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“Good Food - shame about the wait!”

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The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley
Reading, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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“Good Food - shame about the wait!”
Reviewed 18 June 2012

We booked a table for Father's day for lunch and overall we were not disappointed with what was a very nice relaxed lunch. The food was great although the choice for children was rather limited (my 5 and 7 year old boys found the Roast Beef a bit rich and they are very used to eating out in different restaurants). For Adults the food was delicious though!!
The village is lovely and the beer garden is a great place to sit and have a relaxing drink before or after your meal (or just to enjoy a drink after a walk!)
The only real negative was the speed of service - it took over an hour for our main course and as my wife had no starter this meant she had only had bread by the middle of the afternoon!!) It wasnt such an issue as we were not in a real rush but did rather spoil the meal. That said the waitresses were working hard and we didn't feel forgotten and it wouldn't stop me returning

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Oxford
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

The Bull Inn, Cock Lane, Stanford DIngley Berks. RG7 6LS Tel. 01189744582

Back to the Boonies again, got lost so many times in the early days of living in Oxfordshire and finding Stanford Dingley that I do recommend a SAT NAV. Never the less worth the drive up to this lovely village, the welcome is warm, as are the fires in this really nice pub. It was almost lost to the village at one stage and the sword of ‘planning applications’ hung precariously over its roof tiles. Good sense and a strong Parish Council prevailed and it has now been taken over by a young couple who were previously at The Queens Head in Bradfield. I did eat there whilst they were ‘incumbent’ (in Bradfield) it was good there but it is even better here in SD. We went with some old flying chums, who live in this village, they are no strangers to good food and gave us the thumbs up for a trip out. Really nice dining room, but we sat just off the bar, menus really interesting and drinks arrived whilst we pondered. Starting off we had Roast partridge breast with homemade black pudding and a crispy poached egg, Tea cured smoked salmon with a haddock brandade served with horseradish mayo, Basil and rocket pesto mussels, and finally Berkshire pork belly, cauliflower and parmesan puree with a scotch egg. To a man they were all brilliant, best choices for veggies I have seen for a while as well. (have a look on their web site) Moving slowly forward the mains arrived, which were Beer battered fish and chips, crushed peas and tartare sauce, Cider braised pork cheeks, creamed celeriac, mash and curly kale, Roast Berkshire venison, black cabbage and a pancetta and smoked onion soubise. You have probably caught on this is a gastro pub but they still have their drinking fraternity very apparent at the bar and most welcomed too. Puddings follow in the same direction, drumming to the beat of many calories maketh a happy camper. We could pathetically only manage one portion of fried spotted dick, butterscotch and clotted cream but I am sure our arteries are the better for it!! Cheese board featured some really good English cheeses only, along with homemade crackers and chutney.
Prices as you would expect on a gastro level without being gastronomic! £6 -£8 for appetisers, entrees £11 - £20.50 and all puddings, very good value at £6. Worth every single penny we paid as it was such a good night away from my own kitchen and good food, beautifully presented in really nice surroundings. Mission accomplished, go forth with a compass or lock into the satellites. If you go there for a Sunday lunch you can pre-order a Rib of beef for 4 people to share at £75.00 whoo hoo.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with friends
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Reading, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2012

I have been to this pub many times and the food was always delicious. It has very nice atmosphere, especially in the winter with the fire cracking (lovely mulled wine too!). The meal portions are quite large and few times I didn't have space for pudding. Very nice landlord and staff. Generally excellent experience.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Veered into here to avoid services food and very glad we did. Interior is stylish and welcoming with open fire in two rooms and a large and airy garden room. Bar menu, a la carte menu, real ales and reasonable wine list. Enjoyed a beetroot and red wine risotto, the man had a burger, both were tasty and well executed, bread and butter pudding with nutmeg cream and poached pear was sublime. The baby enjoyed it all too.

We didn't see the rooms but don't want to give a rating less than 5 based on restaurant experience.

  • Stayed January 2012
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Reading, UK
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Reviewed 12 June 2011

We had lunch here today. The menu wasnt huge but was comprised of tasty food. I had salt and pepper squid with a greek salad and oregano dressing and OH had fois gras and chicken terrine, they removed the peppered pineapple for him as he doesnt do fruit and savory (!). The starters were excellent, the squid cooked perfectly although I would have liked a tartare sauce or aioli to dip it in. The terrine was amazing, layers of fois gras, chicken and mushrooms, I had plat envy. I had cod goujons to follow which had the best batter on that I have tasted in a very long time, the tartare sauce was great and the chips were crunchy and delicious. OH had the roast pork with crackling which seemed very nice. We asked for olives and home made crackling with our drinks - the crackling came in a pot of apple sauce which was very good, I didnt get the olives as I was told fairly abruptly that it was an English pub and didnt do olives (although they came with my English starter of Calamari and greek salad!). Definitely worth a visit for the food.

Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley
Address: Cock Lane, Stanford Dingley RG7 6LS, England (Formerly The Bull Country Inn)
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Stanford Dingley
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Stanford Dingley
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Hotel Class:3 star — The Bull Inn, Stanford Dingley 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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