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The Bull at Great Totham

4.3
4.3
170 Reviews
£25 and under
Gastro Pub

The Bull at Great Totham is a 16th century coaching inn now beautifully restored to suit the needs of the 21st century. The emphasis here is on comforting food in comfortable surroundings. Our passion is for the very best ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and sourced as locally as possible from top Essex producers. With this fabulous country larder we have created hearty and robust food dishes. Come to The Bull gastropub for big flavours, both on your plate and in your glass. Our attentive staff will welcome you into our relaxed ambience as if you were our old friend. In the kitchen, the team is led by our head chef, Mark Blake. We offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning coffee and traditional sunday lunch, as well as a 3 course set lunch for £14.95, please see our website for further details www.thebullatgreattotham.co.uk.

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  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Gastro Pub, British, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast: Saturday: 8am - 11am; Sunday: 9am - 10:30am,
    Lunch: Monday - Friday:12noon - 2:30pm; Saturday: 12noon - 4.45pm; Sunday: 12noon - 4.45pm,
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8.45pm; Friday 5.30 - 9.45pm; Saturday 5pm - 9.46pm; Sunday 5pm - 6.45pm

  • Phone number

    01621 893385

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mark Blake

  • Area

    Great Totham

  • Parking Details

    We have up to 70 car parking spaces available.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

All breakfasts include tea or americano

Breakfast

  • Toast and Tiptree Jam or Marmalade£2.95

    • Homemade Muesli£3.50

      yoghurt & honey

      • Porridge£3.50

        toasted nuts & golden syrup

        • Full English£8.50

          two eggs, two bacon, two sausage, mushroom, grilled tomato, beans & toast

          • Bacon or Sausage Toasted Sandwich£4.95

            • Beans on Toast£3.95

              • Smoked Salmon£8.50

                scrambled eggs on toast

                • Toasted Crumpets & Butter£3.95

                  Drinks

                  • Pure Orange Juice£1.95

                    • Pot of Tea

                      • per person£1.95
                    • Infused Tea£2.45

                      Earl Grey, peppermint, chamomile, green, wild

                      • Coffee - Americano, Decaffeinated£1.95

                        • Coffee – Cappuccino, Café Latte£2.45

                          • Espresso Coffee

                            espresso, macchiato

                            • Single£1.95
                            • Double£2.45
                          • Hot Chocolate£2.45

                            • Glass of Milk£0.95

                              Last updated: 6 August 2021

                              What 170 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                              4.3
                              4.3 based on recent ratings
                              • 4.6Food
                              • 4.4Service
                              • 4.1Ambience
                              • 4.2Value

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                              1. IC

                                ICEMAN

                                Norfolk

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 25 December 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Thoroughly enjoyed our Christmas lunch, service was brilliant, food was superb (especially the Goats cheese starter, says my wife)! Food could have been a bit hotter but there again, not easy with mass sittings. Being picky, could have done with some festive music in the background. Could not really fault our experience. Hoping to bring 2 friends with us mid January for 3 birthdays (18th, 24th & 26th) celebration lunch - can't wait. Ev and John, Leigh-on-Sea.

                              2. J

                                Julie

                                Berkshire

                                4 reviews

                                4.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 30 October 2021

                                overall4food5service4ambience3

                                Nice food although the portions were quite small for the money. In the area where we had our meal it felt like part of the bar rather than being a restaurant area.

                              3. KC

                                KevinC

                                Essex

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on 13 October 2021

                                overall4food5service5ambience5

                                We received our usual great food, great drink, great service and great value at The Bull at Great Totham. Highly recommended and The Willow Room at The Bull is nothing short of outstanding! Back soon! Kevin Cain

                              4. LB

                                LesleyB

                                Essex

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 9 September 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Lovely ambience once the music was turned off. Excellent food and friendly service. Good value for the money

                              5. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Essex

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 10 August 2021

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Very attentive staff and an overall good atmosphere & food

                              6. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 20 July 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                A great experience, good food and friendly staff

                              7. KC

                                KevinC

                                Essex

                                13 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                13 reviews

                                Dined on 4 July 2021

                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                Lovely Sunday roast, with a good selection of wines. We thoroughly enjoy this restaurant every visit. Lovely owners and colleagues as well.

