Thanks for the wonderful B&B reviews!
Jan, 2020Read This Post
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.
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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.”
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Putting the Breakfast in Burford B&B
Jan, 2020Read This Post
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.
Christmas & New Year 2019/20 at the Bull
Aug, 2019Read This Post
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.
Celebrating centuries of history at the Bull
Jun, 2019Read This Post
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!
Reviews fit for a king!
Apr, 2019Read This Post
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!
- Bull At Burford News (19)
04 Oct 2018
Centuries of history
Written by Seb LauzierBack To Bulletin
Did you know the Bull dates back to the 14th century.
Read about our history and guests here, including King Charles II