The Eight Bells

4.5
46 reviews
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasions
Our menus are thoughtfully created 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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L
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Happy relaxed evening. Food good and service friendly

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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

Good evening with friends

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

Excellent Food, good service lovely ambience, well recommended!

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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.

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JA
Essex
12 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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IP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top quality Sunday lunch. Roast lamb with all the trimmings was excellent. Friendly, welcoming staff. Highly recommended.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. Lovely atmosphere. Will be returning.

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c
Essex
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening spent with friends at the 8 Bells. Service was brilliant and staff very friendly, nothing too much trouble. Food was delicious and the setting is really comfortable. Would highly recommend to any one staying in that area.

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P
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved 8Bells. The venue was gorgeous and the food amazing. I would definitely recommend it

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SG
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a LOVELY roast dinner, one of the best I've had! 2 courses for £19.50 on a Sunday was great value. The music was a little loud but we were with quiet company so may have been us. Staff were friendly and service was good. The restaurant was fully booked so we had a table in the bar which was still a nice setting. We will be back soon and have already raved about our lunch to friends. Thanks!

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JA
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Booked online - arrived to find they had no knowledge of booking, was very good at finding us a table. Nice setting, could hear ourselves talking. Food was mediocre .

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal in a lovely pub. Very friendly and helpful staff.

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K
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to this venue and again, it didn’t disappoint. Excellent food, service and surroundings. Worth the drive 😃

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HS
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service and lovely, tasty food. This was my first visit but won't be my last.

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WB
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fantastic meal never been disappointed. Great service. Friendly atmosphere.
Food is always fresh and tasty. I’ve tried a few dishes and the fish is always cooked to perfection.
Lovely setting with oak beams

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LL
Essex
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal, beautiful food. Fantastic and personal service.
Starters are overpriced for what you get but the rest is worth the money.

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JG
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good welcome and very tasty food delivered quickly as I had spoken to Laura to explain that we needed to leave for a performance promptly at 7pm.

I should mention that the speakers which we were next to were quite loud as we just wanted to chat. However, I didn’t mention this at the time so you didn’t have chance to fix it.

We had a great supper all in all!

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DW
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Having picked the Eight Bells as a halfway house for the four guests were absolutely delighted with the whole experience and all four of us thoroughly enjoyed our excellent lunches. The service was friendly without being intrusive and the setting within the 16th Century restaurant are was a delight. Wine choice was equally appropriate and made by our waiter who may well have been the boss! We will make sure that we return to the Eight Bells in future.

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CA
London
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed sitting in the garden under large brolly shade with a couple of friends for lunch and a good few hours of chatting! We met early so started with pots of tea, followed by ceasar salad lunch & cool long drinks. There isn't table service in the garden as such but this suited us perfectly & we could have had a table inside if we had wanted. Perfect all round for long afternoon outside in open air. Food yummy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well worth the drive from Loughton in Essex , braving all the traffic and large roundabouts - would thoroughly recommend a visit to this iconic building in a delightful village - saffron walden - keep doing what you are all doing - it works - thanks A Hyland and company

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L
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Don’t order the lamb but desserts are great and the building is wonderful

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SC
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My Daughter and I really enjoyed our Evening get together and will re-book again in about 6 weeks. Thanks Sue

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JB
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great evening out with friends, helped by 1/2 price prosecco on Fridays!
Great variety of foods, and large portion sizes

Waiting staff lovely and friendly

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