The nights are drawing in and there’s a nip in the air ….. my thoughts are turning to comfort food and I think I’ve just found my perfect comfort food destination.
Business partners Luke Edwards and Stuart Tuck, who also own and run The Blue Lion at Hardwick, have refurbed The Architect pub on Castle Street and have brought a new food concept to the city, based around the nation’s favourite dishes of fish and chips and pie and mash. You design your own meal, following the menu to choose a main, a covering, a side dish and a sauce to create your ideal combination. There’s also a snack menu from which you can design your own sharing board.
We mixed and matched merrily and enjoyed a delicious lunch. My steak and kidney pie was full of rich, tender meat in a golden, light pastry case and came with my choice of grainy mustard mash, braised red cabbage and a red wine and rosemary jus. My husband tucked into the classic favourite, cod in a crisp beer batter with excellent sweet potato fries, minted garden peas and a rustic tartare sauce.
Vegetarians and those who prefer to eat gluten free are well catered for here. Service is relaxed yet attentive. The pub is family friendly with a children’s menu coming soon and well behaved dogs are welcome in the bar area.
A selection of eight craft beers, ranging from stout to weisse beer, is supplied by Everards of Leicester. If you can’t decide which beer to go for, you can create your own tasting panel; three one third of a pint samples of the beers of your choice. The pub also offers hand pump cider and craft lagers while the gin menu presents over twenty gins, so that’s me sorted! Now, where do I start …..??
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43 Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AH