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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great little old pub

We took the family there for lunch after staying at the sister pub, the Red Lion.The Black Bull Inn has a different, somewhat less sophisticated character, but that is good. It is in a small village, has outside seating back and front and serves a good range of, mainly local, beers. The must have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
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Cambridge
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

A last minute decision to go out for lunch, and really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and friendly and efficient service that accompanied our meal. Only had fish and chips (but beautiful fresh fish) and we are certainly interested in coming back for the more adventurous fish dishes. The Black Bull has had ups and downs in the past and I... More 

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Bedford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

I recently visited The Black Bull for a meal with my Mum and a friend from Australia, and from the moment we entered we felt at ease and at home. We had an evening meal in the pub itself not the extended restaurant area, and our waitress Katie, was absolutely amazing. She explained the entire menu and answered any questions... More 

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I stpped of for some dinner and were welcomed by staff and other patrons. The staff were very friendly, the food was very well presented and very enjoyable. I was very happy with the overall experience and how very reasonably priced it was. I will return the next time i am in area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Just returned from a lovely 2 nights stay at the Black Bull. Our room was in a little annex and was decorated with a modern, Scandi type feel. We ate in the restaurant on both nights and it was very good. My partner raved about the steak pie. Our breakfast was also very good. The staff were all young, enthusiastic... More 

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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We took the family there for lunch after staying at the sister pub, the Red Lion.The Black Bull Inn has a different, somewhat less sophisticated character, but that is good. It is in a small village, has outside seating back and front and serves a good range of, mainly local, beers. The must have food are their own meat pies-the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable lunch with family today. Excellent food the pies are delicious. Friendly staff and lovely atmosphere. Will return soon Marie and Anthony Light

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We came upon this pub whilst driving around the Cambridgeshire countryside. It looked good from the outside, plenty of parking and a nice restaurant off from the bar area. My husband was impressed by the fish meals on the board and there was plenty to choose from. I wanted a vegetarian dish that wasn't drowned in cheese. I had a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

We 'accidently' stopped at this pub and were blown away by it. Whilst we are not fussy, we are not easily impressed. First impressions count and here you will find very professional and friendly staff 😊. The food we had was most delicious, not fussy but something you wouldn't cook at home. I noticed on the specials board that lobster... More 

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Bournemouth
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We ate here early on a Saturday evening - there was a quiet and calm with a homely atmosphere which we liked. The staff were friendly and helpful. There was a good choice of children's food (our main priority, having a fussy child!), which was actually smaller portions of the main menu so no supermarket burgers or cheap sausages. My... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Stopped in for a very pleasant weekday lunch, they have a new fish board with not your average boring fish dishes, proper imaginative fish specials which tantalise the tastebuds as much as ones experience! My wife had a swordfish cerviche which we hadn't come across before but the young confident man explained to us the cooking process. Wonderful rich flavours... 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: Pub

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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