• Opening Times


                       Lunch        Dinner
    Mon-Thurs   12-2pm     6.45-9pm
    Fri - Sat    12-2.30pm 6.45-9.30pm
    Sun          12-2.30pm    7-9pm


    Mon-Thu       7.30am-11pm
    Fri - Sat        8.30am-11pm
    Sun              8.30am-10.30pm

  • Visit us at our multi-award winning sister pub, The Red Lion in Hinxton.

The Black Bull Inn - Pub, Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Balsham on the Cambs/Suffolk border close to Cambridge, Newmarket and Haverhill.

Welcome to The Black Bull Inn, a privately owned free house pub restaurant with bed & breakfast accommodation that has resided at the heart of the tranquil historic village of Balsham, Cambridgeshire since the 16th Century. More recently it has been the focus of a stunning transformation, whilst remaining sensitive to many of its charming Grade II Listed features.

Pub Restaurant

A beautiful new dining area has been lovingly restored from the listed barn, created with an 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 Nofolk interior designer, Annie Lambert.


Cambridge garden designer, Ian Shooter (with numerous Chelsea Flower Show medals to his name), has been 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.


Five luxurious 4 Star guest rooms 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.

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, and four beers on the pumps (three permanent and one rotating guest ale)


We are proud to be listed in the industry bible, The Good Pub Guide – the first time the Black Bull has made it into this publication – to join our long-standing Good Beer Guide entry. This is a great credit to our team.

We have also been invited to join the exclusive Alastair Sawday Pubs & Inns guide, as well as being accredited four AA stars for our accommodation and an AA Rosette for our food, so matching the achievements of our sister pub, The Red Lion Hinxton.

Our awards are also already starting to mount up. The Black Bull team achieved second place in two awards: National Pub Food Awards 2013 and National Business Innovation Award 2013 for their Pie offering. We also picked up National Front of House Manager of the Year 2013 by the leading industry organisation at The Publican's Morning Advertiser's National Gastropub Awards.

The realtime and generally reliable Trip Advisor reviews for our restaurant and accommodation appear to back up all of the above.

We are reliant on feedback from our customers to ensure that future visits are even more enjoyable. You can do this by filling out the form on our contact page – we’d be delighted to hear from you (and we will enter you into the monthly draw).

Whether it’s for lunch or dinner, quick drink and a bite, midweek stopover or weekend stay, The Black Bull at Balsham looks forward to welcoming you soon.

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