Paddy, Kev, Dave and Edith
"Wonderful place to eat"
Our first visit on Fathers Day, a late booking too. The service was excellent, Charlie who was serving us for the duration was wonderful. Nothing was too much trouble him and the other staff who attended our table. They were extremely accommodating with my 9 year old son. Polite at all times and very friendly. The food was first class no complaints from anyone. Leave room for the Dessert, they are to die for. Look forward to returning even though it is quite a distance for us to travel, it was well worth it. Congratulations to one and all at the Eight Bells Saffron Waldon Christine and family
"Excellent food and great service. Preferred your ham hock to Gordon Ramseys"
"Attention to service exemplary"
I had not been to the eight bells in over thirty years and since it was the first time we managed to get the four of us, parents and two brothers at home at the same time in about 15 years we were looking forward to a treat. I understand the place recently changed ownership, not sure if he was the owner but suspect the affable Swedish host was also the owner. Dining room is modernised old hay barn with lots of character, modern wood burning heating units kept the temperature ok. The food was served very quickly and everything was tasty. We all had something different - my parents raved about the Thai fish cakes starter, my brother loved his chicken and mushroom pie and my steak was tasty. Do save space for dessert they were supreme - my orange liqueur panacotta rocked. The most noteworthy part of the evening was the unbelievable attention from the staff, there seemed to be an army of them and always asking and checking and food came quickly and hot. There are lots of choices of where to eat in the town but for me it certainly will come top of the list for great pub grub plus. An improvement on the Saffron Hotel and other pubs in the town for sure. Promise not to leave it another 30 years !! If i lived in the town i would most likely be a regular. The owner said they had suffered some bad Trip Advisors, i found nothing negative and the place was packed so clearly others are finding the right food, service and price combination. Good luck to our Swedish host he deserves success. With pre dinner drinks, two bottles of house wine, 4 starters, 2 mains and 2 starters as mains, 2 desserts and a coffee the bill was around £ 120 very reasonable considering the wine and pre dinner drinks.
"Lovely meal and excellent service"
The new manager and chef at The Eight Bells have really delivered high quality. The food is very good and the service attentive and personal. A fine range of wines available. What is esepacially good is that the Eight Bells is now a pub and restraunt with a lovely atmosphere. Gone is the rather odd organic shop and very small drinking area. We will definitely eat here again.
We went about 6 months ago when it was under different ownership, the food was only okay, but the pub was taken over just before Christmas by new owners. The old chef from way back when the pub was better is back and the interior of this 15th century (?) building has been transformed in to a nice cosy place with big leather sofas and huge woodburners.
Lit with candles and dim lights it wasn't best for photography but it was very romantic!
We went one Saturday afternoon for one of the 'grazing boards' - we tried the Greek meze board - which was fantastic and really good value, £9 which fed both of us a nice lunch. They also have local cider on tap, yay!
An evening of classy surrounding and great home-cooked food awaits says Sian Townsend
Friday night - a glass of prosecco on the go, great home-cooked food, all enjoyed in classy but comfortable surroundings. I can safely say that an evening a The Eight Bells in Saffron Walden is highly recommended.
The menu has a great range of seasonal, tempting options and just the right mix of trendy ingredients - grilled black pudding, with ham hock and a poached egg, and good hearty staples - local pork chop with bubble and squeak. Plus a specials board that includes a daily sausage, risotto, pasta and pie special – all of which can come as a start or main portion.