The Three Hills Pub with rooms in Bartlow, Cambridgeshire

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Restored in 2018; cool rural inn
  • Stylish bar, library & Orangery
  • Inventive food; classic bar menu
  • Smart contemporary rooms
  • Handy for Cambridge & Newmarket

Sticky FingersMuddy PawsOutdoor Pursuits90 Minutes from London15 Minutes from the MotorwayPrivate Dining

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Overview

The Three Hills Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PW

The personal touch

Rescued and restored in 2018 by Chris and Sarah Field, the striking 17th-century Grade II listed inn has been beautifully transformed into a cool rural bolthole within easy reach of Newmarket and Cambridge. At the heart of the tiny estate village, this former alehouse stands close to the walls of Bartlow Park is worth finding for the stylish interiors, the inventive food and the six cosy rooms, four of which are located in a stunning new build beyond the car park. Beams abound in the fabulous bar with its tiled floor, chapel chairs at wooden tables, bright cushions on comfortable wall benches and soothing blue hues – arrive early in winter to bag the seats by the inglenook fire or the blazing wood-burner. The adjoining Library (sofa, upholstered and leather chairs, open fires, shelves of books) has a smart country-house feel and is a great place for perusing the papers with a pint of Wherry, or a tipple before dinner in the Orangery dining room, a light-filled and very contemporary dining space with a high-vaulted ceiling and windows overlooking the terrace and open fields. Emma Harrison oversees a great team – expect friendly and efficient service.

Sticky fingers

Children are welcome in the pub until 9pm; smaller portions are available

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar (dog bones on the bar) and library, and overnight in the annexe bedrooms.

Alfresco

On warmer days make the most of the sunny patio and newly landscaped garden, replete with vast wooden table for communal dining and a barbeque

 

What’s the Damage?
6 double/twin: £100- £120

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & Orangery
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 5 Silver Stars & 2 Rosettes

Sleep

The Three Hills Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PW

Do not disturb

Six super-comfortable rooms are split between the pub and the beautiful refurbished annexe located at the top of the car park. The two rooms above the pub are spacious and offer period charm with exposed beams; those in the annexe are more compact and cosy, but all are very individual with a simple, cool and contemporary design. Think, soothing warm colours (walls and quality soft fabrics), LED lighting, painted furniture, floral and modern artwork to suit each room, and the best pocket-sprung mattresses topped with Hungarian goose down duvets and pillows. Added extras to make you smile include fresh flowers, a Roberts radio, a Nespresso machine, Samsung televisions, books, and swish little wet-room style bathrooms with walk-in shower, thick towels and White Company toiletries. Upper rooms in the annexe enjoy views across the village and surrounding paddocks.

 

 

 

What’s the Damage?
6 double/twin: £100- £120

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & Orangery
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 5 Silver Stars & 2 Rosettes

Eat & Drink

The Three Hills Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PW

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£12; Main Courses: £15-£20; Desserts £6.50-£9; Bar Menu £5.50-£18)

Exciting menus range from pub classics with a modern twist served in the bar to a great value set two-course lunch menu (£17) and a short, inventive and well thought out evening menu (2 rosettes) that offers some interesting ingredient and flavour combinations. Dishes evolve with the seasons and make sound use of the rich larder on the doorstep, including game and venison from surrounding estates. In the bar you can tuck into an excellent pheasant and redcurrant scotch egg with your pint, or for something more substantial try the corned beef hash with crispy egg and homemade piccalilli, or the hearty and warming chicken and wild mushroom pie. Sandwich lovers will not be disappointed with the pastrami, dill pickle, emmental and mustard sandwich served with fries. Dinner highlights may include duck liver and foie gras parfait with roast quince and pears, followed by halibut with mussels, clams, langoustine, fennel puree and lobster bisque, and sticky ginger pudding with coconut ice cream. To drink, there are four ales, including Sauvignon Blonde from Crafty Beers in Newmarket, a raft of boutique spirits, and a select wine list with good tasting notes (13 by the glass).

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm (3pm Saturday; 4pm Sunday)
Dinner: from 7pm

Time at the bar

10am – 11pm (from 6pm on Monday; until 6.30pm on Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
6 double/twin: £100- £120

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to bar & Orangery
  • Parking

Gongs
AA 5 Silver Stars & 2 Rosettes

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Three Hills

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Ooshi Bubble Tea World, Regent Street, Cambridge CB2 1AB

Perhaps a sign that cosmopolitan chic has spread to the provinces, dive into the unique wacky world of Taiwanese bubble tea. Jasmine green, Assam black or Oolong is blended with either fruit or milk, as well as ice, fruit syrups or tapioca pearls and then shaken to give it the bubbly froth. Once experienced, never forgotten.

3

The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester CB3 9NQ

The second Chestnut Inns property and sister to The Packhorse shares the same values - locally sourced food, great service and a traditional role at the heart of this historic and literary community, reputed to house more Nobel Prize winners than anywhere else. Travel here on the river by punt from nearby Cambridge.

4

Elveden Estate, Elveden IP24 3TQ

Lord 'Ned' Iveagh and his family have created a delightful emporium at the heart of the family 'farm' (the largest ring-fenced arable land in the UK), full of delicious foodie, retail and leisure opportunities. The food hall and attached cafe-restaurant, full of estate produce are just part of the appeal. Elveden's Christmas experience is a worthy discovery.

