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The Black Bull Inn, Balsham, Cambridgeshire

The Black Bull Inn

3.9
3.9
13 Reviews
£25 and under
British
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Welcome to The Black Bull Inn, a privately owned free house pub restaurant with bed & breakfast accommodation that has resided at the heart of the tranquil historic village of Balsham, Cambridgeshire since the 16th Century. More recently it has been the focus of a stunning transformation, whilst remaining sensitive to many of its charming Grade II Listed features.

Pub Restaurant

A beautiful new dining area has been lovingly restored from the listed barn, created with an oak-panelled, high-vaulted ceiling that is awash with natural light, making it the perfect setting to enjoy The Black Bull’s AA Rosette menu.The bar area has also been lightened and given a new lease of life under the guidance of our Nofolk interior designer, Annie Lambert.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01223 893844
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual

What 13 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.7Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

13 Reviews
  1. Colxxxx

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A creative and delicious Taster menu with good Flight of wine. Attentive, pleasant service and very good value for money. A most enjoyable evening.

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  2. DefX1

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Great Sunday lunch, food and service was excellent the only negative was we had to eat with our coats on, the restaurant was really cold

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  3. maggies

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, service and friendly ambience

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food and friendly service. Would recommend

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  5. RussellK

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good service and location. Loverly building and excellent food.

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  6. Gracie99

    London

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2019

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    My husband and I were disappointed with our meals, especially after reading such good reviews. We chose to eat outside as it was a warm evening and we had our dog with us. We were then told we'd have to pay as we go! Not a problem but it is a service more familiar with the likes of a Wetherspoons pub! The food arrived within 10 minutes of ordering, this was rather quick given that I'd ordered pork belly and my husband had ordered a pie. The beef in the pie was a little tough & lacked flavour, the base was soggy and the mashed potatoes were lumpy. The pork was incredibly salty, presumably in a bid to 'puff' the crackling. Sadly, this just resulted in over seasoned, chewy pork fat and well done meat. The apple sauce was also a concerning vibrant green! However, the dauphinoise potatoes were quite nice, although not the best I've eaten. The kale on both dishes was the tastiest part of the meal! We decided to pass on dessert! There was little ambience for a Saturday evening and although the staff were friendly & helpful, it wasn't enough to convince us to return again.

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  7. TamsinW

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely friendly gastro pub. Great food. We had a perfect lunch there. Even allowed me to bring our dog inside too!

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  8. PeterS

    London

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice location food was nice but atmosphere was lacking a little. Service was good but not brilliant All that said I would go again for a nice Sunday lunch

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  9. AndrewW

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2018

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was very disappointing. Egg on smoked haddock was hard boiled, pizzas were luke warm and the BBQ chicken pizza was chicken with BBQ sauce _ which left my son very disappointed. He was quite reasonably expecting BBQ chicken. Service and venue were good just the poor food. A real shame on my mother's birthday! Needless to say she is very unlikely to go back.

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  10. HelenJ

    Newcastle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2018

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good service, good food and friendly staff who go out of their way to please.

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FAQs

The Black Bull Inn is rated 3.9 stars by 13 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Black Bull Inn

27 High Street, East Cambridge, Balsham, Cambridgeshire CB21 4DJ

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Cambridge
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu 6:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 6:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking onsite
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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