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  • Reviews fit for a king!

    Apr, 2019

    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…

    300-400 years on, thanks to everyone for an amazing selection of reviews in April 2019! It appears that our rooms, new all-day menu and new Sunday roast price have gone down a treat.

    Here are the first few reviews on both Tripadvisor and Facebook – please read more for yourself, and also don’t forget to leave your own review if you have stayed with us recently.

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    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.”

    Latest on Tripadvisor (more >>)

    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!

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  • Brunch-Lunch-Dinner – all day food now on!

    Feb, 2019

    To celebrate the start of spring, from 1 March we are launching new menus at the Bull, meaning that both residents and passers-by can now eat with us all day!

    And, with the Six Nations on and the football getting exciting, we’re also showing all the best of the sport in the bar.

    NEW! – BRUNCH 0800-1200

    From as early as 0800 anyone can now join us in the bar and eat from our new Brunch menu. Try the Full Burford (our own take on the full English) or scrambled eggs and salmon, our Eggy Stack (read all about it here) or simply a bacon bap.

    NEW! ALL-DAY BAR MENU 1200-2100

    If you fancy a fantastic lunch or dinner without the formality of a restaurant, you can now eat from our Bar menu all day, from midday until 9pm. Which means that with our Brunch menu, you can now eat with us all day!

    SPRING MADNESS: SUNDAY ROAST £8.95

    To mark the beginning of Spring, we’re also offering a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings for just £8.95 per person. We’ll always have beef and at least one other choice, so come and join us. You could even make a Sunday stay out of it with our crazy Sunday offer.

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  • Valentine’s Day at the Bull at Burford

    Jan, 2019

    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!

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  • Merry Christmas from the Bull!

    Dec, 2018

    To all of our guests past, present and future, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Also to our wonderful staff, thank you for a great 2018 and for the shift you’re about to put in over the festive season – it looks like it will be busy with a packed hotel!

    This year we have a wonderful 3-night stay on 24th, 25th and 26th December as part of our Bull at Burford Christmas and New Year’s packages. Last time I checked we had a final few tables remaining for New Year’s Eve but otherwise there is no room at the inn!

    However, if you still fancy a treat away we have many package deals on at the moment on our offers page including wonderful 2- and 3-night midweek offers – make sure you book soon to avoid disappointment!

    Wherever you are, have a peaceful holiday and season’s greetings from the Bull!

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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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  • 12 Oct 2017

    The most perfect fish dish

    Written by Jean-Marie Lauzier

    Fresh fish at at Bull at Burford

    We’ve had a lot of positive feedback to the last couple of Bull Bulletins where Pablo gave his tips for how to cook a poached egg and how to make a hollandaise sauce, so I thought I’d share one of my favourite recipes from growing up in the south of France.

    When I was a young boy in the early 60s my mother (pictured) used to work on the fish market in the middle of Montpellier. It was hugely popular and people came from far and wide to buy their fresh fish.

    It’s difficult to believe now, but in those days monkfish was cheap and hardly anybody wanted to cook it. On Saturdays I would often walk all the way to the market to wait for my mother, who’d been there since 05:30, and walk home with her for lunch. I vividly remember her boss often telling her to take some monkfish home for Sunday lunch. Money was tight, so funnily enough we had Monkfish most Sundays!

    My mother had developed her own version of ‘Bourride de Lotte’, which did not involve expensive ingredients and was very easy to cook. Obviously these days buying monkfish tails is a bit more expensive, but you’ll never eat a more delicious fish dish so I wanted to share the recipe.

    The perfect monkfish recipe

    To cook this for four people you’ll need monkfish tails for four people, ideally with the bone in (buy a couple of medium sized pieces of fish per person). And for the all-important sauce you’ll need 6 large tomatoes, 1 large onion, 4 leeks, 4 cloves of garlic, some parsley and a bouquet garni (you can buy these ready-made in the supermarket).

    1. Steam the 6 large tomatoes, peel them and cut them up to remove all the grains, then chop them up into small pieces.

    2. Finely chop the large onion, the whites of four leeks and four cloves of garlic, and some parsley, equivalent to two full table spoons.

    3. Prepare a fresh 2-eggs mayonnaise (do not use shop-bought mayonnaise!) Let me know via a facebook comment if you need help with this and we’ll do it next time!

    4. In a large casserole, put a glug of olive oil add first the chopped onions, the leeks and garlic, then the tomatoes and finally the parsley and the bouquet garni.

    5. Season all that with salt and pepper and cook on a light heat for 20 minutes, tasting to make sure the seasoning’s right.

    6. When this garnish is cooked, add in the fish pieces and cook for a further 20 minutes, again on a low heat, making sure the fish is covered by the sauce. (The monkfish will release quite a bit of water, that’s normal and good!)

    7. When cooked, remove the fish, put into a serving dish and keep warm.

    8. A little at the time, add your homemade mayonnaise to the sauce and stir in. When the sauce is ready pour over the fish and serve.

    Take it from me that this is delicious served quite simply with boiled potatoes – that’s all we had back in those days – and if you want add some large croutons. (For the croutons: take slices of a baguette and cook lightly in olive oil. Not the healthiest addition but delightful with this dish.)

    Bon appetit!

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