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The Bull on The Green
Ranked #5 of 6 Newick B&B and Inns
Masterton, New Zealand
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“The "Spicer" Review”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

A little bit pricey but a negotiated price for a 3 nights stay was most satisfactory. This is a great hotel - terrific menu, great room and exceptionally good staff, friendly and helpful. As it also attracts many locals it cements our seal of approval. It is close to many wonderful places including the delightful village of Alfreston and the larger "village" of Lewes. We would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Horsham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

Have to the bull for drinks on several occasions and have always wanted to eat there as the menu looked great.
Went there today for Sunday lunch.
Disappointed.
My wife had a very small and uncooked calves liver.
I had very dry ham and chicken pie with mash and no gravy which I struggled to eat.
Both meals were over £10 and not worth it.
I would not recommend going here to eat though the pub is lovely.
Great place for drinks and nothing else.

Stayed October 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 August 2013 via mobile

The good - lovely setting. Our room (number 5) was nice, lots of oak beams and a four poster bed. We had a really nice lunch in the pub and breakfast was really good too.

As for the bad - it started badly when we got a call at about 9pm the night before we were due to stay to say they "thought" they had double booked our room. It turned out ok but not sorted till the following morning so we had a night of panicking if we actually had somewhere to stay or not. I would also agree with the last reviewer that the housekeeping standards could be improved - we found out (in the middle of the night!) there was no toilet paper at all, not good! Also the shower gel/hairwash in the shower was empty. We could see there was wifi but nothing in the room to say the password. And yes, the view from the rooms was generally a collection of staff sitting around smoking. Not good, the staff in my company are always told they must stay out of the view of customers when smoking.

All in all, this place has great potential to be excellent but as it is, we expected more seeing as its not cheap at £105 a night.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Colchester
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

We stayed on 4th and 5th May for a visit to the Bluebell Railway, a relative's grave in Newick churchyard and go to Brighton's last match of the season. The location is idyllic, the pub menu is interesting and varied, food generally good, service and staff courteous and friendly. We ate on both Saturday and Sunday evenings and enjoyed our meals.
Now for the hotel bit....!!! Oh dear. Reasonable sized room, good large bed, but there the positives stop. Against this - paper thin walls, stained carpet, battered furniture, broken window fittings (security) and a bed drawer so thick in dust that I wrote the Head housekeeper a message in it. The bathroom was equally scaled-up, tap bases, shower head (legionella risk), shower tray, and curly-carpet behind the bathroom door. Outside the front door of this accommodation annexe, the ground was thick in cigarette butts (first impression ?). A similar situation prevailed outside the kitchen door where we were regularly treated to the site of chefs, waitresses, KP's etc having a fag-break. The sad thing was that no management seemed to notice, nor, evidently, were they checking housekeeping standards.
The final note of despair was at breakfast when I asked the waiter whether there was any marmalade. He came back after a few minutes to say no there wasn't (English breakfast ?!), the saddest bit of this is that the village store was open, even sold marmalade and was but 50m away. When we checked out I asked whether the duty manager was about, again 'no', but two of the girls sort of shared the management because the GM also owned another pub/hotel somewhere just down the road so wasn't there that much.

You might think I'm being picky, but I am a hotel standards consultant by profession, since 1986. This place needs a major overhaul in standards and management focus. I referred these comments (within the parameters of their website) to the operating company back in May, but they have yet to reply. Two months on, its fair to let everyone know. In my judgement, at £95 per night it is not fair value
Its a beautiful location and a great opportunity to get it right, if they do we'll stay there again !

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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East sussex
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2013

Im beginning to think I'm either really lucky or lots of people like to use trip advisor to just moan !
We stopped here on the way home on a boiling Sunday afternoon we ordered two roast beef sandwiches and a calamari to share.
When the arrived the beef was really thick and cooked to perfection and the horseradish sauce let you know who's boss !!! The calamari was hot and tasty with a mango and chili dressing.
We both really enjoyed it and if we're in the area again I wouldnt hesitate to stop off again.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Found this place on line as the four of us were having a few days break wanted to make sure we had our first night booked, it was a pub with accommodation. Rooms were very good,clean comfortable, at the back of the pub so very little noise. Comfortable bed, but although a full English breakfast was offered, the rest was very basic, lacked the personal touch one would get in a private home. The menu looked interesting but we decided to go to the Royal Oak across the road which was good. Overall would not dismiss this place, staff friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 June 2013 via mobile

We were staying at a local campsite and walked an hour here as were told they served great food.
We were so disappointed with our food and will not go back. The menu looked great and exciting so i was really looking forward to tasting. I ordered the seafood paella. There was barely any seafood in it and all i could taste was the overwhelming amount of saffron used. My partner had the BBQ ribs which had not been braised enough and were tough and inedible. He was sent a burger as a replacement which was completely raw in the middle. The lady on the table next to us also sent back her burger for the same reason.

The staff gave the excuse that the sous chef had not had a day off recently and that he was leaving next week. Which is not a reasonable excuse for our awful meals.

A beautiful pub, nice cider and lovely bar staff, so much potential here but the food was terrible.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Thank Jessy-louise4
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Property: The Bull on The Green
Address: The Green, Newick BN8 4LA, England (Formerly The Bull Newick)
Region: United Kingdom > England > East Sussex > Newick
Amenities:
Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Newick
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — The Bull on The Green 3*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A lovely old country pub ideally situated in a picturesque village in the heart of East Sussex, right on the A272. Under new management as of the beginning of April, we have recently undergone a refurbishment and have also taken on a new Head Chef. Serving a new, re-vamped menu and a large selection of fine wines and ales makes us a great stopping place for any occasion.In addition we have eight rooms, all equipped everything you need for a comfortable and peaceful night's rest should you find it hard to leave at the end of the night! ... more   less 
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