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The Bull Freehouse

4.7
4.7
189 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

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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 189 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 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

    Best Value

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Fit for Foodies

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Lunch

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Notable Wine List

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Special Occasions

  • Norfolk/Suffolk

    Sunday Lunch

  • St Edmundsbury

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous Sunday lunch in lovely surroundings.

  2. J

    John

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Great to be in a busy pub full of people enjoying good food and great beer. I hope they continue for a long time.

  3. S

    Sylvia

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent swift friendly service. Interesting menu Food arrived promptly, beautifully presented and cooked. Will definitely return!

  4. RG

    RosamundG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The menu is always different at this venue and the courses are very imaginative and tasty, it makes you try something you've never had before, and don't often see elsewhere, and is always a pleasant surprise. Staff are also very helpful. I would also class it as fine dining.

  5. LJ

    LynJ

    Norfolk

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the second time we have eaten at Troston Bull….and we weren’t disappointed…the food was amazing as was the front of house staff…our friends from Hertfordshire couldn’t praise the bull enough….we’ll be back and would certainly recommend. Keep up the good work!

  6. J

    Janebow

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, excellent food. Will definitely return

  7. KD

    KeefyD

    Hertfordshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    An excellent new addition to this area, refurbished throughout and with excellent young staff who know their business. There is a good choose of different cask beers, and an extensive wine list. The food is inventive with some interesting pairings. My wife and I love it here and would certainly recommend it.

  8. F

    Fran

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Excellent, we will return Front of house staff made our evening

  9. PM

    PeterM

    Norfolk

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as ever. Rapidly becoming the go to dining experience in this region.

  10. J

    John

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really good to see new life being breathed in to a village pub. I wish them every success and will certainly go back many times.

  11. DB

    DannyB

    Surrey

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Bull Freehouse gets it just right. This is a relatively new venture and entrepreneurs Sam and Ben are experts at detail. The ambience is first-rate - you're made to feel special without it being stuffy. The food was excellent - desserts a particular highlight. They manage the balance between pub grub and fine dining very well. The service is impeccable - not just attentive, but very good humoured too.

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious lunch in the garden.

  13. JS

    JaneS

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A very pleasureable evening. The staff were friendly and helpful. Could not fault the food, atmosphere and the staff. Will definitely return.

  14. JM

    JayneM

    Orlando

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Great food, great service

  15. SJ

    SteveJD

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love this place - the guys do a fantastic job and deserve the success that The Bull is clearly achieving.

  16. JN

    JustinNG

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic venue with an excellent management teams and a superb staff all round. Our Sunday meal was outstanding quality, piping hot and delivered with great service. Well done Ben, Sam, Hamish, Milly, John (chef) and his ace washing up assistant Ben 2.

  17. S

    Suffolkfoodie

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely garden. Delightful decor and classy feel to the interior. Friendly but professional staff. Thoroughly recommend.

  18. AW

    AliceW

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience4

    We'd not tried food at the Bull since reopening so wanted to sample their menu - we had a poussin dish and 2 burgers for main course as well as 3 different desserts from the menu. Unfortunately as burgers go we thought they were quite disappointing and probably not up to scratch with some of the others on offer in the area. My partner also had a fly in his chips which granted, the staff were appropriately very apologetic about, however there was no mention of this getting back to the kitchen and it was definitely laughed off a little. He only had a drink (a soft drink at that) refunded as way of apology which I thought perhaps could have been handled a little better given the circumstances. The desserts however were all excellent and we really enjoyed them - the staff are all friendly and keen to please so it's perhaps just a case of it being early days but mixed feelings so far!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 September 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious, excellent service, cannot waot to return

  20. J

    Jules

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    We had a nice meal and the service was lovely … but the description of the food is very confusing I thought I was having something different to what actually came out of kitchen… and the slate the burger came out on was to small and the burger kept falling off

  21. RC

    RichardC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 September 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, service was swift and orders were taken quickly. Our food was delivered within 20 mins and was hot.

  22. JB

    JanetB

    Newcastle

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very nice. Staff courteous and efficient. My husband had the burger which he said was excellent but would have been better served on a plate rather than a slate which was not quite big enough! Nice choice of food.

