The Black Bull

The Black Bull

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Hours
Sun
12:00 - 20:30
Tue
11:30 - 22:30
Wed
11:30 - 22:30
Thu
11:30 - 22:30
Fri
11:30 - 22:30
Sat
11:30 - 22:30
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CUISINES
Bar, British, Pub
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles405 reviews
Excellent
350
Very good
27
Average
11
Poor
11
Terrible
6
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Sue H
Stamford2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 couples
Met friends at the Black Bull for Sunday Lunch and was not disappointed. From walking in the service was excellent. The lady on the bar was welcoming and the service in the restaurant was fabulous. We had the Sunday Roast and it was great. Hot and very tasty. I had three courses, starting with the Crispy Whitebait which was very tasty and superbly presented. Finished with the Christmas pudding and brandy sauce- delicious. The waitresses were not intrusive but made sure that we were happy. Excellent!
Written 5 January 2020
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Jackson0407
Thank you Sue for such great comments and our fabulous 5* rating , this is much appreciated.
Written 13 February 2020
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GinaS
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
Afternoon tea at Donington Black Bull We’ve come home feeling very full The sandwiches were so very delish With every filling you could wish All arranged with expert care And eyes aglow with this wonderful Fayre. Homemade sausage rolls and scotch eggs savoury To enjoy with pots of tea. Scones with jam and cream, shortbread too Lemon cake, and desert just for you. You really are treated like royalty. Make a booking and yourself will see. A welcome will await you at the door You will be astounded of that I’m sure. So thank you Julie and Husband Lee For making us feel special at afternoon tea.
Written 30 October 2020
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Lee Loach
Thank you so much for taking time to put together this fabulous poem! We love it.. and the fact that you loved your afternoon tea too.. we can’t wait to see you back.. ☕️🍰
Written 28 June 2021
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Julia Syndercombe
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 friends
Had a lovely afternoon here for an afternoon tea for my 60th birthday celebrations . It was amazing. Great quality homemade cakes, scones and freshly made sandwiches and choice of savoury or sweet. Pots of tea or coffee. Beautifully presented and nothing too much trouble. Julie & Lee are great hosts. Certainly recommend and definitely will return and best value for money at £14.50, Need to book in advance. Thank you for a great experience Julie & Lee
Written 29 July 2021
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Lee Loach
Julia, thank you so much for choosing us to celebrate a special birthday. It’s so lovely to read how much you enjoyed it.. We really hope we get the chance to welcome you back soon .
Written 14 August 2021
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DJ W
Sleaford35 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 couples
I rarely write a negative review especially when the previous reviews are so good. We were really looking forward to this meal out with our friends, a rare treat. Table booked 7.30 and having worked all day I was ready for it. Drinks served, great pint and friendly banter. Got to our table bang on time bit that's really where it started to come apart. It took 45 minutes for the starter to arrive but it was gorgeous, just lacked a few more scallops. Only 3 served and that worked out at £3 each.... Anyway we had ordered Fillet steak, I actually thought they must have gone shopping for it because it didn't get served until 9.10pm. It was a good steak and well presented. We skipped pudding and asked for 2 Irish coffees and a latte. In this day and age that would normally take 5 minutes tops. A full half hour passed before getting a luke warm latte and 2 cold Irish coffees. I asked for a fresh latte and finally gave up after 10 minutes, requested the bill and asked for the coffees to be removed. I was told that they had a party on and were a little stretched. But it ruined what I rarely get chance to have, a good night out with friends. They were very disappointed too as it was there idea we go there.
Written 8 March 2020
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jane g
63 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 none
Soup arrived virtually stone cold and had to be sent back. Main course Food served was also not very warm and in some cases cold. Had to ask twice for one member of the group’s sweet which hadn’t arrived. When it did appear everyone else had finished!
Written 13 January 2020
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Steve W
Swanscombe2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 family
Fairly disappointed with this visit, having read all of the good reviews. We arrived and were taken to our table straight away, and drinks orders were taken immediately. These came out fairly quickly. When it came to ordering food, we had a coeliac in our group, and I’m dairy free. I mentioned this to the server, and she seemed taken aback and I was sassed for not emailing ahead, when in fact I had emailed when making my booking. This made ordering fairly difficult. There were no dairy free starters available, so I had to forgo this course. Only two people in our group had starters, and these came out fairly quickly and were a good size and enjoyed. Ordering the mains was slightly simpler. I was able to find a dairy free option (the pulled lamb shank tacos) and they were able to make a gluten free fish and chips. There was also only one vegan option on the entire menu, which is very disappointing this day and age. The mains took an age to come out, and I was disappointed with the lamb as it was bland. The rest of the group enjoyed their mains. I was again disappointed with the dessert options. These were fairly limited and the only dairy free option was a trio of sorbet. We decided to skip dessert in the end! Overall, it was an ok evening out. The prices were reasonable and the portions good. There was no ambience and they would benefit from some background music. I would not recommend to those with dietary restrictions or allergies and I will not be returning.
