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“Nice place”
Review of Bull & Barrel Pub

Bull & Barrel Pub
Ranked #42 of 509 Restaurants in Barrie
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$20
Cuisines: Pub
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Cozy "local" serving a wide variety of imported and domestic beers for over 20 years. With our Axminster carpet, dark wood,fireplace and brass fittings, it's easy to see why this place reminds many ex-pat regulars of the pub they left back home. Our menu is a cross-section of Canadian and traditional pub fare, featuring fish and chips, house made pub pies and arguably the best liver and onions in town. We've been a supporter of local and live entertainment for the last 11 years which is on tap most Saturday nights. We are close to Hwy 400 making us the perfect stop-off on your way up to ski & cottage country or on your way home to the city. Our patrons voted us Best Pub in Barrie two years running. Come and judge for yourself.
Toronto
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Nice place”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

My husband and I are 60+. We enjoyed the quiet atmosphere of the Bull and Barrel. Service was great and the food was good pub food. If you want a more refined gastronomic experience, a pub is not a good choice. The variety beer also good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank jillyc49
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English first
Barrie, Canada
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242 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Very good choice”
Reviewed 11 July 2013

5 guys stopped in on a Saturday for lunch and a beer. I had deep fried pepperoni as a starter and it was great! The fish and chips had by 2 of the guys was very good and the rest of us had finger foods. All was served quickly and efficiently by friendly staff. The food was very good in a typical pub atmosphere. We will return.

Visited May 2013
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Thank Davax
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Minesing, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good Luck People.”
Reviewed 5 June 2013

Don't even think of going here if it is after 6PM. In an effort to cut overhead the management in their great wisdom, has one girl running the whole floor. Good thinking, because in time nobody will go there so you won't need any staff. Not the first time we have seen 1 girl on the floor. We won't be back!

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Harold H
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Bullbelle, Owner at Bull & Barrel Pub, responded to this review, 10 June 2013
It is always a challenge to schedule staff to ensure each guest the most positive experience, especially on a week night. Unpredictably, it appears your visit coincided with the arrival of a number of sports teams and the departure of wait staff due to illness. I would prefer to pay the wages of too many servers than have guests leave my premise feeling they were neglected and underserved. Effective immediately, I have instituted a new procedure to enable our servers and bartenders to get backup as quickly as possible should this situation repeat. Thank you Harold for posting your review. I welcome every one.
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Barrie, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Traditional Pub Fare”
Reviewed 10 February 2013

The Bull & Barrel has been around for as long as I can remember. It is a great place to go for a pint of guinness and a sociable night out with friends and family. I highly recommend the Irish Nachos to start and the steak and kidney pie is just like Mom used to make! Prices are also very affordable.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank GirlWh0LikesT0Travel
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Ontario
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great staff & location, but sadly no love in the food”
Reviewed 13 January 2013

We frequently visit The Bull for drinks, but tend to eat elsewhere. The atmosphere is wonderful, the staff is very friendly and attentive but there is no care or imagination in the food.
While the wings are decent, many offerings go directly from the freezer to the deep fryer or don't belong on a pub menu at all, and tend to be over priced.
It must be said that lately there have been attempts to spruce up the menu (the odd "seasonal" salad or sandwich). However the regular menu needs an overhaul and the kitchen requires a little more inspiration if this pub means to compete with newcomers such as Donaleigh's and The Local Gastropub, where the food is fresh, locally sourced and outstanding.

  • Visited January 2013
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4 Thank r0aminggnome
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