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The Black Bull Inn

) #7 of 17 Restaurants in Rothesay $$ - $$$ , British,
3 West Princess Street, Rothesay, Scotland
+44 1700 502366
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“pâté” (2 reviews)
“pastry” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
$$ - $$$
3 West Princess Street, Rothesay, Scotland
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1 - 10 of 138 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Under new management, sadly no longer allowing dogs much to the disappointment of many locals and visitors. Food not always available.

2  Thank Irene R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went there for lunch on Monday if bank holiday large signs outside advertising food. Ordered a drink and then asked for menu. Told there was no food as pub had been busy over weekend and chef needed a day off. Not great for tourists. No...More

2  Thank Christina G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Brilliant, pub with a friendly and traditional atmosphere. Staff were polite, friendly and made you feel right at home. Good food for a traditional pub lunch. Ideally located in the town centre, right across from the Ferry terminal. There was a local Gin festival on...More

Thank Mhairi_Boyd
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lost the custom of a party of 16 today because of you petty sign on the door. Travelling around the islands is mostly dog friendly but not this place!

2  Thank Nicolas M
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Having been disappointed by overbooking at the more highly rated restaurants, this proved to be a real find which we enjoyed totally. The new owner / manager served us with humour and energy, delivering a perfectly cooked steak having had tasty starters. We wanted to...More

1  Thank Sotontraveller
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

First visit to Bute and booked the black bull for an evening meal the owners were really helpful and food was good old fashion pub food well worth a visit.

Thank Richarddixon2
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Had a amazing meal here over Easter, nicest fish and chips I've had for a long time my boyfriend had the steak and ale pie complements to yr Chef. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. We went back for Sunday lunch...More

Thank ClaireHoldcroft24
Reviewed 21 April 2017

Had a tremendous meal once again in this brilliant, friendly atmospheric restaurant, deliciously prepared by a first class chef. Staff very friendly always smiling and the owners Angie and Scott always make us feel very at home when my husband and I go in. Spotlessly...More

Thank Theresa M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed a lunchtime meal in a fabulously authentic pub, staff gave excellent service with a smile and food was well cooked and sensibly priced, the Haddock goujons for starters were lovely. My partner was going to have battered fish for mains but likes bread and...More

Thank BillyWhead
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We arrived a little late for the lunch hour to find their Steak & Bute Ale Steak Pie all gone. They had two specials, which we selected -- both were extremely good. They had a nice selection of beer, and we selected a dark one.

Thank colonelthom
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 West Princess Street, Rothesay, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Argyll and Bute  >  Isle of Bute  >  Rothesay
  • Phone Number: +44 1700 502366
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