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“Quintessentially English pub”

The Bull at Benenden
Ranked #1 of 3 Restaurants in Benenden
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Pub
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Quintessentially English pub”
Reviewed July 10, 2014 via mobile

Lovely setting on the village green. Visited for lunch, good service, tasty food. Outside seating where one can sit and watch the world go by!

Visited July 2014
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Kent
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Yummy Pies!”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

The pies here are simply the best with excellent service in a locely village. Expensive but worth it.

Visited May 2014
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London
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82 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Could be so much better”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went here for an evening meal and came away feeling that we had eaten well but that the experience could have been a lot better.
The restaurant itself was quite quiet for a Friday evening but the clientele and staff were friendly and welcoming, creating a pleasant atmosphere.
The food was good and tasty but the service was the main sticking point and if this was addressed it could have been an excellent experience.
The good bits - the selection of food, the quality of food, the atmosphere, the location.
Problems with the service - slow (despite being quiet), inattentive service, forgetful (did not bring water despite asking twice), lack of knowledge of the wine list (disappearing for minutes at a time for each question), did not bring steak knife with steak (took a further 4 or 5 minutes to fetch one once asked) - small things on their own but they all detract from the experience.

  • Visited June 2014
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Sandvika
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18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Real traditional pub grub”
Reviewed June 29, 2014

We were staying in the area and decided to try The Bull on the second night of our vacation. We enjoyed the experience so much that we actually had dinner there four times during our one weeks visit to Kent. If you like really good traditional pub food, this is the place. There pies and puddings were packed with meat and if you didn't fancy those there were other delicious options on the menu. Good choice of ales. The pub itself was cosy and the village very pretty. Would certainly go there again if we are ever back in the area.

  • Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Linda H
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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“bad sevice”
Reviewed June 22, 2014

sevice too many rules made by the owner not being able to have certain things that was on another menu

Visited June 2014
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2 Thank Joan H
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