The Eight Bells

4.4
64 reviews
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£25 and under
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British
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
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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H
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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

KD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

GH
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

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 9 August 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 5 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 4 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service as always.

L
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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 27 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Much improved but still need attention to detail.

KT
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

J
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Maybe post refurb we’d go back. The space is nice but tired. Service was terrible.

MB
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looked after by Dan throughout the evening and hisservice was impeccable. The food was excellent although the wife would have appreciated more sea bass on her fish special. Overall a fantastic evening topped off with a complimentary drink each to celebrate our anniversary.

GL
London
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The whole experience was v poor. I know ‘this company v well but worst restaurant in their group by far. A bad property that doesn’t have an ounce of atmosphere. Waiters of a low standard. The menu had at least 4 courses sold out (Tuesday night @ 7.30 ????)
It’s the only restaurant I’ve ever been to which didn’t have any olives , apparently sold out !!! Wow ! I wouldn’t recommend this place to anybody !!!
This was my 36th wedding anniversary and didn’t have an enjoyable evening with my wife, in fact we couldn’t wait to leave.

There isn’t any occasion that I could recommend the Eight Bells to go to.

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place, excellent food, friendly, attentive service.

PF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am very fussy and I like my food hot. I have eaten at the 8 bells several times now and have always been pleased with the food, service and the lovely staff.

DS
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We each had a lovely Sunday roast dinner. It is a lovey place in a beautiful location. The building itself is stunning. The staff were very attentive and gave us plenty of time between courses. Overall a lovely place to eat.

RS
London
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes the food was great .
Could do with more vegetarian food on the menu.

ZB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time visit but will certainly not be the last! Beautiful surroundings and superb food. Thoroughly enjoyed.

L
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the first time that I'd been to The Eight Bells having driven past it so many times. It did not disappoint with a great feeling to the dining room. The food was outstanding and the service was very attentive.

AS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had booked for lunch for 4 and ended eating in the bar, in comfortable armchairs.

The welcome was good and the food was very good, from starters through to main course and desserts.

The only blot was a cheeseboard and dessert, which we ordered were left in the kitchen with no one bringing them out until we chased for them.

JR
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really lovely dining experience. Super historic room, attractive decor, delicious food well presented and served. Accompanied by tasty wines and good ambience. We will be back.

a
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Refreshingly creative and delicious dishes, served with a high level of attentiveness to the diner

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Happy relaxed evening. Food good and service friendly

DJ
Nottingham
51 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Quintessential English pub in a fabulous small market town, Saffron Walden. Hospitable. Very good food.

EL
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was a friends Birthday, I couldn't fault it and shall certainly come back.

TS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a brilliant Sunday lunch in The Eight Bells. It's in a lovely old barn, the food was excellent (we had roast beef, which was perfectly cooked medium and tender), and the service was friendly and professional. We were actually surprised how good it was and we're recommending it to all our friends.

EB
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, always made to fell very welcome, beautiful food.

W
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and good service in a great atmosphere. Defo recommend.

SF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place friendly good food good service good atmosphere Charlie was excellent would definitely recommend

J
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A good menu. Food did not disappoint. Good service. We will certainly be going back.

IC
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice lunch - only issue was roast potatoes were under done in my opinion.

SC
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and value for money with attentive, friendly staff. A relaxing Sunday!

HH
London
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The company was excellent A***
Would 100% go again!

W
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious freshly cooked food, helpful and friendly staff in a great, warm and inviting atmosphere.

AW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a family Sunday lunch to celebrate my daughter's 28th birthday. It was not our first visit to The Eight Bells - we came because we knew we'd enjoy it and we did.

The menu has something to suit us all. Service is speedy and polite. Food excellent. We like the atmosphere and appreciate that we can hear each other talk!

LA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening and the food was fantastic. Recommend the Steak or the Duck!

JA
Essex
13 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good evening with friends

OT
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food, good service lovely ambience, well recommended!

ML
London
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate in the restaurant at the back of the pub. Lovely and warm, great ambience. Very tasty food. Will definitely be going back.

JA
Essex
13 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Varied menu catering for all tastes, good size portions, welcoming staff knowledgeable on wine front, and decent priced wines. We enjoyed a lovely evening

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