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 The Three Blackbirds, Woodditton
Escape to horse racing
 There is a misconception you have to travel far to really enjoy a short stay or weekend break. Proof, if proof was needed, came from a couple
dining next to us at the Three Blackbirds in Woodditton.
Having been forced to cancel their overseas honeymoon they adjusted their expectations and went for this countryside escape just under an hour’s drive from their Norwich home, taking their newly acquired rescue dog with them.
“We’re loving it,” they told us. “We’ve visited Lavenham, Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket and the accommodation couldn’t be’s such good value. We wanted a place that could take dogs and this is perfect.”
If we had got into conversation with other customers, many dining with man’s best friend by their side, no doubt we
could have rewritten that famous pet food advert line to “nine out of ten dog owners said they prefer the Three Blackbirds.”
But I digress. You may wish to know what we thought of this 17th century pub that’s only just risen from the ashes of a devastating fire in 2018. It’s been a clever and sympathetic rebuild, retaining much of the character of the old building.
It has lovely bar and restaurant areas and inviting bedrooms in The Barn. The cosy, relaxed setting enables you to kick off
your boots, wellies or otherwise and forget life’s stresses. We had a dog friendly ground floor bedroom looking out over
a landscaped courtyard, a suntrap from spring to autumn. The en suite included
a rainfall shower and double sink.
As with the Chestnut Group’s other
hotels and inns there is great attention to furnishings and decor.
We found some picturesque walks along footpaths close to paddocks and fields. It gave us the chance to tire our springer spaniel and have him sit contentedly by
Rosehip - a dog friendly ground floor, family bedroom with a king sized bed (that can be twinned) and a Hypnosa sofa bed
Room rates start from £130 B&B
36 Ditton Green, Woodditton, Newmarket CB8 9SQ
01638 731100
   A sharing steak and views inside and outside the pub

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