The Black Bull Inn

+44 (0)1223 893844

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


5 rooms


Rooms sleep 2

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Water and walks.

Dogs £10 per night. Max. 2.

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

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


Nightly price
from £95
Singles £95. Extra bed/sofabed available £40 per person per night.
5 Twin/doubles
From £95



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The neighbourhood

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