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Review: new Spanish deli Pinch in Rose Crescent, Cambridge



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Pinch is a new Spanish deli café and bar, located in Rose Crescent, which takes its name from ‘pinxtos’ (or pinchos), small tapas-style foods which originate from northern Spain.

A hot selection at Pinch. Picture: Adrian Peel
A hot selection at Pinch. Picture: Adrian Peel

The site is understated and elegant, with the lights, red brick interior and plants creating a rustic feel reminiscent of the Spanish countryside. There are ceiling-high shelves at one side selling all sorts of products, from sauces and spices to biscuits, and chocolate powder to crisps. The deli counter displays a selection of hot and cold food.

To begin with, we had a selection of hot food, namely vegetarian paella, chorizo and black pudding on bread, halloumi on bread, and a small pot of venison salami with goat’s cheese and honey - which was my personal favourite.

A cold selection at Pinch. Picture: Adrian Peel
A cold selection at Pinch. Picture: Adrian Peel

Cold food-wise, I especially enjoyed the chimichurri steak (which can also be served hot) and, surprisingly as I’d never had it before (and I’m not really a fan of seafood), the crab-stuffed piquillo pepper.

We accompanied this with a ‘Rosa’ spritz - sweet with a hint of lemon - and my wife had a ‘Sidra Bere’, a traditional cider from the Basque region of Spain. Indeed, there are plenty of alcoholic drinks available and a particularly impressive gin & tonic list.

Although it may not have looked much, the selection of food was actually surprisingly filling, though we still found room for a tasty bakewell tart flapjack and a luxurious hot chocolate each.

A Pedro Mayo Hot Chocolate at Pinch. Picture: Adrian Peel
A Pedro Mayo Hot Chocolate at Pinch. Picture: Adrian Peel

For those who prefer more traditional tapas-style foods, the deli stocks plenty of cured meat and cheese options, while also catering for people who may want to try something a little more fancy with a regularly changing list of tempting delights. And of course, we couldn’t leave without buying some exotic food to take home.

Pinch Spanish deli café and bar
Pinch Spanish deli café and bar

For more information on Pinch, go to pinchcambridge.co.uk.

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