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  • Bull currently closed due to Covid-19

    Mar, 2020

    Dear Guests and employees,

    Due to the latest government guidelines, and the fact that the Bull is classed as an historic inn and public house, we are sorry to announce that we have had to close until 30 June 2020.

    We look forward to giving our guests a warm welcome again as soon as possible. If, however, you have a booking with us for between now and the end of June, please do the following:

    If you booked direct with us, please ring 01993 822220 or email info@bullatburford.co.uk to manage your reservation.

    If you booked a stay with us via Travelzoo, please contact us to make arrangements for your booking.

    If you booked through an online intermediary such as Booking.com, Expedia, Agoda, Trivago, in1solutions, HRS, travel agents or any other third party booking engine, please contact that company direct in order to manage your booking and ensure you are not charged.

    We are currently taking bookings from 1 July onwards, pending further government advice. Thank you for your continued support.

    Kind regards,

    The Management of the Bull at Burford

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  • Thanks for the wonderful B&B reviews!

    Jan, 2020

    We love reviews. The vast majority are glowing in appreciation for the Bull and our staff, like these below, and when there is occasionally the odd little thing that we could have done better, it’s great to know and put right.

    Here is a handful of our most recent reviews across Tripadvisor and Booking.com from late December and early January. If you have stayed with us recently please remember to write a review and let us know how we did.

    Click for: Special Offers on at the moment!

    You’re loving the old world charm and room facilities

    “Good location, nice staff, parking on site, for the price it was good value overall for the location. The building is very old and has that sort of cosy, quirky character.”

    “We stayed for 2 nights B&B. The hotel building is ancient and has lots of interesting features. Our bedroom was immaculate. Great shower and spacious bathroom. Good quality towels and range of toiletries. The bed was king size and comfortable. The wardrobe was large with plenty of hangers. The central heating was efficient. Breakfast was great. Extensive range of fruit salads, home made jams, cereals, cold meats, even Greek yoghurt with a honeycomb. A freshly cooked breakfast and good coffee. Couldn’t, be better.”

    You’re also loving breakfast…

    “Ideal location, room and facilities, breakfast excellent. Well recommended.”

    “Room was very clean, comfortable bed. The breakfast was amazing, homemade muesli, huge choice of food. Staff really helpful and very knowledgeable of the area and the history of the area. The restaurant wasn’t open for meals but plenty of choice in the village”

    And you’re loving our rooms

    “We had a very pleasant stay at the Bull at Burford. The courtyard bedroom was warm, even though the temperature outdoors was below freezing. The four poster bed very comfortable. The en-suite bathroom looked as though it was newly refurbished. The breakfasts were enjoyable, and well presented. The staff were extremely friendly and helpful. I would thoroughly recommend staying here.”

    “Lovely hotel, very comfortable rooms with everything that you could want or need.”

    Click for our Special Offers on at the moment!

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  • Putting the Breakfast in Burford B&B

    Jan, 2020

    To kick off 2020 we have some crazy Bed and Breakfast special offers, both during the week and also at weekends.

    We like to own breakfast. Definitely in Burford. In fact, we love it so much we’ve compiled some of our favourite quotes about it.

    “My wife and I tried two or three times in the last 40 years to have breakfast together, but it was so disagreeable we had to stop.” (Winston Churchill)

    “I grew up running miles of the Norfolk coastline. I’d think nothing of a six-mile run before breakfast. I still run, though not as far and not before muesli.” (James Dyson)

    “I love making buckwheat crepes with ham, Parmesan cheese, and a fried egg on top. It’s my go-to breakfast.” (Taylor Swift)

    Find your perfect Bed & Breakfast deal now!

    Did you know: we’re currently offering 20% off two-night weekend stays when you book direct with us through this website. We also have an indulgent Prosecco and Fudge offer. Go on, take a look and bag yourself a Bed & Breakfast bargain!

