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“A meal of two halves”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bulls Head

The Bulls Head
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub, International
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Saumur, France
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51 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“A meal of two halves”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

Having read the Tripadvisor reviews and the online menu we had great hopes that the Bulls Head would easily meet the mark.

The thing I enjoyed most was the beer and the opportunity of a taster before buying a pint. My wife wife is a superb cook and so when eating out, it offers a great opportunity to enjoy foods that the other halves don't like. Remember Jack Spratt?

I dislike offal, so my wife had the calves livers and they could not have been cooked and presented much better and so fully met her expectations.

My wife dislikes game, and so I ordered the special Game Pie. Described as Venison, pheasant and other fowl baked in a crusty pie. Sadly, it did not live up to the billing.

On cutting open the pie I expected the dark rich colours of venison and game. However, I was presented with carrots and potatoes (not mentioned) and plenty of tenderized meat that looked rather like stewing beef, rather than game. The colour was grey like the interior of a Hollands meat and potato pie from your local chip shop. It was pretty tasteless and so disappointing.

Even more curious was the interior of the pastry. The outside looked an even brown colour, however the inside of the pastry (somehow) was burned in places and quite hard. I needed copious amounts of gravy to moisten it, but what you saw and what you taste did not match up.

It seems from other reviews that consistency of the cooking may be the biggest problem, so perhaps safer to just stick with sandwiches and chips and enjoy the lovely beers.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Rodger J
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English first
Luton, Bedfordshire, UK
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Give it a miss...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2013

My steak was inedible and I couldn't cut through it with a knife as it was so gristly....we were there less than a hour.

Visited November 2013
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5 Thank Sallyxx
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“good gastro pub”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

We've been here a few times in the last six months and always had good food with pleasant and knowledgeable staff. The layout is good and you're not squashed up too close to adjoining tables. It's a good varied menu and when we've been, the food has always been well cooked and presented. Price is a little over the average but this is only to be expected in this moneyed area.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank phil p
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Frozen chips how very disappointing !”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2013

Just dined here for the first time tonight, thought we give it a try .
Must say very nice interior nice and warm for a cold November night ,the staff are very pleasant and helpful but that's where the compliments end.
We ordered scallops and pâté to start with , which were ok although £9.75 for 3 scallops seemed a little excessive .
The main course we ordered the rib eye on the bone for 2 to share.
When it came the presentation looked ok, but the side dishes were 2 bowls of frozen chips and the steak was served with tomatoes and mushrooms .
When we tried the steak it was fatty tough and chewy , I think in its previous life AP Mccoy might of ridden it !
Served with the frozen chips it was a £10 meal all day . £44 was the exact figure for this sad concoction .
If you want good average pub food and pay through the nose for it ,this is your place.
But personally not for me . I like nice food an unfortunately this place falls well below par !

  • Visited November 2013
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5 Thank Gary B
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Alderley Edge, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

Great make over at the Bullshead. Good food , slick service and nice atmosphere. Very accommodating for a disabled member of the party.

Visited November 2013
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Thank SueB510
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