The Black Bull Inn

3.6
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9 reviews
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£25 and under
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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.
What 9 People Are Saying
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3.6based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.8
ambience
3.8
value
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80% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RussellK
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good service and location. Loverly building and excellent food.

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Gracie99
London
4 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

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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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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PeterS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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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AndrewW
London
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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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HelenJ
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, good food and friendly staff who go out of their way to please.

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vipLovely
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great pub. Great pub food

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KevinS
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely meal at the Black Bull - always good food and pleasant company. Nice to see the same people behind the bar whenever we go. So many places change their staff too often.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Score given for the following reasons, I felt that portion sizes were miserable. The French fries were served in a small metal bucket with the burger, nice touch if the bucket is served full to overflowing which mine was not as it was barely half full. I did not complain at the time as I feel that adequate portion control is one of the basics of restaurant service and could have caused an atmosphere. I felt that the kitchen had not made enough French fries for our party and could not be bothered making more. The restaurant was very quiet at the time so that was not an issue. Service was under parr as the waiter appeared to be awkward and apeared to need guidance/ training. If these issues are addressed it would make a big diffference.

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