    “My daily breakfast is two poached eggs in the morning with half an avocado, and I get to have half a piece of toast.” (Lewis Hamilton)

    “Breakfast is my specialty. I admit it’s the easiest meal to cook, but I make everything with a twist, like lemon ricotta pancakes or bacon that’s baked instead of fried.” (Hugh Jackman)

    “I do love my full English breakfast, but not every day. What I can’t do without first thing in the morning, though, is my Danish pastry or a croissant – anything with a laminated dough, enriched with butter to make it beautifully golden and flaky.” (Paul Hollywood)

    “For me, training is my meditation, my yoga, hiking, biking all rolled into one. Wake up early in the morning, generally around 4 o’clock, and I’ll do my cardio on an empty stomach. Stretch, have a big breakfast, and then I’ll go train.” (Dwayne Johnson)

    “I still eat pizzas, I still like pies, I still have spaghetti hoops for breakfast… but it’s in moderation now.” (Shane Warne)

    We can cater for all of these celebrity breakfasts, except perhaps for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. But only because we’re not usually up quite as early as 04:00.

    Find your perfect Bed & Breakfast deal now!

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  • Christmas & New Year 2019/20 at the Bull

    Aug, 2019

    We are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming guests for special bed & breakfast stays over Christmas and New Year 2019/20.

    Christmas 2019 at the Bull

    This year we are offering a minimum 3-night Bed & Breakfast stay over Christmas with standard, superior and four-poster rooms available, plus the ability to book Champagne and chocolates on arrival for that little extra treat.

    New Year 2019/20

    To bring in the New Year in style and comfort, book our minimum 2-night stay at the Bull, again with every kind of room available.

    Special offers from 1 Jan

    From 1 January 2020 we have a number of special offers, including 3 midweek nights for the price of 2 and 20% off weekend stays when you book direct through our website! Click HERE for all the latest offers.

    Contact us NOW for best rates

    To book a stay at the Bull please go direct through our website or contact our friendly staff, either by email info@bullatburford.co.uk or by phone +44 (0)1193 822220.

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  • Celebrating centuries of history at the Bull

    Jun, 2019

    We recently came across over some historical research about the Bull, which dates the building back to 1397. Believe it or not, from being used as a buther’s shop, it also suggests that the building welcomed some notable guests later on in the 17th century, including Lord Nelson and even King Charles II.

    As an inn, the Bull has been receiving guests since 1610 – that’s 409 years – and there’s also a reason why we have the only red brick facade in Burford.

    A history of the Bull at Burford

    1397 – A Papal Bull authorised the construction of a guest house on the site

    1473 – Records from this year show that there was a building on this site called “The Bull” belonging to Burford merchant John Pinnock, who left it first to his son John, who owned the Angel next door on Witney Street.

    1489 – John’s daughter signed the property over to the trustees of the Parish Church

    1539 – Trustees leased the Bull to butcher Richard Dalby (and later to his son, also Richard)

    1588 – The property was bought from the Crown by William Typper and Robert Dawe, but in 1595 it was reacquired for the town

    1610 – Having been used during the reformation as a butcher’s shop, in 1610 John Silvester moved the existing Bull Inn from 111–113 High Street to 105 High Street and set about renovating certain parts of the building, including fireplaces and panelling.

    1630 – The Bull appears to have been used by Royalist troops for a time during the Civil War. The innkeeper at this time was John Cooke

    1670 – Famous visitors included Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton (the Trafalgar Suite is named in memory of their stay) as well as King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynne. In fact, Charles Beauclerk, the son of King Charles II and Nell Gwynne was created ‘Earl of Burford’ and later Duke of St. Albans.

    1690 – The Bull is the only red brick building on Burford High Street and the facade was added at roughly this time, either by innkeeper William Tash or his son, John who died in 1747.

    1750 – Burford was by this time a very busy stop on the route from London to Cheltenham and Wales, and the Bull prospered from this trade. The Market Room (now rooms 8 and 9) was in demand for meetings, sales, Auctions, plays and balls.

    1768 – The princely sum of £196 was spent on further building work.

    1784 – The Bull continued to attract the rich and famous but other tastes were also catered for, with cock-fighting at the Bull.

    1793 – Now owned by John Stevens, former butler at Cliveden, the Bull hosted a ball after the annual Venison Feast.

    1797 – The Bull suffered a serious fire, killing seven coach horses.

    1802 – Stevens hosted a lunchtime visit by Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton when on their way to Milford Haven. The party obtained new horses at the Bull.

    1820 – Stevens died and the bull was run by his widow and son, James into the 1830s.