  23. JH

    JenntiferH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exceptional. Greeted by Hamish and made to feel welcome as soon as we arrived. Our waitress (sorry didn’t catch her name) was exemplary and very knowledgeable about the menu. Food was soooo tasty we enjoyed every bite! We will definitely return

  24. LT

    LisaT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Beautifully decorated and welcoming. Menu was interesting and mostly local/seasonal which was great. Two moans: the triple cooked chips that four of us had were very soft and oily which was disappointing, and we had to keep going up to the bar to get/pay the bill as the young waitress was otherwise engaging polishing cutlery while we tried to catch her attention. However, we will be back as it is a very welcome oasis in an otherwise grim desert of awful eating pubs in the area.

  25. M

    Millie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent choice of food with plenty of choice of drinks to accompany. Service was exceptional with knowledgeable friendly staff. Made to feel very welcome. Can’t wait to return.

  26. PS

    PaulS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Warm welcome . Prompt service . Varied menu. Very responsive to needs of a 90 year old in our party of 5.

  27. KB

    KathrynBrayWarner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Lovely place; haven’t been since the y renovated and couldn’t fault Food was pretty good-not absolutely blown away but a really really good country pub Great addition to the area-very happy to have been and will definitely go again

  28. JW

    JakeW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Yet again an excellent Sunday lunch. This is going to become a habit we enjoy it so much.

  29. C

    Canard

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 22 August 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Welcoming and friendly service. Well judged timing in terms of service. Seafood linguini and a burger nice but nothing particularly special so not convinced it's great value. But at the same time good to see some different options for a Sunday lunch than the usual roasts. Great in-house and local beers. But willing to go again.

  30. J

    Jollypostman36

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    A lovely meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Great atmosphere and we’ll definitely be back

  31. D

    Dylan

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall1food1service2ambience2

    Overpriced for average quality and flavour of food, very disappointed.

  32. JS

    JulieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A gem of a restaurant in the most rural location... Greeted with a warm welcome, encouraged to sample the speciality beer brewed on site, amazing menu and food, and able to enjoy the company of good friends without being rushed. We all look forward to a return visit, thank you.

  33. L

    Lankygirl

    Norfolk

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Took my husband for a birthday treat after been there before with some girlfriends. And they didn’t disappoint. Staff very attentive without being over the top. Food was fantastic. And as the menu is changed daily it has the element of surprise every time. Something for everyone. Highly recommended.

  34. AS

    AnthonyS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had the steak which was cooked to perfection, it was served amongst other vegetables wild mushrooms which were divine. All our food was delicious and the service friendly and very professional…. Would definitely recommend.

  35. SJ

    SharonJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Interesting menu with local produce, they brew their own beer too. The owners are young and really passionate about what they do. The food was delicious, I don’t normally have pudding but we’re still raving about the blackcurrent tart! We plan to return very soon

  36. MM

    MartinM

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 15 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time here. We booked our table for Sunday lunch. We had a fantastic lunch, the ambience was great and the service was fantastic. We will be visiting again shortly.

  37. F

    Fran

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We loved everything- we will be back. Highly recommended.

  38. MC

    MarianC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We were booked for 7.15 but car park already full . Had to park some way away . Welcome and table excellent though quite noisy as a small room . Food excellent but pity the menu is not available on line . Cheese and biscuit platter needs more biscuits @ £10 a time . Overall though very good / will return .

  39. IM

    IainM

    Norfolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 August 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding country gastric pub. A warm and friendly welcome from all staff. Excellent food. menu had a good balance of dishes but flexible. We will definitely be going back soon.

  40. JA

    JANEP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 August 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Excellent Lunch with a very varied Menu. Decided on Sea Bass which was cooked to perfection. Don’t normally have a pud but couldn’t resist the Blackcurrant Tart which was to die for! Sat in the pleasant dining room which is tastefully decorated. This is My second visit to The Bull and will definitely be returning.

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The Bull Freehouse is rated 4.7 stars by 189 OpenTable diners

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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

  • 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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