The Black Bull

4.4
303 reviews
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£25 and under
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Gastro Pub
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
The Black Bull is one of the most iconic destination dining pubs in North Yorkshire. It is famed for its seafood, has an exceptional a la carte menu of the highest quality, with innovative dishes and traditional classics, both utilizing the freshest local seasonal ingredients. It boasts a cosy tap room with a fully stocked bar serving local ales and an extensive wine list. There is a bright and airy restaurant with a large terrace as well as three private dining rooms. Whether it is a mid week meal out or a special occasion the Black Bull is the perfect place to drink and dine.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Gastro Pub
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Saturday: 12pm - 2:30pm; 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Sunday: 12pm - 3pm; 5pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
01325 377556
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Luke Taylor
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Parking Details
The Black Bull has a very spacious car park to the rear of the Inn.
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Special Events & Promotions
The Black Bull has three beautiful private dining areas for all types of occasion. From canapé receptions and working buffet lunches to gourmet a la carte dinners we can cater for all you requirements. We also have a private Champagne bar and beautiful terrace. We have an experienced event coordinator who can help you plan your event to the last detail, and our fabulous management team will be on hand to ensure that everything is seamless on the day.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
303 reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
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Very Good
29%
Good
7%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.4
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PJ
Yorkshire
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

Best Sunday meal good value for money the restaurant has a nice feel to it very welcoming.

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AJ
1.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

My starter of heritage tomato and goats cheese salad was one small tomato and a dollop of mayonnaise. £5.50. My wife had no paramsan biscuit with her risotto. Food very poor

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D
County Durham
1.0
Dined on 8 July 2018

Very disappointed lamb was over cooked after been told it will be pink.was told I would get crushed potatoes with meal never arrived.

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PP
2.0
Dined on 30 June 2018

My husband got his pint of coke spilt all over him. Waitress was new and upset she had done this. Restaurant manager was not helpful at all. We had to suggest we move tables as the area was drenched. There was very little in the way of an apology. This was terrible service which we have not come across before in any restaraunt. It did spoil the evening and was very uncomfortable for my husband as he had to sit with a wet shirt, jeans, underwear and shoes. Really disappointed as this is a place we meet up with friends from Ripon every month or so. Will have to find a new restaraunt now as we will think twice about returning.

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GH
Yorkshire
3.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

Went for Father's day lunch. Is one of favourite restaurants for Sunday lunch so high expectations. Wasn't up to usual standards but not a bad meal, just missed the usual excellent food and service. Won't put us off returning again.

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R
3.0
Dined on 17 June 2018

Ate at the restaurant on the 16/06/18. Food reasonably good, service poor, uninterested waiting on staff. Ordered coffee, noticed very obvious low standard of cleanliness to inside of milk/cream jug. Copious amounts of thick black residue observed , which had obviously accumulated for some time. Draw attention to this matter to the waitress on two occasions, who commented on each occasions that this was “pretty disgusting” but did little else. No attempt made to bring our concern to the manager. We settled the cheque and left without drinking our coffee. Since contacted the restaurant and received a “we will look in to it” response. Don’t expect to hear anything further. We would not choose to eat here again. This was not a piece of crockery not washed thoroughly on one occasion, this had the appearance of dark, thick mould which had obviously stood for some time. To be fair, the design of the crockery chosen was ill thought through. This is the first review I have ever left on any site, usually I simoly choose never to visit again or not to recommend to friends. However, on this occasion, I was appalled at the disregard for hygiene and the lack of management of the situation by the waitress when I quietly and politely brought this to her attention. Perhaps the restaurant would have preferred me to announce this to all before making comment and offering an apology? Wish I had taken my phone with me to allow me to take a photograph but choose not to whilst dining out. As already stated, would not consider visiting again.

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D
5.0
Dined on 15 June 2018

Lovely meal at the Black Bull. Had the early evening menu which had good choice. Portions were good and there were real chips. Nice beer. Beautiful setting and excellently presented decor.

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BH
Yorkshire
4.0
Dined on 12 June 2018

My friend and I always choose The Black Bull for our twice yearly get together. The staff are very welcoming and the choice of food really good and delicious. We had a lovely glass of Sauvignon Blanc and complimentary chocolates with our coffee. We will be back again soon.

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MK
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

My wife and I decided to pop out for dinner on spur of the moment at the black bull. The service and welcome was excellent, Pre dinner drinks were served as soon as we arrived, and the food was exceptional! Would highly recommend as a great place to eat and not expensive for quality of food.

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S
5.0
Dined on 9 June 2018

Very impressed with the Black Bull the staff were friendly and efficient. No long waits between courses all meals brought out together and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend.

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S
Yorkshire
4.0
Dined on 8 June 2018

A very pleasant evening with helpful, if young, staff. As a family we enjoyed the ambience and food.

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KW
3.0
Dined on 8 June 2018

Starters and main courses were both cold and had to be sent back. Service was a bit hit and miss, more miss than hit.

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TA
5.0
Dined on 2 June 2018

Great choice of food. Very tasty. Friendly atmosphere.

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MH
5.0
Dined on 26 May 2018

I have been Dining at The Black Bull for 33 years and the current Proprietors are doing a sterling job in upholding the high reputation of this fine restaurant. Our recent visit was of fine food in a relaxed ambient atmosphere.

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LC
5.0
Dined on 26 May 2018

Fantastic food. Great choice and expertly cooked. Wellcoming and friendly staff and lovely surroundings. We had a wonderful night!

