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The Bull

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub
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The Street, Benenden TN17 4DE, England
+44 1580 240054
12:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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180 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have always enjoyed this old, friendly pub and it's excellent Sunday lunches, so it is with regret that I can only offer three stars this time. My wife and I arrived at 12.15 for our lunch to find an empty pub - unknown at the Bull! We had a table in the bar, having booked late, although it soon... More 

Thank KentBaz
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed for a few days in Benenden and our host (and previous residents) suggested the Bull for a meal. Having read the last review I was somewhat sceptical, but as we had so many positive reviews we decided to give it a go. And I am glad we did, we even went there twice. The food and service was... More 

Thank Hotelguest739
Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A group of six of us ate at the Bull a couple of evenings ago, the pub was suspiciously quiet for the week before Christmas. Two of us had fish and chips, the fish was a smallish portion and had been overcooked, it had obviously come out of the freezer and was not pleasant. There is now the option of... More 

Thank Diprose
Tonbridge, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recently, I visited this pub with friends, None of us had been to the pub before. We decided to take advantage of their Christmas menu which we had pre-ordered. When we arrived we were pleased with the general ambiance and the setting of the pub in this very attractive village, Unfortunately, we did not get off to a good start... More 

Thank John F
Coxheath Maidstone
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

The pub was busy when we arrived but the staff were cheerful and sorted it out to accommodate us. The food was tasty all three of us had a different choice which were all of good quality. Service was good and we were made to feel welcome. Will definitely be back.

Thank Anne N
Ghent, Belgium
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Tried it on a weekly day during lunch and on the glorious Sunday roast (which you have to deserve in advance). Both great, friendly staff, high quality. Seriously go for the Sunday roast. It's great!

Thank P C
London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Had an excellent evening last night at the bull at the music and curry night, excellent food outstanding service and the local musicians who made the whole evening a great night. Thank you

Thank Iain F
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

We stayed in the village of Benenden. The Bull was the only pub so we went for an evening drink and meal. The pub is dog friendly so we reserved a table in the bar area next to a huge fireplace. The staff were very friendly. There is a good menu. We had the open fish pie & a turkey/bacon... More 

Thank meddlecho
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

A very charming, cozy and family friendly country pub, with plenty of character and welcoming staff. Had a good selection of Kentish and Sussex ales including Larkins, Dark Star Hophead and Sussex as well as local cider. An unpretentious pub menu including traditional steak and suet puddings, fish and chips and sausages and mash. Well worth a visit.

Thank jasonanddebbie
Canterbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Excellent quality of food. Very atmospheric pub with an array of memorabilia. Very helpful and friendly staff.

Thank jlang16

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Street, Benenden TN17 4DE, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Benenden
  • Phone Number: +44 1580 240054

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?