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The Bull Freehouse

4.8
4.8
234 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

Best friends Sam & Ben acquired The Bull in October 2020 after hunting high and low for the last 12 months for the perfect venue. In The Bull they have found it! Having worked together in the hospitality industry for the last seven years it was time to do things their own way. Focusing on being a ’proper pub’ with excellent food and service coupled with a creative wine list and not forgetting the on-site microbrewery. The Bull has been bought back to life after a comprehensive refurbishment, and will be the centre of the local community as well as attracting (they hope) diners from further afield to sample a carefully curated daily changing menu.

A beautiful large garden with numerous quiet dining spaces awaits diners lucky enough to visit when the sun shines.

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Booked 6 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:30
    Sun 12:00–16:00
    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 18:00–21:00

  • Phone number

    01359 269820

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Contact tracing information collected

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 234 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Best Overall

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Best Food

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Best Service

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Best Ambience

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Fit for Foodies

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Notable Wine List

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Sunday Lunch

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Gastro Pub

  • St Edmundsbury

    Most Booked

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  1. JT

    JaneT

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently fantastic- this was the second time we've eaten at The Bull. The food was really good - new fresh menu on each visit with lots of locally sourced ingredients. I had the sea bass with lentils and keralayan curry sauce - what an incredible mix of textures and flavours! My dessert was a Tosier chocolate tarte with mango sorbet which was divine! The service is always a great mix of friendly and efficient. The ambience relaxed - not noisy, not dull just the right level of lively , friendly chat. We have found other diners tend to chat and interact as appropriate which makes a friendly and welcoming atmosphere which we love. Fully recommended- we will continue to return and spread the word.

  2. LT

    LeeT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very welcoming place with great service and outstanding food, lunch kept is full all day. Good range of drinks including local beer (well worth a try!) and wine. We shall be return thanks.

  3. JS

    JoSco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A thoroughly enjoyable experience thanks to the amazing 7 course meal (New Years Eve), the outstanding friendly and professional service, the beautiful cosy venue and great selection of drinks. Can’t recommend this place enough!

  4. B

    Bernadette

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was our second visit and we will be returning again. Faultless.

  5. VB

    VickyB

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic meal at The Bull and a few drinks, thank you Sam, Ben and team.

  6. CW

    ChrisW

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Warm welcome in the bar with excellent selection of beers and wines and spirits. Cosy bar area and a lovely dining area from where you can see into the kitchen. Food was excellent with a good choice and all perfectly cooked. More fine dining than pub grub but fantastic quality and cooked with obvious care. Well priced and a lovely change from the usual fare in local venues. Service was attentive but not overly so. We were there for over 3 hours but never felt rushed. For 3 interesting courses with a couple of drinks beforehand and wine during the meal together with coffee and service we all thought £50 a head was excellent value. Give it a go, you won’t regret it.

  7. PM

    PeterM

    Norfolk

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delightful, regularly changing menu. Up there with the best fine dining this area has with the added attraction of being a proper country pub.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service, great food and service highly recommended

  9. J

    John

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A great pub with good beer and good food. My duck dish was really delicious. Keep up the great work

  10. BC

    BeeC

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and terrific service. A bit pricey but then the food is more fine dining than gastro pub. Highly recommend.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely evening, service was very good

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A true gem of a pub in the Suffolk countryside that is well worth seeking out

  13. B

    Bernadette

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Its almost Christmas and there was a large party in at the same time as us partying. No problem with this, but it was a little bit overpowering. I have already recommended you to someone else.

  14. KB

    KathrynB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb lunch but at evening meal prices. Fixed price lunch menu would be attractive. All in all a very enjoyable meal and we wish them luck with their new venture.

  15. SR

    SueR

    Norfolk

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    A great Sunday Lunch celebrating a birthday with family.

  16. JC

    JeanetteC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We visited for Sunday lunch and all enjoyed beef roast which was cooked perfectly. We had plenty to eat plated up with a nice mix of additional vegetables to serve ourselves with. The service was professional & friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The pub / restaurant had a cosy and comfortable feel with Christmas decorations and a log fire. We will definitely be visiting again.

  17. JT

    JaneT

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely perfect afternoon out at The Bull celebrating our anniversary- great food, ambience, service and choice of beverages. We loved everything- well done guys for reviving this country gem!

  18. J

    Jobyanne1

    Essex

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Had a lovely lunch at the Bull lovely pub nice atmosphere and friendly service food was very good freshly cooked and well presented would recommend

  19. SR

    StephR

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Once again an absolutely wonderful meal here. The staff are fabulous and food delicious, thank you!

