Pied Bull

4.2
275 reviews
£25 and under
Pub
A resplendent country pub, located right in the heart of Newton-le-Willows. A cracking range of beers, liveners & pick me ups sit behind the bar, coupled with quirky art, curiosities, and plenty of cosy or lively spots to enjoy your pint and put the world to rights. The suntrap terrace at the front ensures the pub atmosphere spills out on to the lively high-street whilst at the rear a splendid secret garden promises to provide a welcome haven.

Experiences

  • Christmas Day

    £70.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Secure your Christmas Day booking with a deposit of £25 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take deposit.  
  • Party Buffet

    £18.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit. Other menu options are available.  
  • Sumptuous Buffet

    £20.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit. Other menu options are available.  
  • Festive Party Menu – Two Courses

    £24.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.  Reduced prices for children.  Other menu options are available. 
  • Festive Party Menu – Three Courses

    £29.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 25, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.  Reduced prices for children.  Other menu options are available. 

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 275 People Are Saying
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Mandi
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing service as usual, food was absolutely delicious. The only blip was custard was brought out cold so we had to eat desserts separately, but this did not ruin our night. Will definitely be back for the Sunday roast. Thank you !

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RebeccaS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we had such a lovely meal here and the staff were so good kept checking in and asking if we needed anything, even though it was really busy. Can’t wait to return.

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StephenA
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We have eaten her a few times before and generally the food is great. On this occasion, we were a bit underwhelmed with my main being cold (refrigerated) in the middle. Lovely staff though. Ambience in the mezzanine section could be better. No doubt we will be back at some point though.

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AmyP
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience4

Such a shame as I’ve eaten here before and the food is amazing. We arrived and it was extremely loud. Could hardly hear each other speak. The staff were lovely when they seated us. However, we were told by one staff member we had to check in at the bar but we couldn’t even get to the bar because it was too busy and people were stood there drinking. When we finally got seated, we were told 4 dishes out of 9 were sold out. They were the most popular dishes and what our party were going to choose. So unfortunately we ended up leaving and struggled to access another restaurant as it was a Friday night. If dishes are going to sell out by 7pm, I think it needs to be looked at as 7pm is peak time that people would arrive to sit down and eat, especially on weekends.

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DeborahL
Manchester
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service ,staff very attentive We has booked in fir a birthday and was given a glass of complimentary fizz which was a nice touch

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Cazza
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The table we had booked was in the window, the sun was shining directly in and we had become very hot We asked to be moved which they did immediately. Nothing was too much trouble.
Very helpful staff, very courteous.
A good had by all.

We did all feel window blinds would be a good investment!

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BeckyL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived at the Pied Bull for our second wedding anniversary meal and the service was delightful from as soon as we walked through the door. Also we were greeted with a glass of Buck’s Fizz too which was lovely and kind. The staff are ever so friendly. Once we had ordered it did not take long for our drinks to arrive. The food was amazing, I have only heard good things about this place but was not expecting the food to be that good. Everything was full of flavour and just enough food on your plate. Safe to say we will definitely be returning to this wonderful place on the high street.

Pied Bull
Responded 5 days ago

Hi Becky! I am so happy you had such a wonderful experience! Thank you dearly for your review, and I am so glad we could make your second anniversary so special! We cannot wait to welcome you again. Have a great weekend -Hannah, The Pied Bull

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as usual

Pied Bull
Responded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review and our five stars! -Hannah, The Pied Bull

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John
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Quiet in the bar, one bar staff serving. No one to greet diners.

The female manager short blonde hair. Was on the phone. Skipped to serve me and went to the next customer.

I had been to the old pied bull, all I can see has changed inside is it’s now painted green.

Still has a fly issue, the table we were finally shown to had flies buzzing round.

No help to find a high chair.

Waited 15 minutes. Seen other customers get seated. The bar person who seemed to be running the show single handed had a couple more drink customers to serve before she could leave the bar.

The menu looked ok, prices have gone up…. Couldn’t tell you if they do a kids offer as no menus available.

