It's FriYAY and what better way to start your weekend than a post on good food and good beer am I right?
So here's me drinking a blueberry lemonade...
Yup, I was designated driver this night but fear not, Chris was on hand to sample the beers and will be chiming in throughout this post. As for the blueberry lemonade, it was pretty delicious so I didn't feel quite so sad to be tea total.
Chris started off with a pint of Rod Nam Sang brewed by Wild Beer in Somerset which Chris tells me was a "very light and refreshing taste which reminded me a little bit of blue moon, which I drank whilst visiting America. It's definitely a warmer climate drink"
The vision of Pint Shop is to bring good food and drink together, with all walks of life being welcome and taking inspiration from the 1830's beer houses.
We sat in the bar until our table was ready, drinking in the atmosphere as well as our drinks. It was pretty busy for a Monday night which we saw as a sign of good things to come.
Soon after our table was ready and we were lead to the upstairs dining room where you can still have your choice of ales from the board above the fire place. Chris decided to let me choose his beers from here on out which I found novelty but basically went for ones I thought sounded cool! So next up I chose a pale called Summat brewed in Lincoln.
You can tell from the photo he particularly enjoyed this one!
The food options were so hard to choose between. Everything looked delicious and we poured over the menu thinking long and hard about what we would treat ourselves to. We both decided on the southern fried rabbit with green sauce for starter. That green sauce though... I couldn't quite put my finger on what was in it but it tasted beautiful and gave a refreshing kick to the crunchy breadcrumbs and tender rabbit inside. So good!
Feeling rather chuffed we celebrated by ordering more drinks so next up Chris had an Amass IPA by Mikkeller. "This was a really nice tasting beer that had the definitive flavours of an IPA. My only regret was not having a full pint. I can see why they serve it in half pints because it would be gone too quickly- that and it was 6.5%. It was bloody nice that beer!"
Armed with just the right amount of hot sauce he devoured his dish in a matter of seconds, sharing a side of triple cooked spuds in truffle cheese sauce.
I chose the venison haunch with mushrooms and parsley crumb for my main. All the flavours worked beautifully and the venison cooked to perfection. We were both in silence giving appreciative nods to one another throughout our mains!
Feeling suitably stuffed it was only right that Chris ordered another beer to wash it down- am I right? Right.
This was Chris' final beer of the night. The waiting staff were convinced I was trying to get him drunk as yet again I'd picked another high percentage beer but it sounded cool! This brew was known as Small Beer by Cloudwater and measured 7.6%. Chris descried it as "quite a dark rich flavour that won't be to everyone's taste. It kind of reminded me of a diluted Guinness." To be fair it looks a bit like a Guinness...
Although we were stuffed it was rude not to at least glance at the dessert menu and soon we were justifying our gluttony and ordering a Malt Teaser Sundae which came out with a little surprise for Christoph...
It was his birthday the following day so why not make it a birthday sundae!? Somehow we acquired some room in our stomachs to eat this naughty dessert topped with hot fudge sauce that made the whole thing a little bit of heaven. My new year diet is going sooo well! No regrets!!
So that was our date night at the Pint Shop. I can definitely see us returning, be it for a quick pint or another fabulous meal. The atmosphere is great, the food and drink is great - what more could you want?
Definitely pop in if you're ever in Cambridge, you won't be disappointed!