We drove into Northumberland on a nice sunny September day, especially to return to the black bull. We had a great night there one summers eve a few months ago after visiting matfen hall & decided to return to visit the place again.
Once again, the village looked beautiful, the locals were really chatty & friendly, and the pub owners recognised us, and were again welcoming, chatty and friendly. The place is an utter gem. Yet again the food was lovely. Ploughmans lunches, which were super filling, and served with a side order of chips that are just delightful. The menu is small, but that's not a criticism. The food we have had there both times has been lovely. It's a pub with a small staff base, and owners who are brilliant at looking after their customers, so the levels of service are high, because your being looked after by people who have a vested interest in what they do. They even source seasonal potatoes to make sure their chips are the best.
It was a relaxing afternoon, chilling out, playing pool, chatting with the owners and locals and generally enjoying the atmosphere that a proper pub with proper beers & proper history is all about. It now has the addition of an old school turntable to play LPs, which adds to the atmosphere. I'd rather travel 40 minutes to get there to sample a proper pub, than go a few miles to visit my local "chain" pub that tries to pretend to be like the black bull & has staff who just want to throw some overpriced, precooked microwaved fayre at you. I've given everything 5 stars, except rooms, as I haven't seen them, and I'm not sure it has rooms. If it had, I've no doubt we would have just stayed there all night. It feels more like you are guests in someone's home than being in a pub.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A traditional English pub (no B&B or rooms) in the beautiful village setting of Matfen. Serving a choice of five excellent Wylam Brewery ales as well as a good choice of well-known and well kept beers, fine wines, spirits and soft drinks. Fresh home cooked bar food is served Friday - Sunday with a small choice of home-cooked food and bar snacks. The Black Bull has everything you would want in a pub; warm, welcoming and friendly. Our games room includes a pool table, darts board, cards, dominoes and board games as well as a juke box and comfortable seating. Dogs and well-behaved children are very welcome! Winter opening hours Monday-Thursday 4pm - 10.30Pm. Friday 3pm - 11pm. Saturday Noon - 11pm, and Sunday Noon - 10pm. PLEASE NOTE: Large parties (over 10 people) cannot be catered for unless booked in advance. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Black Bull Hotel Matfen
- Black Bull Inn Matfen, Northumberland