I called the kirkfield a cross the road and got in with them. Best decision!! Great service, same amount of customers. Helped settle my family, drinks were cheaper (for beer) food was great. No flies either.

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ROBER79
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was not bad but the problem is the limited availability of most dishes on the menu. I have been three times and every time a lot of the dishes are not available so it's not just a one off. They don't advise you food is off the the menu until you have sat down and ordered drinks. The prices are a little on the high side for what you get (pub food) especially some of the starters and desserts.

The staff are very helpful and friendly and very apologetic about the lack food items. The outdoor seating area is nice for a drink in the sun but the inside decor and ambiance is not as good. Its very dark with bright spot lights.

I will probably not return as I have given the place a go three times and it has been the same every time.

Pied Bull
Responded on 11 October 2021

Hi ROBER79, Unfortunately over the past few weeks, we have been struggling to get all of our stock in via our main supplier route. We order more than enough for the weekend but due to delivery shortages, we're not receiving it all. I completely understand your disappointment, and we are very upset to see you are unhappy with your experience. We re hoping that delivery shortages will be addressed soon. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We are currently 7weeks into a major kitchen refit and this was our 3rd Sunday lunch out . It was ok I’m sure there are still COVID-19 related issues like atmosphere (lacking) but think the biggest issue was the actual price and quality of the Sunday roast which all 3 of us opted for one beef and two pork at approx £15 a pop which we think at the price should stand out and they really didn’t .Two of us had puddings which were fine .

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DavidH
2 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time, won’t be the last. Good find.

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Mum for the first time my Son recently started working here as a Chef the food is amazing the staff are friendly and helpful.

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markd
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food expensive for what you get, not the best steaks and the crumble is very bland, service was very very slow as we waited over an hour for our mains.

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JOHNC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really can't recommend enough, the food was excellent, the timing between starter and main was a bit of a wait,but the waitress did pre worn us of this ,so this wasn't a issue as we were a group of 8. Would def go back

Pied Bull
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi JohnC, thankyou so much for your review! We are so glad we exceeded your expectations. Looking forward to seeing you again! -The Pied Bull

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AngelaG
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

What a shame !!! The pub was lovely, the waitresses were exemplary, the food …. Oh dear we waited 40 minutes and when we finally got it, it was cold and I mean cold but by that time we were past it and very hungry and didn’t want the hassle of it being taken away to be reheated. The waitress was very apologetic and in the end we didn’t pay anything. This is no way to run a business and the problems in the kitchen need to be addressed urgently.

Pied Bull
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi AngelaG, thank you for your review. I am truly sorry your visit didn't exceed your expectations, and we have eliminated any problems we may have had in the kitchen. I welcome you back to The Pied Bull and hope you will return so we can give you a brand new experience. Have a good weekend! -The Pied Bull

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SuzanneC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Started off disappointed as instead of a cup for my tea I was given an empty sugar bowl, they swapped it for a dirty mug and when my husband took it back we were told that it’s just tea stains and they won’t come off! They did then get me a clean cup. We sat down for our meal and ordered there was quite a wait on food arriving (40mins or so) which we weren’t told of when ordering. I’m glad to say though the food was incredible, and definitely one of the best meals I’ve had in a long while so for that reason we would definitely go back. Hopefully the other downsides were just a one off and nothing regular. It felt noisy in the restaurant but I guess after the 18 months of isolation we have had noise will seem louder purely because we are not used to it.

Pied Bull
Responded on 21 September 2021

Hi SuzanneC, Thank you for your constructive feedback. I'm disappointed to hear the team didn't handle the mix up with the tea cups very well, as this is not how they have been trained to treat our guests. But overall I am glad that you enjoyed your time with us, please do call again soon as I assure you, the other issues will be addressed and will not happen again

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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food would recommend

Pied Bull
Responded on 30 September 2021

Thank you for your review! -The Pied Bull

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DR16
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Outside area outstanding
Friendly staff
Great value for money

Pied Bull
Responded on 30 September 2021

Thank you for your review! -The Pied Bull

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Really helpful staff - it was a busy Saturday afternoon - she found us a perfect spot. Ordered a sharing platter and drinks.
Shame that table service didnt continue after the food had been cleared - queue to get drinks from the bar was lengthy - but this is the only grumble!

