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  • Wanted: new full-time bar / waiting staff

    Nov, 2018

    We are looking for a new full-time member of staff to join our growing team and work as bar staff and waiter.

    The right candidate will have a great personality and a passion for teamwork.

    Prior experience in a waitress/waiter role would be ideal but is not essential as full training will be provided.

    We offer competitive rates of pay, holiday entitlement and full training, with up to 48 hours’ work per week.

    The Bull is a thriving 18-bedroom historic coaching inn on Burford High street offering a warm welcome, a variety of rooms, wonderful food and a comfortable bar.

    Salary: £7.85 /hour depending on experience
    Job Type: Full-time
    To apply please call Kali or Wayne on 01993 822220.

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  • Bull gift voucher: the perfect Christmas present?

    Nov, 2018

    I know the countdown to 25 December seems to get longer every year, but I think it’s OK to start talking about Christmas on the 1 November and I wanted to let you know about some great new offers at the Bull this year!

    Gift vouchers

    We recently launched gift vouchers on our website. These can be bought online HERE and basically mean that you can give someone a gift of staying or eating at the Bull, with the flexibility of redeeming whenever they want. They’re already proving really popular so take a look.

    Christmas & New Year at the Bull!

    We also recently launched our Bull at Burford Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages. These include a wonderful 3-night stay on 24th, 25th and 26th December from just £202.50 per person including a bottle of champagne on arrival and a New Year’s Eve 2-night stay from just £114 per person with extra nights available.

    Both of these are really popular so get in there quick, and if you want to come to the Bull but already have plans over the festive period, we have lots of other deals available.

    Christmas Day lunch & office parties

    If you’re fed up with all the cooking and washing up and would prefer to go out this year, come to us for Christmas lunch, or if you’re a local business looking for a Christmas party our 4-course Christmas Party menu is perfect and great value at just £24.00 per person, leaving you more than enough spare to get taxis to and from Burford!

    As ever, we can be flexible and cater for all kinds of needs so if you have any questions please give our friendly staff a ring on 01993 822220! We look forward to seeing you at the Bull.

    We look forward to welcoming you at the Bull.

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  • Christmas and New Year in the Cotswolds

    Oct, 2018

    When is it OK to start feeling Christmassy? I know, I know.. it’s way too early! But, if you want to make a break of it and go somewhere nice for either Christmas or New Year you really need to book now, and that’s why we’re ahead of the game!

    We launched our Bull at Burford Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages this week so I wanted to let you all know about them.

    Christmas 2018 at the Bull

    For Christmas 2018 we have a wonderful 3-night stay on 24th, 25th and 26th December, with prices starting from £202.50 per person for a small double going up to £262.50 per person for one of our lovely superior rooms. The price includes the usual bed and breakfast and also a bottle of champagne on arrival. You then have the option of adding Christmas Day lunch and/or Christmas eve dinner but we’ve made these separate as we realise that often people make other plans for these meals.

    Bring in the New Year at the Bull

    For New Year’s Eve we have a 2-night bed & breakfast stay on 30th and 31st December with prices starting from just £114 per person and extra nights at just £65 per person. Optional extras on this deal are a 3 course a-la-carte dinner on either or both nights for just £35 per person.

    These are just two of the many package deals we have on at the moment, all of which you can see on our offers page – but make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment!

    Christmas Day lunch

    Fed up with all the cooking and washing up and prefer to go out, relax and go home to a tidy house? People say the same every year! Our wonderful Christmas lunch allows you to do exactly that. But please book early to avoid disappointment.

    Have your office party at the Bull!

    However big or small your company, our 4-course Christmas Party menu gives everyone a real treat and at just £24.00 per person I think it’s great value, leaving you more than enough spare to get taxis to and from Burford!

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  • Midweek mini-breaks in the Cotswolds

    Sep, 2018

    By Jean-Marie Lauzier

    The weather doesn’t quite know what it’s doing but I love this time of year. For those with young children it is a case of getting back into the school routine, but for those like me (whose kids are grown up) there’s often time and freedom to go and explore a bit, and Burford in the Cotswolds is the perfect place for this.

    With this in mind, we’ve come up with three special offers for people who want to make a break for it during the week to relax and stay in a lovely room from Sunday to Friday, and get back home in time for the weekend, maybe to take care of the grandchildren! Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure these will appeal to a far broader audience than just grandparents, but I’m looking at them from my perspective!

    2-night Burford mini-break

    This is a refreshing two night midweek stay with breakfast and a 3-course a-la-carte dinner both nights, and a bottle of champagne on arrival, all from just £169 per person! Book here >>

    3-Night Cotswold Escape

    For those wanting something a little longer, this offers an incredible 3-night midweek stay, with the usual breakfast and a 3 course a-la-carte dinner (value £35 pp) on two of the three nights, knowing that sometimes people like to venture out somewhere else too on one night. There’s also a bottle of champagne on arrival and all this from just 199 per person sharing, with a superior upgrade available for a little more.  Book here >>

    The perfect dog-walker’s Sunday

    Lots of people ask if we accept dogs and the answer is yes, as long as they’re friendly and well-behaved! This Sunday Special package offers Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for just £74.50 per person sharing, and dogs go free (usually a small charge applies).  Book here >>

    Royal Air Tattoo 2019!

