The Three Blackbirds

UK England East Anglia Suffolk Newmarket

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Wifi
  • Walking
This cosy Suffolk pub is the ideal weekend rural bolthole.
Situated in the pretty village of Woodditton, just outside Newmarket, it's third time lucky for this cosy Suffolk pub, which was refurbished a couple of years ago before suffering a devastating fire in 2019. It has since come back even better and stronger, reopening in 2020 with much fanfare to a local community that were glad to have their village pub back. Not only that, they have added nine guest rooms in an adjacent barn, and they serve excellent food, making it one of the cosiest, comfiest places to stay in an area that is honestly short on good accommodation.

Like Chestnut's other properties, (including the nearby Moulton Packhorse), The Three Blackbirds is the sort of place you'll like if you favour pubs with a modern twist. It has been carefully updated, retaining the best of its original features, with bare brick walls, beams and ancient fireplaces, but with splashes of colour and retro furniture that remind you it's the 21st century. The rooms are in a purpose-built barn next door, and include regular doubles and family rooms, some of which are dog friendly; five are on the ground floor, three on the first floor, and they all come with super-king-size beds with high-quality mattresses, decent-sized Smart TVs, fast wifi and tea and coffee-making facilities – and spacious bathrooms with rainfall showers and Bramley toiletries. As for the food, it's a deliberately classic and rather delicious menu, focusing on local and seasonal produce, including hearty delights like pigs head terrine and cider-braised pork alongside crowd-pleasing favourites like fish and chips and a very special Newmarket sausage and mash with red onion gravy. Breakfast is an equally satisfying, plate-service affair, while they even have a menu for dogs, featuring items to gnaw, chew and drink. They also boast a private dining room – The Gun Room – so are well set up for parties and meetings.

Finally there's the location, which is perfect for visiting Newmarket – the town is just a couple of miles to the north of the pub – but also very handy for both Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds, which are only 20 minutes' away by car, as is the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Whether you're interested in these places or not, it's nice to have them on your doorstep, but the real draw of the Three Blackbirds is that it's only an hour or so's drive from London. We couldn't think of a much better place to wind up on a Friday night.


Nine guest rooms. One is fully accessible, another has a sofa bed so can accommodate a family of 4; all the ground-floor rooms are dog friendly.. 


Double rooms with breakfast  from £100 a night midweek, £180 a night at weekends; weekend DB&B deal from £230 a night for 2 people. 

Opening Times

Open all year.


Contact Website  01638 731 100  The Three Blackbirds, The Three Blackbirds, 36 Ditton Green, Woodditton, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9SQ

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Getting There

Woodditton is a short drive or taxi ride from New market, which has a mainline railway station. It's also short a short drive from the A11 and A14.

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