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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Management of the Bull at Burford
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!
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)
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.
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 email@example.com or by phone +44 (0)1193 822220.
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!
Let’s start with an interesting fact: recent research has shed light on the fact that King Charles II may have passed through the Bull with his mistress Nell Gwynne in the late 1600s.
Burford gets busy in the spring and summer but nowhere near as busy, relatively, as it was in the late 17th and 18th centuries. Back then it was a thriving stop on the route from London to Cheltenham and Wales, and the Bull prospered from that trade. The “Market Room” (now rooms 8 and 9) was in demand for meetings, sales, auctions, plays and balls. I wonder what kind of ‘reviews’ the Inn used to get…
“Great food, chicken Sunday roast. Highly recommended. Nice atmosphere and hard working staff. Will be back. Very reasonable prices too”
“Second to none!… food is above average more of 5* restaurant. We stayed in room 18, boutique style, at the top of the house, attic, and took our dog cooper. Extremely clean, staff excellent, food excellent breakfast award winning! Couldn’t fault a thing. Will be a regular visitor there, without a doubt.”
“Great room and lovely breakfast.”
“Marvellous visit, staff work above and beyond – Rooms were very clean and with comfortable beds. The building is beautiful. We dined one evening in the attached restaurant, I had the venison which was very tasty and cooked well, again with great service throughout. I would thoroughly recommend and would stay there again”
“Easter Weekend – This place was fantastic. They were so accommodating, especially for the little dog we had with us. The girl on reception was just lovely and so helpful. Then the breakfast…..that is something to behold….. full cooked breakfast, huge buffet with cold meats, fruit, bread, cereal…..I could have stayed there all day….I wanted to.”
“Mini Honeymoon – Cannot recommend this hotel enough. Staff are amazing, warm and friendly. It’s clean and welcoming. Food is fantastic. Dog friendly too. Will definitely be back. They are more than 5 stars I’d give them 10!”
“Spacious quiet and well furnished courtyard room, perfect as travelling with a dog – Staff all extremely helpful, clean well stocked room which was lovely and warm on arrival. Much larger than it looks and although car park small a large free car park is about 4 minutes walk away. Good evening meal and excellent breakfast selection.”
Thanks again for all your reviews and we look forward to welcoming you to the Bull in the near future!
One month out from Valentine’s Day 2019 the Bull at Burford has launched an incredible, discounted Cotswold romance offer!
The budget can bite a bit at this time of year, so we have cooked up a VERY special 25% discount, even out-doing our other Cotswold midweek mini breaks.
This year’s Valentines 2019 break offers two nights’ Dinner, Bed & Breakfast from just £136.50 per person, including a glass of prosecco with dinner on the big night and delicious fudge or chocolates on arrival.
The dining offer gives both guests £35 on both nights from our delicious a-la-carte menu.
Make it a 3-night stay
And, as Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, we are also offering a special rate on the Saturday night for those who want to make it a long 3-night weekend in Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds.
This offer is only available by booking direct through our website and allows you to choose between every type of double room we have available: superior, 4-poster, standard and small double rooms – truly something to suit every budget.
Take me to your offers now!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.