The Bull - Highgate
The Bull - Highgate

The Bull - Highgate

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://thebullhighgate.co.uk/
  • Phone: 020 8341 0510
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 12pm - 10pm
    Saturday 9:30am - 10pm (Brunch 9:30-12pm)
    Sunday 9:30am - 9pm (Brunch 9:30-12pm)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British, Gastro Pub
  • Executive Chef: David Hook
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Nicky 02083410510x
  • Special Events: Monday - Quiz night
    Wednesday - Wings Wednesday - 1/2kg of Hot Wings £5

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Bull - Highgate
We’re proud to welcome you to a great public house, an established part of the local community.

Through the experience of the owner, and his carefully constructed team, we have created a pub where you can meet friends, eat with your family or come for a quiet pint, whilst experiencing uncompromising standards of service, food and drinks. Also, because we genuinely believe the heart of a great pub is amazing beer, we’ve installed small microbrewery in the pub.

We look forward to extending you a warm welcome at the Bull, and hope to see you soon.

Please note that we do not take reservations in the garden, and on Monday nights we host a quiz in the bar.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Eating
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSunday Lunch
The Bull - Highgate reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since 24 November 2013
Average Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambience4
    Value3.7
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
sunday lunch (92)fit for foodies (48)outdoor eating (41)group bookings (37)special occasions (32)child friendly (25)romance (18)good vegetarian options (14)brunch (13)outstanding value (11)business meals (9)pre/post theatre (4)afternoon tea (2)disabled access (1)Show More
  • Pleasant birthday dinner with friends
    Peter
    Dined on 15/11/2014
    Pleasant meal, not out-of-this-world food but perfectly acceptable and friendly, attentive staff. Would probably rather have been downstairs for the buzz than upstairs but that was good too. Minor quibbles: they don't do desert wine by the glass and the wine recommended by the waitress was a tiny bit pricey - I think if your waiter is going to recommend something it should be either around the £20 mark or they should say it's nearly £30 but worth it... Rabbit pasty, pheasant, chicken livers all very nice, sticky toffee pudding excellent!
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    good vegetarian options, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Roast NOT
    bd10
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Was looking forward to roast beef etc so very disappointed to receive news that none left after "busy lunchtime". Also prawns starter tasted stale - Sunday is not a good day to serve shellfish but no other choice appealed & had hoped would be from freezer & OKish. Never again. But still fine if dining with a dog as we were - dog now knows its way & goes there without any telling if on North Hill!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sunday roast!
    HungryDiner
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Fantastic place! A beautiful garden in the front with fairy lights and seating. Inside is just as ambient. Had vegetarian nut roast which was fantastic. As a veggie l crave all the gravy, vegetables, roast potatoes and yorkshire puddings and this came with it all (including one giant yorkshire pud!)!! Desert was absolute heaven! Really recommend the peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake! Wine menu was fantastic too, reasonably priced yet carefully selected. We also sampled the beer menu which was extensive and included produce of the restaurant's very own microbrewery! Only downfall was service was very friendly but slow.
    Special Features:
    good vegetarian options, outdoor eating, romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Good food with poor service
    Regs
    Dined on 26/10/2014
    Lovely cosy surroundings and tasty grub but the service is appalling. Waitress was stroppy and inattentive. Being served was a mission in itself!
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average
    FunLovinFoodie
    Dined on 24/10/2014
    Décor is lovely and service is attentive though a bit too familiar (waitress kept calling us 'My Lovelies'). Food was good but, starters were miserly - two small scallops with a few chunky crumbs of black pudding? Mains were fine, lovely chips. A little too expensive for what it is but, all in all a good night. Recommend that you sit in the pub downstairs as it has better atmosphere...if there aren't many diners upstairs, it can feel a bit awkward.
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    romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Friendly and tasty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 22/10/2014
    A friendly welcome and attentive service. The menu offered plenty of variety and the drinks list is endless, brilliant for beer lovers especially. Food was timely and cooked perfectly. A good gastropub experience all round.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deeandtuppence
    Dined on 19/10/2014
    We eat at The Bull generally at weekends and visit for a drink during the week. Very interesting menu, good food, good beer and very good service in very comfortable surroundings. Would thoroughly recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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  • SRLady
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food and a wonderful array of beers. Easily one of the best burgers I've tasted in London!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bull review
    SkyBlueDiner
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Excellent venue, good quality food from a good seasonal menu. Very good selection for beers from non mainstream brewers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saturday Evening Meal for 8
    Rockontommy
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Booked on line for 8pm and the table was reserved and labelled when we got there so able to sit straight down. Waitress was excellent; service at a perfect pace and always looking in case we needed anything. Great choice of food and drink (the beer menu is fabulous). Sampled the house real ales which were all explained on serving. We had variety of food from the menu, and everyone enjoyed it. I had the rabbit and hazelnut pasty which was exceptional. The pub was busy but the we were never rushed or ignored. Would thoroughly recommend the Bull.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, outstanding value
