The Bull Hotel

4.3
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182 reviews
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£25 and under
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Sunday Lunch
A cosy and welcoming restaurant with bar food and a smokehouse steak theme running throughout. For the last decade we have separated our 2 AA Rosette restaurant and bar food, but people like to mix menus!

We have an old hickory pit smoker from Texas, to do things properly! The result is an eclectic mix suitable for people young and old, perfect for occasions from a quick bite to a food feast.

To match the smokehouse menu, we stock many craft beers, 4 on tap and a green bottle selection. Our award-winning wine list is another talking point, comprising of 150 bottles and 31 by the glass – Something for everyone!

Let’s not forget our hugely popular Sunday roast, served all afternoon from 12-8pm.

We also have a private dining room with a round table that seats 12 at no extra charge and a separate wedding/party room suitable for 100 people.
What 182 People Are Saying
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j
Kent
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

it was nice enough but I felt about 20% overpriced.

I
London
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of the most amazing fillets of steak I’ve had in my life. Expertly cooked to perfection. Easily rivals top London restaurants. I originally asked for a different steak cut, however when the chef cut it apparently it has a large piece of sinew in it and he was not happy to serve it. To me this is very professional. Could not fault service. Immaculate food, great wine and good selection of ales. I would strongly recommend.

w
London
7 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Had dinner with friends and a good choice of drinks from the bar but a little disappointed with the menu
Not a huge choice of starters - when you found them on the menu sheet! Friends and wife very satisfied with fillet steak but my onglet steak was a bit disappointing. However overall a nice evening out

EG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Four very old friends met and ate lunch together outside. The waitress was lovely about giving us time, as we kept reminiscing and forgetting to choose food. It was 30° so she brought us sun cream! The omelette and chips were excellent. Salads were enjoyed.

AC
Kent
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very nice pub with nice outdoor area. Food was also very nice. Would visit again.

BO
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Normally very good but this time the service was slow, white wine not chilled, the side dishes not enough, especially the coleslaw, only about a dessert spoon worth and just a handful of chips. Then after a long wait had to ask for a dessert menu

The Bull Hotel
Responded on 13 September 2019

Sorry it wasn't perfect this time. The glass of wine you had was in a 4 degrees fridge , but the ambient temperature that day was 32 degrees, so maybe a warmer glass than normal ?? The sides and the chips i think have been the same size for a long time, but if the chip pot has a few chips less, or you just need a bit more slaw to finish the meal, just ask, its not a problem . After mains we may not want to rush people into dessert, but again just ask if you need it quicker, many thanks

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EG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely dinner Martin and Lygia was amazing hosts definitely will be back again

SH
Kent
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Friendly staff and lovely food. Sadly it was very quiet so the atmosphere was a bit lacking.

LB
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

This is a great restaurant. Efficient, friendly service. Great food, all prepared from scratch. Wide selection of drinks and good craft beer selection. We’ve eaten here several times, it’s always been excellent but have never seen it really busy which amazes me!

MS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Delicious food and very well presented. Staff very good.

KA
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really nice atmosphere, very friendly attentive waiting staff and excellent food.

M
Kent
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good quality food and drinks and very good service in pleasant surroundings. Will definitely go again.

SQ
Kent
3 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Lovely roast, shame there was no beef available, so we went for the lamb. Mint sauce didn’t arrive but food and wine were very good.

P
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a birthday lunch. Sat out in the new courtyard. It was lovely and sunny but we decided to take coffee inside where it was slightly cooler. We thought the food was excellent, the red wine delicious . Definitely a great place for a special occasion.

NA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Expensive for what it is, very good service, can’t decide what it wants to be, decor, ambience and drinks menu suggest a la carte. Food Menu is more of a themed American diner..will have to make improvements in value for money and menu before we return..plus side outside garden area is good and so was the singer and piano player

M
Kent
15 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Food was lovely but sadly service very slow to the point we had to ask for the desert menu as they kept on ignoring our table
Staff need more training to be more attentive!

CS
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! Definitely would go back! Slightly pricey but its worth it!
Went for my mums 40th birthday and they were so good with making her feel special and sorting out a dessert and candles!
Stunning food. Would recommend to anyone!

JT
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

Had a long ait for the food to be served but were told this when we were sat. Waited another 10 minutes after seating to then have to go the bar for a beverage. I and my friend had the lamb shank with a butter bean ragou which was somewhat mushy.

D
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

The place at first glance appears to be in need of some decoration. The menu choice is quite small but the food served was very good, hot, well presented and good flavours.
An extensive wine list is available and a good selection of other beverages.
Will certainly visit again.

BC
Kent
19 reviews
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a lovely meal, we was an awkward table but the waitress was very helpful. Food was very good especially the vegetarian option.

