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Review: The Grain & Hop Store, Cambridge



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The Grain & Hop Store on Regent Street in Cambridge recently underwent a complete transformation - both in terms of décor and food. I went along to try the latter on Thursday, March 3.

The Smokin' Jack Beef Burger at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
The Smokin' Jack Beef Burger at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel

Seated upstairs in The Avery, with its impressive view of Parker’s Piece, I was immediately impressed by the food on the menu. As a huge fan of the ‘dirty fries’ concept - chips loaded with a number of toppings - I was delighted to find them listed.

There is also a pleasant - and rather novel - selection of other items on the packed menu, including hamburgers, toasted sandwiches, wings, pub classics like fish & chips and pies, and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options.

To start with, from the list of ‘grazers’, I opted for the bao buns - sweet chilli chicken, sesame seeds, red chilli, spring onion and coriander between fluffy white dough. They were delicious and I also got to try the spicy fried halloumi, which came with red chilli, spring onion, coriander and a wonderful ‘jerk gravy’.

Bao Buns at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
Bao Buns at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
Spicy Fried Halloumi at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Maria Escobedo
Spicy Fried Halloumi at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Maria Escobedo

The gravy was something special and as a sucker for fancy sauces and gravy, the East Coast IPA barbecue sauce caught my eye when perusing the list of hamburgers. I therefore went for the Smokin’ Jack Beef Burger - a magnificent six ounce beef burger with Monterrey Jack cheese (one of my favourite cheeses!) and roasted red onion. The East Coast IPA barbecue sauce didn’t disappoint either.

To accompany it, I had the The Spicy Bag dirty fries - chips with Cajun spices, Sriracha mayonnaise, red chilli, sping onion and coriander.

The Spicy Bag dirty fries at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
The Spicy Bag dirty fries at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
The Spicy Bag dirty fries at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Maria Escobedo
The Spicy Bag dirty fries at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Maria Escobedo

My wife had the Hunter’s Chicken, a bacon-wrapped chicken breast with East Coast IPA barbecue onion chutney, beer cheese, crispy proscuitto, slaw, and triple-cooked chips.

Hunter's Chicken at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
Hunter's Chicken at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
Morello cherry lemonade and Corona on tap at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel
Morello cherry lemonade and Corona on tap at the Grain & Hop Store. Picture: Adrian Peel

Drinks-wise, I had a morello cherry lemonade and a passion fruit lemonade, but I was so full after the starter and main course that I had no room for pudding. All-in-all, a highly satisfying meal chosen from some very eye-catching - and pleasantly surprising - menu options, although I must admit I made a bit of a mess of my face and hands eating it!

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