Pied Bull
Responded on 21 September 2021

Hi there, Thank you so much for your review. I'm sorry the team didn't extend your table service, as this is exactly what they have been trained to do to look after our guests. I do hope you will call in again soon

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Karen
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely service the girls were just rushed off their feet and it was a little slow. They apologised continually with smiles on their faces. Difficult situation but the slow service didn’t spoil our evening. Food was amazing as always.

Pied Bull
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi Karen, Thank you for your review and your kind words about the girls! This will be passed on to the team. We do apologise about any delays you have experienced. We hope to see you again! -The Pied Bull

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WendyV
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a beautiful, large, stylishly decorated pub in the centre of Newton le Willows. The front exterior has a large area with many tables which was very busy when we visited creating a great vibe. The pied bull attracts families, young and older people.
We dined on a Friday night and were very impressed. We were greeted with polite, happy staff. The standard of service was excellent however, it was very slow. I believe this may have been due to how busy the bar was, although there weren’t many people dining.
The quality of food was very good and we enjoyed our choice. I would’ve liked to have seen a few more dishes added to the menu though. I would definitely go again.

Pied Bull
Responded on 19 September 2021

Hi WendyV, what a lovely review! Thank you x

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Lily2
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience4

Grandchildren food not great, burger inedible, 2 chicken nuggets!

Adults had fish sourdough, nice bread but fish greasy!
Local but don’t want to visit again!
Server Rachel was lovely though! 😀

Pied Bull
Responded on 30 September 2021

Hi Lily2, thank you for your review We are so sorry your food was not satisfactory, we have addressed these issues and have undergone significant improvements. We would love to see you again if you gave us a second chance! Thankyou for your kind words about Rachel, this will be passed onto her. Have a great weekend! -The Pied Bull

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Rich
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was brilliant but the pub was very quiet so don’t know how it would be if it was busy.
In saying that the staff was really friendly and attentive and couldn’t do enough for us.
The meal was excellent and probably the best I’d had in a pub for a long time.
Will definitely be going back.

Pied Bull
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi Rich, this is great, thank you! We hope to see you soon!

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HeatherA
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Menu very limited.
Fish finger sandwich very greesy

Pied Bull
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi HeatherA, Thank you for your feedback :)

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busynurse
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

booked here through opentable on the day - meal booked for 7pm, didnt actually get to eat til 815pm as got there and lady in charge informed us an hour wait which obviously couldnt be conveyed through online booking platform, told had to send 2 chefs home through covid issues. Decided to hang on as no plan B on a Sunday evening and we were hungry. the restaurant room is lovely, traditional furnishings, tables well spaced. The food was delicious and the waiting staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We all enjoyed our meals, there were at least 2 veggie options for me which I would expect in the C21. Good selection of drinks too. Not very impressed by member of staff smoking stood right next to the entrance (it was raining) maybe not the professional appearance I would have hoped for, had to move to let us in. Accept smoking is a personal choice but need a place for that to happen away from a customer entrance. Overall this is a lovely place to eat or go for a drink, they also have a lovely area at the front open air to sit and watch the world go by and it is a great asset to the high street.

Pied Bull
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi busynurse, I very much appreciate your review and honest feedback. We have unfortunately been hit with more covid issues of late, so thank you for your patience with this. I am in honesty shocked to hear of one of the team smoking in a guest area, they are aware this is an absolute no, no! Please accept my sincere apologies on this. Could I possibly ask you to describe the team member to me, as I would like to take the opportunity to remind them of professional behaviours around our guests?

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MairD
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We waited over an hour for the food but it was tasty

Pied Bull
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi MairD, thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry for your wait, but I am glad you did bare with us and enjoyed your evening!

