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The Black Bull Inn Balsham

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27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ, England
01223 893844
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Description: Multi-award winning (Front of House Manager of the Year 2013, National Pub...
Multi-award winning (Front of House Manager of the Year 2013, National Pub Food Award 2013 & National Pub Business Innovation Award 2013 at The Publican's Morning Advertiser Awards). Classic 16th Century Grade II listed thatched Freehouse in a conservation village, sitting well back from the High St, overlooked by the village church. Beamed ceilings, log fires, four cask ales, well known restaurant (AA Rosette, Alastair Sawday, Good Pub & Good Beer Guides, newly restored barn restaurant - oak raftered and panelled, traditional dry peg construction. Five new-build double ensuites, free internet access (modem and wireless), 4 AA stars. New sister pub to The Red Lion Hinxton.
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A good Sunday Lunch!

We had our first visit to the Black Bull Inn in Balsham last weekend and it was great! Lovely atmosphere, a lovely mix of a modern interpretation of a traditional pub decor, very friendly staff, good food and also a great selection of beer! Well worth a visit, very child friendly and a good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
robbie27
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Cambridge
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Bournemouth
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We ate here early on a Saturday evening - there was a quiet and calm with a homely atmosphere which we liked. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was a good choice of children's food (our main priority, having a fussy child!), which was actually smaller portions of the main menu so no supermarket burgers or cheap sausages. My... More 

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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Stopped in for a very pleasant weekday lunch, they have a new fish board with not your average boring fish dishes, proper imaginative fish specials which tantalise the tastebuds as much as ones experience! My wife had a swordfish cerviche which we hadn't come across before but the young confident man explained to us the cooking process. Wonderful rich flavours... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

My son and daughter in law wanted a small relaxed wedding reception, we were so lucky to find The Black Bull, from start to finish the staff catered for all our needs nothing was too much trouble I have had nothing but positive feedback from all at the reception. Well done to all the staff.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We spent the day in Nottingham at a garden show. Last minute we decided to stop off on the way home, we also had three dogs in tow. We picked out two pubs from a good food guide (waitrose sponsor it !). The first one shall remain nameless as they couldn't have done more to put me off. We then... More 

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Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We had our first visit to the Black Bull Inn in Balsham last weekend and it was great! Lovely atmosphere, a lovely mix of a modern interpretation of a traditional pub decor, very friendly staff, good food and also a great selection of beer! Well worth a visit, very child friendly and a good option for families

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

This was our first visit to The Black Bull in Balsham and we will definately return as it is on the Ickneild Way and so provides a perfect rest and excellent refreshments either on a linear or circular walk. Wonderful that dogs are welcome too and water provided for them. The staff were really friendly and clearly happy to be... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We were extremely grateful for the understanding when we telephoned to say that due to an unexpected medical emergency involving our elderly grannie our numbers were reduced by two and we were unable to reach the pub until a whole hour after our booking time. Our table was kept available for us and we benefited from very good service and... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

One of the worst Sunday roasts I've ever had. Plain and simple. Burnt, inedible potatoes that you couldn't even put a fork into. We were told that potatoes are only ever sat around for half an hour. In my opinion that's 30 minutes too long...The food was bland without any seasoning, overdone Yorkshire pudding again burnt to a crisp, gravy... More 

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Alex C, Owner at The Black Bull Inn Balsham, responded to this review

Thank you for joining us for Mothering Sunday with your husband and child. Thank you so much for your kind comments about the staff, decor and pub in general but I am sorry that the food was such a disappointment for you. We have to accept on such a big day when we serve close on 200 that one or... More 

Cambridge
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We have eaten regularly here for 5-6 years, and been happy to return regularly.. We went for a Sunday lunch to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We had no problems with service but were very disappointed with the food. Two of us had roast sirloin, with accompaniments. The Beef on my plate was over cooked with no hint of pink or... More 

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Alex C, Owner at The Black Bull Inn Balsham, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us for Sunday lunch, my manager remembers your party well and enjoyed serving you. I am glad you enjoyed the service but sorry that you were disappointed with the food. She was disappointed to read this review as she remembered that you said you were happy on the day - it can be frustrating... More 

cambridge
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

shown to table in extension - seemed brightly lit for a tete-a-tete. Staff attentive & friendly & no problem with the service although not sure whether there was any pecking order with the girls. Table was nicely laid out but side plates & some wine glasses seemed superfluous. The menu was well presented but french words seemed to creep in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Balsham
  • Phone Number: 01223 893844

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 40
  • Cuisine: Pub

Description

Multi-award winning (Front of House Manager of the Year 2013, National Pub Food Award 2013 & National Pub Business Innovation Award 2013 at The Publican's Morning Advertiser Awards). Classic 16th Century Grade II listed thatched Freehouse in a conservation village, sitting well back from the High St, overlooked by the village church. Beamed ceilings, log fires, four cask ales, well known restaurant (AA Rosette, Alastair Sawday, Good Pub & Good Beer Guides, newly restored barn restaurant - oak raftered and panelled, traditional dry peg construction. Five new-build double ensuites, free internet access (modem and wireless), 4 AA stars. New sister pub to The Red Lion Hinxton.

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