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The Brantham Bull

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The Street | Brantham, Manningtree CO11 1PN, England
+44 1473 328248
Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Tue - Thu 11:30 - 15:00
Tue - Fri 18:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There were 4 of us 1 vegetarian, we all went for the garlic mushrooms they were absolutely delicious and not in the usual bread crumbs. Three of us opted for fish and I had the veggie filo pastry Brie and onion chutney pie oh my goodness it was amazing. Dessert another treat of lemon and lime tart scrummy. The staff... More 

Thank ChrisDebbie12
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for an evening meal. The flavours are amazing. The quality is excellent. One thing only don't go there if you're not hungry. The portions are big. Everything is cooked to perfection and you cannot fault anything. The place is spotless and very agreeable, the staff is very professional and friendly, and I'm not saying that because our waitress... More 

Thank Bettina C
London, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Despite it being a Sunday at Lunch Time, we still just managed to squeeze in without booking. There was the usual Sunday Lunch offerings but, on the Specials Board there was Liver & Bacon. After all that stuffing down of roast dinners over the Christmas period, this was a great alternative. Mine came with mashed potatoes, fried onions and delicious... More 

Thank Tim M
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After 60 odd years of eating steak and kidney pudding this was best ever had.. includes my mums!..fabulous lovely and hot and warming on a cold day. Warm and friendly service ..don't know why haven't been for a while..definitely come again

2 Thank Normanjordy
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

thankyou ever so much for your comments, our homemade suet puddings are very popular. lovely to see you again too More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just had our Christmas meal with two friends,what a dissapointment. Two had steak which were ok, but the two turkey meals left a lot to be desired. The meat was ok but the rest was of a poor standard no better than one would expect from a truckstop on a motorway, overcooked and kept warm for too long The young... More 

9 Thank colin r
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

considering the amount of Christmas dinners we have served this December & the amount of VERY happy customers , i find your comments very insulting! maybe if your not used to freshly cooked food & prefer frozen i suggest you stick to your truckstop/motorway dinners !! good to see once a year diners looking after their local pubs by the... More 

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53 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Paul and Gemma have accommodated us for a few years for our Christmas meal and we are never disappointed. Great food at a competitive price, lovely staff and great surroundings. Although normally a carnivore, I chose the vegetarian option this year as it sounded so nice and I wasn't disappointed. Excellent goats cheese, spinach and mushroom lasagne. Worth a visit,... More 

Thank IpswichRita
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

how lovely to read our hard work is being appreciated by people thankyou so much for your on-going support More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Prior to me just writing my review on TA , I contacted The Bull to advise them of my experience and disgruntlement but the manageress saw this as a threat which it certainly was'nt but out of courtesy .In the hope that perhaps this could be put right or resolved but this fell on deaf ears and she certainly wasnt... More 

8 Thank Goodstas
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

To be honest after the emails & phonecall from your self i really don't have much more to say! i notice some of your story has changed since i spoke to you, maybe you actually relies what was requested by the organiser now, moaning at me for not getting a starter or dessert etc maybe you didn't understand the concept... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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229 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Not been here for years and I mean years, so decided to pop in here on the way to Manningtree for lunch. We had soup, my father had fish & chips I had pasta. The soup was one of my fav broccoli and cheese and they served it with really nice hot crispy bread. The fish & chips were huge... More 

Thank Linda P
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

Thankyou for taking time to write us a review, really nice to know you enjoyed your visit & that you will be back again More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

Thank you to Gemma and Paul and team for a well organised meal for our group. We were 34 in number the food was excellent and the service matched the food.It was a pleasent experience. This was the second time the group had visited, but many of us have been as individuals. Nothing was to much trouble today, service and... More 

1 Thank joybrianrolfe
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review, so lovely to see you all again and we felt it went really well too. we had lovely comments on the day from your group which meant alot to our staff. Thankyou More 

Colchester, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

It's been many years since we last visited The Bull. A large modern restaurant extension, very pleasant stuff and very good food. Even on a busy Sunday lunchtime the service flowed and the food was very good.f

Thank colchesterain
happytohelp21, Manager at The Brantham Bull, responded to this review

thankyou for your review, I'm pleased you enjoyed your experience with us and hope to see you again soon More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$31
Bar, British, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 15:00
18:00 - 23:00
18:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Street | Brantham, Manningtree CO11 1PN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Essex  >  Manningtree
  • Phone Number: +44 1473 328248
A beautiful 16th century pub and restaurant on the Essex/Suffolk border with stunning views of the garden and the River Stour. Offering traditional pub classics in a light and modern restaurant, it is perfect for a pub lunch, celebration or dinner with friends.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?