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CH
Yorkshire
3.0
Dined on 25 May 2018

Service left a lot to be desired. At times not one employee to be seen, tables not cleared quickly enough, no one to take further orders or answere queries. Food was excellent but we would have liked all the meals to be served at the same time and not have people to have to wait till we could all begin eating.

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ES
3.0
Dined on 22 May 2018

We last visited in the days of the railway coach. We much preferred the atmosphere in those days. There's very little atmosphere nowadays as the restaurant design is more metropolis than country orientated. You could be anywhere. Good beer and beer prices but it would be better if the pint glasses were properly filled

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AL
Edinburgh
4.0
Dined on 22 May 2018

Tasty meal and delicious wine with lovely view of outside space.

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RH
5.0
Dined on 19 May 2018

Really lovely and peaceful
Setting. Food was divine and so well coooked and tasteful. Friendly service from all of the staff. Clean environment and facilities and wouldn’t hesitate going back

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JG
London
2.0
Dined on 6 May 2018

my meal was fine but my dining companions were not really impressed, a lot of items on the menu had run out and one of my friends asked if they had steak pie available ,the waitress said that she could not have it as it was on the early menu which finished at 6.45 ,although the diner on the next table had it at 8pm.my friend ordered soup which came with no bread ,when she asked for bread & butter the waiter came with one slice of bread and said they had run out of butter.bit of a joke really, as we don't live near i probably won't go back i think its a bit of a hit or a miss kind of place

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JD
5.0
Dined on 30 April 2018

Lovely meal for a belated birthday celebration, the food was perfect and nothing was too much trouble for the staff. The set price menu is great value and the child’s meal was great value too. Will definitely be back!

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VP
Lancashire
5.0
Dined on 29 April 2018

Lovely family get together. I’m Coeliac, and although not a huge choice they were knowledgable.

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BM
4.0
Dined on 19 April 2018

Delightful venue, well decorated. Al fresco dining available. Attentive but not over bearing staff. For those with dietary issues very helpful, sensible to call in advance to check for particular issues. Disabled access from the car park not obvious. The menu is varied and there are special menus, lunch time and special events.

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D
5.0
Dined on 15 April 2018

Always excellent food in bright conservatory style dining room. Food locally sourced and always a good choice on the menu. Home made lemon curd macaroons with the coffee were heavenly

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PH
3.0
Dined on 15 April 2018

This was a sunday lunch and the food was OK, the beef exceptional. But there was a long period between the serving of the meat plates and the vegetables during which time the meat, gravy and yorkshire pudding cooled down. Revived a little with extra gravy.
Poor ambience and despite what looked like a sufficient number of staff the service was poor.

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GJ
4.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

Went for our 40th anniversary as our daughter had got us some vouchers as a present. First time we had been and will certainly be going back. Good food good prompt service and very friendly staff.

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DM
5.0
Dined on 14 April 2018

We hadn't bee to the Black Bull for 20 years so weren't sure what to expect. We were warmly welcomed and served promply . The food was top notch as was the service. I am particularly looking forward to returning for one of the world cusine nights (eg Greek)

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OT
Yorkshire
5.0
Dined on 13 April 2018

Excellent service, really good food, great atmosphere

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TH
5.0
Dined on 12 April 2018

Food was outstanding. Warm & friendly atmosphere. Staff were friendly and attentive. Would throughly recommend this restaurant....

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LJ
5.0
Dined on 8 April 2018

The food is delish, a little on the pricey side (£12 for two tiny scallops) but you really do get great quality ingredients. The service was impeccable and overal the atmosphere was lovely.
We had 3 courses each with wine and it came to £100 between two.
I would recommend the gingerbread and apple mocktail, mussels and the chocolate and peanut butter tasting dessert platter.

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PL
Yorkshire
4.0
Dined on 8 April 2018

This restaurant maintains the standard where other places in the group fail.

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AM
5.0
Dined on 8 April 2018

Lovely meal, booking was easy , child friendly . Staff were very attentive. Would recommend to anyone

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JF
5.0
Dined on 6 April 2018

Good surroundings, pleasant staff and a varied / interesting menu.

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CK
Seattle
2.0
Dined on 5 April 2018

My husband and I went to this restaurant on a Thursday evening. There wasn’t much atmosphere in the large dining room as there were only another 3 tables in. Overall it was an ok experience but not outstanding. The food was good but not great. I had trout which was lovely but the rest of the meal wasn’t great. My husband had to ask for the bread with his soup and he had nearly finished it by the time the bread arrived after about 10 minutes. Wished we had chosen somewhere else for our one meal out in the area.

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L
5.0
Dined on 4 April 2018

A perfect evening for my birthday.
Wednesday steak night is delicious and really good value.

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C
Yorkshire
4.0
Dined on 30 March 2018

We took two friends to the Black Bull who hadn't been there before. They were very impressed with the quality of the food and the friendly service. They said, in particular, that it was nice not to be rushed. A lovely evening. Thank you.

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AL
4.0
Dined on 30 March 2018

Great food, good choice, lovely service. Cater for vegans (perhaps inadvertently)

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SN
5.0
Dined on 30 March 2018

Great food with the best service . Good Kids menu and value for money.

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DC
5.0
Dined on 30 March 2018

Good food and friendly staff. Great atmosphere and a plus dog friendly

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RY
Yorkshire
5.0
Dined on 27 March 2018

Excellent food in a marvellous setting, well worth a visit!!

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