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The Black Bull Inn Balsham

27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ, England
01223 893844
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Balsham
Price range: $5 - $40
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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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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English first
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

They used to be really good but my last two visits have been disappointing. First visit was great, ordered one of their famous black bull pies and got delivered a fantastic generous pie that met my expectations, the pie was that good I even over looked the fact that the mash potato was only just warm. Because it was so... More

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Stayed four nights recently at The Black Bull whilst helping out at my daughter's in a nearby village. The staff were very friendly and helpful and my room had all the necessary equipment. Would certainly stay again.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Stayed recently for one night at The Black Bull Inn (having also spent a night last year at the sister pub/hotel The Red Lion in Hinxton) and can wholeheartedly recommend both. Very pleasant staff, good food and good rooms. Not cheap (by pub standards), but excellent value.

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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66 restaurant reviews
129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Like the Curate's Egg, good in parts. The good parts: pretty place, good service, main courses excellent (two guinea fowl, one sea bass). The bad parts: from a short menu, one starter not available, the soup lukewarm, the dessert had by all three of us, a lemon tart, the portion was so minute that it was eaten in two teaspoonfuls,... More

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Nosterfield End
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Sue and I just had a very tasty Saturday supper at The Black Bull. Outdoor table. Friendly welcome from Sam & Will. Tasty fish. Decent Chilean Sauvignon Blanc. Only 5 miles from home. Must go more often.

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Cambridge England
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6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Dined with a group of friends on a Friday evening.We had chosen the Black Bull because of their famous pies, but there was only the Black Bull original available. A number of the fish dishes on the menu were unavailable because the fish man hadn't turned up, although the hake somehow managed to swim ashore. The sweet potato and goats... More

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Cambridge
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

After hearing how great the food is at this pub I had very high expectations! I ate I a group of 6 one Saturday lunch time. The pub wasn't as busy as I thought it would be on a hot summers day and was lacking a bit if atmosphere. The service was great but the main course pretty average. Dessert... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Obviously there was a potato shortage when we visited, we ordered Fish & Chips (10 chips), it was absolutely average, this is a pretentious pub striving to be seen as something more than serving pub grub. I wouldn't go back or recommend this to a friend.

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Saffron Walden, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

Lovely old pub - gastro, of course, but still with a recognisable bar and a couple of comfortable side rooms. Nice spacious dining-room. You come for the food. A starter of squid and chorizo was tasty but minuscule - and irritatingly served on one of those stupid black slates. The cannelloni that followed was tasty but on the tough side... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We stayed here for 2 nights last week and I have to say I have never been made to feel so welcome anywhere. The staff made you feel at ease immediately which was great at sometimes you go to a local pub and you feel like an outsider. They always asked if you had had a good day and nothing... More

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