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hold that Table
    Happytimeeater
    Dined on 28/9/2014
    We had booked for Sunday lunch for half past one, but due to a multiple shunt on the M3 and congestion around thew North Circular, it became obvious we were not going to make that time. A quick call to the Bull was made and they reassured us that our table was ours until 4pm, so we could relax and not worry. We dined upstairs and were able to enjoy a very efficient service and good food. The waitress managed to pick a craft beer from the pub's extensive selection that perfectly matched my wife's requirements, and we were served at our table, which was a nice touch. All in all a good experience. Be warned, though, this is a family friendly pub, so those that prefer a quieter drink need to be aware.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/9/2014
    The table service was good, very friendly and responsive, but there was a hitch in the timing of the starters and the main course was a very long time coming. The food was good, roasts, enormous Yorkshire puddings. burgers (veg and non-veg) The table was just the right size for our group of 9, in a pleasant space
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    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything a pub should be
    LadyEmmaC
    Dined on 17/9/2014
    Great food, great ambience, extensive drinks menu and good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dog friendly gastropub
    bd10
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Have been many times to The Bull as the food is good & good value plus they are nice to dogs! It is great for a casual dinner or lunch with friends.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Even tho food was good the service wasn't great, I don't think I would go back.
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    brunch
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  • Great to catch up
    Ella
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    In good weather its ovely to sit out on the front porch but equally the inside is very welcoming... Great variety of beers too! The fish and chips were yummy!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliably good
    avni
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This has become our local and we take friends and family here alot. The food and service are always reliably good. They also have an extensive beer menu and change this on a regular basis. Staff are always friendly and informative. My sister is gluten intolerant and there is also something on the menu that is suitable for her.
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Cosy and organic, perfect for group dining and business meals.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great beer.. and food
    gordanshazVIP
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    As a bit of a hop head I've wanted to visit this pub for some time. The beer was very good, fresh an d well kept. The Food, starters were the high points my partners spelt salad was lovely and my radish with butter and sea salt was interesting.. Mains were good, half a large chicken per person was too much though. Lovely friendly staff and a terrace where we could enjoy the last rays of sunshine made it a most enjoyable lunch.
    Special Features:
    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    AndyVIP
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Ate in the upstairs dining room for the first time, thought it was better for dining than the main pub downstairs. Food and service was excellent. Nice choice of fresh food which was well cooked.
    Special Features:
    group bookings, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bollinger11
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    We went for a birthday celebration. The outside was pretty inside looks ok but plates were not cleared quickly leaving a powerfully strong unpleasant smell. Food was bland, overdone and for some inedible but in fairness my husband enjoyed his ribeye and my son his burger.Very disappointing! Drinks of brandy and beers were good. I would not eat there again.
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  • Nice pub grub
    Lhs33
    Dined on 27/7/2014
    Nice pub, set on main road. Sat outside, service attentive and relaxed. Food is good quality gastro pub fayre and Sunday roast good value for money although beef a little overlooked for our liking even though asked for medium-rare.
    Special Features:
    outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • summer food
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    Delightful evening at The Bull. Great atmosphere in busy restaurant but service remained friendly and efficient. Delicious food and good recommendations for accompanying wine. We are regular visitors and will be back again soon
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    outdoor eating
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  • Bull , good & bad
    ilovelife
    Dined on 26/7/2014
    The Bull is a good lively &friendly. There & is a MICRO BREWERY of distinction. The MENU is dull, but [ & not for the first time] not well cooked. Horribly dry & tasteless terrine......dry ,brittle toast & only a few salty bits on the side. A moist ,tasty chutney would have helped. A thick fig jam for cheese given on request, but wrong for the dish. The expensive rib eye steaks were small, unevenly & in places badly over cooked , not med. rare as asked. The chips were horribly pale, tasteless soft & undercooked & a mean portion. The green beans were good. Sadly, I went with a Chef this time who was not only unimpressed by the food, but had been watching the kitchen, which he said was not working efficiently.
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    brunch, business meals, child friendly, group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Fats
    Dined on 23/7/2014
    We eat here regularly, so was disappointed having booked through Open Table, and requested a table outside - in fact we had cancelled another restaurant, as we wanted this option, when an indifferent waitress said they did not accept reservations on outside tables. A short text would have alerted me to this in advance, and we would have reviewed our options. Small things like this can change an evening... Open Table are quite open that additional requests are not always able to be dealt with, my grumble is with The Bull for not going the extra mile in terms of service!
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, romance, special occasions
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  • Everything but the service...
