The Bull Hotel

4.4
313 reviews
£25 and under
British
We are getting ready to reopen from the 4th July. Until then you can takeaway delicious hot dogs, smokehouse dishes, Sunday roasts and draught beers. View takeaway menu on https://goodeats.io/TheBullHotel

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 313 People Are Saying
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KA67
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening with wonderful food & service. There was a fantastic guitarist playing on Weds when we were there which added to a great atmosphere 1 Will definitely be back post lockdown. Thanks to everyone at The Bull for all your hard work under what are undoubtedly really difficult circumstances.

PB
PeterB
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Food very poor presentation of starter.....
Main course ..... very fatty pork and did not go well with a salad ..... thought it would be better
Choice of food menu was poor
Having had our wedding back in 5th November 2016 it was very disappointing to return !!!!

RH
RobertH
1 review
Dined on 4 November 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and a very warm welcome. Food was good, although a bit pricey, as were the drinks. The desserts were fabulous. Worth paying more though as it’s a great location and lovely pub. The COVID procedures were good with plenty of space between tables. The service was excellent, but not intrusive. We felt valued as customers and will definitely return. Thank you

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jodiy
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Felt the food was very overpriced for the portion size & quality.
Old tatty furniture which let it down.

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Peter
Kent
14 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favourite venue with a cordial atmosphere and food of usual excellent standards. We will certainly be back after the current problems have passed and The Bull is able to reopen.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Quite an odd experience with a waiter who started off quite gruff, forgot to order our starter and didn’t engender much confidence, especially as one of the party had allergies.

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Sarah
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really lovely meal here last friday....the food was delicious service was great and the staff very friendly and helpful

KF
KarenF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at The Bull is excellent. The staff are always friendly and helpful. They are very careful about the Covid precautions. Can't recommend them enough.

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Dannyc
London
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food as always , best roast around in my opinion

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely place to have Sunday lunch. Service was faultless and we have already booked to come again. Food is delicious and great portion sizes. I’ll be recommending to friends and family. Thanks for such a lovely visit.

G
Goddings
Kent
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is great. Except for the food. The food is EXCELLENT.

J
Jfd12lon
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

we returned to the bull hotel for our 1st wedding anniversary as we had married there last year.

service was a little slow but i believe they had another wedding going on as well as the pub/restaurant

ambience like everywhere is poor now that table service is the way it is

but i was very disappopointed in my steak, it was ordered rare but was more medium rare and it was very chewy and stringy, the waiter took it away and didnt ask how it was but by my plate he could have seen hardly any was eaten. its not a cheap restauarant either so was expecting more

we were hoping to make it an anniversary tradition to return every year because our wedding was so lovely there but after Saturday night i doubt we will return

MH
MariaH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a great night and I had the coolest looking cocktail ever (although I couldn’t drink it as it tasted of soap). The service was great, really lovely and friendly.
We had called in advance to let them know we are both vegan, so they created One vegan option but unfortunately I don’t think it was something they’re used to providing and wasn’t really for us.
They also ran out of the beer that my partner liked and offered him one that he couldn’t drink due to the taste (and that is unheard of).
But I have to admit that we really had a fabulous night despite all of this and we felt very comfortable there.

JS
JanetS
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice meal in lovely atmosphere. Easy to book online too

HE
HELENF
Essex
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dining experience. Would return and recommend.

J
Justjam66
1 review
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a place for people who like food, especially meat.
Having said that the Roquefort salad was really good - not just some leaves and a bit of cheese, this salad’s construction had been thought about - with pickled prunes, walnuts and hazelnuts and peas with a lovely dressing. The service is friendly and knowledgeable with a pretty decent wine list. Serve your community and book a table. 👍👍👍

PD
PhilD
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very accommodating, excellent food will definitely return.

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Georgina
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent choice of food, Covid compliance excellent felt very safe to dine there. Guitar playing added to atmosphere. Well done in difficult times.

IS
vipISKS
London
9 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Lovely food and service.
BUT the interior needs updating.

MD
MarkD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and superb service. A wonderful tomato soup to start with. My companion loved the BFC (Bull Fried Chicken) while I had the liver and bacon which came with roasted beetroot. We were both too stuffed for dessert. Our dog was shown every courtesy- even to her beef sausage being cut up and allowed to cool before being served. There was a bowl of water for her as well. I will be returning there for my birthday on Thursday. The guitarist was the cherry on the cake. He was a gifted musician.

