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“Great food and service.”
Review of The Brantham Bull

The Brantham Bull
Ranked #2 of 18 Restaurants in Manningtree
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $31
Cuisines: British, Pub
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A beautiful 16th century pub and restaurant on the Essex/Suffolk border with stunning views of the garden and the River Stour. Offering traditional pub classics in a light and modern restaurant, it is perfect for a pub lunch, celebration or dinner with friends.
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Myself and my wife used the bull for lunch on a Saturday afternoon,the food was fantastic as was the very friendly service.The eating area was very light and airy and had a really comfortable feel about it,There are tables in the really nice garden area along with a good child's play area.
All in all a really pleasant experience that I will definetely sample again.

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1  Thank redarmy1
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

What a pleasure to relax and enjoy sunday lunch , good food, good ale, good service(even if a little slow) forgiven by attentive and pleasant staff. Enjoyed the beef and well cooked veg in support. Desert also excellent. Thank you so much, will be back soon.

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Reviewed August 11, 2013

It was a booked family meal (table of 10 including a high chair for a toddler).
We had starters, mains & desserts.
All meals were well presented & tasty.
Portion sizes were more than ample.
It was a Sunday menu & our table had roast beef & lamb with the exception of one who had Lowestoft caught fish.
We all commented on the quality of the meat & how good it was. The fish was of top quality too.
They offer to cater to children & state on the main Sunday lunch menu "a children's menu is available but we also do smaller portions of the majority of this menu", which is great for the more adventurous childs taste.
All round a good place to have Sunday lunch & would like to visit again to try an evening menu.

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1  Thank DTS85
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

As I drive past the Bull everyday and live only 4 miles away it has been constant annoyance that the various owners have not delivered on food, until now. This is not a gastro pub but it offers varied and good quality food at reasonable prices. The area outside is good for families at weekends and the views to the river ae really pleasant. So it's back on the agenda

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Reviewed August 9, 2013

Given the location and reviews, myself, my partner and our sons, were optimistic about our lunch. However, the whole experience was 'such a shame'. The gardens were great and secluded to keep our boys entertained but it all fell apart when the food came. The menu over promised but massively under delivered. Very basic poor quality food with a high price tag. £8 for a childs meal of fish and chips, shocker! The chips were fluffy in the middle, very poor. Ham egg and chips (thought we couldnt go wrong there) was slimy ham, poorly poached eggs and more fluffy chips. Toad in the hole (another hearty classic that any chef should surely get right) came with a random lump of stewed meat, re-heated carrots and 1 floret of broccol. All of which tasteless. We opted to sit indoors, however the 'fly' problem was unbareable, as we spent most of our meal swatting with napkins. There was an unfortunate incident with some kitchen appliances breaking which lead to a 40 minute wait after finishing our starter for our mains but i dont think if they'd come quicker the whole experience would have been saved. All in all, we couldn't even bring ourselves to finish the meal or have a coffee and enjoy the garden. Such a shame.

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1  Thank Samantha P
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Gem c, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2013

Thankyou for your comments it is a shame you felt like that but didn't think of saying when you were here after we had spoken to your husband about the gravy and he was fine. Paul (chef) has never in 15 years had a complaint regarding his ham and regarding the chips they are meant to be fluffy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, the gravy is a homemade gravy not out of a packet which explains why you found a piece of meat as all is fresh here. As for the flys we did explain that the field was being combined that day which the restaurant does over look and I'm afraid that's the joys of living in the country side. Child's cod is fresh cod fillet and prices of fresh fish does fulcuate.
Kind regards
Gemma & paul

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