    If you’re an Air Tattoo enthusiast you’ll already be planning for July 2019. With the event held in nearby Fairford, we have a 3-night minimum stay package including dinner, bed & breakfast on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the Air Tattoo. Ring the hotel if you want to book a Friday-Saturday-Sunday stay.

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  • New menu of delights for the autumn

    Aug, 2018

    In my last Bull Bulletin I celebrated the fact that the Bull at Burford had been welcoming guests as a Cotswold inn since 1610! This time is slightly less grandiose but I wanted to let everyone know that our head chef Pablo has published a new menu this week, featuring many of the old favourites as well as some new wonderful dishes.

    So what would I eat? A couple of my favourites from the lunch menu would be the sharing platter of whitebait, bravas, crispy aubergines and chicken skewers and also the fish platter of smoked salmon, dressed crayfish, pickled herring, mackerel pate, smoked gravlax and salmon tartare.

    A lot of our lunchtime eaters go for the fish and chips, which is excellent with homemade tartare and chunky chips, and also the selection of sandwiches, which are all served with mixed leaves and also French fries.

    On the dinner menu, among the starters I love the fish platter, which I could eat every day, the scallops and the beef cheek croquettes and from the mains I often go for the fresh fish, which comes in from Brixham every day.

    Something a bit special

    If I were to go for something a bit different, especially as the autumn draws in, it would be the venison which is wonderful. The steak is always good too and we’ve had great compliments about the curry, although I must admit that I’m not a big curry eater so I just smell the lovely aroma as it wafts past.

    I’m not a big dessert eater either, but we get compliments on those all of the time! In fact someone ordered three last week!

    What I can guarantee is that there is something to suit everyone’s taste and budget, including gluten free and vegetarian options right through the menu, which we’re also proud of.

    We look forward to welcoming you in our bar, reception lounge or restaurant, or even outside if the sun comes out again. And remember, you can get even better value on our food by taking us up on one of our Cotswold Special Offers and our Burford dinner bed and breakfast rates.

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  • 02 Aug 2017

    A 50 year love affair with Cotswold hotels

    Written by Jean-Marie Lauzier

    Sometimes people ask me how a Frenchman and his wife come to own a hotel in Burford, and I tell them there’s a short answer and a long answer.

    The short answer is that – a few little business detours aside – being a hotelier and restaurateur is all I have ever really known, ever since starting as a very young apprentice (see picture above) at Les Violettes in my home town of Montpellier.

    The longer answer goes into a bit more detail about where I worked along the way, and without boring you with all the details there were some wonderful places. After I finished off my apprenticeship at Maison Trois Gros in Rouanne, I ended up as first head waiter at Le Gavroche at 24, in London working for the Roux brothers, Albert and Michel (Snr). It was wonderful. Michel Roux Jnr (he of Masterchef fame) was there too, but mostly playing with the pots and pans in the kitchen while his father and uncle worked! I wonder if he remembers..

    A few hotels and clubs later I went into business with Jack Greenhalgh, the father of my first wife, and together we acquired three hotels in the Cotswolds – the De la Bere (now Ellenborough Park) on the outskirts of Cheltenham, the Close hotel in Tetbury and the Petty France, outside Tetbury. And so began a chapter in the 1970s and 80s where a lot of hard work would bring wonderful rewards and quite a reputation for all three, especially the Close when it came to food.

    A long time passed between selling those first three Cotswold hotels and acquiring the Bull at Burford eight years ago and, as I said in the first Bulletin, a LOT has changed since then.

    When we opened the Bull we set out to make it a fine dining experience morning, noon and night. We won awards and rosettes but over time we found that the locals and tourists wanted something a little more modern and accessible. We continue to tinker with the food and beverage, and I think that over time we’ve hit on a nice balance of delicious food, made on site with local produce which offers a lovely variety.

    And for the month of August we have a special School holiday special offer where for each adult main course ordered, one child eats free on our kid’s menu. We didn’t do that at the Close!

    Pablo’s Top Tip: The Perfect Poached Egg

    I was recently asked by a guest after breakfast the secret for cooking the perfect poached egg! In consultation with our head chef Pablo I can pass on these words of wisdom:

    Crack each of your eggs into a cup. Get a pan of water so it’s simmering nicely and add a tablespoon of white wine vinegar (this helps the eggs cook faster). Stir your water to make a whirlpool effect in the pan (this will help the eggs bind together and not go everywhere in the water). Then gently tip the egg into the water, white first. Cross your fingers! After three minutes remove the egg with a slotted spoon. Depending on who they’re for cut the rough edges off and serve!

    In the next Bulletin maybe we’ll do the Hollandaise sauce?

    Yours,

    Jean-Marie Lauzier, owner, the Bull at Burford

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