The Eight Bells

4.3
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105 reviews
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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.
What 105 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.3
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SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I did object to this rather underhand practice of adding a ‘discretionary’ payment to charity particularly when you are not told what the charity is. Most people wouldn’t notice the addition.

I thought the food was quite pricey for what it was.

JM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great ambience and excellent service. I would definitely recommend for a dinner for 2. They also have tables for larger groups and a private dining area.

PJ
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, comfortable and welcoming environment. Excellent food, both choice and quality made all the better with fantastic service. Busy bar with good atmosphere too. Highly recommend

FT
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great choice of good quality food. Good service in lovely surroundings. Overall a very positive experience.

KC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service as usual - limited options for vegetarians (only 1 main and starter and no alternative for Sunday roast). Always a lovely setting to dine in.

K
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, wine and atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our Sunday lunch here with friends. The dining room is really lovely.

DP
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An indulgent Sunday lunch, started, for no particular reason, with a glass of Champagne. And the meal was worth it!

MF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and lovely location. Highly recommended

M
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely dining room, excellent service, good food and drinks and lovely relaxing atmosphere

HH
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Please, could you put a more ambient music a lower lights? More vegetarian options would have been appreciated as well

J
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic meal yet again. Couldn’t fault any part of food or service. We wanted a lazy long lunch and it worked well. We weren’t rushed. We will certainly be back before long.

F
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2019
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 on 10 November 2019
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
1 review
Dined on 9 November 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 5 November 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 3 November 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 27 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

AH
1 review
Dined on 24 October 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 20 October 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 20 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

J
London
9 reviews
Dined on 20 October 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 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

m
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food in Saffron Walden by a country mile.

TH
1 review
Dined on 6 October 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 28 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful, great food, easy to park friendly staff

TM
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

J
Norfolk
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 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 12 September 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 10 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

s
1 review
Dined on 8 September 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 8 September 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 4 September 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 1 September 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 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 1 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

MS
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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

A
Cambridge
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 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 24 August 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 23 August 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.