The Eight Bells

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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
Our menus are thoughtfully crafted and often changed. Enjoy superb food prepared using the freshest local ingredients, with timeless classics and innovative specials, always fresh with one thing in common – great taste. Everything is cooked to order using as much local produce as our head chef can buy, and served in stylish, relaxed and modern surroundings. Our Sunday roast is fast becoming legendary and is served all day. Join us any time for great food and drink and warm, friendly service.

Book a table for dinner, eat at the bar or pull the curtains to the Drawing Room, our intimate private dining room that’s perfect for smaller gatherings, dinner parties and informal business meetings.
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Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

food good, people cheerful, service speedy. very happy, especially as we had a 20% off coupon, which made it good value as well.

J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a turkey roast and was beautiful food. I'd say a little over priced but still very nice and would recommend.

CA
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Returned to the Eight Bells after reading the the great reviews on trip advisor. We were not disappointed, food was delicious, service very good all in all good we had a very enjoyable family dinner.

BB
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent Food and Service.. Comfortable but minimal places to just sit and chill. But we will definitely go again..

ME
London
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

we were very well received and the staff were helpful in accommodating our party of 6. the food was good . the only issue we had was service was a little slow but then the place was very busy. the quality was excellent.

PF
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catered well for my gluten free issues..... very tasty!

AH
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Large party was noisy and made our service slow. This should have been planned for so not to disrupt the service level.

C
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We often take guests there as the dining room is so pretty, the staff friendly and the food is good and very good value.

DE
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fantastic Sunday Lunch here, the staff were attentive and the food was excellent.

J
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for lunch before visiting Audley end house. Our guests were amazed by the Sunday roast and massive Yorkshire puddings. Only downside was lack of baby changing facilities but staff let us use their spare room for it.

Recommended!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great ambience. Would definitely go back

m
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food in Saffron Walden by a country mile.

TH
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good service, we were kept informed on when our meal would be served. Our only issue with the food was that the vegetables were a mixture instead of individual types. Not everyone likes cabbage and swede!!!
Meat and gravy etc very well presented and tasty.

MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice remodeled pub. Food was great and staff were attentive and helpful.

E
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, great food, easy to park friendly staff

TM
London
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable, top service - attentive, considerate and professional staff. We will be back. Family place that is dog friendly.

J
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food. If coming for a meal and want to talk, restaurant maybe better option than bar.
Service seemed more attentive in restaurant area too.
But, for a leisurely relaxed meal with no time restraints, bar area works well.

M
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We thought the starters were meagre and over priced, main course ok but top end price wise. Wine in our view fine apart from price, I feel priced at three times retail is ott.
We tried as new ownership and make over but we were disappointed and will not re visit.

GB
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. The setting was great and the staff attentive and helpful.

s
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Sunday lunch is great. Shame the deserts didn’t offer any gluten free options for my wife apart from ice cream. Not the first time or the last time I will go.

P
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food on the set Sunday menu, well prepared and not overcooked. Beef was nicely matured with good flavour and just the colour I like. The dining environment is fun and stimulating, even if the tables are a little regimented. However, they are far enough apart that you do not overhear the neighbouring conversations. Excellent beers and well kept.

ST
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely eve, great service, really friendly staff. Food was very good, slightly pricey perhaps and could do with some more traditional pub grub on the menu, but overall highly recomnend. 😊

MA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food and fantastic, friendly staff.
You will not be disappointed 😁👌

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday lunch. Food was amazing . Best Sunday roast I’ve had (obvs apart from my mums!) out for some time.

MW
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It would be useful to serve smaller plates. The food was lovely but far too much.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food good, unusual and well-prepared, service excellent. Could have done with the musak turned down

A
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful birthday party with good food, a wonderful historic barn and our waiter was a gem

KD
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Eight Bells. The new decor is great. The menu is consistently good. The wine menu is nice and the staff are always friendly and helpful. Sunday lunch is always excellent. Very tender meat and lots of vegetables.

SG
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I was really disappointed when I took a friend for a birthday lunch at the 8 Bells. Having made a booking, we were offered a table in the garden which we took. Only when we sat down, were we told there was no waiter service outside and "if you want anything, you'll have to come and order it from the bar". We were served outside in the end but the food was only OK and expensive for what we had. I won't be returning.

SH
London
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A quaint , old English ,conveniently placed pub /restaurant serving good food with pleasant, helpful service

H
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Will certainly return. Very nice evening, with friends who also want to try other dishes

KD
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely refurbishment. The food was delicious. Had a really nice sauvignon blanc Aroha Bay.

GH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Dietary requirements were handled extremely well, with for-thought having been out into the Main & Starters offered to me. Everything was well presented, cooked & service as one would expect.
I would have given 5 stars if the portions had been a little larger (my partners Roast was very acceptable)
The starter was small bread was of course already available on the table!
The main although extremely nice, could (should) have been served with more vegetables (as per the roasts.
However I have no hesitation in recommended &/or revisiting again in the future.

JH
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We were very impressed with the new Décor of the Restaurant and by the good level of service we experienced.
Quality of the food was very good and the portion sizes were very generous. We would definitely come back..

D
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

This was our first time at the restaurant.
The location was great, quite central with lots of parking. The main meals were quite nice - perhaps a tad overpriced though. The bar staff and serving staff were all great - knowledgeable and attentive. The meal was let down by one dessert which contained a very stale brownie - several days old. Not good - had to leave most of it.
Otherwise a a fairly positive experience. We wish the owners and staff well.

The Eight Bells
Responded on August 9, 2019

folks, thanks for taking the time to feed back to us, we welcome your comments to help us improve, we would prefer if you let us know when you are here so we can try to fix any issues straight away, as it seems you enjoyed most of your experience i hope you'll be back soon and maybe I can buy you a dessert! thanks Charlie

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DH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good and Interesting menu choices. Friendly, but not over familiar service. Attentive but did not ‘bother’ us. Excellent ambience. Good value.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service as always.

L
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

New interior looks great! I like the atmosphere and the foods amazing. A good selection of gluten free and it’s clearly marked on the menu. Service is a little slow but there was only one person serving I think. I will be back in again.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Much improved but still need attention to detail.

KT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely reception even though it was the hottest day of the year and stifling hot inside and out and everyone was suffering from the intense heat. But they were still attentive and friendly staff, even if they were melting! Gorgeous food and beautiful surroundings too. Will definitely be back.