                              8. JO

                                JuliaO

                                Essex

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 27 June 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Sunday roast is amazing. Recommended

                              9. LC

                                LorraineC

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 19 June 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Well spaced tables nicely set up with white tablecloths and silver cutlery. Fabulous service very attentive staff. Nice selection of starters , mains, and desserts . Not much choice of side dishes only three options but no extra veg option. The food was delicious and the plates were not overfilled. Overall a lovely night out with old friends

                              10. N

                                Neale

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 8 March 2020

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As always, excellent, three course Sunday lunch and wine were faultless.

                              11. LL

                                LauraL

                                Essex

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 15 November 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                The Bull is my go to place for a really good and relaxing lunch to meet friends. The staff are happy and helpful and the food is so so good.

                              12. PS

                                PatS

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 12 October 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Was great and will keep coming the staff are excellent

                              13. S

                                Suby

                                Essex

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 25 September 2019

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                Super food as usual and staff very friendly. We'll be back!

                              14. JC

                                JoyC

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 20 August 2019

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                Enjoyed a lovely evening at the bull, food was delicious and the staff were amazing, nothing was too much trouble, will definately be visiting again soon

                              15. AR

                                AlanR

                                London

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 5 July 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                A lovely pub ambiance with good quality food, drink and service

                              16. AR

                                AudreyR

                                Essex

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 1 July 2019

                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                We had the set lunchtime menu which was lovely. The only fault was I couldn't taste any fish in the Thai Fish cakes only potato.

                              17. O

                                sharonO

                                London

                                4 reviews

                                4.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 9 June 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Great Sunday roast, tender and well cooked roast beef, starters was slightly underwhelming, but still happy with it. Service was excellent, very friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely return, maybe not as a couple but in a small group. Good value for money and nice wine list x

                              18. LB

                                LisaB

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 26 May 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                As always, lovely lunch with the family. Staff were very attentive and couldn’t fault anything. We love it

                              19. AB

                                AntonyB

                                Essex

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 20 May 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                We enjoyed our meal as usual. We shall be going again.

                              20. S

                                Suby

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                4.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 10 May 2019

                                overall4food5service5ambience4

                                The haddock and chips was light and tasty. Super as ever!

                              21. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Essex

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 19 April 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Fantastic food. Great service. Certainly somewhere to go back to.

                              22. S

                                Simon

                                Essex

                                3 reviews

                                5.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 7 April 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Quality food, great service, superb restaurant, would definitely recommend.

                              23. KN

                                KeelyN

                                London

                                3 reviews

                                4.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on 6 April 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                Brilliant food very tasty! At great prices. Would definitely come again.

                              24. IB

                                IainB

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 24 March 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                .Enjoyed a very good Sunday lunch with friends. Food and service were both very good. To be recommended,

                              25. S

                                Suby

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 8 March 2019

                                overall5food5service5ambience3

                                Yummy food, beautifully presented, friendly staff. You have to go a long way to beat the food here.

                              26. VH

                                VictoriaH

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 1 March 2019

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                We had my husbands birthday meal at The Bull on Friday night and it was lovely. Service was exceptional and the food was also lovely. It was all very fresh and tasty and the right amount of seasoning. Portion sizes were spot on as well. There was a Michael Jackson Tribute act in the willow room next door and we were worried that the noise of the act would be really loud, but you couldn't hear it at all until you went through the connecting door to where he was performing. The soundproofing was excellent if you didnt want to be "bothered" by the music. We will; however, be back for one of the tribute nights as they look fantastic! A great place to have an evening out xx

                              27. LD

                                LouiseD

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 16 February 2019

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                Relaxed ambiance, tables not too close together. Food delicious and not overpriced, waitress friendly and helpful. Would definitely return to try more dishes.

                              28. S

                                Suby

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                4.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 28 September 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                A superb meal as usual, we travel a distance to get here, well worth it. Terrific food, beautifully presented, yummy!

                              29. AB

                                AntonyB

                                Essex

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 13 September 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                We enjoyed our usual very enjoyable meal with very pleasant service.

                              30. LL

                                LauraL

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                4.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 11 September 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                I have visited The Bull on several occasions and have never been disappointed.

