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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
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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
Cambridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We had a most enjoyable evening, the meal was excellent with very good menu choices. The service could not be faulted and the staff were all quite delightful, with good knowledge of the dishes and smiling all the time. Definitely will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

What an absolutely beautiful venue. From the moment we walked in to the paying off the bill we thoroughly enjoyed our experience, I had the pie as usual and my wife went for the liver off the new menu which was such a grand dish! I will return and next time I'm going to try the Seabass! Service was absolutely... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Average about sums it up. I had the haddock risotto starter, which tasted nice - but was not risotto! It was very stodgy and almost a solid lump, where it should have had far more sauce, and flow over the plate. I noticed that the crab risotto with the seabass had actually been plated up using a ring mold, and... More

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A lovely menu choice with a range of prices. Very impressed to see a clear indication of gluten free food on the menu - recommend you try it! Have been to the sister restaurant, Hinxton Red Lion, several times - also lovely.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Comfortable room, great evening meal. Lovely staff. Breakfast was average. But more importantly was how dog friendly the staff and pub were, our lab was made very welcome. Nice walks nearby too, to a what is a pretty decent pint. Was a great base for our visit to Cambridge.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My wife & I have just visited the Black Bull after a long drive back from the coast. We had been looking for a somewhere to eat on a Monday & thought the Black Bull would be open & it was -Pity it would have been better not open. Anyway we were the only dinners at 7pm (not surprising) &... More

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

Thank you for coming to visit us and for coming back even after a disappointment. I am glad that you found the pie still tasty but sorry that it was not the original shaped Black Bull Pie that you remembered. I can assure you that the ingredients are just the same and the long cooking process is also the same.... More

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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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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