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“Out of the way - but the car park's full.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bull & Butcher

Bull & Butcher
Turville RG9 6QU, England
+44 (0)1491 638283
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Ranked #1 of 1 Restaurants in Turville
Price range: $16 - $28
Cuisines: British
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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“Out of the way - but the car park's full.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

It's Sunday! The weather is grey, but not so cold that you stay indoors. And you're staying with friends in the Thames Valley. What do you do? You find somewhere different - and this location has it's attractions. You can walk to a windmill associated with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, examine a church - how do churches survive in such a small hamlet - and have lunch in the local pub. Well, the walk up the slope to the windmill was hazardous, protected by blackthorn bushes and loose soil, and the windmill at the top was not worth it - although the view of the hamlet below most certainly was. The church was wonderful - from architecture, to historic reminder of continuing faith, to signs of new, if rather unrefined life - coffee cups left on the pews, disused church furniture cluttering up the lady chapel, but the acoustics that are always a reminder of the sanctity of the place. Then there is lunch. Service was provided by sweet and willing staff. I ordered the vegetarian option could be served with a salad rather than the vegetables and gravy - the salad was miniscule, nor was the vegetarian wellington large. I suspect it is not ordered often. My friends had the roast - fresh vegetables with a reasonably sized portion of roast meat on top. The main course was about £12.50 a head. My suggestions: 1. I asked whether they had any sauces to accompany my dish - I was given a squeezy bottle of mayonnaise. Please, surely cranberry sauce or redcurrent jelly could have been provided. 2. Salads: don't treat them as garnish, treat them as an important part of the meal. And thirdly, people need to be aware that space is an issue - book ... or go elsewhere ... or sit as close to an occupied table as you can and hijack the table the moment people get up to go.

Kashka R

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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“Perfect country pub lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This is a local pub for us and we are SO pleased, that despite its famous location and slightly more than your average pub prices, the food is NOT pretentious or overly elaborate - it is just good sized portions of classic, comforting country pub food. The service is usually quick and friendly and the setting it just beautiful. We hope it never changes!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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“Nice pub, average menu”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

The pub is a typical country pub, nice open fire with a very cosy feel. There is a good selection of drinks to choose from and the staff seemed friendly.

Most main courses are £12.50 which for some items is very steep. Whilst not small, there weren't many options that took my fancy. I went for the burger which was ok but squeezed onto a small rectangular plate. It is one of my biggest bug bares, serving food on plates that are too small. I also found the fries a little soggy and the burger bun not to my tasting. I personally prefer any relish to be served on the side rather than very liberally spread on the bun meaning if you don't like it you loose half of the bun.

The vegetarian wellington was a hit though, well thought out and very tasty. The only comment being that the dish was a bit devoid of colour.

Overall, I would return for drinks but I don't think I would eat there again, plenty of other choices in the area.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Superb Sunday lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

This is a lovely country pub. Set in the vicar of Dibley village of Turville which is all beautiful chocolate box cottages and wispy smoking chimneys. The pub has a large car park to the side and is surrounded by fields. It overlooks the Chitty Chitty bang bang windmill and it truly lovely.
Inside the pub is a huge log fire, a table that is a well and church pews and wooden tables. Expect older locals and groups. The food was great. We had starters of coup, whitebait, ham hock terrine and baked goats cheese. All enjoyed. Followed by very tender roast beef, huge yorkies and roast potatoes with beans and creamed swede. The pork loin was served with very crunchy crackling.
Heavenly desserts of fruit crumble and custard, sticky toffee pudding an hot chocolate fudge cake with vanilla pod ice cream. Great, friendly service. Well run, a pleasure to eat here.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
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“Ribs to perfection”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

My wife and I stopped by for supper and drinks with local friends. Our dinners were excellent, the ribs were tender, cooked properly and the sauce had just enough zip. We drank cocktails most of the evening and the Manager Claire Hollis made the evening a 'fun night' by making sure everyone had what they needed while still spending time chatting to all the guests. Highly recommended.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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