The Three Blackbirds

Woodditton, Cambridgeshire

A 17th-century thatched pub on a residential village street has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes after a fire in 2018. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

A 17th-century thatched pub on a residential village street has risen Phoenix-like from the ashes after a fire in 2018. ‘It has been beautifully spruced up,’ writes a Guide insider, ‘maintaining a certain olde-worlde charm, with wooden benches, rustic furniture, old farm implements on the walls, yet with a thoroughly modern twist.’ Bedrooms are in a newbuilt barn. ‘Ours felt like it was straight out of a posh boutique hotel, with its oversized fabric headboard and battleship-grey tongue-and-groove wall panels.’ It had pale wood furniture, a plush blue armchair with matching throws and cushions, cowhide stools, fresh milk – no fridge and no bathrobes. ‘Wood-burners glow in both the bar and restaurant, and no one bats an eyelid if muddy boots or paws pad over the flagstones or parquet.’ There are pub standards such as fish and chips, but the food is ‘a cut above your normal pub grub – partridge, with celeriac mash and kale that was cooked so beautifully, I had to ask how they did it’. We await reports from discerning canine diners as to the quality of the pooch’s venison jerky and Bottom-Sniffer beer. (JK)

Hotel details

Address

36 Ditton Green
Woodditton
Newmarket
Cambridgeshire
CB8 9SQ
England

Telephone

01638 731100

Bedrooms

9. All in self-contained barns, 1 suitable for disabled.

Open

all year, closed Mon and Tues except bank holidays.

Facilities

2 restaurants, bar, private dining room, in-room TV, garden (outdoor dining), EV charging, ‘some challenges for ease of wheelchair access’.

Background music

all day in public spaces.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £15, children's menu.

Dogs

well-behaved dogs welcomed (£15 per night) except in 3 dog-free bedrooms.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £100. À la carte £32.