The Packhorse Inn

4.4
242 reviews
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£26 to £40
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English
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  • Special Occasions
  • Worth the Drive
  • Fit for Foodies
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
Liliane Maziere: 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 242 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined on 5 August 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 4 August 2018

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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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 27 July 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 26 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 21 July 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 19 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 9 July 2018

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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3.0Dined on 3 July 2018

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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5.0Dined on 2 July 2018

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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4.0Dined on 27 June 2018

Great lunch time meal and the sunshine was a bonus.

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5.0Dined on 23 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 22 June 2018

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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4.0Dined on 20 June 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 17 June 2018

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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3.0Dined on 14 June 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 10 June 2018

Lovely fresh food. Relaxed atmosphere and location and friendly staff. Our second visit and we were well pleased.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Fantastic food .... Great menu. The fish dishes were superbly cooked. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were made to feel very welcomed.

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3.0Dined on 30 May 2018

Ran out of ice cream. Replaced with chocolate Mousse didn’t tell us...

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Delicious al fresco Sunday supper. All the staff were very friendly and welcoming throughout the evening which just makes for a great dining experience.
We had the most delicious roast beef & Yorkshire pudding (huge and perfection!) accompanied by the most sublime gravy. The wine selection is fantastic, varied and good value. A lovely relaxed evening; the perfect way to spend a Bank Holiday Sunday.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

We had a lovely meal on a Friday night, very friendly staff, great menu. We left just before 11pm and it was still buzzing.

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

Great Sunday evening dining. Attentive, yet unobtrusive, staff.

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5.0Dined on 19 May 2018

We went after a days racing, enjoyed the garden then had a delicious dinner - the desert I had was creative and so tasty.
Overall the meal was superb and my foodie friends thought it was brilliant.
So this restaurant comes highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on 18 May 2018

Lovely lunch in beautiful garden. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on 7 May 2018

Nice place, friendly staff but very slow service

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5.0Dined on 28 April 2018

We had a voucher from Xmas so this was our first visit. well worth the wait and we will be back!

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4.0Dined on 27 April 2018

Absolutely excellent location, food, and service. Service in particular was stand out, they did everything possible to ensure we had a special evening. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on 25 April 2018

Just as good as ever! Delightful staff and great ambience!

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4.0Dined on 22 April 2018

Food was lovely. Nice setting. Today dinner was lovely. Garden is lovely in the summer.

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Had a lovely meal here whilst staying in the hotel. I have to say the highlight here is the service - very attentive when needed to be. The restaurant manager was excellent, truly excellent at his job. Looking after everyone in the restaurant well. Food was also very good but in my opinion not standout (other than the bread course which was insanely good). Would recommend and come here again.

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3.0Dined on 15 April 2018

Our first time at The Packhorse. Okay Sunday lunch, nothing to make us return. Failed to impress our guests - except the location.

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3.0Dined on 11 April 2018

A really nice venue with welcoming staff and service. However, food bland, pretentious and overpriced. No option for dairy intolerant.
Sorry we won’t be returning

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Excellent evening meal which was served speedily and with much humour. The whole staff were excellent to create an very pleasant evening out. Doubt could have been better unless FOC.

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5.0Dined on 7 April 2018

Relaxed comfortable atmosphere. Great welcome. Fantastic food.

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5.0Dined on 5 April 2018

Great lunch with friends as we have come to expect. Good food served with just the right amount of casual friendliness from the staff without losing any formality.

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

We went to the packhorse for a my girlfriends birthday and was very happy with the service and the food, as a birthday present for my girlfriend they gave her a free espresso martini with her dessert, I would definitely go back again!

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5.0Dined on 4 April 2018

Totally perfect - again. We travel from Norwich for a meet with friends from Royston... good food is important to us and the Packhorse has never let us down

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1.0Dined on 2 April 2018

Service was at a snails pace to almost non existent at times. We ordered a specific beer and was given a different beer as the ordered one ran out but the waitress did not say anything hoping we did not notice. We only found out the reason when we returned it. It then took half an hour before anyone took our orders and we had to asked for some bread a few times before it finally turned up with fanciful small pieces swimming in oil. When we asked for just plain bread and butter the waiter bought one piece but quartered saying it was lightly toasted when in fact it appears stale and possibly left over from the morning’s breakfast. The starter finally arrived 45 mins later which was nice but the quail we ordered as a main was tough as old boots and had to be returned. There were quite a number of waiting staff but doesn’t appear to be doing much. In fact one of them took a look at the room and turned her back. There weren’t many people eating as they were all waiting for their food. Will not be going there again and will cross this restaurant off our list!

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5.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Great addition to our weekend in Newmarket, lovely decor, authentic vibe, attentive staff and delicious food (not your average pub style, a notch up) - loved it.

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5.0Dined on 30 March 2018

Very good food, and impeccable service. Only negative is the table we were seated at is very close to the bar and it’s a little off putting to be stared at by people propping up the bar, but it’s a minor niggle, and not enough to detract from the overall experience. Well done, your staff are a real credit to your business.

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