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The Eight Bells

18 Bridge Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1BU, England
+44 1799 522790
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“lamb” (11 reviews)
“mash” (9 reviews)
“ribeye” (4 reviews)
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10:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
18 Bridge Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1BU, England
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Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Found this pub when I moved to Saffron Walden, and it quickly became my local when I discovered its great, diverse menu and brilliant medieval barn conversion complete with half timbers. Staff are friendly too.

Thank Andy3031
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We booked early so there were not many people in the restaurant. Service was efficient and friendly - the little blonde waitress was delightful. Our starters were delicious freshly cooked, full of flavour and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Mains were the same - my bream...More

Thank Jak Jak G
Reviewed 26 August 2018

Late Sunday lunch - gluten free and vegetarian all catered for. Excllent food, actually exceptional. Excellent service too, lovely venue. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Highly recommend.

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed 19 August 2018

It is hard to find somewhere half decent near the M11. We decided to take a detour & came across the Eight Bells. It was late Sunday lunch time & they managed to fit us in after a short wait. It was well worth it....More

Thank Carol W
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Came here from London with husband, our son and his girlfriend after a visit to see our sick puppy at a nearby animal hospital and it cheered us up enormously - the warm welcome by all staff, the excellent food and the beautiful venue were...More

Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent food, more like restaurant than pub quality. Nice atmosphere in the converted barn. 2nd time I've been here. Big portions so don't really need a starter. Great choice of vegetarian dishes and my friend had very good stonebass fillet. Recommend the Louis D'or champagne...More

Thank Tim O
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Ate Sunday Lunch here today with the rest of my family and overall had an average experience. Food was fairly reasonably priced (£19.50 for 2 courses with a range of choices), but I felt the service was overall fairly poor. The Waiter who seated us...More

Thank Matthew V
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

Second visit to this pub specifically for the Wednesday steak night.... First time we all had sirloin steak which was absolutely delicious but the return visit we thought we would try the RIBEYE and it was disappointing very chewy, not many chips are served either...More

Thank AndrewMur
Reviewed 21 July 2018

What a great find! Dropped in here in passing with friends, expecting a pub lunch. We got one of the best meals we've ever had and at very reasonable prices. One of us said "This is the best meal I've had since [a named meal...More

Thank kcm1951
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent food & wine, service was efficient & a good atmosphere. Waitress was able to answer questions about the menu & offer good suggestions.

Thank natski_bullen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 16 - USD 56
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Kids, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 Bridge Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1BU, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Saffron Walden
  • Phone Number: +44 1799 522790
  • E-mail
The Eight Bells Saffron WaldenWe've recently taken on this beautiful pub in this beautiful town with the aim of making it a really friendly place to meet for a drink or a bite to eat.We think that's what a great pub is all about – somewhere that's warm and welcoming where you're just as welcome to read the paper over a pint or meet friends for a drink after work as you are to sit down for a three course meal or come for a celebration dinner.Happily, you can do all of that here.We've taken the classic features of this wonderful original 16th century barn and sensitively restored them to make The Eight Bells a pub anyone can enjoy. Step inside and you'll find lots of cosy spots to sit back and relax, and, if the mood takes you, have a plate of good, honest home-cooked food. Behind the new-look Eight Bells is an award-winning team of people who have lots of experience in running really great pubs and making sure everyone has a good time. Our chefs are in the kitchen cooking the delicious dishes on our seasonal menu fresh every day, there's a friendly team, behind the bar and in the eatery and all of them are working hard to make your visit as enjoyable as it possibly can be. Join us soon for great food and drink and warm, friendly service.
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