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stewy
Munich
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff who were very polite and friendly. Food excellent and well priced. Great choice of drinks particularly craft ales. Highly recommend.

Pied Bull
Responded on 16 September 2021

Hi Stewy, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. It is very much appreciated. Enjoy your evening!

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely food in the newly refurbished Pied Bull. Great atmosphere and really lovely service

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Responded on 16 September 2021

LisaH, thank you!

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ElaineH
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Bit pricey and the fish (in the fish and chips) was very greasy, (and yes I know it's deep fried) but still seemed too greasy, I left the batter

Pied Bull
Responded on 11 September 2021

Hi ElaineH, Thank you for your feedback, I have passed this to our kitchen team so they can improve their practices moving forwards. Have a great weekend!

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JackieS
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Steak wasn't up to scratch for a ribeye ..requested no sauce came with a sauce ..service a little bit slow on the food ..

Pied Bull
Responded on 11 September 2021

Hi there JackieS, Thank you for your feedback. It is very much appreciated. I have used what you have said as a training tool to better our practices in food quality and service. Enjoy your weekend!

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was nice and service was ok. Portions were fairly small for the price.

Pied Bull
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your feedback AmandaC

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TheCooktwit
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great sat outside on the terrace. Service a bit hit and miss to be honest.

Pied Bull
Responded on 9 September 2021

Thank you for your feedback TheCookwit :)

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Hayles
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wasn't shown to our table and we did sit outside and we waited a good 20 minutes and not one person approached to take a drinks order. We went to the bar ourselves. I would have preferred table service.
Otherwise pleasant

Pied Bull
Responded on 5 September 2021

Hi Hayles, thank you for taking your time to leave us a review. The next time you call in, please do speak with our lovely host, we do aim to seat all guests in order to ascertain their preference on table service, so I'm sorry we missed that on this occasion. Enjoy your weekend!

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JanetC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, food was excellent, best steak in a long time. Service was also excellent.

Pied Bull
Responded on 5 September 2021

Hi there JanetC, thank you so much for taking your time to leave us a review! It is very much appreciated. I'm so happy to hear you had such a lovely evening with us :)

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KirstyS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food
Pleasant staff
Nice atmosphere
Will be coming back

Pied Bull
Responded on 3 September 2021

Thank you KirstyS! This is really great to hear!

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
3 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit for me first for Hubby really enjoyed the food, staff were lovely and friendly will definitely be going again.

Pied Bull
Responded on 3 September 2021

This is really nice to hear, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!

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AntMc
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was delicious. Service was poor. From being seated to being served for drinks took over 20 minutes we had to ask for the server to come and take an order at the table. The server did not know the menu when asked about the dishes. Several items not available on the menu but not explained then when our food came the server told us they had run out of veg but gave no explanation.
The server was polite, but was obviously new or hasn’t been trained well.
I would recommend to others as the food was nice and staff where polite but I think the service needs to be better.

Pied Bull
Responded on 3 September 2021

Thank you for explaining the situation there AntMc, I do hope you will give us a chance to redeem ourselves in future. I would love to welcome you and your wife in personally, If you would please drop a message to us via social media or email if you do come, I would love to sort something out for you as way of sincere apology after your previous experience. Jade

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bit of a wait but we were told this and the staff were very helpful .. food was bang on

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Megan
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Staff haven’t a clue what they are doing, both times we have been the waiter has forgot to bring what we have asked for safe to say we won’t be returning untill better staff have been employed.

Pied Bull
Responded on 3 September 2021

Hi there Megan, I am so sorry to hear that you were made to feel this way. I do hope you will give us an opportunity to show you this isn't how we normally operate and that our team haven't been trained to leave out guests feeling so unhappy. Can I ask that you send a message over social media or email the next time you wish to call in and I will happily sort something our for you in way of sincere apology. Jade

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FAQs

Pied Bull is rated 4.2 stars by 275 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.