Our pub sits proudly on one of Saffron Walden street steeped in history and lined with wonky, timber framed houses, painted in Suffolk pink, yellows and blues!

Our medievall market town is home to a fresh food market that has been held in the square since 1141, winning best small outdoor market in 2018, held on Tuesdays and Saturdays.


There is plenty to explore in the town, from The Fry Art Gallery, to exploring the many mazes, to wandering around the beautiful Bridge End Gardens, our neighbour. 

Close by you will also find the stunning Audley End mansion and estate - the miniature railway is always a hit with the little ones!

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Wandlebury Country Park and the Gog Magog Hills are a 20 minute drive from The Eight Bells, to the south of Cambridge. There are over 8 miles of footpaths around the park and hills, taking you through wildflower meadows, orchards, woodlands and iron-age ditches. On a clear day, there is a viewing spot where you can see Ely Cathedral, 17 miles away!

For families with kids there are lots of things to do! Say hello to the parks herd of Highland cattle, enjoy some Saffron Walden Ice Cream from Tilly's Traveling Tea Room, and head off on the Wandlebury Explorers Nature Trail.



We are a 13 minute drive from the Europe's largest air museum, the IWM Duxford. There is over a century of aviation history to explore, exhibitions that include 'The Battle of Britain' and a calendar of events including the annual airshow. 

At the Duxford Air Show you will see the world famous RAF Red Arrows display team take to the skies, daring wing walkers and the brave RAF Falcons parachute display team free falling through the sky!

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We are a 16 mile drive from the centre of Cambridge where there are plenty of walks by the river, through the water meadows and inner city routes.

There are many, many things to do and see in the city and we will share a few of our favourites with you.  


Browse the bustling Cambridge market! Home to many small, local traders from bakers, to makers, to florists and you can even get you bicycle fixed! 

Take a visit to Cambridge University's Wren Librarywhere you can view an original manuscript of Winnie the Pooh, by AA Milne - gifted by the Author who studied at Trinity College.