Even on a hot and humid July evening during the recent heatwave (hotel had left some great fans in the rooms - Propello - highly recommend!), we slept the best we have done in years! 6 ft bed in room 205, very comfy matress and pillows. Room overlooks Courtyard which was busy in the summer eves, but was always closed no later than 10pm, so didn't affect sleeping and we were able to leave the windows open all night and not be disturbed.
Room was out on a limb from the main hotel, so particularly quiet and I would recommend this highly as a quiet room.
Staff were very friendly and smiling and looked happy in their work. Unfortunaltey service was a bit tardy - wrong bill, wrong orders, forgetting stuff at every occasion we ate and drank there over 4 days. Also, staff appeared a bit scruffy in their black uniforms, one waitress had threadbare trousers and shoes on and I noticed several people comment on this. A shame, as she was a lovely waitress and very helpful and cheerful, but she didn't do the image of the hotel much good, neither did the scruffy barman in the Venner Bar. My advise to the Bull, if you want to do the relaxed look, take a look at the staff at the Pig Hotel in Brockenhurst.
The Venner bar in teh hotel is an old style bar, very cosy and a nice place for pre-post dinner drinks. Altho have your Pimms elsewhere - £8 at this hotel for a glass! I can understand the cocktails at this price, but not a standard Pimms that was £3.95 in a far nicer place elsewhere on the same day. However, very generous canapes served on Friday eve's in the bar and the bar was away from all the rooms so no noise from there.
Rooms were spotlessly clean although hallways looked a bit uninviting and a smelt a little stale.
Breakfast were very good indeed, as was all the food served. Well presented, beautiful quality ingredients and I liked the choice to have more relaxed and lighter option of just pizzas or pies (and great salads) in the Stable restaurant at the back of the hotel.
Overall, I would definately stay here again and woudl recommend to anyone planning on going to the area. One drawback was a little pricey on the room tariff for what they offer.
Our favourite places nearby were River Cottage HQ for Sunday lunch and the Hive Beach Cafe on the waters edge of Burton Bradstock - fantastic quality fish and meat served overlooking the beach and great prices.
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