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!

In early 2013 we found an empty grade two listed office building in the centre of Cambridge and fell in love with it. The building dates from 1830 and was once a house (E.M.Forster once lived there). It felt like the perfect place to open our very first Pint Shop. 10 months later in November 2013 we poured our very first beer…



10 Peas Hill

Cambridge, CB2 3PP

TELEPHONE: 01223 981070


Bar Opening Hours

Sunday to Thursday: 12pm – 11pm

Friday & Saturday : 12pm – 12am

Restaurant Opening Hours

Sunday to Thursday: 12pm – 9pm

Friday & Saturday : 12pm – 9.45pm

Dogs are very welcome in our bar & garden. As the restaurant is a little cosy we don’t allow dogs in there.

Pint Shop is located on the junction of Peas Hill, Benet Street & Wheeler Street. We are 2 minutes from the Grand Arcade Shopping Centre Car Park, The Cambridge Market and Kings Parade. We are opposite the Cambridge Arts Theatre and almost next door to the Corn Exchange, ideal for pre or post show meals or snacks.