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“Great Pub Lunch”
Review of The Bull Inn

The Bull Inn
Ranked #5 of 15 Restaurants in Bruton
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Bull Inn is a traditional freehouse serving fine ales and delicious pub food, situated at Hardway, near Bruton. We serve lunch Wednesday - Sunday: 12 PM - 3 PM and Dinner 6 PM - 11 PM, Wednesday - Saturday only
Reviewed March 31, 2016

Great food and large portions - limited vegetarian options but were happy for us adapt a starter! Deserts and the service were also excellent - we had a brilliant family lunch after visiting Stourhead nearby

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Reviewed March 25, 2016

What more could you want after a pleasant Sunday morning walk around Stourhead than a warm welcome at this lovely pub. We have never done badly here but this week was exceptional. I think the chef could give P G Wodehouse's Anatole a run for his money. The food is plentiful and delicious. The best sticky toffee pudding absolutely swimming in toffee sauce. Divine.

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1  Thank reviewermanSomerset
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Reviewed March 19, 2016

A warm welcome awaits with engaging owner and staff,I had the cod and chips lovely white fish in a very light beer batter.

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2  Thank jenny m
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Reviewed March 18, 2016

We had tried visiting this pub a few weeks ago but it was closed. Second attempt and the lights were on so someone was obviously home.
Typical old style English pub out in the middle of nowhere with a fairly comprehensive menu to choose from.
I went for a fillet steak; Not particularly cheap at £25 but to be expected. OK, you can't go far wrong with a decent cut like that but it is all too common to get some old, tough moo badly hung and badly cooked and still have to pay this sort of price. The steak was excellent with absolutely no waste whatsoever, perfectly cooked and presented in an attractive manner. Standard accompaniment was neither unusual nor particularly inspired. I suppose the one thing that might have raised the dish up a notch would have been a small separate pat of maitre d'hotel butter which is always nice but that's just me.
My partner had the cod. This was supposed to be a small portion and I dread to imagine what their standard portion might be because it certainly wasn't small. Nice to have the option of children's, small or standard portions available. The fish was fresh and firm in a decent batter with the normal accompaniments. However, apart from the decorative aspect I don't know why everyone insists on serving salad with fish and chips these days. It might look attractive but it really is entirely unnecessary.
The beers were well kept but the lemonade a little flat.
When all said and done, it's a pub and does not pretend to be anything else. The food we had didn't require the skills of Escoffier to cook it and the ingredients used were of quality so there would have been no excuse if it had been badly cooked. It was certainly a cut above some of the other local places offering similar fare.
The landlord and staff were affable and the atmosphere of the whole place congenial. It might be slightly off the beaten track to find but it's a nice option for an unplanned dinner and worth while making the effort to find or just visiting whilst passing through.

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2  Thank Charles B
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Reviewed March 8, 2016

Met some old friends for lunch. Lovely log fire and excellent pub staples. Shepherds pie highly rated, as were the chicken with haggis and neeps, and the sticky toffee pudding. An interesting citrus salad with goat's cheese provided a refreshing starter.

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1  Thank MEM315
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