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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015.
5 Stars “scores on the doors”Chef-Patron Richard Kennedy and his team are delighted to have been awarded the coveted 5 stars for excellent hygiene standards for the second time. Their hard work and discipline since they took over The 'Shoe, not to mention significant investment has paid off.
Our restaurant can seat up to 110 people in five distinct areas; The main restaurant offers up to 80, and our 'Snug' offers private dining for up to 30. The food ingredients used in The Shoe are fresh and locally sourced, thus seasonal. Meat has to be certificated British mainland born, bred, aged, and butchered. (With occasional exceptions such as New Zealand Lamb) Butchers have to be professional and known to the Chef. Vegetables are largely seasonal and sourced from East Anglian farmers via accredited wholesalers. Fresh fish comes from ‘Stickleback’ of Potters Bar or Gude of Grimsby. Almost everything is home-made by our Chef team, including desserts. Bread only rarely as we source from a local baker in St Neots. We don’t do a ‘children’s menu’ because we provide fresh ‘adult’ food in children’s portions.
This Dining Pub has two bars with real ‘Ingle Nook’ fireplaces dating back 390 years making your visit a warming one. Three, sometimes four real ales are on tap for the beer enthusiast. At the time of writing Adnams Broadside, Adnams Bitter, Doom Bar, and Oakhams ‘JHB’ confirm the pub’s real ale credentials. Lagers include Heineken, Amstel, Beck’s Vier, and Fosters. Keg beer is represented by ‘John Smith’s Smooth’ and, of course, the worlds most popular stout; Guinness! A great wine list reflects Chef Richard’s knowledge of both old and new world wines and his enthusiasm for ‘food & wine matching’ The Bars offer a wide range of Malt Whisky, and all the usual spirits. Cocktails are available and our bar person should be able to impress you with cocktail mixing skills. Our wines are sourced from Majestic Commercial, now one of the biggest in Britain, and our list hand picked by Richard. Some of the wines change regularly as new wine opportunities present. Both Bars offer a range of seating and tables to make your visit as comfortable as possible. In keeping with Environmental Health Regulations we are unable to allow Dogs into our Lounge Bar, (because it is part of the restaurant) but provided no-one is eating in our 'Snug' Bar Dogs can be welcomed and 'catered' for there.
With thousands of testimonials on 'www.bestof.co.uk/stneots', we think our customers speak for us! Quality Dining in convivial surroundings. Food writers in East Anglia have highly commended the food at The 'Shoe. "The ‘Shoe offers reasonably priced FINE dining in pleasant surroundings without snobbery. We can heartily recommend it.” 'Secret Diner’ - My Friend. Huntingdons local magazine. We greatly value our customers' feedback and would love to hear from you. Please click on the button below to write your review.
“Welcoming, delightful and altogether a fantastic experience” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW Very responsive to emails throughout the day, giving a great first impression. All staff are friendly and polite but also very outgoing and easy to converse with. The table and the whole establishment are very well laid out and decorated. I was very glad to see a succinct, seasonal menu and a good selection of daily specials. The meal arrived in good time and to an amazingly high standard, truly one of the best meals I have had in a long while, and worth every single penny. A very nice addition is the call buttons to the table, something I've not seen myself before in this country, but again a really useful addition! A great job by both front and back of house, thank you for making it such an enjoyable night! Visited August 2016
“Excellent food, and garden for kids” 5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile We have been regular locals of the 'Shoes' for many years now as we live in the next village. They have always served good food with an excellent choice of ales and wines. At this time of year it is a great place to take the kids as there is a lovely, large, sunny enclosed rear garden. So the adults can enjoy the sun, beer & chat while the kids play. Our last visit, was for a formal Saturday lunch to celebrate my father in laws 75th birthday, so we had a table of 8 for a 3 course lunch. As always the food and service were excellent and we all left feeling totally stuffed. (2 courses would have been fine!) Only slight comment would be the menu has currently gone a bit 'arty' but there are still the regulars of fish & chips (which are excellent) pie of the day etc. They don't have a kids menu as such but are very accommodating and will do small portions of any main, or nuggets, fish fingers etc when asked, and they certainly have no worries with kids being involved. All in all highly recommended- just a shame it's a bit too far to walk home...... Visited June 2016
“Lunch with friends” 4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago We arrived at the restaurant about one pm and all the tables were in use The manager offered us a table in the bar area which was more than adequate The service we were provided with was very professional and friendly without becoming to personal. All four of us enjoyed the food chosen from the menu. I would return again just for a repeat of the lamb, apricot and chilli pie. Really enjoyed that. Although we were given an adequate table in the bar I would still have preferred the restaurant proper Visited May 2016