                              31. J

                                Jay99

                                London

                                5 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                5 reviews

                                Dined on 11 August 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Always amazing service and great food. Great ambience and you always get a great welcome.

                              32. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                London

                                1 review

                                4.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 23 June 2018

                                overall4food5service5ambience3

                                Lovely attentive staff Good quality food at a reasonable price

                              33. RG

                                RobertG

                                Kent

                                7 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on 20 June 2018

                                overall3food2service4ambience3

                                Very average

                              34. s

                                simonm

                                London

                                4 reviews

                                3.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 15 June 2018

                                overall3food5service2ambience4

                                We thought the food was excellent. Both starters and mains were faultless. Menu offered a gastro pub/ brasserie style vibe. Surprisingly the wine menu was more extensive than the food menu. ( not that we were ever asked if we'd like to see it). Staff are very friendly but we felt forgotten and almost an inconvenience. After our main plate was taken away i had to ask for dessert menu. Then after 20mins or so didnt want to wait to order one. ( was never asked if we wanted desserts anyway). I went to the bar to order a coffee as we hadnt been checked on. Maite d spent quite a lot if time disappearing out the front of the restaurant/pub but it gave a vibe that there was either a problem out there or someone more important. We thought the value for money was great as the food was well presented and perfectly cooked. We could easily however of spent more( desserts/ top up of drinks etc). All in all... great food, not sure if we were unlucky but worth another try but maybe in a bigger more noticable group... not a couple.

                              35. AB

                                AndyB

                                London

                                1 review

                                1.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 7 May 2018

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                I booked a table via Open Table for the evening of Monday 7th May for 8.00 p.m. - having requested 7.30 but been bounced to 8.00 p.m. Good sign I thought, must be busy! Arrived at The Bull at 7.50 in time to have an "aperitif" before our meal, only to discover that the Restaurant had shut at 5.00. p.m. and there was no chef on the premises. Why, I thought, would you accept an on-line booking if you were not open? Not very impressed and had to quickly find another venue - fortunately the Swan Hotel at Maldon (Steak and Cocktail bar) was still open and we had a delightful meal and drinks there. Moral of the story - please join your analogue opening times with your digital presence so you don't leave your customers hungry. P.S. Manager of the Bull phoned two days later and offered to buy me a glass of wine when (if) I next visit!

                              36. JL

                                JohnL

                                Kent

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on 2 April 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                Great food and service. Recommendable to all.

                              37. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Essex

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on 10 March 2018

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Perfect thank you very much

                              38. SB

                                SharonB

                                New York Area

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on 11 February 2018

                                overall5food4service5ambience3

                                Lovely Sunday lunch, we like to bring visiting friends here. Thank you to all for great food and wonderful service.

                              39. a

                                alans

                                Essex

                                7 reviews

                                5.0

                                7 reviews

                                Dined on 8 February 2018

                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                second time here, just as good as the first. good choice on the menu and good wine list. excellent service and ambience.

                              40. LL

                                LauraL

                                Essex

                                4 reviews

                                4.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on 24 January 2018

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                It has been some time since we last visited The Bull a year ago. We enjoyed a very good lunch and were welcomed very well by the staff - they did not chase us to leave so we were able to sit and chat for some time.

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                              The Bull at Great Totham is rated 4.3 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

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                              Google Map for The Bull at Great Totham

                              2 Maldon Road Great Totham, Essex CM9 8NH

                              • Area

                                Great Totham

                              • Hours of Operation

                                Breakfast: Saturday: 8am - 11am; Sunday: 9am - 10:30am,
                                Lunch: Monday - Friday:12noon - 2:30pm; Saturday: 12noon - 4.45pm; Sunday: 12noon - 4.45pm,
                                Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 8.45pm; Friday 5.30 - 9.45pm; Saturday 5pm - 9.46pm; Sunday 5pm - 6.45pm

                              • Cuisines

                                Gastro Pub, British, European

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress Code

                                Casual Dress

                              • Parking Details

                                We have up to 70 car parking spaces available.

                              • Payment Options

                                MasterCard, Visa

                              • Executive Chef

                                Mark Blake

                              • Additional

                                Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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