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The Bull and Thistle Pub

102 S Main St, Gainesboro, TN 38562-8330
+1 931-268-7170
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Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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CUISINES
British, American, Irish, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
Food
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LOCATION
102 S Main St, Gainesboro, TN 38562-8330
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11 - 20 of 162 reviews

Reviewed April 30, 2017 via mobile

This is a very unique place. Beautiful place, very good food and service. You can't say that about a lot of places now days. Reasonable prices also. Just wish it was closer to home.

Thank bhester
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Dear BHester, We thank you for your kind words! The fact that you took the time to travel a distance to visit our Pub is much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon! All best, Diana Mandli Co-owner Bull & Thistle Pub 931-268-7170

Reviewed April 23, 2017

Surprised at all positive reviews. Since Chef Barry left this restaurant has gone down hill. We dined 4/22 a reservation for 7:00pm. Given a paper with tonights specials. Both ordered the rack of lamb. Were told will check because only had three to start with???...More

Thank james i
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

Dear James, I'm so sorry for the disappointing experience you encountered. I can say for sure that on the night you visited, we had several out in the kitchen due to illness and that always makes for a real challenge on a busy night. I'm...More

Reviewed April 20, 2017

The title pretty much sums up our experiences there. About half the time, the food and service is outstanding, the other times....not so much. After living in Europe and a lot of travel, I sort of expected a lot more consistant food & service quality....More

Thank Charlie M
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Dear Charlie, Thank you for both your kind words, AND your constructive criticisms. We sincerely value and benefit from both. We really do strive with every meal to give every guest a wonderful time, with great service, food and ambience. I couldn't agree with you...More

Reviewed March 28, 2017

I've been here with the wife a couple of times and the food is great. The service is good, sometimes you have to wait for a bit but that is without us having a reservation on a Saturday. We were stupid to think we can...More

1  Thank Jeff L
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

Dear Jeff, Thank you for your kinds words, and also for the useful and constructive feedback about ways we can improve. Please be sure that your words have not fallen on deaf ears. We have had several others let us know they feel the music...More

Reviewed March 27, 2017

We traveled from Crossville (an hour away) for our Wedding Anniversary after hearing great things about this restaurant. We were not disappointed. We shared an appetizer, The Southern Sampler, I had a cocktail and husband chose a beer (lots to choose from). We both had...More

Thank Sarah R
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Dear Sarah, Thank you for your kind words and for choosing our restaurant to celebrate your anniversary! We are delighted to know that your evening was special and your food delicious. Receiving a review like yours is the highlight of our week. Our customers mean...More

Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

Food was great service wasn't 5 star like our past visits have always been. Was ask to leave because someone was waiting for our seats. Our group of 12-15 meets here once a year and some have to drive three hours to get here, spend...More

Thank Brian H
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 3, 2017

Dear Brian, I am so sorry that this occurred. It sounds to me like our hostess was trying very hard to be diligent and as a result, sounded rude and unwelcoming. I promise you that wasn't and would never be the intention, and sincerely apologize....More

Reviewed March 15, 2017 via mobile

I'm always a big fan of this place. it though never ceases to amaze me. I don't have many allergies or dislikes with food, but i was really craving a beef wellington and was told they were not offering it this night, but i guess...More

Thank R M
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Dear RM, Thank you so much for your kind words! Receiving a review like yours is the highlight of our week. Our customers mean the world to us! Please know that Chef Ben and our entire team will always do whatever we can to make...More

Reviewed February 14, 2017

I have been to the b&t several times and found the food to be amazing each time. I usually get the filet but have tried other things. If you go on the weekend just plan on having plenty of time to complete your meal.More

1  Thank Gary F
DMandli, Owner at The Bull and Thistle Pub, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2017

Dear Gary, Thank you for your kind words and recommendation! Receiving a review like yours is the highlight of our week. You are right that on weekends, there can be a bit of a wait. When we receive a review from a guest like yourself...More

Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

This is just the most outstanding place in tennessee. Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful historic building, and food is simply an art form. I love this place and this weekend was no exception. They had a limited valentines menu, but what beautiful dishes and the steaks looked...More

Thank R M
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

You just can't get a better meal within 100 miles. Unbelievable quality and atmosphere in a small town. Beer selection you wouldn't find in Nashville. Try the sticky toffee pudding.

Thank Dundertaker
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lethia b
July 1, 2017|
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Response from AnnieP2016 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, he did work there; but it was to train the new chef, Ben, who is the owners' son.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $36
Cuisine
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 102 S Main St, Gainesboro, TN 38562-8330
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Gainesboro
  • Phone Number: +1 931-268-7170
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Description
The Bull & Thistle Pub offers the finest Celtic fare from the British Isles and Ireland, plus live music on the weekends, and a full bar including a superb wine list and 20 beers and ciders on tap! Join us in the heart of historic Gainesboro for a meal worth remembering. Stay an hour, or stay for the evening, sampling our delicious menu and brilliant variety of beers, ales and ciders from our 100 year old bar. On Friday and Saturday nights, we bring you an incredible selection of live music from across the great state of Tennessee and beyond. Friendly service, a cozy atmosphere, and truly extraordinary cuisine make for a wonderful time!
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