Customer Reviews



  • "Definitely recommend..."
    Excellent meal. Very wide menu with some unusual choices, the Pigeon was very good. Good friendly service - will definitely recommend to friends and family.



  • *Such a fun evening..."
    This was such a fun evening for us! The experience of dining while blindfolded was exciting and guessing the courses was much harder than I thought it would be. The food was truly inspiring and the staff took such good care of us. Please let us know when this event roles around again. A big thank you to everyone at the Eight Bells for making this a great night!
    Mike & Suzanne



    Mike Murphy


  • "Really nice choice..."
    Really nice choice of sandwiches, good to see different fillings, the chicken and pesto was delicious. The staff were really friendly and welcoming.





  • *We shall be back..."
    Lovely surroundings, pleasant ambience and good food, especially the starters. Thank you for a wonderful and entertaining experience. We shall be back with our second child.


    Paddy, Kev, Dave and Edith


  • "Wonderful surprise!"
    We visited Saffron Walden for the first time today and without a clue of where to eat (with a dog in tow), decided to pick the brains of the Information Centre and kept our fingers crossed that the bistro style with outside seating in the town centre was going to be nice. We were wrong! It wasn't was LOVELY! Service was impeccable, the 'secret garden' was sunny and welcoming and the food delicious! We went for the 3 course lunchtime menu, each having the rare roast beef starter, smoked haddock and salmon fishcake and warm chocolate brownie (sadly the eton mess had sold oult!). Couldn't fault any of it - all the flavours worked very well together in each dish and we had a really lovely time. The only slight hitch was that I had asked for cream rather than ice-cream - the waitress noticed the error straight away and although I said it was fine, she went on to bring some cream out aswell anyway! Great service! The bread was homemade and the ice-cream very nice too (despite my being a bit of an ice-cream snob!). All in all, ten out of ten and sad we live such a long way away! Thanks for a lovely, memorable lunch!
  • "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.

  • Ordered a dish that wasn’t on the menu! Appreciate the flexibility of the chef
  • 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!



  • One of the best meals ive had with fantastic atmosphere and great service
  • "Excellent food, amazing service, lovely atmosphere"
    We visited here as a large group of 8. The service was impeccable and the food was amazing. Lots of choice for veggies, and lots of good food for the foodies. We had a private room and it was lovely, the waitress was very knowledgable and was an amazing hostess. Even though, we were a large group, all of our food came out at once and was piping hot. I can't wait to visit again.
  • Delicious food. Waiting staff all very helpful, especially since we had 2 children with us.
    Beautiful, warm deccor
  • Lovely service – polite, welcoming, warm and not pushy. Great food, thank you
  • Delightful food, beautiful venue and friendly service, thank you
  • 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.



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