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“one man show”

The Bull Furnace End
Ranked #314 of 2,288 Restaurants in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $20
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Traditional English pub, friendly atmosphere, with fresh homemade food in country surroundings, we offer a full 2 for 1 menu all day everyday. also offering our carvery style Sunday lunch.
Reviewed November 1, 2013 via mobile

This was our second visit to the Bull having previously been in summer 2013. This time the pub was advertised as having new management although looked exactly similar. We were greeted and seated by a very pleasant young man, and as it turns out the only person aside the chef who appeared to be working. Ambience wise it was a nice touch to have a florist supply fresh flowers for the tables. We were on a groupon voucher deal so there was a supplement for some dishes but at £16 for 2 including wine it was still fantastic value. The starters of fish cakes and beetroot salmon gravallax were tasty although there was an added £1.50 for the salmon but as said it was still good value. The mains of lamb and beef were less impressive, both meats were dried and sat in an uninspired jus although this may have been down to them sitting on the pass whilst the waiter rushed around trying his best to cater to 6 tables. A couple who arrived and insisted on a window seat. They left after around 20 minutes as the solo waiter had not managed to clear and set the table by then. Overall I couldn't fault the value or service but it was evident that whilst there were other staff (managers?) drifting around they appeared oblivious to the plight of the young waiter who coped admirably. When asked by a punter as to why he wasn't assisting, a tracksuit clad fellow said he was too busy and duly disappeared. We will return but hopefully next time there will be more acknowledgement by management of front of house service.

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Andy1266, Owner at The Bull Furnace End, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2013

hi,

i am sorry that you did not enjoy your main meals and i know we are short staffed at the moment so we have a very small team and everyone is bordering 80/90 hours a week at the moment so we all have to find some time to have off we did not expect to be so busy on that firday afternoon either thats why there was only one waiter on!! i was around on my only day off but i had other meetings throughout the day and was unable to assist i do hope that you will come back and you will find you get the service you should of had.

kind regards
andrew whitecross
general manager

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

Recently we had a family meal at the bull and it was superb, the menu choice was really good, something for everyone, including the children.
The staff were friendly and efficient.
The food was freshly cooked with decent portions, the wine list also had something for everyone and not too expensive for a really good red.

I would definitely recommend the Bull, it would be just as good for a meal for two as well as friends and larger parties.

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Reviewed October 29, 2013

This was a most enjoyable lunch with friends,the starters were different and not run of the mill the mains were delicious the steaks done to perfection as was the belly of pork, we shall certainly return. The whole experience was excellent and made all the more so by the delightful and charming service provided by Jake.

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Thank rosie194
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

My family and I visited the bull this Saturday night. When we arrived we had drinks at the bar and were then taken to our table. The pub was completely full and there was a great atmosphere. We all had steaks which were what I can honestly say are some of the nicest steaks I've eaten and at a decent price. Our waitresses/ waiter were helpful and attentiveand over all we had a great night
I will definitely reccomend to my friends

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Thank Krpatterson
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Don't know if we were eating a different / improved menu from the previous reviewers, but (despite all being picky in our own ways) we all really enjoyed our choices.
Massive help from a Groupon voucher, otherwise it would have been rather expensive outing.
My only niggle was that there was just one vegetarian main to choose (spinach & feta pie) but it was freshly made and tasted nice.
Friendly service, interior decor bland and inoffensive.

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Thank JXJ2013
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