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The Black Bull Inn Balsham

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, European
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27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ, England
+44 1223 893844
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Thu 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 am
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Faultless experience this weekend at the pub. Fantastic, good quality food for a reasonable price, served by very friendly and helpful staff. My wife is a coeliac and had food especially arranged for her to eat - foods that are not usually gluten free at the restaurant but were made so for her. We could not have had a better... More 

Thank Christopher S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2016

On the 11th December 2016 I had the most wonderful celebration lunch with family gathered from far and wide. Having previously dined here with my wife, I knew we were on to a winner....and we were! Without exception there were 16 very satisfied customers, full of praise for Alex, Marcello and their excellent team at 'The Bull'. The food was... More 

Thank Alan C
Cherry Hinton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

This is a favourite spot of ours. Warm open fire. Excellent service and really good pies. Good selection of beer on tap including one from a local microbrewery.

Thank Lino L
Hitchin, United Kingdom
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2016

Had a meal with my family tonight, very friendly staff, cosy and warm, most of the food was ok, Risotto not great as it just tasted of sage, missing any flavour of butternut squash, sticky toffee dessert was very nice though.

Thank kevinmcmanus8
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Great food. We had the steak and it was amazing. The restaurant had a lovely atmosphere. All the waiters were great.

Thank maxast
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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232 reviews
171 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

We went for lunch with our small dog, the staff were very friendly and helpful. We both had fish with salad, which was lovely as was the homemade tartare sauce. Followed up with crumble and custard also really good. We

Thank Lorraine W
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

Excellent menu with unusual options. Really pleasant staff. Trying to maintain a coaching inn feel with plenty of history to support it.

Thank Jeremy C
Flitwick, England, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

Popped in for lunch following a recommendation. Excellent bar menu and a good choice of ales. I was given a taste of 2 ales I hadn't previously tried and settled for 'Red & Black', an ale exclusive to The Black Bull and its sister pub - very good. Tasty food, and good service. Will revisit if in the area.

Thank Peter R
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

Delay between being given the menu and the specials board being brought over even though there was hardly anyone else in the restaurant. Long waiting time between courses which increased course by course ...coffee arrived and was finished before desert had arrived. Then had to wait for a spoon to eat the desert. Wine was barely chilled. Food was ok... More 

Thank Jill H
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

Party of 6 on 23 Sep 16 to celebrate father in law's birthday. Read the reviews here so thought that it would be great. Wrong. Staff were silent and ignorant of the menu. Had brie for starters. Three tiny balls of the cheese on a tiny salad. Mains were a disaster. Not even the chips were cooked. Burger was just... More 

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

I am sorry this was such a disaster for you. As we explained when you booked the day before, we had a village pie night going on in the restaurant and so we recommended the bar restaurant for your party and warned that there might be a hold up on your food. While you were happy to accept this situation,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $49
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, European
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 am
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cambridgeshire  >  Balsham
  • Phone Number: +44 1223 893844
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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