The Three Blackbirds

4.5
499 reviews
£25 and under
English
A warm welcome back to our much-loved 17th Century village pub in Woodditton, situated in the picturesque heart of horse racing country near Newmarket.

The Three Blackbirds suffered a devastating fire in 2018, we have been working tirelessly to bring this fantastic building back to life ensuring we retain its charm whilst adding a few modern twists and bursts of colour. And, we have been able to add 9 new bedrooms in The Barn – so you can stay even longer!

The result (we hope!) is, a cosy, relaxed setting to kick off your boots, wellies or otherwise - enjoying time with friends and family. We are foodies at heart – so expect to find pub classics as well as a regularly changing menu that focuses on our local access to amazing meats, award winning cheeses and the best Fenland veg.

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PeterH
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, enough choice and very attentive friendly staff,

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MarjB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great early supper with my girlfriends.
Best burgers around.
Always love this place!

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NicD
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely and efficient service. The food was delicious and came out within a good time. It was very dog friendly and we were happy to be able to sit in the restaurant (many ‘dog friendly’ places only let you sit in the bar). Overall, a fantastic experience and we would definitely return.

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JosephinaSemalina
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were lucky to have a lovely weekend of sun so thought it pups be lovely to catch up with my friend outside … so we booked in last minute!!

Sat outside in the sun and had a lovely meal (main and dessert). Food was delicious as always!!

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Anonymous
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Literally the best burgers!!
Our new favourite place to go!
Would highly recommend!

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MarkR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very quiet , good and wine really good though . Newly refurbished

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LynnC
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We like the Three Blackbirds and visit regularly however lately the service has been poor. Staff are friendly and smiley but no joined up thinking about the delivery of our drinks and food. We ordered champagne as a starter drink together with a bottle of wine. Our meal arrived very quickly and well before the drinks so champagne was rushed and not enjoyed at leisure. Disappointing as every other aspect of our experience was good

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 5 October 2021

Hi Lynn, Thanks for taking the time to post about your experience, I'm sorry to hear that the service you received wasn't up to our normal high standards, we're sorry for any slowness on our part. We do hope you will visit again soon, If you would like to discuss this further please email on gm@threeblackbirds.co.uk Three blackbirds team

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HeatherR
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Sharer roast, not worth the price, steak was chewy, no steak knives, steak knives were needed. Sides were lovely, just not enough of them,

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 5 October 2021

Hi Heather, I'm really sorry to hear that the steak sharer wasn't up to our normal quality, and sorry to hear you didn't receive any steak knifes. We do hope that we will see you again. If you would like to discuss this further please email us on gm@threeblackbirds.co.uk Three blackbirds team

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 3 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely Sunday lunch, opted for the Venison and it didn’t disappoint! Quality over quantity! The desert was amazing too! Yeah

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 5 October 2021

Thanks for your lovely review ! Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon, Three blackbirds team

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stayed in hotel attached and went for evening meal. Pricing comparable to other fine dining in area, with small but good wine list being very well priced. Presentation of all dishes was extremely good and flavour/taste very good.
We both enjoyed all courses.
Staff were exceptional, attentive, warm and friendly, but always discreet.
Would highly recommend for both food and a few lovely quiet and comfortable nights away.

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ClaytonJ
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a nice welcome and attentive service. It would have been nice to have been offered some bread with the mackerel starter, instead of having to order the focaccia which didn't really suit the oily fish. The sea bass (a single fillet portion is fine but this one was a little small) and venison main courses were both excellent. Beers, wines and coffees also first class.
The lighting could have been turned down a little to improve the ambience but I'm being very picky now. We enjoyed it very much and will return!

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WillE
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We thought the Pub had been very well fitted out, with a good ambience.

However, the food was disappointing - the scotch egg was undercooked, the burger was overcooked and the cod scampi was unseasoned and rather bland.

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RichardA
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful location. Very good food and excellent service.

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vipMorgans
Cambridge
10 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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Ashley
London
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , lovely atmosphere and amazing food

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COXY
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

no one at bar when we came in long wait eventually someone came out shown straight to table, then quite a wait before we gave our food order, waitress
was pleasant , starters were nice but main course not brilliant chips were hard and
and not as nice when we were there 6 weeks ago, very disappointing.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 29 September 2021

Hi Coxy, Thanks for taking the time to post about you're experience, we are really sorry to hear you had to wait to be seated and your food wasn't up to our normal high standards, If you would like to discuss this further please email us gm@threeblackbirds.co.uk

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Nick
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nice lunch but was quite chilly inside with the door open and food was not quite as good as usual - but this is a lovely place that we go to quite often and will continue to do so.

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ChrisF
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent village pub run by a very well respected small company chain. Well done guys.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 29 September 2021

Hi Chris, Thanks for the great feedback, Glad to hear you had a lovely experience ! Hope to see you again soon, Three Blackbirds Team

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about The Three Blackbirds is excellent

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely pub and room, great food really friendly and professional staff

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 23 September 2021

Glad to hear you had a lovely visit. Hope to see you again soon, Three Blackbirds Team

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ronalde
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very polite staff and very pleasant.Portion of food could be larger.

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StephenS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

Given the price the quality of the food was very poor.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and dog friendly! Win win

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 22 September 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit ! We do love dogs. Hope to see you again soon, Three Blackbirds Team

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Anniemac
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, lovely serving staff who are attentive without hovering.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 15 September 2021

Lovely to hear you had a lovely experience with us ! Three Blackbirds Team

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SallyB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pub is so nicely decorated - super clean. Staff very friendly and helpful. Sunday lunch was delicious.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 15 September 2021

Hi Sally, Glad to hear you enjoyed your Sunday lunch with us ! Three Blackbirds Team.

