The Packhorse Inn

4.4
266 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
Top tags:
  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
  • Lunch
The Packhorse Inn is located in Newmarket, one of the most exciting towns in Suffolk. At The Packhorse Inn you will experience a traditional pub at the heart of the community, as well as a five star AA dining and hotel guest experience.

Featuring stylish en-suite bedroom accommodation with eight rooms, exceptional service and friendly atmosphere, The Packhorse Inn has an award winning edge.

With the world famous Newmarket Racecourse, gallops and stables on its doorstep, expect to bump into a jockey or two while visiting! Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, available seven days a week.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
English, Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 8am - 10am, 12pm - 2:30pm and 7pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 8am - 10am, 12pm - 3:30pm and 7pm - 9pm
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Phone number
01638 751818
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Greig Young
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Private Party Facilities
The Club Room was originally the ‘dance hall’ for the pub in the 1950’s. It has been fully restored, with the walls returned to the original flint and new stone floors laid with underfloor heating.

The Club Room provides an ideal environment for both formal and informal meetings, ‘off sites’ and client presentations. There is an automated drop down screen with capacity to link with a lap top computer (for presentations) and independent audio facilities.

The Club Room provides lots of flexibility for those wishing to host a private dinner or a special event. The table can be arranged to seat from 8 up to 30 guests.

You can arrange a set menu.

We have a dedicated ‘Events Management’ team who here to advise you on what The Packhorse can offer whether it is a business event, a private dining party or a special event.
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Private Party Contact
Bradley Dorrington: 01638 751818
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Public Transit
By train: The nearest railway station is Kennett, just 2 miles away.

By bus: The village of Moulton is served by the no 16 and 312 bus services.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 266 People Are Saying
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NM
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to dine loved it , would we go again yes yes yes

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BA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly surprised - everything was perfect - great tasty food and great service - a real treat! Will definetely be going back.

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NC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Nice venue but the sandwiches were poor. Awful bread and steak was tasteless almost like it had been cooked once sometime earlier then possibly reheated although was cold anyway. Horrible "coleslaw" garnish too. The fries were cold and not freshly cooked. Will not eat there again. Very disappointing following my visit two years ago

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JH
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was simply perfect. The staff were friendly, professional and helpful at all times. Clearly very busy but we never felt rushed or under pressure to decide on our courses quickly. The Ghostship beer was lovely and fresh and the busy bustling atmosphere was just great. Food was incredible and you could see each dish had been constructed with care and attention. Would like to have seen the rooms and would certainly consider for a valentines night dinner or new years eve meal.

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RD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, good quality food. Menu a little limited but made up for by quality. Don’t like being charged separately for veg under a label of sides. Would certainly eat there again but price point makes it a special occasion venue.

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PM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We dined a little earlier than usual on our way back from Newmarket races to Bury St Edmunds area. There was a noisy creaming child in the bar area; something that seems acceptable these days, but never to me at any hour of the day where adults are paying good money for an enjoyable experience. However, the dining experience was very good with quality food, very well presented. As we were leaving, the bar and restaurant was filling and there was a buzz about the place. Next time we will book a little later in the evening.

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KC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

My starter was unpleasant in places due to gritty salad leaves and it was a very minuscule portion of beetroot salad. Other people said their meals were OK But no one thought the meal was worth what we paid, which was over £200 for 5 of us. Only 3 had starters and 4 had desserts. We did however have 2 bottles of wine. It was Sunday lunch and although the meat was fine and plentiful there really wasn’t enough veg. Carrots are cheap enough that you could have more than a single longitudinal slice of one on the plate! Sorry, wouldn’t go again.

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DR
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us including a 9 year old went for Sunday lunch. We had a warm, friendly reception and speedy service at the bar for our pre-meal drinks. Our table was in a busy part of the restaurant but not noisy. Service was excellent through the meal. All of us chose the roast beef and it was fine meat superbly cooked. The roast potatoes and vegetables were good. The Yorkshire pub was a little over cooked, for some tastes. We could only manage to share desserts, and they were very good too. Overall a delightful Sunday lunch in a beautiful location. We will definitely go again.

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SF
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A delicious lunch in lovely surroundings. Highly recommend 👍

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MH
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a lovely stay at the Packhorse Inn, my husband and I stayed for 2 nights over a race weekend. One night for our anniversary and the second night we were joined by friends who booked another two rooms. The price was £195 for room only, which although it was a beautiful setting, a lovely old stable block and well proportioned and set out rooms, it is a bit pricey. Breakfast was an added cost, everything was extra, including the coffee, orange juice and toast. Our friends also thought the portion sizes were small, although my full english was enough for me. My husband and I had dinner in the restaurant on the Friday evening, and food was served on time, friendly staff and I enjoyed what I ordered. There is a limited menu however, so we decided to eat elsewhere the second night.
Overall we had a fantastic weekend, but due to the cost we would only be able to afford this on special occasions and not just a weekend away.

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B
London
7 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very enjoyable evening with great service and delicious food. This is a gem of a pub, a real find and I highly recommend it.

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CR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were made to feel very welcome from the moment we walked in. The barman was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable especially when recommending the various gins that the pub has. The food was delicious and the service was attentive, professional and not too over zealous. The Packhorse is always my favourite option when I take friends for a special meal.

