The Eight Bells

4.6
462 reviews
£25 and under
British
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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What 462 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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HelenS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food and convivial atmosphere. Nice to be back after a long break.

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JudeH
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The food lacked flavour and did not appear inviting and was not the best quality for the price. It wouldn’t surprise me if the olives and fish as well as the other foods had been purchased from a cheap supermarket in the value range. Very disappointing.

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Hayho
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal on Wednesday night. It was quiet because we had an early booking. We ate inside and the service was brilliant. I had a perfectly cooked medium rare steak with skinny fries, salad etc and my friend had sea bass which she said was
excellent as was the cheese board. It was quite expensive but we did have a good bottle of red and a couple of glasses of champagne so that upped the bill. We were allowed to bring our dog which made the evening very relaxing and enjoyable.

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CarBlu
Edinburgh
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had lunch at 2pm on a Wednesday. We chose to eat outside as the music was overwhelming inside. It was quiet outside. Service was friendly and informed, but a little slow. The food and drinks were good. The charcuterie, duck and haddock were very tasty and generous sized portions. They cater well for gluten free diets. It was fine for a one off lunch, but wouldn't make it a regular thing as it was overpriced for a mid week lunch.

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rachpa
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really lovely atmosphere in the outdoor seating area. Staff were friendly. The price for the set menu was very reasonable and all the food was delicious - good sized portions and a nice range of options (especially as a vegetarian). I would highly recommend.

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DebbieC
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super food in the Tepee outside. It was lovely and warm, very pretty with fairy lights. Excellenr service, Very enjoyable.

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Jessica
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing roast dinner, Yorkshires were out of this world! Great atmosphere and lovely décor. Would highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice setting outside. It was warm and Atmosphere was lovely. We really liked the food in there. Overall decent place to go to on any occasion.

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MaryG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Father’s Day celebration. Great food, friendly service and lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend. The kids loved it too.

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LouisaK
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating area with heaters so perfect for when it gets cooler in the evening. Great social distancing between tables

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RobertH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience in the outside seating in the tepee is wonderful.
The food is exceptional. The (young) staff are well trained, courteous, attentive and well informed about the menu including information about allergies.

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MichaelaW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, food lovely and made myself, my friend and dog really welcome.

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Myrtle
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Really enjoyed the excellent food and atmosphere

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johnb
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and service once we had arrived. BUT there should be a warning on the booking website that the car park is closed and car parking is a nightmare

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lizzie
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We booked for lunch, requiring a gluten free diet, staff were knowledgeable and very helpful, I felt well catered for.

Food was very good. We will return next time we are in Saffron Walden.

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Wimbishwoman
Cambridge
9 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good service and very tasty food

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EllaH
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service from the staff after a long and hot day. Very impressive. Felt very safe sitting outside underneath the classy awning. My only suggestion would be to permit single course ordering, but we were very happy to squeeze the yummy food in this time!

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Sunday lunch staff very friendly and Hospitable

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niclane
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic lunch. Staff are very good, as is the food. Nice atmosphere.

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RebeccaO
London
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They should keep the outside space in the summer. It looks great and is nice to sit outside
Very friendly staff. Lovely food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good. Great service, great place. Only complaint I would have is that the main we both had was very salty. Not a big issue though just our thoughts.

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside sitting was perfect!! Food was phenomenal.

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JeremyW
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A nice venue outside in the large tent .. food was good and service excellent. Efficient staff. My main was a burger buy no ordinary burger very very tasty. Fries were nice and hot. Good selection of drink and wine was good as well

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SueF
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Super food and the service good, would have loved an mocktail as the driver but told they didn’t do them which disappointing, so just had tonic water, but didn’t spoil meal.

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ChristinaP
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Atmosphere was lovely. Food was ok but quite pricey

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EdwardG
Cambridge
14 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasant meal and evening. Attentive service and excellent food.

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Bunny
London
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Good quality food, but very overpriced for such small portions

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We dined on Sunday and there was still roast available at 4.30pm very good standard of food, Yorkshire pud the size of your head 😁menu not huge but it means what you get is done well rather than loads of different choices. Service was very good it was busy and we didn’t feel neglected at all.
Well defo be back and highly recommend 👍🏻

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Foodie12
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drink and staff attentive throughout.

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MarkE
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

service and food was excellent no trouble at all with ordering drinks staff very laid back food was lovely burger which is what I love and was not disappointed pork roast was plenty of meat and veg and a massive yorkshire pud lovely great place to go

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TerenceM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and surroundings. Charlie runs a tight ship! A definite favourite.

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ZoeS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Roast dinner. Cold plates, food. Wouldn’t recommend.

JK
JaneK
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in the outside tent, great food, attentive knowledgeable staff. Thank you

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KathyD
Norfolk
10 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took two friends from Suffolk who hadn't visited the Eight Bells before on saturday night. We had a lovely evening. The tables were well spaced out, the Aroha Bay wine was delicious. We all had three courses and enjoyed them very much. The staff are always friendly and attentive without being fussy. The Tipi looked very pretty lit up later on in the evening. It is great to see the Eight Bells open again.

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AllanH
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an excellent meal at the 8 Bells. The quality of the food and wine was first rate. We were outside in the Tipi which was really well done. The staff had just the right level of attentiveness and all in all it was a great evening, thank you.

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Millsie
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub with stunning interior and decor. We ate in the outside tipee which was lovely and beautifully decorated.
Service and meal was 5stars.
A lovely day out in Saffron Walden finished off with a delicious meal.in a beautiful setting.
Hope to be back again soon.
Highly recommended.

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Laura48
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved the teepee and ambience you’ve created. I was next to the heater and it was lovely and warm - the fairy lights were beautiful . The menu had excellent choices and we loved all 3 courses we had. The staff were very attentive and friendly. Everything was spot on- will definitely book again - pls keep the teepee!

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GIll
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Arrived for our confirmed OUTDOOR booking only to be told we were eating inside. Then told we would have to wait TWO hours to eat outside. Eventually given outside table !!
One drink turned up with a dead fly on top of the slice of lemon !!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Eating outside close to the heater is lovely. Food arrives on hot plates and is delicious. The kitchen staff clearly know their trade.
Table waiting staff are at the early stages of learning how to serve at table in a calm yet efficient manner. Front of House Manager needs to put a training plan in place.

FAQs

The Eight Bells is rated 4.6 stars by 462 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.