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“Great place, but still needs some work”

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Bull Inn at Streatley
Paris, France
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110 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Great place, but still needs some work”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

I rate any hotel I stay in by the bathroom, and sadly this really was a let down. Some of the reviews from last year made me rather nervous about staying here, but the more recent reviews suggest that there have been big improvements - which there have been.
The bed was comfy (and a four poster), it was clean and tidy, but the bathroom was in serious need of an update and the shower wasn't great, sometimes it was no more than a trickle. This was mentioned at check out, and the owner apologised and say that it is one of the many things that they working to improve.
We did eat while here and the food was good, pretty standard pub grub.

They have a lovely beer garden, and it was busy the whole time we were there - which is a very positive sign.

I would go back, and I really hope that the owners are able to keep on with all the improvements.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2012

Awful welcome in grubby barr room disgusting with filthy shower that had pipes removed sticky carpet just a dive
OK meal but dog allowed to sit on bench next to me in bar while staff stroke its head then serve food
breakfast poor aldi style with waitress and chef using foul language at each other,complained but not interested

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
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Travellers are raving about these Streatley-on-Thames hotels

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2012

Ok I'll start by saying this isn't the BEST eating place in the area when it comes to the food (although the food is good). But if you are in an area that is spoilt for choices when it comes to Bistro pubs, high quality restaurants etc its always going to be a bit difficult to compete.

That said, the thing that makes this pub so good is the price v quality of food. We went in there a couple of weeks back on the Curry Night and had a Curry, Rice (or Chips) with Poppadom, Sauce and a PINT!!! all for £6.95. At these kind of prices you get what you pay for and this pub does not fail to deliver. The food is as I said, not the best but is excellent when you consider the price in these harsh economical times. The Bull appears to be trying to spark of the return of good old fashioned pub grub at a more reasonable price. Pubs over recent years have gone down the Bistro route and tended to have stuck a bit of lettuce in the £5 burger and called it "garnished" and therefore squeeze £10 out of you.

The Bull as I said is banging a drum for good old fashioned pub grub at a great price. Not only that the pub was packed on a Monday night which is more than can be said for a lot of pubs in the area. It is in a stunning location, the people are friendly, the food is not pretentious and you are getting exactly what you pay for. I have been to many places in the area that claim to provide high quality food and paid a lot of money only to have been let down by the delivery.

Total cost for 5 curries and 5 pints for 5 people came to around £34....beat that if you can !!!
It is a more realistic price when you consider the amounts that other pubs are charging for similar quality.

The Bull is truly a gem and should be applauded for triggering a Great British Pub revival (certainly in this area).

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 15 July 2012

I stayed at the Bull whilst travelling between Heathrow and Harrogate for business. I chose this place because I'm fed up with the boring, bog-standard Crowne Plaza type hotels. And being from Australia, I'm always ready to take a punt.

Basically I found the the service and the comfort of the rooms to be more than acceptable. Staff were very friendly and helpful, the room was clean and comfortable, and the food was good. Compared to some of the dodgy places that I've stayed at in the Aussie outback, this place was brilliant. OK, it's not Raffles or the Peninsula, but for an English Inn I'd say it's pretty awesome.

Would happily stay here again. Unlikely that I'll have the opportunity though.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Nottingham
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 June 2012

I turned up at the Bull quite late on a Friday evening (having made a booking at the Queen's Arms but having found it impossible to stay at such a noisy and run-down place), and what a delight it was. The room, in a separate block away from the bars, was quiet and beautifully furnished, and the staff - particularly Emma - couldn't have been more helpful and welcoming. They pulled out all the stops to make it possible for me to stay a second night - top marks yet again. If I go back to Streatley I shall be heading straight for the Bull.

Stayed May 2012, travelled solo
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2012

We've recently moved to the area and were delighted to find 'The Bull' has reopened (it closed as we were in the process of purchasing our home).

Compared to a previous visit under the old owners, the place is hugely improved. It's busy, for a start, and open all day serving food (the old owners never seemed to open the place!). It's had a lick of paint and has a lovely beer garden / patio at the rear. It's a big place and has a slight corporate feel to it, but that's to its credit - a sensible, well priced menu with decent food (although they have run out of things on a few occasions that we've popped in - I gues it's just a case of finding their feet). The place is dog friendly (which is great) and I understand the owners are renovating the B&B rooms but I've not seen them, so can't comment there.

Disappointing things? Not much really! I ordered a club sandwich that was superb - lovely chips, beautiful bread, a decent meal for a bargain price. Ordering the same thing a few days later, I was disappointed to find a plate with just a handful of chips. I'm guesing this is due to the food stock issues mentioned above and I'm sure it will improve. Only other gripe is the tomato ketchup / mayonaise - it arrives it those horrible little plastic packets (ala Wetherspoons) and really cheapens the place. Replace with little pots asap!

It's a really likable place with decent staff, a nice atmosphere, cheap decent food and a large beer garden and car park.

The area needed a reasonable, non-pretentious and welcomgin pub and, in 'The Bull', I think the new owners hit the proverbial nail on the head. I wish them every success.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Reading
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40 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2012

Always have visited the Bull for food for last 10 years. it was always nice and the food however it wasnt the sought of place you could spend an evening as the seats were old and not at all comfortable. HOWEVER it has recently been refurbed and WOW! what a change. the place has kept its rustic charming look but now, under new ownership it has a better dining area and a better pub lounge, the seats are more comfortable and they have made use of the big garden they have by paving parts and putting comfortable seating out ther. It now has everything, but what of the food? Let me tell you, the menu is much bigger now with more choice and the quality of food is amazing. Def going back. Great job guys.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Bull Inn at Streatley
Address: Reading Road | Nr Reading, Streatley-on-Thames RG8 9JJ, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Berkshire > Streatley-on-Thames
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Streatley-on-Thames
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Bull Inn at Streatley 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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A lovely old hotel with 6 bedrooms that have currently had a makeover, free breakfast with every stay. Monday nights is grill night, Wednesday is curry night and two dine for £20 on thursdays. ... more   less 
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