Pint Shop. It’s only been open for a few weeks and it’s fair to say it’s making a big impact on the city. You can’t move on the ‘gram without seeing Pint Shop’s already infamous onion bhaji scotch egg and I’m totally happy to diversify my scotch egg love beyond that of Purecraft Bar & Kitchen.
Pint Shop, inspired by the beer houses of old that focused on meat, bread & beer is a lot more than that. Offering up a carefully crafted menu of craft beers, gin, wine and brilliant pub food.
Based on Bennetts Hill, Pint Shop is housed in a listed building which has been lovingly restored with attitude. Consisting of two floors; downstairs includes the main bar and a spacious seating area to enjoy bar food, whilst upstairs is the restaurant with a number of dining rooms.
The interior of Pint Shop is seriously cool. Dark and moody decor downstairs with timber doors to create bar dividers and bright and airy rooms upstairs with a a dash of attitude via the black wooden flooring and walls.
So good, so amazing. Pint Shop know exactly what they’re doing, from the cool vibe to the talented staff they’ve managed to attract from elsewhere in the city, including Head chef Mark Walsh from two AA rosette Opus and GM, Lee Coliandras, formerly of The Plough. The service is polished, professional and fun.
The menu is extensive and packed full of pub staples with a twist.
We start with thin slices of lime soaked Octopus Carpaccio that bursts with flavour and freshness, the crispy seaweed adding a nice crunch to the dressing. I absolutely adore this starter and its lovely light start to the feast that follows.
Onion Bhaji & Pork Scotch Egg follows. Lightly spiced onion bhaji and pork encases a perfectly cooked soft egg that is the stuff dreams are made of. The mango raita completes it. I particularly like the fact that Pint Shop have taken our beloved Purecraft scotch egg and elevated it, with a cheeky wink to our love for Indian food in the city.
Roasted Beets & Roots are a nice alternative to standard veg. A colourful and vibrant plate of sweet and earthy flavours.
Crispy Pork Bites consist of pulled pork, but in comparison to the other starters, they feel a little safe and bland. I would have liked more of a kick to these.
On to the mains and the choice is ridiculously good. Rolled Pork Belly, is slow cooked in a charcoal oven, giving it a distinctive smoky flavour which is incredible and permeates through the charred broccoli that arrives on the side too. The meat is tender with each slice revealing another layer of flavour. The crackling is still warm and hot fat oozes out of its crispy shell. Love.
Grilled, charred aubergine with a chickpea filling is lightly spiced and a comforting plate of food with a pretty chutney of coriander and spices decorating the plate.
A generous portion of Tandoori Masala Chicken on top of a warm, coal baked flatbread kebab comes next. Cabbage, coriander, toasted almonds and a mayo sauce covers and cools down the chicken with its freshness. Its delicious, bold in flavour and colour. I love it. A brisket option is also available but I find it bland in comparison.
A Dirty Burger stuffed with a beef and pork patty is flavoursome, fuelled further by a tangy bacon jam and burger sauce. Its tasty af, messy af and is strictly no date territory. Truffle chips are a naughty take on the humble chip and I’m glad they arrive because I eat the lot.
Lemon Meringue Fool is fresh, zingy and has all the crunch.
Chocolate Cremeaux and milk sherbet transports me back to kidulthood bowls of frosties milk and is very similar to a dessert I have enjoyed previously at Purecraft Bar & Kitchen.
And finally, Poached Peach Melba Sundae to finish off a brilliant lunch.
Pint Shop has only been open for a few weeks and I can’t rate it highly enough. They’ve managed to elevate pub staples to another level, knocking out generous portions and big flavours at a price point that suits most. This is a fantastic addition to the Birmingham food & drink scene here and Pint Shop should be proud of the impact they’ve made so soon. Big up yourself, Pint Shop.
Pint Shop, 38 Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5SN
*I was invited along as a guest of Pint Shop, but didn’t have to write about it. As always, my opinions are my own*