Sunday Roast Belly Pork very dry and one serving more fat than meat. Beef portion very small. All food was warm not hot. Dessert served with tiny amount of custard. We should have listened to friends who had a similar experience and gone elsewhere. A shame because drinks choice excellent. Will only go to drink in future.

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3.0Dined on 25 May 2018

We arrived in Cambridge late on Friday evening and book a Table at the Pint Shop

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3.0Dined on 25 May 2018

Like the curates egg, good in parts. Aperol Spritz was good, starters good but the main course burgers came in sourdough(one slightly burned) rather than a bun? and the fries didn't come with it! Had to request fries which were of variable quality when they arrived. No drinks order was taken after the cocktail. Atmosphere good but overall a disappointing experience which with more attention to detail (see above) could have been avoided.

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4.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Great food and service as usual from the Pint Shop. One of the consistent places in Cambridge.

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3.0Dined on 19 May 2018

Really like the food but could barely see it because of the low light. Asked if they could put the lights up which they did and then promptly turned then down again so I actually could t see my main course. Have no idea why they do this.

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3.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Wonderful service, the staff were friendly and faultless. However wouldn’t eat there again, the food didn’t meet expectations nor the price tag. Dishes lacking mainly in quality but also what you get for your money (be prepared to add on those side dishes). Meal was disappointing - but it’s fine for a pint.

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5.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Perfect food and service!

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2.0Dined on 11 May 2018

Three weeks ago we thought the food was less good than we had previously enjoyed and last week definitely inferior.

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4.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Despite the units listed wait for our food it was delicious, as always.

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2.0Dined on 8 May 2018

We came early evening, four of us, for a light meal before the theatre. One of the items ordered was a vegetarian option grilled aubergine and cracked wheat on a houmous sauce etc. In fact it was half an aubergine and although marketed as a main was very poor value at £11.50. We were in the end pressed for time because our meals had taken about 30 mins to arrive and like so many Brits are disinclined did to complain. Not sure if we will come again. Pity, because we like other aspects of The Pint Shop. We are Cambridge residents.

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Always a pleasure to eat and drink at The Pint Shop when visiting Cambridge.

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3.0Dined on 6 May 2018

I had just arrived to Cambridge for a weekend away with my girlfriend and we wanted to try the Pint Shop for a Sunday Roast. The interiors were amazing and they were very welcoming. I had checked out the menu beforehand and was happy to pay the price of the meal.

However when the food arrived, the night began to become sour.

Our starter (Chicken Scotch Egg) was not well seasoned, however they provided table salt and pepper, so we could correct that.

Our main, the Yorkshire pudding burnt and crispy all the way through, the pork belly was overcooked with a lot of burnt, inedible ends and yet again the food was under seasoned.

Positive aspect of the food was, very nice plating and visuals, but that came with a pudding with very little custard. Not something you would hope for when ordering crumble and custard.

Throughout the evening we were trying to call over the waiters, often waiting and then having to remind them. I can understand if they were just too busy, however they would signal to us and not come.

To conclude, I do not think the food was up to par with the interior of the place nor with the price that was set. I would not recommend this place for a Sunday roast.

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4.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Very good tasty food in a casual and relaxed environment.

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5.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Lovely atmosphere, with tasty food well prepared and just the right portion sizes too. Best scotch egg ever, perfect cooked steak and great beer list!

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

Very friendly Staff who made us feel very welcome. Had set menu for £15, three courses, which we all thought was excellent value. Perhaps back ground music was somewhat loud but we were chatting a lot so did not notice too much. Very convenient spot in the middle of Cambridge. We would certainly go again. Super list of beers to try.

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