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The Black Bull Inn Balsham

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27 High Street, Balsham CB21 4DJ, England
+44 1223 893844
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Today
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7:30 am - 9:00 am
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Hours:
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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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank maxast
Benfleet, United Kingdom
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229 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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Thank Lorraine W
Haverhill
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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.

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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.

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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 

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Thank Jill H
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
10 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 

London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Ordered chicken Caesar salad £12 and it had no Parmesan cheese!!! Just lettuce very dry chicken and some croutons with what taste like salad cream on top, was not a Classic Caesar salad as listed, staff great and very friendly can't do enough for you😃 beautiful building and lovely village.

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Thank lesley r
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Visited for lunch while holidaying in Newmarket. Chose roast beef and the wife had the pork. Both meats were cooked perfect. What was disappointing were the veg that were well under cooked. I like my veg firm but these were close to rock hard. Also the gravy, which wasn't gravy but jus !! Why do chefs have to think they... More 

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Thank Steve V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We booked breakfast here after camping nearby and had a very pleasant experience. The old building is beautiful and well furnished and the breakfast included cereals, toast, tea or coffee and a hot dish of choice - I had very good eggs benedict. The quality of the food was excellent and the service was relaxed and professional. Well worth a... More 

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saffron walden
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Very nice staff and great roast beef. Good sized car park. Good menu. Nice village to wander around after eating.

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Thank vanessa1957

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $51
Cuisine
Bar, British, Gastropub, European, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
8:30 am - 10:00 am
Monday
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 9:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
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
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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