The Bull

4.5
317 reviews
£26 to £40
British
At the the Bull we specialise in simple, beautifully cooked food. Eat fresh, local and seasonal food in our unique Cotswold Inn.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • 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 317 People Are Saying
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SarahF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

The service was very slow, the waitress appeared inexperienced in her role and the steak was under cooked, rare rather than medium. And the other meal was not what was ordered, but consumed instead of the long wait for food! We also asked for a second bottle of wine, the same as the first one, again had a long wait and it was a different one from what we ordered!

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PatriciaC
1 review
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We found the Menu very limited, and nothing like the Menu on the website. Had decided on the Menu before arrival only to find it didn't exist. eg. Pan Fried Salmon, Sea Bass, Fish n Chips etc. This could be because it was a Sunday, or because there is a national shortage of food!! No Fish.! Having said that I had the Roast Beef, and there was plenty of beef, and very tender. The whole meal was very tasty, although it could have been hotter!

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CarolineC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always. Always friendly faces and Dom and Charlie are as accommodating as ever. They even provided children’s ice creams when the kitchen had already closed! Thanks guys!

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KarenS
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Bizarre! My salad was meagre and mean- was it a starter rather mains? The fish and chips for my mum was so huge it was falling off the plate. My husband's chicken dish was a huge piece of chicken as big as the plate w/o thought for veg, just a small grilled gem lettuce. My mother waited til pudding for her drink.
Noise levels - usual ambient back ground noise not helped by the bar man suddenly throwing bottles in the bottle bin loudly every so often. Just a shame it's our only local eatery in walking distance .

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MikeB
Staffordshire
7 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food, friendly and quick to point out service charge when I tried to tip

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SarahS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Would definitely recommend.

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RuthF
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food slightly disappointing, wine by glass very expensive, but outdoor setting good and service good

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Eleanor
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place and friendly staff. Fantastic crab tacos, monkfish and white bean deep. Quinoa salad less of a success but overall warmly recommended

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Nyumba
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always The Bull was spot on for service, friendliness and excellent food. Another lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, super friendly service! Lovely atmosphere

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Wend
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great meal at The Bull. Love the specials - keep them coming. Great friendly service

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LauraW
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really lovely meal at the Bull whilst staying at Cotswold View campsite. We’d booked a table outside and turned up with plenty of layers but the manager had moved us inside as it was a little chilly.

The manager explained they were short staffed but we didn’t notice - great friendly service and lovely tasty food.

Dog friendly, children friendly - the portions were perfect for our pair (9yo/12yo)

Cool decor and a nice atmosphere.

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05holdstol
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pub with gorgeous food, great selection of drinks and very helpful, friendly staff. Will definately return if in Charlbury again. I would recommend booking in advance as very busy when we were there.

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ForestH
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Felt that £19 for a roast that seemingly didn’t have any veg was very steep!!! I also didn’t like my main being plonked in front of me when I hadn’t even finished my starter, not the greatest experience or meal I’m afraid, far better places around to eat.

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AmandaT
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is excellent, all staff are fantastically welcoming and very attentive. Faultless as always.

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Gems
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this pub, great food and a cool (but not too cool) vibe.

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GrahamO
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent meal. We went for a range of starters and each one was perfectly delicious.

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Chelsea
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My parents and I very much enjoyed our experience, the staff were friendly and chatty. We were seated in the garden which is very beautiful!

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Very little choice did not match website.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our time at The Bull. Greeted and seated in a very friendly, courteous manner. Nice table under the vines. Lovely drinks, particularly The Bull Bitter. Superb food, ample proportions. We all had starters and then the roast beef Sunday Lunch…delightful! All the staff were very pleasant, smiley and efficient. Highly recommended.

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LizW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a table for 6 and had a selection of starters as a meze. All were exceptional. Crab and pork tacos, padron peppers, squid and chicken bites stand out. Services was efficient with warm humour. Lovely ambiance and decor. Will come again if in the area

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Table booked for 3pm, but kitchen closes at 3pm so had to rush our food order. Told they were keeping kitchen opem has a few late arrivals. But we werent late. We were on time! Why take bookings if kitchen os closed?
Very disappointing.

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vipJ0505
London
21 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Popped in for lunch, not an extensive menu but what we had was very good.

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NickC
London
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great services, great menu, great prices.

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SarahC
Cambridge
2 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty food, in great surroundings, would recommend

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AnnM
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The table for 2 @ 2.30pm The chairs very uncomfortable & wobbly. I asked to be move to a bench table but was told by the Manager they were booked however by the time we left there were still several bench’s empty.
Ran out of desert - lemon meringue pie so only had main course. The roast beef tasted good however the presentation was dreadful. My burger was excellent.

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StephenE
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The service was competent and cheerful but they were a little slow to take our order. The food was good value.

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BallyM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, wonderful ambience, Gabby you are worth your weight in gold- thank you for your wonderful advice regarding the menu .

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AlastairH
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food reasonable, limited menu.
Nice outside seating area and friendly staff.

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NatalieG
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Ate outside, very relaxed, small menu choice but tasty food!

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claireg
London
4 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute gem of a find.
Delicious food
Fabulous service
Awesome hosts.

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SallyO
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant pub. Excellent food, great wine list and cocktails. Top notch service - nice relaxed vibe. Beautiful decor

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CatherineG
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We enjoyed the fish and chips. They were perfect. The desserts were poor and probably bought in. The meringue wasn't really meringue and I wouldn't order it again. Service and dmbience are great.

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PaulW
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited the Bull on a recommendation with our 12 wk old puppy! We weren’t disappointed, really great service, staff, food, attentive to children and pup! We’ll be back, thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Devon
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good evening. Food fab, service fab and although we had booked for an outdoor table, the rain was do bad, they actually managed to seat us inside.
Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
2 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic drinks and bar nibbles with family! Loved our visit. Looking forward to going back! Super friendly service.

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HelenS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious lunch, with a perfectly cool table on a hot day. Really friendly service. Will go back often.

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BarryL
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great location highly recommended place to eat and drink

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EmEP
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch on Saturday, we sat outside under covered benches. The food was good quality - we really liked the menu. Lovely staff and great atmosphere. Only grumble was there were quite a few wasps buzzing around us and being allergic it became a bit of a distraction for me.

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MrsC1
London
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

We love the Bull but on this visit we were kept waiting a very long time for our food to arrive with no explanation or apologies. They were prompt to ask if we wanted more drinks .
The food was very good as always even if the little gem and radish salad arrived without any radish!

The bill was wrong at the end but we did not raise the matter as it was not a lot of money involved and it seemed petty but we were disappointed after this visit.

FAQs

The Bull offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 01608 810689.

The Bull is rated 4.5 stars by 317 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.