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The Black Bull Inn

(38 Guest Reviews)

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Review Summary

  • Rooms 4.1
  • Value 3.7
  • Friendliness 4.5
  • Cleanliness 4.2
  • Facilities 3.7
  • Service 4.3
  • Location 4.2

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The Black Bull Inn Information


Welcome to The Black Bull Inn, a privately owned free house pub restaurant with bed & breakfast accommodation (five en suite super king double/twin rooms) that has resided at the heart of the tranquil historic village of Balsham, Cambridgeshire since the 16th Century. Pub Restaurant A beautiful new dining area has been lovingly restored from the listed barn, created with a replacement oak-panelled, high-vaulted ceiling that is awash with natural light, making it the perfect setting to enjoy The Black Bull’s AA Rosette menu.The bar area has also been lightened and given a new lease of life under the guidance of our Norfolk interior designer, Annie Lambert. Garden Cambridge garden designer, the late Ian Shooter (with numerous Chelsea Flower Show medals to his name), was integral in transforming the outside setting. We now have a tree-lined sandstone dining patio out front under parasols and the eaves of the thatched facade and a cosy south-facing beer garden at the back. There is plenty of PARKING for our guests. Accommodation Five well-appointed 4 Star guest rooms (en suite super king double/twin) provide guests with superior comfort before exploring Cambridge, Newmarket and the many delightful villages nearby. The Black Bull Inn attracts people from far and wide to this beautiful area on the Cambridge/Suffolk border and has naturally become a popular choice for those wishing to savour a treat of a weekend break or mid-week stay. When booking, if you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact us with a correct email address. Food & Drink Our pub restaurant menu has an AA rosette and is a mix of contemporary and traditional dishes. All our dishes are cooked to order using primarily fresh local produce. We have forty wines, with twelve by the glass, with four real ales (our own label Red & Black, and three rotating guest ales) and four draught lagers on the pumps.


  • Baggage store
  • BBQ/Picnic area
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi internet

Children's Facilities

  • Children's menu


  • Continental breakfast
  • Cooked breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Free breakfast


We have wheel chair users regularly visiting our pub and rooms, however, given our listed building status it has not been possible to put in every adaptation possible. We have a number of ramps and grab rails, so it is possible to navigate most places without tackling steps. We have one bedroom with a walk-in shower, rather than a bath with shower, however, this room does unfortunately have a step up into the room to negotiate.


Check in: 14:00 till 22:30
Early check-in available on request
Check out: 10:30
Late check-out available on request
Child Policy: Children welcome
Smoking Policy: No smoking
Pets: Dogs welcome
Accommodation type: Inn
Booking Terms and Conditions


  • Road from Anywhere (10.0 miles)
    The Black Bull 27 High Street Balsham Cambridge CB21 4DJ* Tel. +44 (0)1223 893 844 Email: *NB for navigation, our post code only works for stand alone devices. For in-car Sat Navs please use full address The Black Bull is situated 8 miles south east of Cambridge, 7 miles south of Newmarket and 6 miles west of Haverhill.


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