Written 15 June 2021
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Lee Loach
Thank you for taking time to leave such a comprehensive review, we appreciate feedback, good or bad as this is how we identify the areas we need to improve on . We are as disappointed as you that your visit was not as enjoyable as you had hoped after reading all our fabulous comments. I will point out that we do our very best to cater for all our customer needs, although this is sometimes challenging when several dietary needs for one person has to be met. In difficult times we are working with a reduced menu, and unfairly judged occasionally against restaurant businesses ,when in fact we are foremost a pub, that just happens to serve amazing food. We have revisited our dessert menu and hopefully this will be seen as an improvement. On a lighter note, we are happy that the rest of your group enjoyed their meals. We do point out on our menu that we do not cook fast food, only good food as fast as we can. We do not do table turnaround either so that our valued customers may come and dine with us leisurely… We are sorry, as a team, not to have met your expectations but thank you for trying us.
Written 28 June 2021
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Kel
Donington3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 family
I brought my grandparents and some family members afternoon tea vouchers which they had planned to use this week. The evening before they were due to visit they both fell Ill with covid. My grandparents rang to let them know late afternoon the day before to let them know they would need to cancel as a result of their illness. They were originally told this was fine but after a few minutes were phoned back and told this was not acceptable and that there vouchers would become invalid if they did not attend. This was because the food had already been prepared (not necessarily fresh making an afternoon tea the night before) I wouldn’t of thought. Truly disappointed, in the level of customer service and the way my grandparents were spoken to despite them being considerate in phoning to let them know rather than just being a no show. I did originally write this on the Black Bulls Facebook page but my comment was deleted. It seems they only want to receive the positive feedback. We regularly visit the black bull and buy vouchers every year but will not be doing in the future. Being considerate certainly does not pay off, as we would of been better not telling them and then just rebooking in a different name at some other point.
Written 21 May 2022
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Lee Loach
Thank you for your feedback .. we always welcome this at the Black Bull whether positive or negative.. it’s how any business improves .. IF you are going to critique though please do this in a genuine and truthful way. Anyone can see from our very favourable reviews that we , as a team, provide exceptional customer service and this is something we pride ourselves on alongside our award winning food… Unfortunately, in this incident, as you are well aware, this AfternoonTea was cancelled at 7pm in the evening… unreasonable by any standards. It wasn’t as you state ‘prepared’ , however had been catered for and products purchased for four persons.. We are not a cafe and these products cannot be sold through at the last minute… the conversation was that the teas had been catered for and to be collected as a takeaway. Had the cancellation been received in the AFTERNOON then of course we could have re arranged the booking..I am confused about a covid illness of two guests.. at no point was this mentioned. The deleted comment referred to on Facebook is due to the fact you chose complain under a post rather than as a review .. so thank you for correcting this. On a lighter note we wish to thank you for collecting the teas and hope you enjoyed them! This business is more than happy that neither you or any family member purchase vouchers from us now or any time in the future as this clearly causes upset on both sides…
Written 22 May 2022
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Shaun E
Boston48 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 none
Been to the Black Bull loads of times over the years but this was my first return since Covid. Walked into the packed bar at 6pm and was aurally accosted by Club style dance music being blasted out at a ridiculous decibel level. Made my way to the bar which was lined with lecherous older men trying to chat up the young but painfully slow East European barmaid. 20 minutes later I was poured a very dubious pint of 50% ale/50% foam. I asked if we could order some food but was told they were too busy and couldn't fit us in, fair enough. I went outside to explain this to my wife but some drunken regular decided he was going to lecture me about said barmaid, how good she was etc, and that I should take my pint back and have it topped up. Now this carried on far too long and I was seriously losing patience with this idiot when the Owner/Manager came out with a top up for my pint and explained she just couldn't feed us that evening, which was again fair enough. Whilst there another couple and an elderly family who were booked in decided to eat outside because of the music too! Now the food I saw going out looked superb, but not sure I'll return again.
Written 21 September 2022
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Lee Loach
Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to leave such a comprehensive review .. after all this is important to all businesses and shows where perhaps, in legitimate cases, we need to improve. It’s a shame you do not say when your visit was, as we have not had customers eat in our outside area for sometime, and this would usually be a lunchtime. ALL my staff are fully trained and have been with me for some considerable time, at no point would any customer, ever, wait 20 minutes for drinks service.. it should also be noticed that all staff wear name badges and the polite way for me to address any complaint is that you use their name rather than their ethnic background. It is not known to myself , or by receipt of any other complainant,that the music in the bar area is either intrusive or annoyingly loud, especially at 6pm when we expect guests for dinner. If this was the case , then please accept my sincere apologies. Here at the Black Bull our only aim is for guests, whether drinking or dining, visit us and enjoy a great atmosphere and a relaxing visit. I am disappointed that on this occasion you did not find this to be the case. I will however, thank you for noticing our superb food, and hope that you will book a visit personally through me. I can then address the issues with you through our cctv , and ensure that your visit this time meets your expectations. Julie Loach .. manager
Written 24 September 2022
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Paul W
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
We visited for a family evening meal and were blown away by the variety of the menu (especially the number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options), the size and quality of the portions and the great value for money. The serving staff were fantastic - nothing was too much trouble - and nicely friendly yet not intrusive. A real find and definitely worth a visit what ever the occasion. We will certainly be going back!