  20. D

    Donna

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful atmosphere and service. A bit more expensive than your normal pub meal but well worth the extra cost due to the brilliant service. I would definitely go again.

  21. JB

    JulieB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    As usual we had an amazing meal. The staff were lovely as they always are, very friendly and attentive. We will be back very soon.

  22. JW

    JakeW

    Norfolk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Great meal as ever. A bit draughty by the bar door.

  23. DS

    DebS

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely late lunch yesterday. Would highly recommend the roast turkey. Staff were friendly and tried to accommodate my daughter's fussy taste!

  24. JH

    JohnH

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very enjoyable Sunday Lunch with friends. Will certainly go again. The only spoiler is the noise levels are sometimes quite high due to the size of the room.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful experience. A truly lovely evening with amazing food and incredible service. We could not recommend The Bull more highly. The service and staff are just fantastic. Mouth wateringly good and loved their Saturday sized portions 😉👏🏻

  26. KA

    KarenA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The atmosphere at the Bull was lovely with great staff and service, good portions and value for money

  27. SR

    SueR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A lovely evening with attentive waiting staff and great food including coping with dietary needs. Thank you

  28. J

    Jacqs44

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another outstanding meal. I had the Beetroot Wellington & sticky toffee pudding, for both I wanted to lick the plate. Hubby had the Bull burger & pannacotta, he loved his too. There was a Christmas party in but they added to the atmosphere. The Bull is such a lovely place to eat all helped by the great staff & owners.

  29. g

    grahamm

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 December 2021

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    Noise levels in the bar where above what one would expect to be dinning in, this did not spoil our evening and always a pleasure to see others having a good time. What did spoil the evening was the quality of the food, all main courses where very dry and over cooked. Would recommend the chips but you need to try harder if you wish for more repeat custom. Warm regards Graham

  30. GB

    GilesB

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent lunch superb roast beef and coley. Great pub which has a fabulous atmosphere run by passionate engaging and polite staff/managers. What a pub should be - busy with diners and drinkers at a well stocked bar. First class food!

  31. JH

    JohnH

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Enjoyable Sunday Lunch. Food was well presented and definitely a step above pub grub. Will return soon. However, when anyone entered through the main door there was a cold draught felt in the dining room which needs to be addressed.

  32. MM

    MarkMW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 November 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    This pub used to be my local in the 80's & 90's, so it was great to revisit after more than 20 years. The pub has totally changed (for the better) and looks very impressive inside. The staff were friendly, food was very good, albeit slightly pricey. They brew their own ale, but also have many other choices on pump. Well worth a visit, and good to see the Troston Bull reopen after a few years of being closed.

  33. LN

    LesleyN

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely meal (and very interesting aperitif- “Tickle my plums”!) and good ales and wines too. Fire on, cosy and despite being busy we didn’t feel crowded or at all rushed. Great meal again from a great team!

  34. SB

    StephanieB

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first visit to the bull so not to sure what to expect. It was a nice experience,the staff very atentive food good so hope to return again soon.

  35. J

    Jaxster

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service and fab food would definitely recommend

  36. RR

    RichardR

    Norfolk

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 21 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ambience, atmosphere and attentiveness! Great pub and restaurant nestled just out side Bury St Edmunds. Ben and Sam the owners assure you of a warm welcome and a menu and wine list to stimulate your taste buds. Book in advance and maybe take coffee by one of the two open fires especially on a crisp Winter's Day.....you'll be back!! Richard.

  37. GH

    GaryH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food at the Bull at Troston! A true gem of a place willing to deliver variety to their menu to ensure your night out is an experience to be savoured!! Great service, wonderful environment!

  38. JP

    JohnP

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service at this pub. Would recommend every time.

  39. LN

    LenN

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very enjoyable dining experience, quality food, excellent drink selection and great service. Lovely ambience with log fire. Full marks

  40. AA

    AndrewA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 November 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They have achieved the perfect combination of traditional pub feel along with quality food and a great selection of drinks. For me it is the best venue in the area.

FAQs

The Bull Freehouse is rated 4.8 stars by 234 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.

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Booked 6 times today
Google Map for The Bull Freehouse

The Street, Troston Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk IP31 1EW

  • Area

    Bury St. Edmunds

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch
    Wed–Sat 12:00–14:30
    Sun 12:00–16:00
    Dinner
    Wed–Sat 18:00–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    None

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine

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