Free House Inn & Restaurant
Accommodation (eight en suite)
Tel 01799 530 601

Sister Pub: The Black Bull Balsham

New Head Chef

New Head Chef at the Red Lion
After nearly two years at the Red Lion helm we say farewell to Chris Leeton, who has produced some lovely food at a consistently high standard. A big thank you to Chris and we wish him well at his next venture.
We are delighted to reveal that we have found an exciting new Head Chef. We do not want to make too much noise yet as it is early days, but the first signs are very promising.  Jordan has had a great training at the Ritz and a London gastro, before a short spell running his own restaurant in the Dordogne.
He has only had the chance to introduce a few of his own dishes here so far (see his venison wellington right), but even his take on some inherited or classic dishes are standing out.

The Cambridgeshire Cook Book – for sale at both our pubs

On sale at both the pubs @ £14.95 each. The Cambridgeshire Cook Book is a wonderful celebration of the local food scene with a foreword by Daniel Clifford of two Michelin-starred restaurant, Midsummer House.  Featuring over 40 fantastic recipes from local chefs and businesses, we are delighted to be in it. The perfect gift for anyone local and interested in food.Continue Reading

Dining in the Dark – fund raising dinner for CamSight – over £1,300 raised

Dining in the Dark at The Lion – over £1,300 raised for CamSight Congratulations to CamSight supporters, the Red Lion staff and our sponsoring suppliers (Adnams Wine and Mikes of Sawbridgeworth) for another great Dining in the Dark event and fantastic sum raised. The blind starters and desserts were a little less challenging this yearContinue Reading

New Year’s Eve Sunday 31st December 2017 at The Black Bull Balsham

Our pubs are again combining forces this year to celebrate New Year’s Eve. We are all convening at The Black Bull Balsham to dish up a fine menu (see here) and see in the New Year. There will also be the ACE Jazz Quartet returning by popular demand to play some well known covers and DiscoContinue Reading

Our sister pub, The Black Bull Balsham, is having a Pint of Jazz, Friday 10th November

Pint of Jazz Black Bull Balsham Friday 10th November  James Marshall Quartet are kindly returning to the Bull and generously donating their fee to the Balsham Community Room Project  – playing in the bar to dine or drink to No tickets required but Dining tables will be limited  and Booking essential See menu here   Please call orContinue Reading

Festive Season Opening Hours

Some advanced warning that we will be closed on 25th December night, 26th December night, 31st December night (teaming up to celebrate at The Black Bull) and 1st January night.Continue Reading

Christmas Bookings

Christmas Bookings Be sure to get your Christmas booking in early – top slots are going fast. See our Christmas Menu here. Christmas Day Lunch this year is at The Red Lion only – menu here. Boxing Day Lunch open for bookings at both pubs – a la carte menu. New Year’s Eve will be at TheContinue Reading

Speciality Ales

Alongside our own Red & Black Ale we have a great selection of craft beer.  Most frequent favourites are Woodforde’s Wherry and Adnams Bitter. Other regulars include beers from such local breweries as Crafty Beers, Brandon Brewery and Nethergate.

Weddings & Parties

The Red Lion is now available for weddings and party hire.

The Black Bull Inn

Visit our Sister pub, The Black Bull Inn in Balsham


Red and Black Dining

Our services are being increasingly sought after for private events, whether for a private party in one of our pubs or a special event at home or nearby private venue.