The bull fish bar and grill

4.6
59 reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
A well established independent family run, dog friendly pub with real log fires, in the heart of Berkhamsted; considered by many to be a proper pub. With the benefit of a car park and a spacious, sunny beer garden, backing onto the canal, available on a first come first served basis only. Homemade cakes and coffee are available daily from 12pm. We offer for lunch and dinner service with a Fish Bar & Grill menu, (including West Mersea Oysters) plus an online ordering service for our takeaway menu. There is a dedicated gin bar, cocktails and a selection of local real ales. Plus an enclosed, heated mediterranean styled decking area to the rear, perfect for Al Fresco dining. Sunday is all about our home cooked Roast, served till 6pm, which can also be pre-ordered for takeaway.

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
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 59 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.3
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Gavin
London
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Really looked after us. Food and beer was good. A special mention for ringing me as I’d booked the wrong time for the table! Great customer service

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CaseyW
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic lunch, with great service, and in a very good setting. The staff made sure we were looked after, and they were working hard even with the temperature being 32 degrees.

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LucyR
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend the bull, they have 3 seating areas, inside, outside on the decking which is undercover, and down by the canal. Dogs are allowed, quick service, nice atmosphere. I suggest booking as it’s not very big.
Moving closer to the bull so this will be my new local

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BradleyT
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress who served us might be the friendliest waitress I’ve ever been served by 🙂.

Thanks for letting us come in a bit earlier than our booking was for 👍

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AimeeK
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, the staff were really friendly and attentive, will definitely be back!

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CharlesT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The food was poor, we booked a table outside and we’re offered a stool each next to a group. The team were excellent as was the beer but the food was overpriced and not the best.

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ljpfoodie
London
28 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service, been a few time consistently good

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OpenTable Diner
Baja California
3 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant pie and super service. Thank you.

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TraceyB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and service.
Staff are always curtesy
Highly recommend

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Antsky
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Extremely disappointed with my first (and last visit ) to this pub. The young lady who served me was pleasant enough but seemed embarrassed by the other two guys who were totally lacking in any kind of customer service and were rude. Even two locals commented on the ridiculous attitude of a guy who was a total jobsworth . The crispy cod cheeks were decent enough. But there is a reason that this place is rated 27 out of 43 pubs locally. Will not be returning

The bull fish bar and grill
Responded on 9 July 2021

It is understood you were disappointed with the lack of volume for the Friday lunch football. Indicating clearly you would be submitting a one star review. Unfortunately, current rules stipulate volumes should be kept to a minimum to avoid raised voices & increasing viral transmission. As a food based venue it is not always appropriate times to show games, & the compromise is to remove the volume. Current rules make it a complicated balancing act to please the majority, most of the time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good quality food. Portions are small for price comparable to other places but is actually a perfectly good sized meal to fill you up. Great service. Dog loved it there too

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RuthS
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for making our family get together so perfect.6 of us met for the first time since lockdown and the staff from the moment we got there to the moment we left were so attentive.We all enjoyed our 2 courses, infact my brother said if he lived here he would be eating here all the time.My husband and I eat here regularly.Cant recommend it enough and once again thank you for making our get together so memorable

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IanF
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 24 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable meal and service. Staff very welcoming and helpful.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and a great team making your stay enjoyable. Looking forward to going back again.

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CharlyPreston
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, great atmosphere and fab drinks. Really good place for a fathers'day drink:)

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NatalieA
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Very limited menu choices and quality of food poor. Burger didn’t taste like a burger! Long wait for dessert and had to chase for second round of drinks only half of which turned up

The bull fish bar and grill
Responded on 17 June 2021

I'm sorry that your burger was not to your liking, such a shame as we sell over 80 of our local butcher sourced burgers per week & have never had a comment like this. As you can imagine, adapting our business to run entirely via table service has been extremely difficult with many covid restrictions in place. To buffer this stressful situation, we have added QR codes to every table as an alternative ordering system to aid our speed of service, lets hope we come out of this lockdown soon.

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SheilaM
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere food lovely and good service

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Katestaylor77
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, friendly service- lovely outdoor area which is fully covered protecting from rain & sun

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savages
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic service and vibe. Great staff and amazing food!

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ManuelN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Nice food, excellent service. polite and attentive staff.

