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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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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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  • 44
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  • 29
    Very good
  • 15
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  • 9
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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
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valentines

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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cambridge
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Norfolk, England
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34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We ate in the modern extension. Staff were friendly and helpful. Good choice on the menu however I did not think that the food was value for money. My chicken salad starter was a few leaves; some chicken and little dressing; the main of sea bass and Asian broth/noodles was good; then the bakewell tart was no better than shop... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

We visited on a sunday. There was an off hand offer to eat in the bar even though the place was quiet. The was a very limited menu and no pies on offer. The food was ok. The sunday roast was the thing to have and was of reasonable quality and size. Bbq pulled pork very nice. Prawn bisque nice... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I stayed at the Black Bull during a business trip to Cambridge. Everything about it was great, from booking, arrival, being shown to the room - which was excellent - right through to departure. Very friendly, great beer and good food. The staff were very friendly and the whole place has a nice relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely be going... More 

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I Am going to keep this short and to the point. We arrived at 18:00 we booked a table for 18:30 So a relatively early booking. strait away walked in the door we were greeted by a very friendly I would say manager? he told us the Kitchen does not open until 18:30 but please have a drink find a... More 

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Quiet Sunday, no excuses. Burnt dessert which chef we are told agreed should never have left kitchen. We were the only ones in there at the time so very complacent. Being positive, pie was delicious. Was asked if we wanted coffee whilst still having full wine glass. Then at dessert when coffee was required not asked. Bit bizarre. Would go... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Returned here to try their new menu, my wife had the Seabass which had a deliciously Asian twist and a few subtle spices, to die for! I had the pie as usual, there's plenty of it and I am yet to find a place which serves a better pie and a better pint

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We stayed here on New Year's Eve for my husbands birthday. The food was delicious!as what the overall look of the place. We have recommended everyone who we have seen to give this place a go,and we must definitely will be returning in the new year! Big thumbs up from us!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

We ate here on Saturday 6th December and there was 8 of us. the restaurant wasn't at all busy. We ordered starters which were ok, mains we had to wait a long time and when they came out 4 dishes were cold to the point that I stuck my finger in the mash and it was stone cold in the... More 

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Saffron Walden, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My partner and I had a lovely meal here on a Monday evening - great menu choices - and even a choice on where to sit as we were the only diners that evening (there were some other drinkers!) The food was delicious - the pigeon breast starter was on a scrumptious salad - absolutely lovely!! Great selection of main... 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

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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