Pint Shop

4.2
866 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • 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 866 People Are Saying
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3.0Dined 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

Lovely atmosphere
Great food
Friendly staffs

Absolutely perfect

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

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 7 days ago

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

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2.0Dined 7 days ago

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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4.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Have eaten with you a few times...Never been disappointed.
Foods great, Booze great, vibes great.
Always a pleasure.

:)

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5.0Dined on 1 May 2018

I went here for a pre-theatre dinner and we had a sumptuous meal! My braised chicken breast was succulent and moist, with a perfect watercress salad on the side. The cauliflower side was the perfect accompaniment - just the right balance of crunchy, acidic, hearty, and salty. My brother had a steak he adored, and my brother's boyfriend had the whole roasted fish and couldn't have been happier. We will come again and again. The only less than perfect taste in the evening was my wine - the house Merlot is so fruity that my glass tasted of pure blackberry syrup. Drinkable, yes, but not one I would recommend again.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Always Superb food! We’ve been to the Pint Shop many many times. This time we had the fish pakoras for starter, pork belly and the lamb flatbread kebab for mains. All of the food was cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious. Washed down with some craft beer and a few glasses of Malbec. the Pint Shop delivered again!!

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2.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Started evening in back room (upstairs) which was incredibly noisy due to no soft furnishings I think. Were moved as we requested to main front room upstairs, so better, but still quite loud. Waitress tried to look after us but as she was stationed at back room so had to keep coming back and forth to check on us, but she did her best. One of the mains took a longer time to arrive. Food ok but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

Great, original menu and some brilliant beers! Book in advance for peak times as it can get busy!!

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2.0Dined on 24 April 2018

It was ok. Not bad, not exceptional. Sweet waiter.

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3.0Dined on 20 April 2018

The food here was especially good, using unusual ingredients to great effect

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3.0Dined on 20 April 2018

Good food but they don't seem to understand that white wine needs to be served properly chilled. Waiter should know when a bottle is cold and when it isn't before opening it. Once it's open you don't want to send it backbit it's lukewarm.

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

The service was excellent and food very good. The waiter was excellent and attentive

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1.0Dined on 13 April 2018

I booked Pint Shop following excellent recommendations from a friend. We had a table booked for a Friday evening at 815. Our main meal finally arrived at 930. The menu was interesting albeit over complicated. I ordered overnight pork. Which was wrapped in rubbery and tough crackling. My husband ordered blade of steak which was rare, as requested, but very tough. A friend ordered cheeseburger.. dry and lacking any exciting additions ( better at Mac Donald’s) we also ordered cauliflower cheese which had no sauce and chose the interestingly named ‘burnt leek’ dish, which we were told was like a gratin with potatoes and leeks but again no sauce and very dry. My daughter had the quiche, which she said was unlike any quiche she had before and didn’t appear to have any eggs in it. It was also extremely dry. It was like everything had been cooked for too long... maybe due to being very busy. It was a Friday evening. So all in all fairly awful dining experience. The restaurant was also uncomfortably hot. The waiter was great so we felt awful complaining to him I did tell him we were very disappointed as I was paying and he did ask us if we wanted him to pass on any feedback. There would have been too much to detail. So I just said it didn’t live up to recommendations, food wasn’t good and it took a very long time to arrive. My party didn’t want me to make a fuss as it was a birthday meal. The manager was very apologetic and did give us a £50 voucher to spend next time! We might go back for lunch at a quieter time as it may have been a bad night for them. Everyone can have an off day. I was surprised and disappointed as friends rave about he place and it has good reviews generally.

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4.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Good ambience excellent service good food and beer selection looking forward to visiting in the future

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4.0Dined on 10 April 2018

Relaxed & comfortable ambience, huge ale & beer menu, helpful staff serving very tasty food in generous portions. Definitely one to go back to.

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5.0Dined on 6 April 2018

Pint Shop is a Cambridge favourite. Relaxed dining, friendly service and food I want to eat (meaty but with enough to keep The Veggie happy). However, it's the gin and beer selections that will make sure we're back again. Super close to the Corn Exchange, so a perfect place to eat before seeing a band/show.

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4.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Excellent dinner here over Easter, it was a Thursday but still very busy, so definitely need to book.
The high point of the Pint Shop is the beer - there was a huge range available, displayed on a huge blackboard which was constantly changing and updating, so if you like to sample a wide range of beers then this place is perfect.
The food was very nice, definitely of the comfort food variety, and all very well cooked and delicious - perhaps just a shade towards the pricier end when it came to desserts, but otherwise a very reasonable and enjoyable meal.
Really good service by a waiter who obviously knew what beers were on, not simply a carrier of food which made the ordering a much easier process.

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4.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Food good. Husband had the steak, which was very good, the chips were homemade and not frozen. I had a meat and cheese platter and the celeriac and apple croquettes - both great. Just be aware if you have a tree nut allergy - they contained walnuts which I don't remember seeing mentioned on the menu, so ask.
Absolutely fantastic choice of beer and some ciders (cask and keg), the waiting staff will help and explain if you are not sure or spoilt for choice. Nice range of non-alcoholic drinks, including some interesting cordials and sodas.
Went as a couple but would happily go there as a group.
The dining room is at at the back and initially it was quiet and lacking in atmosphere. This improved when the room filled up. Beware the tables are close together.
Recommend. Enjoy!

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5.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Great atmosphere and service. Food was delicious . Will definitely be back

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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Great food when it finally arrived! Waited for over 20mins for our drinks once ordered only to find out one of the beers had run out?! Wasn’t busy but waited 45mibs for food.

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