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“Historic Inn - Great food, great entertainment”

The Bull Run Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 13 Restaurants in Shirley
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $45
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Bull Run in Shirley, MA is a full service, farm-to-table restaurant and concert venue housed in an historic Tavern & open Wed-Sun for lunch & dinner. Our menus change seasonally and we have a full bar including local brews on tap. We have two concert rooms, one seating 300 & another seating 65 and we feature national & regional acts across every genre of music as well as stand up comedy. Come for appetizers, a full dinner, brunch, lunch, pizza or dessert. We make everything from scratch, buy from the local family farms of Central New England & support the local community. Don't miss the legendary Egopantis who sees all from his perch above our back-to-back fireplaces!
Reviewed March 22, 2014

The Bull Run is an out-of-the-way spot in Central Shirley that is well worth the drive. We have gone multiple times in the 3 years we've lived in the area. The Inn itself is historic - it allegedly served as a meeting spot during the revolutionary war, and may or may not have seen the likes of Paul Revere and George Washington. What is NOT alleged, is that it has been in existence since 1740. It not only has a restaurant, but also several large funtion halls that host weddings and concerts. We saw Rusted Root here, one of the best concerts I've seen in awhile. The atmosphere is rustic, and looks the period, with wide pine floors, exposed beams and woodwork, and stone fireplaces. They frequently have live music (there is a piano in between the lounge area and dining room) and there is a trivia night on thursdays.

On to the food. The menu changes every season, and most of the ingredients are fresh and sourced from local farms. The menu ranges from delicious pizza and grass-fed burgers to seafood and prime rib. (One of the best prime rib dinners I've ever eaten anywhere) The prices are reasonable, and because the menu changes with the seasons, there is always something different to try. The organic turkey dinner is one of our favorites. The last time I was there, I had the pulled pork dinner, which was juicy and delicious, and came with an out-of-this world ricotta-stuffed sweet potato topped with fried kale. My wife had the beef short ribs which were melt in your mouth good. The prices are reasonable and the service is always pretty good.

If you are in the area and are looking for a good meal at a reasonable price, this is the spot!

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

From a veggie burger to a prime rib, from jeans to pearls, from smooth jazz to heavy metal, the music, food, and formality are all up to you. If they had a few more moderately priced entrees I would have given them 5 stars.

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2  Thank Meredith M
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

The Bull Rune needs to be understood for what it is. It's a very old, as in pre-revolutionary war era, building which has been an Inn and a Tavern for all that time. As such, it is a wonderful place to go for an evening's entertainment and a great meal. Asking ahead is a must to see if the entertainment will be to your liking, but we've always found that dinner early is wonderful for any time or occasion. When we visit the area, which is often, we always try to get to the Bull Run for a supper. Just as often, I have the prime rib, which is as good as or better than the beef and preparation you are going to get anywhere - and that includes in Western Canada where to serve poor beef is like committing heresy. My wife also almost always chooses the Turkey dinner, which is also a great meal, well prepared, nicely presented and generous of proportion.
We ate here the last time we came by and had the same wonderful, local food that we are accustomed to, and will return again the next time we go by Shirley.
Simply put, if you're in the area, this is the one place to have supper!

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2  Thank Bill C
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Reviewed December 16, 2013

Had a great relaxing meal. Food was very well prepared and service was wonderful. Reserved a private dining room upstairs for a small gathering. Room was clean and rustic. Perfect place for a small gathering, especially with small children.

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Thank Andrea E
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Reviewed November 23, 2013

Farm fresh food with an ever changing menu. The tavern is truly historical, and we appreciate having something different with home cooked food so close to home. I'd avoid the trivia night if possible - or get there early for a meal and head out.

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1  Thank Merle A
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