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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Birthday Lunch and I wasn't disappointed been a few Years since I've been here but so glad I came back. The Food was delicious full of Flavour and freshly Cooked and Hot. I had Chicken Kiev with Creamed Leeks and Husband the Fish Pie both...spot on, finished with a shared Rhubarb and Apple Crumble not tasted one like that for a while 5 Star. Staff lovely too. Looking forward to Dining again very soon.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the 3rd time I've visited for food, lunch time visit with friends, Sunday lunch and evening meal. Each time I have visited, I've not been disappointed, food each time delicious, hot and fast ! The front of house staff are very attentive and...polite, its clean and the offer on with lunch menu - a good way to enjoy delicious food, in a pleasant surroundings, with nice staff for a good catch up at a very reasonable cost ! well done Arborfield Bull ! thank you - see you soonMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great atmosphere and excellent food and was good to it is owned by the Jacksons who have Jacksons by the lake in California Country Park. Have already been back twice!

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic food and service. Thank you. Good quality produce, freshly cooked and really tasty. Great friendly atmosphere. 100% recommend.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The new owners have renovated this nicely. The difficulty for me is I have returned home quite hungry. I ordered the Thai green cauliflower curry. It was a very small portion and contained two quite small florets of cauliflower. I mentioned this when asked about...the food. I thought perhaps I had been unlucky but another in our party had the same meal and said they had a similar experience with only 3 pieces of cauliflower. Nice enough flavour but the main ingredient did not feature in sufficient quantities and the portion was small. Given that these are cheap ingredients versus preparing meals with fish or meat at a similar price point it is difficult not to feel let down. The staff were told and said they would inform the chef but nothing further was done or said.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I’ve got to say, the roast was quite possibly the best one I’ve had. The ribs to start were incredible too! Lovely staff, lovely pub, lovely food, highly recommend

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 18 December 2023

Wow, this pub has been transformed by the new owner who happens to be a chef, the prawn starter was delicious, the sea bream was excellent. My son returned for the pizza firework night and also said it was great. Well done to the new...teamMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023 via mobile

Great experience, we were a family group of 6 meeting for a pre Christmas lunch. All the staff were friendly and accommodating even when we chose to move tables to one in a quieter position. The food was all excellent, everyone enjoyed what they had,...hot, freshly cooked and good value. Aiden front of house was great, cheerful and professional. The icing on the cake was when I mentioned to Aiden that pudding was my thing and especially a crumble if it had more topping than fruit, he obviously told the chef who came up trumps (more crumble than fruit) with possibly the best crumble I’ve had out anywhere. All round a happy positive experience - we will definitely come again next time we meet with our family.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 4 December 2023

This was my first visit here in years and what an improvement. The menu is contemporary with innovative flavours which work well. I had difficulty choosing what to eat which is always a good sign. We were 4 friends dining together. Each of us had...a different starter and main and so were able to compare and share views. All were positive. The only slight criticism was the Venison cottage pie had too much mash. Desserts were a little different from the usual offerings and only the men in the party chose to order. The raspberry cheesecake looked great and was declared excellent. Décor is fresh and obviously new. Temperature does need to be addressed as it was on the chilly side when we visited. We look forward to returning.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023 via mobile

Excellent night at the Buble tribute night. It has been a long time since I have been to an evening as good as this at a local pub. Hopefully there will be more as I will be looking to be at the head of the...queue to book. Well done to all of the management and staff for putting on such an excellent night.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023

I attended with friends for the first time since The Bull had reopened. I was pleasantly surprised. The décor, furnishings and cutlery were of a good standard. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food was freshly prepared of good quality and the portions were...more than adequate. I had the fish and chips ( it was Friday!) and would certainly order such again. It won't be too long before I return to The Bull. Many thanks to all the staff.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 18 October 2023

Staff well trained. Portions the right size - no American portions which are too big. Lunch menu very good 👍 particularly the squid. Staff well informed on beers available. Will go again.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 29 September 2023

Food was good but better on our first visit. Service was poor. Staff young and inexperienced and untrained. They didn't seem to know the menu and only told us there was a dish unavailable when we started to order. We did not get asked about...any allergies or asked to taste the wine. No cutlery when our mains came out. Quite a long delay for some of the meals to come out. Our second visit, service worse on this occasion. We heard a couple say 10 out of 10 for food and 5 for serviceMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 22 August 2023

What a revelation, good food, excellent service and reasonably priced. Will definitely visit again soon.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 19 August 2023 via mobile

Super evening with great service from the very engaged and friendly staff. Superbly cooked food and the most amazing bread ever. They didn’t have all the white robes on the list but we’re extremely helpful on alternate options which were still available. The garden was...very busy at is was a sunny warm evening. We shared the mezzo, the bread was stuffed with olives and sun dried tomatoes soooo fabulous. I’d like to pop in and buy that !! The pork T-bone was so soft and creamy it was delightful. The burger was great Lots of options on the menu, definitely give it a tryMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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