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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
Cambridge England
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Essex
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Herts.
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68 reviews 68 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Stopped here for a functional meal whilst driving home from a day out. Arrived late in the evening and did not have much time. What a pleasant surprise - food was very good and service efficient. It was a pity we did not have more time as could have enjoyed more courses!

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Bangor, Maine
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Ten minutes after ordering our lunches the waitress returned to tell me they'd run out of chips! Would I like sweet potatoes instead? New? Mash? Saute? I settled for saute. When our meals arrived 25 minutes later I had ti hunt around a bit to find them as they were so small that if they'd been put together like a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Have just moved to the village and suggested to friends we try the Black Bull. Staff were very friendly and very helpful with any questions about the menu. They had been very busy prior to our visit, but this did not affect the service we received. Very relaxed atmosphere all round, and would highly recommend to anyone passing by.

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Ossett, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We were there the other night for a meal. A lovely welcome as soon as we walked through the door. Their pies are to die for - the steak and kidney, and the chicken, ham and mushroom were both delicious, as were the fish and chips. Would certainly recommend this lovely 16th century thatched pub/restaurant to one and all. Not... More

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Cambridge
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our walking group enjoyed a very pleasant luncheon here after our 5 mile walk. The pies were especially delicious but plenty of other fare on offer with several of our party having various dishes. I didn't hear anyone complain - the opposite in fact. The staff were efficient and helpful and the pub has an old world feeling whilst at... More

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