We have been twice to the Packhorse Inn & are planning on going back for my birthday celebrations - the Newmarket area has been in dire need of place like this & I am thrilled we now have it.
It has been decorated to an amazing standard with a lot of style, money & care spent on it. The atmosphere is buzzing.
We have eaten from both the bar & restaurant menus and loved both - it is the sort of place you can pop in to have a lovely relaxed supper, or go for a more formal evening.
The front of house is 10/10. I really couldn't offer any suggestions to improve. We love this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Revitalised and reopened in October 2013, The Packhorse Inn was also renamed to reflect the adjacent medieval bridge across the River Kennett. Location - rural West Suffolk village just two and a half miles from Newmarket, the historic home of horse racing, and part of the ancient route from Bury St Edmunds to Cambridge. Facilities • 8 individually designed en suite bedrooms; • a large dining and bar area, • garden/terrace, and • the Club Room for business meetings and private celebrations. About The Packhorse Inn is the bringing together of a number of strands to create both a traditional pub at the heart of the local community and a Suffolk tourism destination for a truly stunning dining and staying experience. Mediocrity is most certainly not on the menu or indeed any aspect of this eight bedroom country inn, which deliberately sets out to stretch the definition of "pub" to the limit. It is the vision of former banker, Philip Turner who established Chestnut Inns and is managed on a daily basis by Chris and Hayley Lee. Food & Drink - Award-winning chef Chris Lee is the Executive CHef. For the 10 years prior to this new venture Chris and his wife Hayley managed an AA 3 rosettes hotel and restaurant and so you can expect the highest quality of food and presentation. A regular presenter at a number of Suffolk food festivals, Chris is passionate about seriously good and locally-sourced produce. He promotes the use of no-nonsense cooking techniques and likes to introduce, what is fast becoming his trade mark style, a little element of surprise. Awards/Recognition 2014 • The Packhorse Inn was awarded 3 AA Rosettes making it currently the only restaurant in Suffolk with this status • "Best Food Pub" for the East in The Great British Pub Awards • Sawday's named us one of its three "Favourite Newcomers" • In the shortlist for "Best Newcomer" in the Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015, organised by industry publication The Morning Advertiser. • The Packhorse Inn is one of the 70 new entrants selected, first and foremost, for the quality of their food, for The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2015. • The Packhorse Inn is also in the main Michelin Guide and The Good Food Guide for the first time in 2015 ... more less