The Packhorse Inn

4.6
926 reviews
£26 to £40
English
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.

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Experiences

  • The Great British Beef Feast

    £36.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    This is what Sunday was made for - a feast fit for a king, to be shared with friends and family! Our sharing roast includes mouth-watering treacle glazed short horn fillet of beef, ox cheek slow cooked in Nethergate ale and roasted bone marrow. A plethora of sides accompany the meat board including three cheese and truffle cauliflower cheese and slow cooked carrot with black onion, parsley and honey, and more! Book our sharing roast for between 4 and 6 guests and enjoy two course for £36. Reservations must be made in advance (Friday by 5pm for the same weekend) and a deposit of £10 per guest will be taken.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice Sunday lunch with the family in a warm friendly environment. Very good food.

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Christoff
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First visit to the Packhorse for dining in quite some time and they did not disappoint.

Food and drink was excellent as expected and the service was first class.

We were a group of five and spent a couple of hours dining - could have stayed longer but for other commitments, as the ambience was very good - a mix of diners and drinkers which makes for a very relaxed atmosphere.

Will definitely not make as long before my next visit!

The Packhorse Inn
Responded 3 days ago

Christoff, we are so happy to read such a great review about The Packhorse Inn! We always strive to provide top quality service to every guest, and are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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OliviaG
Norfolk
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Treated my friend to a birthday lunch at The Packhorse. Her first visit and the meal was delicious. We were spoiled for choice on the 3 courses. As usual service was excellent, atmosphere relaxing and it was lovely and warm in The Packhorse. Staff adhered to Covid restrictions. I highly recommend a visit to The Packhorse.
Olivia

The Packhorse Inn
Responded 3 days ago

OliviaG, reviews like this give us motivation and help us ensure we provide high-quality care. We hope to see you soon! Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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JP5TER
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, Excellent ambience, Excellent Food, Excellent Room, will definitely be back.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 9 January 2022

Dear JP5TER, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Don't forget to sign up to Club Chestnut if you haven't already to make the most of our January discount. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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LinksGirl
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very tasty lunch & good service. Was pleased to be seated in the area with carpet as not so noisy.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 9 January 2022

Dear LinksGirl, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Don't forget to sign up to Club Chestnut if you haven't already to make the most of our January discount. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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CarolineG
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent lunch … will be trying the rest of the group very soon !

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 January 2022

Dear CarolineG, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Don't forget to sign up to Club Chestnut if you haven't already to make the most of our January discount. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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TochiS
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food excellent
Would definitely go again

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear TochiS, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. The team wish you a Happy New Year Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the second time I’ve stayed and eaten at the Packhorse and it certainly didn’t disappoint! Made to feel very welcome and love it that dogs are made to feel so welcome too not only in the room but the restaurant as well! We had a great meal and I love the buzz and atmosphere in the restaurant with the log fire as the centre piece. Enjoyed a superb breakfast this morning. Will certainly recommend many thanks Sarah and Dean

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. The team wish you a Happy New Year Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Local
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2022
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Dreadful behaviour tolerated as people were regulars. An hour of non stop shouting and female shrieking at the top of her voice, supplemented with foul language. Few pubs would tolerate it. We left after an hour of it. Several times they were asked but they just got aggressive with the maitre D and we left when the patriarch started staring threateningly. We left mid meal just too unpleasant. £78 for 2 courses they took £6 off. Should have been free. Staff were nice but unable to control people whose behaviour would not have been tolerated in most pubs. This is a restaurant.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear Local, I am so sorry that you didn't appear to receive our usual high standards. Should you like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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AllisonA
Essex
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good, even thought of bringing over a bowl of water for our dog…..as well as his own doggy menu!
How lovely.
Food was delicious
Service was great. Lovely atmosphere in the restaurant too.
Overall a lovely place to dine for any occasion.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear Allison A, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. The team wish you a Happy New Year Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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EdwardD
London
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the building ash's restaurant area. food choice was average

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear Edward D, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. The team wish you a Happy New Year Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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LMS26
London
3 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

On the whole the food was good particularly the puddings.

Sadly, the steak was tough and rather dry. I did mention this to our waitress at the time and she said she would tell the chef. A bit disappointing.

When I booked I left a note to say that we had a vegan and a vegetarian. The only main that could be adapted was the risotto and the only vegan pudding was a rice pudding. Not good menu planning.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear LMS26, I am so sorry that you didn't appear to receive our usual high standards. Should you like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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NicolaH
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely dog friendly venue. Cosy feel but plenty of room for those who eat with their elbows out! Food was delicious and service was delivered with humour and friendliness.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 January 2022

Dear NicolaH, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Charlotte
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was stunning and set in beautiful surroundings. We were greeted with a smile, and the speed and level of service was flawless. I would highly recommend this restaurant, and would very much like to return.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Charlotte, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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SandraH
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was lovely evening food was really good and steak was lovely, staff very friendly

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear SandraH, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We have eaten many times at the Packhorse and have had other special birthday celebrations of around twenty people so we have a lot of experience on where to place our expectations.

On this occasion we were let down. The food was below par, menu stripped back and boring and the food service was very very slow (50 mins after booking time).

The Packhorse was our go to place but I can honestly say we won’t be rushing back anytime soon.

