February 2019: the Oxford branch of Pint Shop has closed.
Harden's survey result
“Quirky” and “fun” gastroboozer – inspired by early Victorian pubs (and set in a house where EM Forster once lived) – which serves “great beer” and food that’s “adequate in a city not blessed with a lot of high quality alternatives”. Founded in 2014, it has spawned offshoots in Oxford and Birmingham.
“Fun, with decent food and a really good selection of beers” (and gins) – this gastropub three-year-old makes an excellent destination in a gaggle of mates. But when it’s busy, don’t expect top service – it can turn “manic, with everything seeming rushed and frantic”. “The bar snacks are lovely though if you can’t get a table” (“Scotch eggs to die for”). Cute garden too.
“An enviable range of ales and gins” adds vim to this “fun and fairly priced” gastropub two-year-old – an “energetic and welcoming” hang-out, serving “simple but excellent” cooking. When busy, though, it can be “super noisy and super slow”.
“Very cool” gastropub yearling that’s proving “a lovely addition to Cambridge”, on account of its “superior” cooking (from a “substantial” somewhat “meat-heavy” menu), “the best selection of unusual ales in town”, and “huge selection of gins”. Top Menu Tip – “the best Scotch eggs around”.
Our inspiration for Pint Shop came from the Beer Houses of the 1830’s;
The original ‘Beer Houses’ or ‘Tom and Jerry Shops’ as they became known, are viewed by many as the birth place of today’s pub. At this point in time beer was a rich man’s drink because of its high tax levels. The poor drank gin and lots of it, mostly in illegal gin shops. Then in 1830, in an attempt to reduce public drunkenness, improve the health of the nation and encourage free trade, The Beer Act was passed. The act allowed anyone that paid a small fee to brew beer and sell it in their home, Beer Houses were born. It even allowed a low ABV beer, called Table Beer to be brewed for children, women and servants as the tap water was so unsafe! A new generation of beer drinkers were born.
We want to take the spirit of those original Beer Houses, namely; craft beer, intimacy & fun, throw in some killer food, cooked on coals, just as it was 1830 and deliver it with a bunch of amazing people.
10 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PN
|Number of Diners:|
|Monday||12 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||11 am-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||11 am-10 pm|