The Packhorse Inn

Newmarket, Suffolk
+44 (0)1638 751818

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

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

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
  • 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

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 Tori Dexter

  • 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.