TA
TiffanyA
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely! Feels like such a treat and lucky it’s on our doorstep. The best steak around. Staff so welcoming. The best place to enjoy a Sunday roast too!

EM
EmmaM
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovey food, good service! Would definitely recommend

AB
AnthonyB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

a great find and will definitely be back. pretty quiet for a Monday what else do you expect. good portion sizes, very tasty food and the smokehouse section on the menu is very tasty.

very welcoming also

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RobP
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very helpful when it came to sorting the bill out (eat out Monday offer). The food was brilliant - staff very attentive without being overly in your face. Thoroughly recommend the place.

PP
PippaP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely attentive service in comfortable surroundings.

SD
StuartD
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice meal ,good starters and main too full for dessert,wine and beer also very good would recommend and would return

OT
OpenTable Diner
Kent
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent food and the service was great, a little quiet dinning in the bar area unfortunately. Would definitely come again

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual, the food and service were excellent

KB
KenB
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Spacious restaurant area affords a good social distancing regime. Food prepared to a high standard with attentive service and an attractive wine and beer selection.

SA
SarahA
Kent
1 review
Dined on 5 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service. Monday night anywhere is quiet, so really good to see a few full tables.

MD
MarkD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Sunday Roast. Unfortunately when we got there at 4:00pm the pork and lamb had gone. There was still excellent roast chicken and beef. Lovely roast potatoes and a good variety of veg.

KW
KarenW
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant, service very good and the food delicious! We return every year for our wedding anniversary as we were married at The Bull

KD
KizzyD
Kent
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fabulous service had food from Martin and his team. I’m so lucky to live so close to this place.

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robsolway
London
9 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The pub serves a fantastic beers from craft brewers and stunning cider from Burrow Hill (Somerset Cider Brandy Company) in Kinsbury Episcopi, Somerset. However, be prepared to pay more than such drinks will cost in central London bars!

Unfortunately, the food did not live up to expectations. A scotch egg (£9.50, whilst containing an perfect yolk, lacked sausage meat (so had gone far too hard) and was accompanied by a very astringent slightly spiced damson ketchup that just did not work. Smoked salmon oddly served on a very thick slice of sourdough (as if it were scrambled egg) was overly salty as if it had been further seasoned or the salt not fully washed off prior to smoking. Abeautifuk looking middlewhite pork chop with a gorgeously thick layer of fat was overcooked and so ended up being rather on the tough side. A Bull burger contained two presumably small homemade burger patties that resembled squashed mini meatballs. The patties were so small they had also ended up overcooked resulting in dry and bland meat.

Finally, from the much boasted about smoked meats I tried the brisket bun (£16). This consisted of pulled brisket slathered in an overly sweet bbq sauce which together could easily have come from a supermarket rather than from a very expensive imported US smoker. Coupled to this the brocket was so hot it was if it had been cooked in a nuclear bunker (or perhaps reheated in a microwave from cold?) Why pull brisket when you can serve it in slices ala Smokestak in Shoreditch, London? One can only assume that the pub is trying to do something with the smoker here that the numbers of covers do not really enable and so have to cook a brisket in advance, pull it for the week ahead and then portion it out to be reheated???

In total 4 starters, and 4 mains came to over £140 with 5 drinks which felt very over priced for the quality of food served.

HP
HannahP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous meal as always. Yummy hake and sticky toffee pudding. Thank you.

MD
MarkD
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As superb as ever. Sat in the courtyard. Was waited on efficiently. Had the Bull Hot dog which was great. I forsook chips and had the pickled red cabbage instead. I will definitely go there again as I have never had a bad experience there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and nice setting

TA
TiffanyA
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always lovely! Our favourite for a Sunday roast. Especially sitting outdoors in the newly refurbished courtyard. 10/10

LK
vipLucieK
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I would have appreciated a bit of shade in the tables in the garden. The guitarist on Sunday was lovely. Food was good. A very extensive wine list too.

LB
LucyB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely spectacular Sunday roast! Delicious roast potatoes and cauliflower cheese. We had the lamb shoulder and beef, both highly recommended!

FAQs

The Bull Hotel offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01732 789800.

The Bull Hotel is rated 4.4 stars by 313 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.