The Artisan Food Trail (as it were), but this time we felt compelled to make an exception.
After receiving an invitation to attend a preview party at Cambridge's newest eating and drinking establishment, we took ourselves to Pint Shop last night and we can honestly say we were very impressed.
Pint Shop's statement tagline is simply 'MEAT. BREAD. BEER' which is simply done, very well.
We enjoyed great food and drink and were spoilt for choice when it came to the selection of craft beers and the large array of gins. The food tastings were delicious (and generous): Slow braised rabbit pasties, sweet beetroot with chunky pesto on toasted artisan bread, perfectly seasoned pulled pork with plums, stuffed breast of lamb, the most amazing steak cooked over hot coals and to finish, Cox's apple & gin sorbet. The jars of handmade pork scratchings on the bar were just a little too moreish!
It looks like we somehow missed out on the scotch eggs as we went upstairs for a couple of talks from The Cambridge Distillery and Barker Brothers.
Pint Shop work closely with the traditional local butchers, Barker Brothers in Great Shelford to source the highest quality meat and they have also had a specially tailored gin made by The Cambridge Distillery which interestingly, contains peas. We can assure you that it does taste very nice.
Anyway back to the real point here for this post. Pint Shop shares the same ethos as The Artisan Food Trail – sourcing the best quality food (locally where possible), respect for great ingredients and supporting small producers. The Pint Shop team enjoy passing on their knowledge and spreading enthusiasm for the best in food and drink.
Pint Shop have bagged themselves a great premises too, right in the centre of Cambridge in Peas Hill.
We suggest that you go and see for yourself when it opens next Monday 4th November. We think you'll enjoy it too.
Thank you Pint Shop for inviting us and we'll definitely be back for more – let's keep in touch.