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JR
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfection. Second visit here and once again the experience was exceptional. Highly recommend

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M
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff and great atmosphere made this evening meal a pleasure. Espresso martinis afterwards at the bar were a delight!

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BI
London
16 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food in a great surroundings, worth driving out to the country . Menu is good, we had an excellent fish special

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LL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

We have recommended the Packhorse Inn (we love the location) on Tripadvisor in the past but were underwhelmed on this visit. Service was extremely slow and the menu somewhat overstated for what was served. Maybe they just had a bad day - swamped by hopeful/hungry customers?

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

Fabulous meal out. Food was tasty and very nicely presented. The ice cream was out of this world! We've been several times for Sunday lunch but this was the first time for an evening meal and it was better than we even expected. Definitely be back soon.

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D
Cambridge
4 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service

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AG
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

we had an excellent Sunday lunch, the service was first class and the food was good, my only comment would be that the roast potatoes tasted like they had been re-heated, not very fresh or crisp, but the beef and accompaniments where excellent, i would highly recommend.

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JD
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great character, lovely decor, service friendly, just the right pace, great food, delicious cocktails, brill 🤗

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IR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous evening celebrating a birthday. Will be back! Thank you

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h
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent meal in a lovely pub/restaurant. Will definitely be back!

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AT
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this Gem on Trip Advisor and so glad we went. Food was delicious and we got to try a couple of new gins. Friendly staff nothing was too much trouble.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Lovely food - had the mushroom brioche bread, ham hock and pea soup and pork belly. Service good. Great evening all in all. Thank you.

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d
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food great service nice and quiet for a romantic meal

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MM
Norfolk
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful dinner at this wonderful restaurant this weekend. Excellent menu, atmosphere and friendly efficient service even when busy. Highly recommend.

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W
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent, with a slightly different twist from normal pub food, very well presented.

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AM
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, top notch food, perfect service and a lovely night out :)

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KT
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The main thing we would take away from the experience was that it was incredibly overpriced for what you got. A medium glass of wine cost £8.50, a few pieces of broccoli cost £4 and the steak, which was around half the size of a normal steak and over salted, was served with 1 (yes, 1) carrot and a dollop of purée, and cost £25. In my opinion, the meal was barely worthy of half the cost of it.
However, the staff were lovely and very attentive. The restuarant was incredibly warm, but in fairness it was a rather warm day.
Basically, it was a nice meal and the food was fine, but nowhere near worth the price.

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P
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Third time we have been and the food is always excellent. Everything is beautifully prepared.

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CR
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Anniversary stay and expected a nice meal. The menu is very limited and very expensive. I ordered the Ribeye and although 24 pounds is a lot, for a good cut of meat nicely cooked...it is worth it. I received a small slab of overcooked meat with most of it being fat. NOT AT ALL what 24 pounds should buy. My wife went to a veggie option as the menu did not offer another meat option besides a burger or prawns. The veggies were ok, but not what one would expect for a nice meal out.
Overall, not that great and overpriced.
As for the hotel, the pub was open till about midnight and the noise is LOUD when trying to get some sleep. Also, makes for a bad atmosphere when on an anniversary date getaway.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had booked lunch at the Packhorse on the recommendation of friends and as a result of it's rating in Trip Advisor and were not disappointed. Despite the high temperatures the temperature in the restaurant was comfortable. The atmosphere was good with plenty of room between tables. The food was excellent and we will look to return when the opportunity arrises.

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FT
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

First time here- The pub itself is stunning. High quality finish and staff very good. Personally I felt the main menu was a little limited in choice but I do understand that the fresh food element plays a part. My husband's scampi was very tasty but the portion was too small as disproportionate to my burger which was bigger. £18 for the scampi and he had to order a Meat platter to feel full, which left him feeling quite peeved. The burger was very nice however the chips already had salt on and for someone who doesn't like a huge amount of salt, it's a little gripe..
I would visit again as the surroundings are lovely but I'd make sure my husband ate something first to ensure he didn't leave hangry!

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TA
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice food, nice place to have a meeting and quiet discussion, no music blaring away. We were given time to eat our meal without being hurried. Certainly recommended.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great lunch time meal and the sunshine was a bonus.

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MM
Norfolk
7 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent trip to this lovely restaurant. Friendly staff and excellent food, couldn't ask for more. Garden lovely for a drink too. Highly recommended.

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PA
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have eaten and had occasional drinks in the packhorse on many occasion. The food, drink and ambiance always comes up trumps. The garden is good although lacks size to cope with many people and if we were very picky then we would say be prepared for a wait at the small bar because locals hog the bar and gain priority over getting served for drinks. On the whole a thumbs up and 8 out of 10 score overall.
Ps dogs are alowed 👍

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DH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and friendly, professional and efficient service as ever. Good to be able to sit in the garden.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I met family here for a Fathers Day lunch, the bar is small and was full; although the pub was extremely busy. Once we were shown to our table it was much more relaxed. The food was good and the service was excellent, I would recommend the Packhorse

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Would have liked more choice options on the set lunch menu.

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