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PamN
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve had Ollies take away Sunday dinners through lockdown and they are as good even better in the pub . Really enjoyed being back and seeing everyone on Sunday, the place was buzzing . Thank you , Pam

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Felt as though the portions were very minimal unfortunately but understand this due to the effects of COVID.

Staff were amazing, friendly and the food tasted very good. It was only a case for value for money at this time.

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PatrickS
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The lead waiter needs to relax a bit - second time been lately and he was hassling us about the rules and timings throughout and then he got the food order wrong. Got wrong order on drinks via app too. Food has gone downhill - really disappointing- would not recommend eating there. Wife had special - fish pie ; all pastry and no filling, I had moules frites : mussels just tasted on salt and chips really poor.

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Tommy
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bull is definitely one of berkhamsted’s best spots, lovely garden by the canal for when the sun comes out and a big decking area with plenty of space. The food was incredible, the bull burger was a winner! Heard many things from friends in the area and it didn’t disappoint. My friend had the Brisket from Oli’s Street Food and the meat fell apart and melted in your mouth! I couldnt really fault the place! For post covid pub visits this is definitely a place to go!

Food and drinks were priced well for the area, prices in berkhamsted can be slightly higher than average.

Cant wait to visit again!

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vipYukor
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly service and great food. Will visit again !

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Mark
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at the Bull is superb.
I had the Eastend Pie and Mash .
Having enjoyed Pie and Mash at Manze's this was it's upper class cousin!
My wife had the fillet steak special which was just sublime We shared one of the best cheese cakes I have ever tasted. Altogether a great culinary experience.

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BillS
Devon
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Just for drinks on this occassion. Very well looked after and the organisation was first class. Everyone enjoyed the visit.

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PaulAston
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our party has a number of food intolerances but our server went way, way above and beyond to help resulting in a custom lamb shank meal. Apart from that, excellent food and beers all round in a real pub atmosphere

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SimonB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service. Good food. Great to be out again!!

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MadeleineP
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very impressed - from the moment we arrived they made us feel very welcome and accommodated our seating wishes. Food was excellent and all staff friendly, professional and attentive. Atmosphere was great and spent a lovely afternoon there. Will definitely book soon. Maddie

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Iain
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really friendly team, who have totally worked out how to offer a great experience within the confines of the Covid rules.
Good selection of beers ... that are well looked after.
Lovely food ... we especially liked the Buie Scottish themed menu. Great value and well cooked.
All in all and excellent evening, we will be back soon. And, we look forward to enjoying the inside of this lovely local pub as soon as we can.

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Carol
London
8 reviews
Dined on 14 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Well prepared outdoor area which makes it a pleasant place to sit whatever the weather.

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AmeliaD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so impressed with everything! Will become our new local pub

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Jack
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was excellent, reasonable price but the time it took to get our main course was not great 40 to 50 minutes. Would go back for the food but we were told there was a cologne on the food when we asked where our food was and this needs to improve as the inside of the pub was closed.

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KarenK
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place, food was great and so so was the service. Was expecting to be on heated terrace and were sat in one of only areas with no heating but were moved later after we had eaten.

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LesleyB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a real pleasure to actually be able to get out - safely yet undercover

The only thing we suggest is that when booking you specify you want a table that has a heater above the table

It wasn’t obvious when I booked on the website -that I need to ask for a specific table . Not unless I missed it

Overall a very lovely evening and good food !!!
Thanks to the Bull for making us feel so welcome- we will definitely be back soon🙏💕🦋
Lesley and john

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and incredible service!!!

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richo
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Very well done area, warm and inviting. Attendance was excellent / professional.

We didn't eat so rating is arbitary as the questionnaire doesn't allow for non eaters. Other peoples food looked good though.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Little slow with some things to come out but honestly everything was still great, food tasted awesome, such friendly staff who abided by all covid rules and would happily go again

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Tezza
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a fantastic meal. The staff were outstanding, especially the male member of staff who constantly kept and eye on a roudy table behind us and when was on hand immediately to assist the young female staff who were getting a bit of harrasment from those on the roudy table who had had a few too many.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The bull fish bar and grill using the Order Online button. The bull fish bar and grill also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01442 767440.

The bull fish bar and grill is rated 4.6 stars by 59 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.