Top 50 Gastropubs

The Three Hills

Bartlow, Cambridgeshire

The Three Hills rests at the heart of Bartlow, Cambridge, which is a small village with just 110 residents.

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Joining the Top 100 list last year as Highest New Entry, the pub has put in a strong performance this year, with most first entries tending to slip from the list after their first appearance.

According to its website, the pub gives “the warmest welcome in Cambridgeshire” and was named after the three hills or Tumuli – ancient burial mounds, which were originally part of a seven-mound group, considered to be the largest in Europe.

But a rich history isn’t the only thing on offer here. The award-winning kitchen holds two AA Rosettes and a Michelin Plate for great food.

As well as great food, the pub offers a stunning atmosphere with lots of comfy places to hide out on cold wintery days, including the snug or library which features a roaring log fire.
There are also six wonderfully decorated bedrooms to stay in at the pub, with dogs welcome in the four annex rooms for a small additional cost.

Meanwhile, onto the food and the Three Hills does not disappoint, serving dishes that have included grilled mackerel with apple, miso and horseradish; game pithivier with chestnut and mushroom ketchup and wild mushrooms; and spiced squash soup with red lentil and seeded sourdough for starters.

Onto the mains and diners will find dishes the likes of pane seared daub of venison with fondant potato, savoy cabbage, creamy leek and parsnip crisp; slow cooked beef short rib bourguignon with horseradish mash and baby carrot; and glazed hake with kohlrabi, red lentil dahl, masala carrot, samphire bhaji and curried clam sauce.

You’ll find fresh, local ingredients on the menu, from light bites to classic dishes and everything in between.

With stunning food, wonderful drinks and beautiful rooms, the Three Hills can provide the perfect setting to drink, eat and stay, enjoying the stunning setting inside and out.

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