RestaurantsCambridgeshireBartlowCB21

survey result

Summary

£60
  £££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“The kitchen has the knack of turning pot-boilers into something special, and finding unusual combinations that work, and work very well”, say fans of this big rural gastropub, whose menu includes wood-fired pizza. In summer you can eat in the large beer garden, and there’s also a heated, covered outdoor terrace.

Summary

£57
   ££
3
Good
3
Good
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

A short drive from Cambridge, and in “a beautiful area”, this “upmarket country gastropub” is certainly popular (“seating vast numbers of people in various areas”). On most accounts it justifies this status with superior grub, in particular “outstanding pizza from a wood-fired oven”. Even fans can find it “let down slightly by the noise” however, and critics feel the cooking is “bland and not very gastro”.

Summary

£59
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Smart gastropub” – twenty minutes drive from Cambridge – a seventeenth century building extensively refurbished in late 2017 and with six bedrooms: “good food, with nice combinations and they do a great – and I mean great! – Sunday lunch” (“the black treacle roasted beef is an especially delicious option”). A gripe? – “staff are pleasant and friendly” but a couple of reports suggest that “more training is needed”.

Summary

£59
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

“Smart gastropub” – twenty minutes drive from Cambridge – a seventeenth century building extensively refurbished in late 2017 and with six bedrooms: “good food, with nice combinations and they do a great – and I mean great! – Sunday lunch” (“the black treacle roasted beef is an especially delicious option”). A gripe? – “staff are pleasant and friendly” but a couple of reports suggest that “more training is needed”.

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Have you eaten at The Three Hills, Bartlow?

Owner's description

The Three Hills Pub is a delightful 17th Century Grade II listed building located in the heart of Bartlow, approximately 14 miles from Cambridge and 7 miles from Haverhill. Originally opened as an alehouse in 1847, The Three Hills is the only remaining pub and community facility in a small village of only 110 residents. The pub got its name from three hills or Tumuli, ancient burial mounds originally part of a seven mound group which are considered to be the largest in Europe.


The Three Hills has seen many changes of ownership and has enjoyed periods of both huge success and dismal failure. Chris and Sarah Field bought the pub in December 2015, and following a lengthy planning approval process, finally got the green light to remove all the unattractive post war modern aspects of the building and begin the process of restoring the pub to its former glory as a traditional village pub whilst extending it to provide for new dining facilities and a beautiful pub garden which goes down to the river.


After less than a year of trading The Three Hills has added a Michelin Plate to its two AA Rosettes, Chris states “The recognition from The Michelin Guide is testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented team and to the support of our local community.”



Each of the four existing bedrooms has been lovingly refurbished and we have created two new bedrooms upstairs in the pub. Our kitchen has been completely refitted with the latest in cooking technology. Our new snug/library is the perfect haven for hiding out on a cold winter’s evening in front of the roaring log fire. A brand new orangery provides the much needed dining space and can be reserved for private parties. An extensive patio and beautifully landscaped garden completes the refurbishment and provides for wonderful outdoor dining during the warmer months.

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£8.30 £20.30 £4.00 £8.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £22.00
Filter Coffee £3.00
Extras  
Service 10.00%

Restaurant details

Yes
Highchair,Menu,Portions
Yes
No dress code
46
Yes

Private dining

Dean Road, Bartlow, CB21 4PW
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Opening hours
MondayCLOSED
TuesdayCLOSED
Wednesday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Thursday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Friday12 pm‑2 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Saturday12 pm‑2:30 pm, 6 pm‑9 pm
Sunday12 pm‑4 pm

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