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The Black Bull Inn, Balsham, Cambridgeshire

The Black Bull Inn

3.9
3.9
13 Reviews
£25 and under
British
COVID update - please see website for latest food opening hours.

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

19:00


Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £25 and under
  • Cuisines
    British
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00 Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 18:00–20:30 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:00
  • 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

NoiseModerate

13 Reviews
  1. Colxxxx

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 14 February 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 30 January 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

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 October 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 19 August 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 16 August 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 29 June 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 18 May 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 31 March 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 28 December 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 16 September 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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  11. Lovely

    London

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2018

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Great pub. Great pub food

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  12. KevinS

    London

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2017

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2017

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Google Map for The Black Bull Inn

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

Additional information

  • Area
    Cambridge
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Wed–Fri 12:00–14:00 Sat 12:00–14:30 Sun 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed, Thu 18:00–20:30 Fri, Sat 18:00–21:00
  • 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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