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The Black Bull Inn

27 High Street, BALSHAM, CB21 4DJ

Here since the 16th century and still going strong. Stronger than ever, in fact, thanks to the creation of a new dining area in the listed barn, with an oak-panelled, high-vaulted ceiling, a bar with much better lighting than before and a tree-lined sandstone patio out front. The bar serves Adnams and Woodforde's East Anglian real ales and ciders, sandwiches, baguettes and hot meals like burgers, fish and chips, linguine puttanesca and home-made shortcrust pastry pies. Among dishes taken from a winter restaurant menu are braised shin of beef, mussel and black bean Asian dumplings, sesame spinach, soy sauce, and honey and thyme reduction; pan-roasted pork tenderloin rolled in sage crumbs, parsnip purée, parsnip crisps, prunes and whisky sauce; and mushroom and courgette cannelloni with marinated tomatoes and tarragon béchamel. Old favourites, sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream, and lemon meringue tart appear as desserts. A south-facing beer garden awaits at the rear.

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Tel: 01223 893844
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Principal beers

Woodforde's Wherry, Adnams Southwold Bitter, Red & Black, Nethergate


All day all week


Children welcome.
Dog friendly.
Coach parties catered.
Bedrooms available.



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From S: M11 junct 9, A11 towards Newmarket, follow Balsham signs. From N: M11 junct 10, A505 signed Newmarket (A11), onto A11, follow Balsham signs

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