    1873 – The Market Room ceased to be used for town business, the market ended as the town went through a period of decline.

    1936 – By now owned by Clinch & Co. of Witney, Burford and the Bull saw a period of revival as it could cater for motorists and cyclists. The Bull was offered at this time as “a real old hostelry which has not been restored, yet abounds with possibilities for opening up old fireplaces, beamed ceilings and walls.”

    1982 – The building suffered a fire but remained open as an inn

    2007 – Condemned for fire and safety acquired by the current owners, who completed major renovation work

    2019 – Ten years after being re-opened by the current owners, the Bull is a thriving inn with a friendly welcome, comfortable rooms, wonderful food and happy guests.

    It’s worth remembering, though, that no building with over 600 years of history doesn’t have the odd squeaky floor!

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  • 01 Jun 2019

    Celebrating centuries of history at the Bull

    Written by Jean-Marie Lauzier

    The Bull at Burford

    We recently came across over some historical research about the Bull, which dates the building back to 1397. Believe it or not, from being used as a buther’s shop, it also suggests that the building welcomed some notable guests later on in the 17th century, including Lord Nelson and even King Charles II.

    As an inn, the Bull has been receiving guests since 1610 – that’s 409 years – and there’s also a reason why we have the only red brick facade in Burford.

    A history of the Bull at Burford

    1397 – A Papal Bull authorised the construction of a guest house on the site

    1473 – Records from this year show that there was a building on this site called “The Bull” belonging to Burford merchant John Pinnock, who left it first to his son John, who owned the Angel next door on Witney Street.

    1489 – John’s daughter signed the property over to the trustees of the Parish Church

    1539 – Trustees leased the Bull to butcher Richard Dalby (and later to his son, also Richard)

    1588 – The property was bought from the Crown by William Typper and Robert Dawe, but in 1595 it was reacquired for the town

    1610 – Having been used during the reformation as a butcher’s shop, in 1610 John Silvester moved the existing Bull Inn from 111–113 High Street to 105 High Street and set about renovating certain parts of the building, including fireplaces and panelling.

    1630 – The Bull appears to have been used by Royalist troops for a time during the Civil War. The innkeeper at this time was John Cooke

    1670 – Famous visitors included Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton (the Trafalgar Suite is named in memory of their stay) as well as King Charles II and his mistress Nell Gwynne. In fact, Charles Beauclerk, the son of King Charles II and Nell Gwynne was created ‘Earl of Burford’ and later Duke of St. Albans.

    1690 – The Bull is the only red brick building on Burford High Street and the facade was added at roughly this time, either by innkeeper William Tash or his son, John who died in 1747.

    1750 – Burford was by this time a very busy stop on the route from London to Cheltenham and Wales, and the Bull prospered from this trade. The Market Room (now rooms 8 and 9) was in demand for meetings, sales, Auctions, plays and balls.

    1768 – The princely sum of £196 was spent on further building work.

    1784 – The Bull continued to attract the rich and famous but other tastes were also catered for, with cock-fighting at the Bull.

    1793 – Now owned by John Stevens, former butler at Cliveden, the Bull hosted a ball after the annual Venison Feast.

    1797 – The Bull suffered a serious fire, killing seven coach horses.

    1802 – Stevens hosted a lunchtime visit by Lord Nelson and Emma Hamilton when on their way to Milford Haven. The party obtained new horses at the Bull.

    1820 – Stevens died and the bull was run by his widow and son, James into the 1830s.

    1873 – The Market Room ceased to be used for town business, the market ended as the town went through a period of decline.

    1936 – By now owned by Clinch & Co. of Witney, Burford and the Bull saw a period of revival as it could cater for motorists and cyclists. The Bull was offered at this time as “a real old hostelry which has not been restored, yet abounds with possibilities for opening up old fireplaces, beamed ceilings and walls.”

    1982 – The building suffered a fire but remained open as an inn

    2007 – Condemned for fire and safety acquired by the current owners, who completed major renovation work

    2019 – Ten years after being re-opened by the current owners, the Bull is a thriving inn with a friendly welcome, comfortable rooms, wonderful food and happy guests.

    It’s worth remembering, though, that no building with over 600 years of history doesn’t have the odd squeaky floor!

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