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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, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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  • 39
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  • 15
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  • 10
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A relaxing Sunday lunch

My boyfriend and I went today for Sunday lunch and it was lovely. The soup starter was full of flavour, I had the mushroom pasta and he had the Pork Sunday roast - we both enjoyed our meals - the size was plenty big enough and the service was very efficient. We decided to have sticky toffee pudding... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Jemma W
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food is amazing , l would highly recommend it. We stayed over and the room was clean, comfortable and spacious. Rooms are not in the main building so it was nice and quiet. They do charge more for a twin room than a double.

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Thank Ruth W
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first visit to the Black Bull and we had a very nice Sunday roast. The dining tables are spread across several rooms, so it doesn't feel crowded or noisy. Service was efficient and friendly. The food itself was delicious, with generous helpings full of flavour. Some of us had room for pudding, which were exquisite too.

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Thank Oli_and_Kat
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I went today for Sunday lunch and it was lovely. The soup starter was full of flavour, I had the mushroom pasta and he had the Pork Sunday roast - we both enjoyed our meals - the size was plenty big enough and the service was very efficient. We decided to have sticky toffee pudding for dessert... More 

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Thank Jemma W
London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came for a romantic meal and really enjoyed it. The pub is a great mix between being cosy and also feeling you have space to yourself. There is a great selection of beer and wine including lots of local ales. The staff are also really helpful and friendly. Most importantly the food was delicious with a lot of choice.... More 

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Thank ediner7
Cambridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a very pleasant dinner in the bar area on a weekday evening in January. Main courses of steak and pheasant were both delicious; mussels for starter were perfectly fresh. Service friendly and helpful but rather slow. Furnishings and ambience in the bar eating area are basic, but the open fire makes for a pleasant atmosphere. Wines are clearly... More 

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Thank Oldromantics66
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We had a good lunch here following a lovely country walk in area. Food was good and fresh even though New Year's Day. Staff friendly but clearly tired

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Thank Adam B
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The Sunday Lunch served at the Black Bull in Balsham near Cambridge was absolutely atrocious. The white wine was not chilled and insipid, the service was inadequate. Minute portions of prawn were inedible and encrusted in teeth breaking batter, presentation was non existent, the main course arrived with food piled up on plates like a navvy canteen: The potatoes were... More 

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Thank Victor F
Hatfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Met here for a Christmas lunch Beer and wine were marvellous, Food fell short on expectation sadly. But service, ambience and the company of good friends made up for it.

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1 Thank Damonwalker666
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

we found this place by chance good find the food drink and staff are friendly and such a good service. and a real fire too.

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Thank sirbsw
West Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We've all done it . . .sat frustrated and hungry in a major traffic jam with no juice in the phone satnav. So we took a chance at the next exit and happened upon this gem of a pub. Despite it being 3pm, there was a good choice of menu including their own produced pies - which were the best... 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: British, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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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