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“Absolutely lovely, wanted to stay longer!” 4 of 5 stars
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Sheep Street, Charlbury OX7 3RR, England   |  
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Ranked #2 of 3 Charlbury B&B and Inns
Abingdon
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“Absolutely lovely, wanted to stay longer!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2012

Stayed just the one night after a family wedding. Really lovely inn. Cosy room, very well appointed. Noticed a previous comment about tea/coffee facilities in room not being easy to get to. That's because it's a lovely old building with lots of features and I think it all fits in really well. We were welcomed and shown to our room and were given an outside key to come in any time we wished. Welcomed again warmly for breakfast and had some really lovely scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. My only tiny gripe was the shower wasn't as strong as I would have liked, but that's it. Would definitely stay there again and recommend it.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Meols, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

We stayed at The Bull Inn in Charlbury in October 2011 taking two rooms for two nights.
The rooms were a decent size, well decorated and had real charm. Our room had a good size bathroom that was clean but showed a bit of wear and tear but nothing that detracted from our stay. We also found that there was movement noise from the room above, and yes we could hear voices from the bar below. This is to be expected when you stay in an Inn and it was only for very brief periods and all quiet by midnight. Certainly did not cause us any loss of sleep. We found the owners and staff very friendly and the breakfast included in the room rate was excellent.
We also had our first evening meal at the Bull and the second evening meal at the Bell just down the road so we had the chance to compare the two establishments. It is difficult to decide who delivered the best meals as both venues served us delicious food. I think we all agreed that the Bull Inn certainly had a lovely atmosphere in the pub and restaurant area.
If you are looking for a pleasant, unspoilt village from which to explore the Cotswolds, Charlbury is a great spot. The Bull Inn gives a real "country inn" experience with great food, beer and service.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bath, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2011

Stayed at the Bull a while ago, decided to call in on the way home after a lovely day visiting Blenheim Palace. Just supper. Just the three of us. Meals did not start until 6.30. We could order from the menu to get ahead if we wanted to do, so we did. Soup, fish and chips, rump steak and chips. Not difficult. Steak was requested cooked "well done". Three girls came in and ordered steak while our order was still being dealt with (problems with the supply of Guiness) so at worst we would be second on the order for the chef. People were now arriving and placing their own food orders. We began to notice a couple who came in after us had their starters served while we were still waiting.
The girls had had their steaks ages ago by now, and we wondered what the hold up could be. So we waited, and waited. A lady came in and sat at a table opposite us. She ordered her food and drink and began reading her book. Shortly after her meal arrived and we then began to get restless. What was going on? The lady proprietor walked by and we asked about our food order. There was a delay because the steak had been requested well done and it was now "resting". We had now been there an hour. I asked about the girls that came in minutes after us who had ordered steak. The reply was they had ordered medium rare, so that was an easier order for the chef! What? It was now getting late, and you kind of go off your food when you see this kind of thing happening.
Finally, the food arrived. One bowl of soup - easy. One fish and chips. Not so easy. The chips were cut like railway sleepers, and only just cooked. A few more minutes would have made the difference, but then we had been waiting..... The steak? My son could not cut it, and it looked like it had been on the barbeque for the duration. Black around the edges and tough, tough, tough. (The steak cost £17.00). We complained, obviously.
The proprietor would speak to the supplier of the meat. Would sir like a starter or a pudding a.s.a.p? Now we had been there nearly one and a half hours. No thanks, could we have a refund for the "steak" and the bill please? (We had a discussion with the man who had taken our order to begin with who explained that "the blood has to dry out of the steak and it always takes much longer to cook"). Charming!
It could have been a nice end to a lovely day. This pub is off the beaten track and it may well have local clientele, but we will not be back. Nothing is more annoying than observing people eating that come in after you. Simply not good enough.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2011

Good size room and very clean. Coffee making tucked away in corner of room and awkward to get at, no decaff. Owners and staff very friendly and efficent. Food was excellent both in the restaurant and in the bar. Breakfast was good but portions could have been a bit bigger. The pub is in the centre of the village (although it's offically a town) and noise was not a problem. Charlbury has good road and rail links to Oxford and London. It is also well located for touring the Cotswolds. We enjoyed our stay here and will definately go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

My husband and I recently attended a wedding in Oxfordshire and were short on time to find a place to stay in the area overnight.

The Bull Inn was one of few places that answered their phone after 8:00pm and accepted a reservation without hassle. I'm pleased they did. When we arrived, we were greeted by woman and gentleman who were extremely helpful and inviting.

Our rooms were very nice, clean, bright and accommodating. When we explained we were attending a wedding that afternoon/evening our hostess showed us how to enter the rooms after hours so that we could continue to enjoy our evening and not worry about making it back before the pub closed.

Breakfast was very tasty and they offered selections healthy selections for those of us that don't always want a heavy English breakfast.

I would definitely recommend it and stay there again.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Holmfirth
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We tried to eat at this hotel. Staff were rude and after an hour of waiting for our food to arrive we left. The owner said it was on the 'pass' after 30 mins, then they were just waiting for the chips. Eventually she said our food had been served to someone else and they hadn't now cooked anything for us. Bad service, utter contempt for customers. Don't go, we were advised not too and didn't listen!!!

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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shropshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

Our 4th stay at The Bull. We have used The Bull as a staging post for Blenhiem, Bourton on the Water, and Oxford and still lots of towns to see in the Cotswolds on future visits(including taking the train to London from Charlbury)

We always eat at The Bull in the evenings of our stay, and it has never disappointed(we look forward the the meal all day, plus wine of course!)

The pub, restaurant and accommodation is charming and very comfortable.

The hosts and staff are professional, helpful, welcoming and they add value to our holiday.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Sheep Street, Charlbury OX7 3RR, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Charlbury
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Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Charlbury
Number of rooms: 3

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