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The Black Bull Inn - Inn in Cambridgeshire

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27 High Street Balsham, CB21 4DJ Cambridge
England, United Kingdom

Alex Clarke

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+44 (0)1223 893844(landline)

A thatched gastropub, a peaceful bolthole, with comfortable rooms in the annexe. After a very tasty dinner, get cosy by the log fire

Buoyed by the success of the Red Lion at Hinxton, Alex has snapped up the 16th-century Black Bull in nearby Balsham. Unloved for years, it is now back on track as a pretty thatched pub. The beamed and timbered bar is spruced up, a new bar servery has been added, wooden floors gleam and there's a smart mix of old dining tables and leather sofas fronting the glowing log fire; so cosy up with a pint of Rusty Bucket on a winter evening. The ancient, high-raftered and adjoining barn has been restored and refurbished to perfection and is the place to sit and savour some cracking pub food; try the lamb shank with roasted garlic mash and rosemary jus, or the smoked haddock with tarragon foam. In the bar, tuck into roast beef and horseradish sandwiches or a plate of Suffolk ham, eggs and hand-cut chips. Comfortable rooms in the annexe, some overlooking the car park, sport oak floors and hand-made furniture, and huge duvets on king-size beds. Tiled bathrooms come with bath and shower. A peaceful bolthole with a sun-trap back garden, handy for the A11/M11, Cambridge, country walks and the Newmarket Races.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Alex Clarke:

Local points of interest from
Alex Clarke:

  • Duxford Imperial War Museum - 15 minutes' drive
  • Chilford Hall - exhibition centre and 20 acre award winning vineyard - 5 minutes' drive
  • Newmarket Race Course - home of British Horse Racing - 15 minutes' drive
  • National Trust - Wimpole Hall, Anglesey Abbey
  • Cambridge University Town - 20 minutes' drive
Points of interest

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  • 5 Twin/doubles
Price:(i) £125 to£145 per night

Singles £90. Extra bed/sofabed available £35 per person per night.

Booking info:

Two nights minimum stay on weekends in high season. Please check website for more details.


Lunch & dinner from £12. Bar meals from £6. Sunday lunch £13.



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Handy to know:

Big garden. River and field walk 5-minute walk from pub.

Dog treats:

Water and walks.

Dog fee:

Dogs £10 per night. Max. 2.

Bringing your dog

27 High Street Balsham, CB21 4DJ Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Inn 5 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) £ 125 to £ 145 per night

Alex Clarke

Visit website Check availability

+44 (0)1223 893844(landline)