Written 10 August 2021
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Lee Loach
We love this review, thank you so much for such high praise. The team here take great pride in producing great food and providing the excellent service that we have become recognised for, and we are really happy that you loved your visit.
Written 14 August 2021
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Slim
Boston240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 couples
Been here once before for a midweek lunch so thought we would try Sunday Lunch and we wasn’t disappointed at all. We had the roast beef and it was lovely lots of different vegetables and all served nice and hot. The staff are very friendly and are always nearby but not overpowering. Would definitely recommend.
Written 11 October 2020
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Lee Loach
Thank you so much for rating us a fantastic 5*. We are so happy you enjoyed our popular Sunday lunch and hope we get to welcome you back soon.
Written 28 June 2021
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jacksmum2015
Boston9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 family
We frequently visit the Black Bull and every time we go it is wonderful , the variety and imagination in the menu is super and the staff ( especially Angie) are always polite, helpful and really go the extra mile to make sure your experience is great. The food is presented beautifully and to a very high standard We use the Black Bull as our special night out pub, our drop in pub and birthday and Christmas go to ! Would recommend very highly to anyone passing or planning. Well done
Written 20 June 2021
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Lee Loach
We love this review , thank you so much .. We very much appreciate your loyal custom & can’t wait to see you again soon.
Written 28 June 2021
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jonathan b
Lincolnshire14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 none
Just had Sunday lunch at The Black Bull in Donnington. The pub and staff were very welcoming and polite, a good start. The premises was very clean also. A typical pub Sunday menu of traditional Sunday roast. There was a selection of starters and desserts and choice of beef, lamb or pork for the main, all served with vegetables, I believe local. Skipped starters and went for the two course option. We had the beef and that was plentiful as was the vegetables. Everything was cooked and flavoured excellently, also the gravy was spot on, tasty and not over loaded with salt. Dessert was an apple and fruit crumble with custard, again it had plenty of flavour, nothing to sharp or too sweet. The meal proved excellent value for money with added drinks. I highly recommend trying this establishment and we will certainly be back.
Written 15 August 2021
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Lee Loach
We love this fantastic feedback.. thank you for a brilliant 5* rating and for sharing how much you enjoyed Sunday lunch with us.. much appreciated 😍
Written 18 July 2022
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Karen S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 family
We arrived for another afternoon tea for my daughters birthday, only to be told the booking had not been entered in the diary so we had not been catered for. They were absolutely mortified that this mistake had been made, we were then offered any meal and drinks off the menu for free. We have also been fitted in for afternoon tea at another date. The meal we ate was beautiful, all 3 of us thoroughly enjoyed it and the service was impeccable, they were truly sorry for the mix up. It's a shame more food establishments are not as accommodating as these lovely people were.
Written 26 August 2021
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Lee Loach
Your too kind.. thank you and yes we were very upset to have overlooked your booking. Very happy though to have found a solution to the problem and thank you for your understanding. Hope to see you again soon!
Written 18 July 2022
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brownie74
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 couples
Had the most amazing meal here tonight to celebrate our anniversary!! The pub is very Covid safe and Angie, restaurant manager, was extremely friendly and very helpful. As was the bar staff too. The food was delicious, my steak was cooked to perfection and the white chocolate cheesecake WOW!!! My husband asked for something not on the menu for dessert and this was catered for him. A truly wonderful evening spent in a warm, welcoming pub. Highly recommended and will definitely be returning. Thank you!
Written 24 June 2021
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Lee Loach
Thank you so much for your comprehensive feedback.. the ‘all round’ great visit you describe is exactly what we aim to achieve for our customers.. We can’t wait to welcome you back.. ☺️
Written 28 June 2021
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Glyn W
Gaywood13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 family
We had a family lunch at the pub last Sunday - 12 adults and three children ( two high chairs). In terms of quality,price, service and choice of food I would highly recommend the ‘Black Bull’. Without exception the staff were very friendly and accommodating and were not phased at all by the needs of the three and one year olds. The choice of vegetables with our roast dinner was impressive and far surpassed restaurants where much higher prices are charged. We will definitely return and I have no hesitation in recommending anyone in the area to give it a try!
Written 6 September 2021
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Lee Loach
Thank you for recommending us so highly.. much appreciated ☺️
Written 18 July 2022
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