The Black Bull

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415 reviews
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  • Worth the Drive
  • Good for Birthdays
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.
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JO
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our visit coincided with the first day of the new summer menu and most of our choices were from the new menu. The food was amazing and we found that the staff were exceedingly well informed about the menu choices. We will be back to enjoy the new menu again.

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OT
N. Ireland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good choice of dishes , fresh seasonal produce , beautifully presented

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L
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, atmosphere, service was fantastic, the pianist was a lovely touch, booked again to go back in a couple of weeks, best Sunday lunch and desert I’ve had for a long time!

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IR
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful meal with an exceptional chateaubriand for main course. We ate in the restaurant part of the pub which feels modern and open. The staff were polite and professional, and added to the experience.

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CC
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, and the staff were just outstanding.

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AS
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Black Bull lived up to its usual high standards with friendly efficient service and good tasty food

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AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

It’s the worst Sunday dinner we have ever had , we come to b b quite often but will not be back , I would of complain Ed on the day but wife wouldn’t let me

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DW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Lovely environment. Good service and food was amazing. Did not have wait too long to be served or for food to arrive. Kids menus were good, lots of choice and generous portion sizes.

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GS
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time diner here but it won’t be the last, attentive friendly service, great tasting food (one of the best risottos my wife has ever had) all at a very reasonable price. A hidden gem.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

They just need to put some eating on, it feels cold and it just kills the atmosphere, even though the restaurant was busy!
Ive been a number of times and its always cold!
David

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Ok place to go but service in the bar was terrible. Trying to offer cocktails without enough staff to amek them and serve customers. Food ok but noting special

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic place food & service can’t be faulted, good ambience too

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PM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

This was a Spanish themed night which I haven’t been to before ! I love Spanish food and this was as always very enjoyable - I would say the paella let it down 👎🏻 Food normally 💯 %

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OT
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place, staff could not have been friendlier and the Sunday lunch was outstanding.

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f
Jersey
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was very good and the staff were welcoming and attentive (and also made our dog very welcome in the bar!). Prices were reasonable with a lunch for 2 (including starter) and drinks coming in at about £55.
The only real downside for me (and this is personal preference) was they had a chap playing a keyboard in the restaurant area and it was just a distraction rather than adding anything- we weren't that close to him but if we had have been I probably would have asked to be moved. Like I say, personal preference and just not my jam!

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AB
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited as a party of 8, the food was absolutely delicious and excellent value for money, the staff were brilliant and the venue was beautiful, we would definitely visit again and I would highly recommend visiting here

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SD
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Excellent food. Disappointed with the very slow service when only about a third full on Saturday lunchtime. We were a party of nine. None of the courses were served with everyone starting together. Twenty minutes to serve coffee and tea when only one other table was occupied, which was vacated before the drinks arrived, cannot be described as good service.
Other plus points are easy parking and well spaced tables. Worth visiting for the good pub food but expect to take a long time.

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AM
1 review
Dined on 3 May 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

The food was good but the service was not up to usual standard.
Booked for 7.00 pm but did not receive first dish until 8.00pm.

On previous occasions, we were served with a selection of bread and an amuse bouche.
It is disappointing to note that this service has now been withdrawn.

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A
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a lovely meal with excellent service and will look forward to our next visit.

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BT
Yorkshire
10 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing place
Such a lovely surprise when you enter
It is a fabulous building: the staff are very friendly but efficient and it is very well run by the newly appointed manager
We had Sunday lunch which was outstanding and we will definitely visit again soon

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CR
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal but felt the chips could have been crisper. The rhubarb on the panna cotta was a bit too tough. Happy with the friendly staff. The food was served hot to the table. Definatly worth a return visit. The waiter noticed it was my sons birthday and brought him a decorated plate with happy birthday written in chocolate and a piece of cake.

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DB
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb setting service and food excellent . Will defiantly return

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JP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 25 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Felt it was rather cool in big restaurant and lacked ambience , may have been better sitting in bar area in hindsight

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RO
1 review
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

very poor value

£15 for 3 small scallops Service very slow and it was very quiet so would not want to visit when busy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and drink. Lovely surroundings- excellent service (other than forgetting our condiments!) - a little on the pricey side but good value nonetheless.

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S
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful anniversary meal at the black bull . The staff were outstanding , service excellent . Very impressed , the steaks were done exactly to our specifications , couldn’t fault it at all . Thanks !

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LM
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Party of four for Sunday lunch. All enjoyed our meals. Service was attentive and efficient. Lovely surroundings, thanks.

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KR
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food. Very polite staff. The restaurant is clean and well kept.

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JW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine at the black bull fairly regularly and are never disappointed. Food and service are always excellent. We usually have Sunday lunch, but have recently had evening meals there too. Would and do recommend it to friends and family

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K
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Super location and very friendly the food was excellent.

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LC
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Four friends had a lovely birthday lunch on Saturday. The menu is varied enough for my fussy friends and heavy on the fish choices which is my preference!

Staff were friendly and helpful.Just a shame it was very quiet so the ambience was a bit flat. More people need to go to this lovely restaurant then there would not have been anything to give a negative to!

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A
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

An excellent steak meal and a very enjoyable evening.

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EM
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food good service just a shame we were the only table occupied

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HS
Newcastle
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food at a reasonable price, served at a steady pace by friendly staff who listened to what we said and asked for. The tables were well spaced so we could see and hear other people but not be pushed past by other diners or staff. A lovely experience

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CW
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The gentleman behind the bar was particularly pleasant. We surprised my husband by secretly bringing our children to the meal as it was his 60th birthday. The barman was very patient whilst he got over his surprise and we all eventually ordered the drinks. The service and the food were excellent I would definitely recommend.

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EG
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent as was the service. Our group of diners all commented on how much they enjoyed the quality, taste and presentation of the dishes served. The sticky toffee pudding was served as a huge portion so we were all very happy! Well done everyone at the Black Bull.

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HA
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

It was Sunday lunch and they had several large parties in. It meant waiting times between courses was lengthy and staff were rushed and rather abrupt in manner.

We felt that the restaurant should understand better how it feels for other customers waiting their turn until after a large party to be served.

The food was unimaginative and in the case of the beef - small fatty portion came and we had to ask for more - which is not good. There was nothing lighter on the menu e.g plain fish - only stodgy fish pie. Everything on the menu was hefty and heavy.

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JM
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was our first visit to The Black Bull, we were really impressed with the modern and beautiful deco. Food was also excellent and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone in our party. Sadly as it is a very big and busy place we waited to long and had to ask the staff to take our drinks orders. Later on, after ordering our food we had to wait too long for some bread to be brought to us ( after asking for it). The staff was nice and polite.

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AW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The Black Bull was lacking in ambience, the bar was not warm and welcoming with disorganised tables and chairs, nor did their style really enhance the style of the bar.

The food was ok, but not particularly special or tasty, presentation was good. The duck in the little pot was so cold it was tasteless. The venison was two x 1 inch squares of meat plus a pot of nondescript warm meat.
Desserts were disappointing, very hard and very cold fig ice cream with too much cool sloppy meringue.

There were other customers but the whole place was lacking, the music was very low, the staff were fine but had nothing to offer than the basics. A shame since I had been before and enjoyed it hence the second visit. At approx £33 pp this was not particularly good value.

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BH
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place, food was excellent. Slightly disappointed the early dining menu advertised on the website was not available (apparently they stop doing the early doors menu sometime back but it still showing on their website). That aside we both plumped for the Sunday roast which was excellent.

Be warned that although the restaurant is only a mile or two from Scotch Corner, satnav will send you on a wild goose chase if you’re not careful.

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