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“Amazing pub with superb food”
Review of The Bull's Head

The Bull's Head
Ranked #2 of 2 Restaurants in Craswall
Price range: $29 - $49
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Description: Charles and Kathryn welcome you to The Bull's Head, Craswall, their unique dining pub in the spectacular country of The Black Mountains. Our aim is to offer good food in the informal but warm surroundings of this old drover's inn where through the years little has changed. Bar service is from a 'hole in the wall' to a room furnished with scrubbed top tables and old settles. The restaurant, up a few well worn stone steps from the bar, is also traditionally furnished and has an open log fire to warm you in winter. Old and new friends are welcome to join us for good food, wines and Herefordshire farmhouse ciders.'The Bull's Head in Craswall, one of the best rural pubs in Britain with great food', Owen Sheers, The Daily Telegraph''A wonderful idiosyncratic pub (..) is The Bull's Head at Craswall, with very good food', Fiona Duncan, The Sunday Telegraph'The Bull's Head, an eccentric and magnificent pub (...) tucked away above a stream in the remote village of Craswall, The Bull's Head is rightly proud of its menu', Oliver Bullough, BA Highlife Magazine
Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Amazing pub with superb food”
Reviewed August 3, 2011

We visited this hard to find pub for a family reunion. There was no menu choice as the party had to have the same food, but this was amazing. To start we all had antipasti of meats, salads, dips etc., all excellent. This was followed by the slow roast lamb with flagelot beans. Pudding was wimberry crumble, wimberries we were told are wild berries picked on the Black Mountains. Certainly no ordinary pub food and we will definitely return.

No wine list but the house wine was excellent.

  • Visited July 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Magical simply fantastic...”
Reviewed August 1, 2011

I visited the Bulls Head this weekend and just had to write about the fabulous food and welcome we received. The pub is way off the beaten track, so its hugely advisable to phone ahead to check opening times also its made very clear on their website the exact times and opening hours. I don’t understand how people can be so negative simply because this pub has moved forward in time, the food is magnificent, it’s not a huge menu but this indicates to me that food it freshly prepared and cooked to the highest standards.
My rib eye steak had to be the best I have ever eaten and best of all not a chip in sight! Perfect sautéed potatoes accompanied the steak and I finished with warm homemade lemon polenta cake. The menu is heavily influenced by good produce and no its not cheap so don't come here expecting sausage and chips; it’s an extraordinarily good menu in one of the most wonderful locations.
The owner kindly explained that they are only keeping one real ale on due to their opening times in order to keep it fresh, surely this is better than keeping two or three mediocre beers, I also noticed several Wye Valley beers in bottles, along with Perry and ciders.
Also worth noting was the Antipasti that I saw being served, which looked amazing served on a wooden board the selection of meats would have made any Italian delicatessen proud.
Admittedly this is not the pub it once used to be in respect of menus etc however it’s now a very beautiful destination eaterie that I shall

  • Visited July 2011
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A once welcoming and still charming pub, unfortunatly now spoilt by the "cant be bothered" attitude of the staff”
Reviewed May 9, 2011

This pub was a complete gem and is still a remarkable building, It once had a great and diverse menu with friendly and welcoming staff and was always open for those who made the long journey.

Unfortunatly after 3 recent visits to find the pub closed we finally found it open. The staff were then downright rude and gave us the impression that they would rather not bother with customers at all. The woman behind the bar had no interest and seemingly no knowledge of any of the beers or ciders that used to be so well kept. We left along with another couple who also vowed not to return.

  • Visited April 2011
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A country gem; like stepping back in time but with excellent 21st century food!”
Reviewed August 2, 2010

I can't believe that I'm the first to review this stunning little pub! Having had a drink here about ten years ago we make sure to come back every time we're vaguely in the vicinity.

The pub has peeling wallpaper and big old mismatched chairs and tables. Excellent beer is served through a hatch in the wall, where the nonagenarian former landlady served her beer for decades before the present owners took over. The beams are low and there are loos outside, along with a lovely big garden. Our dog sat under the table as we ate. A starter of black pudding and braised apple was startlingly good - the best black pudding we've ever had and trust me, we're connoisseurs of the black pudding! The kids had tomato soup, and very tomatoey it was. Then we had sausages home-made by the proprietor and Puy lentils; huge portions of meatiness. The kids had a lovely light lasagne made with the proprietor's home-made pasta and a terrific bechamel sauce. The landlady tried to tempt us to the beautiful fruit tart she had made for pudding, but unfortunately we hadn't the space! I had lovely scrumpy, Martin had great beer and the children had very superior apple juice.

Wild camping is available in the adjoining field, but it's quite basic. However, the prospect of a fab dinner and then tottering back to a tent seems so appealing we may be going there!!

All in all, marvellous. Don't miss it! Be careful about opening times though; check the website as they're not open every day.

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