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The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley
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Reviewed April 29, 2013

We've been to the Bull many times since it re-opened...mostly for dinner...It's a lovely country pub, and the menu is interesting, food well cooked and presented, good wines and beers..not cheap but neither hugely expensive for this area..service is friendly though can be a bit slow...really nice atmosphere- roaring fire in winter, and garden to enjoy eating out in the summer. All good!
But our new discovery is to go on a weekend lunchtime for their sandwiches! So worth the walk! They are absolutely yummy, filling meals, and GREAT value! Delicious fillings in beautiful soft hunks of bread, with some more-ish wedge chips, and salad...all for about 6 or 7pounds...try them!

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank fionamw20
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

we found this pub on late rooms- reduced to £50 but to be absoulutely honest it was only ever a £50 room in the first place so perhaps at £35 you would have felt it a genuine bargain. Main problem was it was not terribly clean ,the cob webs frightened my children!However the pub was lovely and the people very pleasant,menu looked nice,we did not eat there but seemed very popular, but as an industry insider having experienced a poorly serviced bedroom,you do wonder about other areas! we had a great weekend would not recommend the rooms but the pub itself was a lovely village pub,lovely ales and bar service pleasant.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank Helen G
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Reviewed February 20, 2013

This is a lovely pub I have known for years and the present owners have put in a lot of effort. That said, the food is good but pricey (it is still a pub after all) there is good range of beers and welcoming staff. However, the accomodation at the back attracts builders and site workers on stop over. Do not therefore be surprised or intimidated by the bar strewn with workmen in their fluorescent yellow jackets and work clothes. Nor should you be shocked to hear the profuse and unimaginative use of the 'f 'word over a drink or a meal.

A nice place but it does need to be careful and work out where which market it is pitching for.

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank naxis123
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

At a time when chain coffee shops and restaurants are causing so many local pubs to close down I am so pleased The Bull has been taken over by such a brilliant young couple - chef and manager. I went to this pub with my mum and my 2 year old daughter. The great thing about it is that it manages to combine a beautiful and absolutely delicious dining area with an extremely relaxed and friendly bar area. All covered with the most brilliant and exotic flower arrangements I have ever seen!

The food was delicious, really great. We ordered 4 starters plus chunky chips so that we would have space for the dessert! We had a three cheese souffle, beautiful field mushroom soup, rarebit tart and mozzarella tomato salad. The soup was exactly as you'd want it to be, so full of flavour with generous servings of soft bread and butter. The other starters were excellent, with just the right amount of sauces, drizzles and garnish. The staff were quick, friendly and extremely helpful, a great atmosphere. My daughter had a bit of everything and loved it, especially the chips and soup!!

The desserts were even better, a terrine of three sorbets which were so fresh and flavorsome and an amazing amaretto infused dessert which my mum hasn't stopped talking about since!

I really recommend this pub, for both locals and visitors. It is such an asset to our British cooking and culture.

Room Tip: Phone up and ask the staff anything, they are extremely friendly and helpful
  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled with family
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1  Thank HollieTravels
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Reviewed January 22, 2013

I have been living locally to the pub for many years, & have always loved the building. The new landlord & landlady have really done wonders! I had visited with a couple of friends, but hadn't booked. It was very busy, the fires raring- the smell of mulled wine & food when we arrived. We were kindly welcomed at the bar by staff, who offered us a drink, & an option to have a drink first or head through to a table. Once we had ordered our food, we were surprised & spoilt to be seated at a table by the fire! My starter was the local wood pigeon, perfectly cooked pink for me. Once finished- on to main course. There was no rush or panic, a nice time to let yourself settle. I had lemon sole accompanied by crayfish butter & a selection of vegetables. I have to say, for a midweek lunch, it was busy & we had excellent service. The food matched the service so well, with chatty staff who were in no rush to go home, whilst enjoying well priced wine & taking in the atmosphere. I have booked to come again & cannot wait to try more of the menu!

  • Stayed: December 2012
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2  Thank Pete-annestravels
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