5

Eat Cambridge Festival CB2 3QB

A fortnight of fantastic local food and drink, a jam-packed schedule of tasty fringe events and a huge food and drink fair at the Corn Exchange. Mid May.

6

Fitzbillies, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RG

For over 90 years, this veritable Cambridge institution has been at the heart of 'town & gown', serving up bakery and patisserie of high standards, including legendary sticky Chelsea Buns. Now owned by a food writer, it includes a great cafe/restaurant for lunch and a coffee counter alongside the original shop.

7

La Hogue Farm Shop and Cafe, Chippenham CB7 5PZ

In a quiet rural setting, this is a real treat, not just the expected great range of produce and specialities, but a passionately-run shop and good lunchtime cafe, and also a butchery counter and delicious meals to go. Lovely alfresco setting too.

9

Cambridge Food Tour CB2 3QB

Walking food tours taking you off the beaten path through the eyes of local foodies around the city. Either join a public date or arrange a bespoke private one.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Three Hills

Activities

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Racing at Newmarket, CB8 0TG

Dubbed the headquarters of the 'sport of kings' in Britain, Newmarket is an internationally renowned thoroughbred horse racing venue. The racecourse hosts two of the country's five 'classics' - the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas.

Shopping

12

Martha V, 9-11 High Street, Newmarket CB8 8LX

Martha V is a high profile fashion boutique in Newmarket's High Street, stocking over 26 different labels, including Betty Barclay, Libra and Michaela Louisa. Browse the store and relax over a complementary cup of coffee.

13

Jessica Muir Gallery, Hall Street, Long Melford CO10 9JR

Resident artists Jessica Brown and Jean Muir showcase an eclectic mix of work from established artists and new designers, specialising in textiles, ceramics, paintings and original prints.

14

The Hunter Gallery, Hall Street, Long Melford CO10 9JQ

The longest established gallery in Long Melford, established in 2001, exhibits local, well-known artists from Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and specializes in a wide range of styles and media to suit all tastes and budgets. Regular exhibitions.

15

Cambridge CB2 3BJ

Cambridge's excellent range of independent retailers offers something for everyone: an abundance of boutiques, scores of designer labels, a daily market and All Saints Garden Art and Craft Market every Saturday.

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Long Melford Antiques Warehouse, Hall Street CO10 9JB

Four floors and more 250 dealers exhibiting a huge range of antiques, collectables, decorative items and 17th to 20th furniture – perfect for browsing and buying on a wet day.

Places to visit

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The Manor, Hemingford Grey PE28 9BN

Take a stroll through the picturesque village of Hemingford Grey, near Huntingdon, walk along the towpath of the River Ouse and soon you reach the entrance to The Manor, a wonderfully atmospheric, continuously occupied, 900-year-old house that for many years was the home of the children's author, Lucy M. Boston. The garden is open all year; the house can be viewed by appointment only.

6

Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE

Close to Bury St Edmounds, Ickworth's spectacular Rotunda was commissioned by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house his priceless artefacts collected on tours around Europe in the 18th century. The Italianate garden includes box hedges and Mediterranean planting.

7

Wicken Fen, Ely CB7 5XP

Discover a secluded world of flowering meadows and reedbeds described by the National Trust who manage the site as 'a window onto a lost fenland landscape'. Here, you'll find hen harriers and bitterns, dragonflies, moths and wildfowl. There are also herds of Highland cattle and Konik ponies.

8

Gainsborough House, Sudbury CO10 2EU

This fascinating museum and art gallery stands in the centre of the market town of Sudbury and is probably most famous as the birthplace of the artist Thomas Gainsborough. Dating back to 1520, the house has many striking features as well as various Ginsborough paintings and portraits.

9

Denny Abbey and the Farmland Museum, Cambridge CB25 9PQ

Situated 6 miles to the north of Cambridge, this former Benedictine abbey has a fascinating history and an impressive array of family-friendly attractions. The site's Farmland Museum includes a fenman's hut, blacksmith's and wheelwright's workshops.

Walking

www.walkinginsuffolk.co.uk
www.discoversuffolk.org.uk
Between Newmarket and King’s Lynn lies some of East Anglia’s most isolated fen country, which is great for exploring on foot. This is a flat landscape characterised by rivers, channels and dykes and during the seasons, especially in winter, the light creates a very evocative atmosphere.

Cycling

www.sustrans.co.uk
In this remote corner of eastern England, you can discover a network of cycle paths and routes linking a host of picturesque villages and towns, pubs, cafes, historic houses and numerous visitor attractions. There’s something for everyone, including a handy 8-mile cycle route linking Moulton, Gazeley and Barrow. For something longer, head for south Suffolk and explore Lavenham’s woodlands and valleys (21 miles) or embark on the 28-mile Jockey’s Trail, starting in Newmarket.

Events

www.visitcambridge.org
www.aldeburgh.co.uk
www.aldeburghfoodanddrink.co.uk
Cambridge’s calendar is always packed with fairs, performing arts events and workshops. The Cambridge Folk Festival and the Cambridge Literary Festival are among the best known annual fixtures. Head for the Suffolk coast and there’s usually something going on: in June, the famous Aldeburgh Festival, devoted to classical music, visual arts, master classes and films; in September, the annual Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Bartlow is signposted off A1307 between A11 and Haverhill, 14 miles south east of Cambridge and 7 miles west of Haverhill

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Great Chesterford (10 miles)

Address:

Bartlow Road, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PW

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