    Casscase
    Dined on 12/7/2014
    The ambience is great and the prices reasonable (for Highgate). The home brews are brilliant and the staff super friendly. The food is heavenly and will appeal to foodies and people who like things simple alike. The only downside is the service not in the enthusiasm of the staff or the warmth of their interaction with you the customer, rather it's the speed at which they'll forget to bring the bill or the menus... They don't forget to bring the important things like food or beer but this lack of attention to detail (or maybe insufficient numbers of staff) does let the place down a bit... That said if you're prepared to pitch in and grab menus or go to the bar to order a refill (or dessert) and pay the bill then it's an amazing place!
    Special Features:
    child friendly, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first meal at the bull
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We really enjoyed our first meal at the bull, we've booked to go again with my in-laws next week. The food was really enjoyable and I had two great vegetarian options to choose from, not boring ones like some places. It looks really nice inside too and my husband enjoyed his pub brewed beer.
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    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    Tasha
    Dined on 21/6/2014
    Was recommended by a friend to go here for food and was not disappointed. The food was incredible, the best I have had in London thus far. The staff were very welcoming and friendly and provided impeccable service for the evening. A great little local in Highgate for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    brunch, child friendly, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Very reasonable
    Harrassedmumofthree
    Dined on 19/6/2014
    I met a friend of mine here for dinner. We asked for a quiet table and were given exactly that. The waiting staff were attentive and helpful. We chose the Bull because it had a wide menu and there was a good choice of fairly standard pub fair. Our food was well cooked and promptly delivered and we had an enjoyable evening.
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    brunch, child friendly, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • Was a bit disappointed
    Colms
    Dined on 15/6/2014
    After having a lovely meal on a Saturday night we decided to go for Father's Day. To be honest it was slow service, the staff didn't look interested until a lady came later in the day. The roast tasted like it has been sat for ages and the roast potatoes tasted frozen. Dessert was late but they kindly apologised and offered us a refund. Was gutted about bad experience as we'd enjoyed it so much the first time!
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  • Table for 5
    catn1
    Dined on 12/6/2014
    Really delicious broad bean tagliatelle and really good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outdoor eating, romance
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  • Atmospheric eating in Highgate
    MichC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Good food in beautiful surroundings. The bull is a great place to come with the family for Sunday lunch.
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    Sunday lunch
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  • delightful and delicious
    lovetoeatout
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Invited friend visiting from American to join as the The Bull for dinner on Thursday night. We had a great time, the service was friendly and helpful and the food, as always, delicious. The recommendations on beers for our guests was good and the bonus was the great live music. Helpful when we wanted to order a cab for our guests too. Altogether a really good night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Bull: A little Gem in Highgate
    PeterN
    Dined on 31/5/2014
    London being London I do not want to give this wonderful Pub / restaurant / brewery any sort of good report because, London being London I may not be able to get a table ever again.. So lets just say it has its own character which at every level works for me..Enough said! indeed, too much said already.!!!!!!.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, fit for foodies, outdoor eating, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Sunday Lunch
    Greatfood
    Dined on 18/5/2014
    This was a decent afternoon lunch. However, slow service and having to chase down waiters 5 times in the afternoon let it down. Even had to chase them down to pay the bill! Food was average.
    Special Features:
    disabled access, outdoor eating, Sunday lunch
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  • A great relaxing pub atmosphere
    GedE
    Dined on 15/5/2014
    Went here on a warm summer evening, very friendly staff, great food and live music. A great choice!
    Special Features:
    brunch, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 11th May 2014
    NL1970
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Simply the best Sunday roast in the area. The roast beef was perfectly cooked and extremely tender. The yorkshire pudding huge and the accompanying vegetables complemented the meal beautifully.
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    Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for 2 at the Bull
    Samantha
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Really nice gastro-pub feel. We went on a Friday night. We asked to sit down stairs which had a nice buzzing atmosphere and the food was good. I had the chicken wings which were a tad spicy but very tasty and the sea bass with fennel which was lovely but could have had a bit more sauce. The dessert was delicious. Chocolate Brownie with honeycomb ice-cream- just not quite enough ice-cream! My Husband had the steak which was moist and pink as he likes it. Definitely will go back!
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    Sunday lunch
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Very noisy. Poor service.Overcooked food.Would have walked had they not changed our booked table.
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  • Disapointed
    Susieque
    Dined on 1/5/2014
    We were very disappointed with our meals. The hot smoked salmon starter was miniscule, 2 in my party shared the Bull Board and said there wasn't enough. I had the rabbit rillettes which I enjoyed. My duck breast was served up almost raw with very little to accompany it, the steaks were very thin, not chunky and juicy as one would expect for £21.50. and the deserts were dull and uninteresting.
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