Pretty thatched pub with bedroom extension ' a good all-rounder ' and with well regarded food, too
The good pub guide review
You can be sure of a warm welcome from the friendly landlord at this handsome black and white timbered building. The beamed bar spreads around a central servery where they keep Adnams Ghost Ship, Greene King IPA and Woodfordes Wherry on handpump, 19 wines by the glass from a good list, ten malt whiskies, draught lager and interesting juices. Dividers and standing timbers break up the space, which has an open fire (with leather sofas in front of it), floorboards and low black beams in the front section; furniture includes small leatherette-seated dining chairs. A restaurant extension (in a listed barn) has a high-raftered oak-panelled roof and a network of standing posts and steel ties. The front terrace has teak tables and chairs by a long, pleasantly old-fashioned verandah and there are more seats in a small sheltered back garden. Smart, comfortable bedrooms are in a neat single-storey extension. It's under the same ownership as the equally good Red Lion at Hinxton.
The good pub guide food review
The particularly good food includes sandwiches, pulled ham hock with pea velouté and home-made piccalilli, mushroom and blue cheese tart, beer battered fish and chips, butternut squash with spinach, chickpea, tomato, mashed potato and pine nuts, rolled pork belly with black pudding mash and mustard sauce, duck breast with orange-glazed chicory and plum sauce, and puddings such as apple pannacotta and chocolate delice with winter berry gel and vanilla ice-cream; they also offer breakfasts 7.30-9am (8.30-9.30am weekends).
Black Bull, 27 High Street, Balsham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4DJ