Very disappointing.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 3 January 2022

Dear Guest, I am so sorry that you didn't appear to receive our usual high standards. Should you like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Fiffer
London
2 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Friendly and welcoming staff, good food well presented but rather limited menu. It will be a regular trip out for us.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Fiffer, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Gladys
London
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great team. Plenty to choose off the menu. Service was great and the food was delicious

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Gladys, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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MickS
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality service, staff, food and setting. The perfect choice for Xmas eve!

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear MickS, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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FionaU
Norfolk
6 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve - 9 of us - service impeccable and the food was absolutely delicious. The Packhorse was beautifully decorated and everything was very Christmassy. It was a wonderful start to our Christmas celebrations!
The standard has never fallen in all the years we have been coming to the Packhorse, it’s absolutely wonderful. Thanks to the chefs, the restaurant staff and everyone involved!

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear FionaU, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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HayleyK
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Great atmostphere in the tent as usual but the service was lacking, having eating here many times they were a less attentive than previous visits. The pre-order service was brilliant, however, it would have been nice to get the food we had actually ordered. The steak was also very underwelling for the price.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Hayley, I am so sorry that you didn't appear to receive our usual high standards. Should you like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Caroline
Norfolk
3 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best and most beautifully presented fish and chips I’ve ever had!

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Caroline, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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NickiA
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

a lovely meal for my husbands 60th birthday. A nice touch at the end.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear NickiA, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you for choosing us to celebrate such a special occasion. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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ColinM
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Summed up in a word it would be disappointing, but following an email conversation with the management we will be trying again

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear ColinM, I am so sorry that you didn't appear to receive our usual high standards. Should you like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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KarenB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a amazing meal thank you will definitely be returning

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear KarenB, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Stiggy
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is fabulous happy and jolly a great evening out

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Stiggy, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Cambs
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing food and will be back!! Only downside was that we were seated quite near to the bar and at times had trouble to hear each other.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Cambs, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 16 December 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience3

We both had steak which tasted it was a few days past it’s use by date. I requested truffle chips with Parmesan but only got normal chips. The service was generally slow although the staff were rushed off their feet to be fair. This was our first dining experience at the Packhorse and I was expecting something rather special but turned out to be mediocre at best. Would I dine here again? Probably not.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear Guest, I am so sorry that you didn't appear to receive our usual high standards. Should you like to discuss further please feel free to contact me. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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LionelD
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good food and service excellent. Staff professional but friendly. Good distance between tables and dining area broken up into small “rooms”.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear LionelD, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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xxxxx
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go very enjoyable lunch- thank you.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear xxxxx, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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SallyP
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Noticed this venue on the three villages walk and pleased to have Sunday lunch there on 12 December, unhurried relaxed tasty Sunday lunch.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 30 December 2021

Dear SallyP, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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FrancineH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. The selection of wines were broad, well categorised and well priced. The setting was lovely and the food fantastic. We will definitely be returning and keen to try the other restaurants in the Chestnut Group now.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 13 December 2021

Dear FrancineH, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We take a lot of pride on all aspects of our guests experience and the wine list is one of my favourites! We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Tracy
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fullly booked but didnt affect the amazing food although a little pricey or service.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 13 December 2021

Dear Tracy, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating for our needs, we had two starters and dessert! Thank you, as good as ever.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 13 December 2021

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We will always ensure we can meet with our guests needs where possible. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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SarahI
Cambridge
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service I would thoroughly recommend.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 13 December 2021

Dear Sarahl, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. We wish you a Merry Christmas Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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GrannySoo
London
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine are excellent. The service was very good and the ambience warm and friendly. Despite the wind and rain, we spent a very pleasant evening outdoors under the tipi (teepee). Rugs, sheepskin, and heaters all helped to make this evening very special.
The food was top notch and another new favourite sauvignon blanc discovered!
Thanks to all at the Packhorse! Highly recommend!

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 December 2021

Dear Grannysoo, Thank you for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed our Winter Tipi, its our little winter wonderland. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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AshlieghBooth
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you great service and nice to talk with max.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 December 2021

Dear AshlieghBooth, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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ZoeP
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Steak was beautifully cooked, chocolate dessert was fantastic 😋

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 December 2021

Dear ZoeP, Thank you for your review. Steve our head chef is a real miracle worker in the kitchen, we can't wait to see his next menu! My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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Chris
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the meal, a good balance between simplicity and interesting flavour combinations. Service attentive without being overbearing and a pleasant ambience overall.

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 December 2021

Dear Chris, Thank you for your review. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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GeoffreyB
Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

As always a brilliant restaurant ! Top class food and very good wine list ..
Service impeccable ! Menu very interesting and very good balance for all diners from meat to fish to veggie options …for me cured salmon starter was outstanding ! Beef exquisite and cheese board very generous. The Saint Emilion 16 was just right and matched our main courses perfectly ! Thank you Packhorse Inn

The Packhorse Inn
Responded on 6 December 2021

Dear GeoffreyB, Thank you for your review. I am so pleased you enjoyed the food and the wine list. My team and I are delighted you enjoyed your experience with us. We are always committed to delivery excellent food and service in relaxed soundings and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. Kind regards Stuart Hansord General Manager

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FAQs

The Packhorse Inn is rated 4.6 stars by 926 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.