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TanyaW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great meal in a lovely setting. Would recommend to all.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 15 September 2021

Hi Tanya, Glad you had a lovely time, hope to see you again soon. Three Blackbirds Team

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Whalley
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very enjoyable meal and the staff were wonderful.

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MikaelaH
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Always a lovely atmosphere and great location. I think the menus throughout this chain need a revamp. Tastes nice but not super yummy

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 22 September 2021

Hi Mikaela, Glad you had a lovely visit. Our menu will be changing very soon, Hope to see you again soon, Three Blackbirds Team

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Jomd
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & service in pleasant location with tasteful decor and friendly staff.

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Roxy
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to celebrate wedding anniversary and it was perfect.

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EmmaT
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm welcome from the staff, beautiful location! Food was excellent, with gluten-free diet well catered for. Would highly recommend!

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ChristieD
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We booked here for a roast dinner and had a vegetarian in our party. I called and spoke to someone at the central office who informed me there would be a vegetarian roast option, although she didn’t know what it was. She said she would add a note to the booking, so they were prepared in advance.

On arrival we were told there was no vegetarian roast dinner option, which resulted in my daughter having vegetables and potatoes for dinner. When it was bought out, the gravy was in a dish as they ‘couldn’t guarantee it doesn’t have meat in it’. I then asked for some gravy which definitely didn’t have meat in it, which was bought out a little while later.

We felt like a nuisance and that it was all a lot of hassle for them. The poor girl serving us was lovely but obviously had to keep going back to the kitchen with our questions, as the chefs did not seem to be forthcoming or helpful. We would not have gone if I had been told on calling that there was no vegetarian option.

Such a shame because the non-vegetarian food was delicious and the lady serving us was lovely.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 11 September 2021

Hi Christie, Thanks for taking the time to post your experience and I'm really sorry to hear we didn't meant your expectations while visiting us, unfortunately we currently don't have any vegetarian roasts on our menu and I'm really sorry to hear you were told otherwise, we will look into this miscommunication so this doesn't happen again, Again really sorry for any inconvenience caused. Hope we get to see you again. Three blackbirds team.

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AnnabelW
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely roast dinner! Friendly staff and relaxed dining experience! Will be returning soon!

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 11 September 2021

Hi Annabel, Thanks for taking the time to post your lovely comments. See you soon. Three blackbirds team.

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JosephinaSemalina
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Sunday roast is AMAZING!!!! Meat cooked to perfection!
We loved it ... just wished we'd ordered more veggies to savour the flavour

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Hippo
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent all round. A little dark upstairs in the corner making it a bit difficult to read the menu even with glasses on. Charlie our waiter was more than brilliant! Great evening.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 11 September 2021

Thanks for taking the time to post. Glad you received great serve and food ! Hope to see you again soon. Three Blackbirds team.

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Teddles
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very smart but relaxed gastropub. Food was good and nicely presented but not fussy. Good service. Highly recommended.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 11 September 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Thanks for taking the time to post ! Three blackbirds team

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OpenTable Diner
Essex
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute gem of a pub defo recommend lovely food nice and relaxed atmosphere and best of all dog friendly

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 11 September 2021

Glad you had a great time, we do love dogs here ! Hope you see you again soon, Three Blackbirds Team

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our first visit for my bestie & I - halfway for both of us to meet.
A beautiful, country pub (with rooms in a separate barn / building at the back). Off the beaten track, but easily found by the sat nav.
Very dog friendly, which we loved, but if you don’t like to eat in a restaurant with dogs, this isn’t the place for you!
Large car park. No disabled parking noted - although I may have missed this??
Had a lovely 3 course meal + coffee.
Great selection on the menu (would’ve preferred the chocolate sauce with Phils doughnuts to be hot - personal preference) and the chips were lovely! Salad fresh. Good vegetarian selection for the bestie. The atmosphere was warm and staff (Lauren H was our server) were inviting, friendly & appropriately attentive.
I didn’t realise there was upstairs seating and I have mobility issues, so will definitely put “downstairs seating only” when booking next time to be on the safe side. (Note that the request I had made with our booking this time, had been read & actioned by the team, which is great!)
The restaurant was busy, but we kept our table all evening and didn’t feel rushed in the slightest.
We usually go to the crown, Stoke by nayland, but the three blackbirds will 100% be our “go-pub” moving forward! Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 22 September 2021

Hi karen, Thank you for taking the time to post ! We are happy to hear you had such a lovely experience with us. Sorry to hear you was but upstairs and will make sure you are sat downstairs next time. We do have disabled parking which is close to the barn rooms if you need to use it next time. Look forward to see you again soon, Three Blackbirds Team

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TomL
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Disappointed with the experience. Queries raised about items on the menu not answered satisfactorily. Food quality average for the price, triple cooked chips overdone and dry. Had to ask for side plates for bread with starters. Insufficient butter provided, had to request more, also the same with milk for coffee. Overall was not terribly impressed and would not visit again. The staff tried hard and were friendly and polite but that did not make up for the average food quality.

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 22 September 2021

Hi Tom, Thank you for taking the time to post about your experience, We are really sorry to hear that your experience didn't meet our normal quality of food & service. We do hope you would give us another visit soon. If you would like to discuss this further please email us on gm@threeblackbirds.co.uk

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alistairh
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good menu and a step up from normal pub food.all well presented and very high standard.service was very efficient

The Three Blackbirds
Responded on 22 September 2021

Hi Alistair, Glad to hear you enjoyed your experience, Hope to see you again soon. Three Blackbirds Team

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The Three Blackbirds is rated 4.5 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

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