KM
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very relaxed, love it! Chef great! Owner knows his drink! Front of house great!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

We were rudely rushed...
As always the food here was lovely. We had the fish and chips and the burger.
However, staff were obviously in a rush for us to leave, breathing an obvious sigh of relief amongst themselves and loudly stating 'no that's it they don't want desert' at the desk.
Then when my partner went to use the toilet on our way out we were followed by a lady wanting to lock the door behind us who was clearly put out that he was using the facilities. We were barely out the door when she was shutting and locking it behind us. Our booking was 7.30pm and we were out of the building by 8.45pm... a real shame on fathers day celebrating our soon to arrive baby bump.

The Bull Hotel
Responded on 24 June 2019

Hello. We are really glad you liked the food. Sorry that you felt you where rushed, that was not our intention. You where at The Bull for an hour and a quarter for a one course meal which i would not consider as a rush. Desserts where offered and we did not ask you to leave. I have told the staff to leave a minute or two before locking the door behind the last person to leave, so people do not feel they are being chased out. Hope to see you again. Kind regards Martin

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B
Kent
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Enjoyed a very pleasant Father's Day meal with good food and an excellent glass of wine.

GF
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was exceptional. The fish dish was so beautiful and elaborate. The knickerbocker was from another planet: probably one of the best desserts I have ever had: EXCEPTIONAL. The service was great: real professionals at work, with real great manners. It was a super 30th birthday meal for my Wife Gemma. Thank you. Giuseppe

BS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love this place, has become one of our favourite restaurants for a roast, the Beef is cooked to perfection. great food, great service, highly recommend.

AF
Kent
1 review
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a lovely place. The staffs enthusiasm for the place shines through the service, ambience and rooms. The food was a revelation - delicious and eclectic. Definitely be back

G
Kent
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great steak and chips, with delicious desserts to follow. Good service from knowledgeable staff, and an extensive wine and beer list.

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately my new potatoes were raw. I did mention this and got no answer back. The rest of the food was lovely.

L
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was delicious and lots of choice. A lovely historic building making it a great venue. Very friendly service too. It was a tad pricy but the quality was excellent

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always outstanding food and good selection of drinks. Also great, personal service and understanding of our two roudy 3 year olds! Very family friendly.

l
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really pleased to have eaten at The Bull, food was excellent and portion size was generous. One of my group did have to change their choice as it had run out, which was a shame but then it was Easter sunday so I am guessing it had been busy. My only slight criticism was that no children menu was offered. Although my children are above the age of 10 it doesn't necessary mean they eat adult size portions.
Staff were very polite and made us feel very welcome.

The Bull Hotel
Responded on 27 April 2019

Hello Lovely Mummy !! Thank you for the review. Apologies we didn't offer the children's menu but do feel free to ask for it, if it happens next time. Many thanks

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DS
Kent
1 review
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 2

The food was good as ever, just duck a little tougher than used too. Presentation and overall content was good. Some fancy garlic bread would be a nice addition to menu! Ambience was low as very quiet in restaurant. Live music was good and not too loud so didn't interrupt the meal. Staff, as ever, first class.

The Bull Hotel
Responded on 24 April 2019

Hello, thank you for the review. Next time feel free to ask for garlic bread. We normally do it more for kids, so it should be nice , i'm not sure about fancy !! See you soon, kind regards

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GG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

We had high hopes as the reviews had been so great. However, the ambiance was disappointing and without any character. The staff were very friendly though and the mushroom soup delicious as was the slow cooked beef rib. The pork belly was a bit chewy and dry, lacking some side vegetables or gravy. The desserts were okay. Overall we were a bit disappointed as we had expected more.

N
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

After several years since we last visited The Bull (then under different management), we were delighted to return and will definitely be a repeat customer once again!

The Bull Hotel
Responded on 24 April 2019

Hello, thank you for the review, really glad you liked liked everything, although the management is the same (we are here for 12 years know) but we are always striving to improve, so it must be working ! Many Thanks

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OT
Kent
13 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food. Definitely will visit again.

P
Kent
8 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very good value lunch on Sunday with food of high quality and service of usual excellent standard. noise level became somewhat overpowering at times with voices raised to be heard above the hubbub.

BS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This was a first for me here, and i can guarantee it won't be the last.

LB
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great pub with very attentive staff and host!
Sunday roast everything you could wish for and wine list as long as your arm, which Martin was happy to talk through and tailor a wine to your budget and preference!
Not the cheapest but most definitely worth it!

RD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really lovely service, food was amazing and great value, will be going back with Husband and friends

GT
Kent
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both times we have been and loved the food and also the first time we actually stayed in your hotel and loved everything

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