The Packhorse Inn

Newmarket, Suffolk

You'll find fabulous food and beautiful rooms at this cool little country inn close to Newmarket, Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds


8 rooms


Rooms sleep 2


The rise of the cool country inn continues apace and the Packhorse is a prime example, a beautifully renovated pub rescued from neglect. It’s a small-scale pleasure dome – stylish interiors, ambrosial food, beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms – yet it remains a village local with a bar that welcomes all. The downstairs is open plan with a fire that burns on both sides and the odd armchair to take the strain. You’ll find varnished floorboards, lots of art, lamps hanging above a cool bar. Chic bedrooms are scattered about. Coach house rooms have a warm rustic elegance, those in the house are a little fancier, a couple with baths in the room; all have fantastic bathrooms. Irresistible food waits below, maybe truffled goat’s cheese with quince and figs, Suffolk venison and kidney pudding, plum tarte tatin with fruit-cake ice-cream. There’s a terrace for good weather, and a private dining room that can turn into a meeting room. This is prime horse-racing country: Newmarket is three miles west, the peerless Frankel is at stud nearby. Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds are close.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • 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
  • Vegetarian meals
  • 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

No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch from £6. Dinner, 3 courses, about £35.


Nightly price
from £100
Singles from £85. Extra beds for children £10.
6 Doubles
From £100
2 Twin/doubles
From £100


A fabulous find - wonderful rooms and delicious dinner menu. We had a fabulous stay and will definitely be returning.


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from The Chestnut Group

  • Literally right on our doorstep we have an English Heritage site - The Packhorse Bridge - a pretty four-arched late medieval bridge, spanning the River Kennett on the old route from Cambridge to Bury St Edmunds. Other English Heritage sites nearby.
  • Newmarket - the home of flat racing, is just 3 miles from The Packhorse Inn. See the website for details of the race fixtures as well the Newmarket Nights – fun filled Friday evenings of racing followed by well known pop stars during the summer.
  • The Newmarket Rides - Three circular routes to enjoy on foot, by bike or on horseback between Newmarket & Bury St Edmunds. And you can start off from The Packhorse. See our website for maps.
  • Bury St Edmunds - just 12 miles away. Key attractions: St. Edmundsbury Cathedral; The Abbey and its gardens; Ickworth House; The Greene King Brewery; The Theatre Royal; Moyse’s Hall Museum
  • Cambridge - less than 20 miles away. Key attractions: the Colleges; the Backs and museums.Key attractions: the Colleges; the Backs and museums. Visit our sister pub The Rupert Brooke in Grantchester.
  • EAT, SHOOT & STAY - Dinner bed and breakfast for shooting parties - £125 Shooting parties welcome. Some dates available at Euston Hall, home to the twelfth Duke of Grafton.


The Chestnut Group

Friendly manager Chris has worked in pubs and hotels since he was 14. He started out in the kitchen, but much prefers being front of house, focusing on guests’ needs with charm and skill. He also spends time hunting down local produce for the restaurant, including wine from nearby vineyards. The inn is part of the Chestnut Group, and staff take an obvious pride in looking after guests and making sure they have the best possible stay.