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“Great Lunch”
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The Bull Hotel
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bridport
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Babcary
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“Great Lunch”
Reviewed 5 May 2014

Went to see a friend in Bridport on Bank holiday Monday and she suggested we go to The Bull for lunch - a brilliant suggestion - the food was really delicious and the staff, who had been really busy over the weekend, were so friendly and cheerful that we couldn't have had a better experience. Apparently there is a really cool cocktail lounge open in the evenings along with a wood fired pizza oven. Really recommend the place.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We stayed at The Bull as a base for exploring the Jurassic coast. We booked one of the family rooms – called the Silver Room when we booked, but I think now called the Mulberry room (because of the new paint job, I presume). Anyway it was room 108.

From our arrival it was clear The Bull was a good selection. I had done the usual thorough research and had rejected a few others in favour of what is, for us, an unusual choice – a hotel in a middle of a town. However Bridport is a charming town that is really close to the coast but manages to be really charming and pretty in a real market town sort of way – you could be miles from the sea. It is not until you go to the adjacent West Bay that you come across the traditional ugliness and sprawl of the British seaside.

The hotel itself is right in the heart of town (note there is parking at the back, but this involves a bit of navigation). As soon as you enter it is clear that it is a really old building that once must have looked like a couple of other places in town, and that I have stayed in over the years – that sort of tired coaching inn that is all swirly carpets and stale beer smells. Instead the Bull is quirkily and stylishly decorated.

I have always hated the term ‘boutique hotel’, or rather hated what this term referred to. It often seems like you get three types of hotel – the tired old fashioned place I have mentioned, the modern hotel (all modular units and soulless architecture) and the boutique hotel – somewhere whose pretension is only matched by its overwrought decoration.

The Bull on the other hand is modern in the sense it is stylish, quirky and up to date, but by no means flawless in appearance. In fact the period features that dot the place include those from every era of the place’s existence – from it Georgian origins right through to the present day. In places you can see comforting evidence of woodchip wallpaper or other more recent day features, beneath the paint of today. It is all the better for it. For this is neither pastiche period hotel nor sanitized to within an inch of its life. Instead it is an up-to-date hotel that is clearly continuing to evolve as part of a long tradition of being at the heart of its community, rather than remote from it.

The welcome was warm, sunny and informal and we were immediately put at our ease. The room we were shown to was beautifully decorated and had a large, exceptionally comfortable bed. An interconnecting room had bunk beds for our boys and each room had a well appointed en-suite. There was also a really nice array of thoughtful touches that really made you feel appreciated – a bottle of water and one of local pressed apple juice, bath robes, an array of really fluffy large towels, a really comprehensive information folder with a personalized welcome letter pinned to it.

We had drinks in our room before dinner, mixed by the friendliest barman, who also provided us with two bowls of complimentary nuts. We then ate at the hotel’s own pizza and pie restaurant (though the menu in the main restaurant looked delicious, this seemed a better bet for the kids), where we had a delicious meal.

We then had an exceptionally comfortable night’s sleep, followed by a superb breakfast – my kippers were local and some of the best I had ever had. My wife had eggs benedict and one son the full English. All the ingredients for these were local – as were the cereal, yoghurts and of course the apple juice (and as indeed had all the ingredients of our meal the night before). Even the bread was made on the premises. This meant absolutely delicious food, but this really wasn’t done in a pretentious, ram it down your throat way. Instead it just enhanced the feeling of being somewhere that was a real part of the local community.

All in all the level of charm, comfort, thoughtfulness and friendliness was exemplary. Physically, the place is lovely – not perfect, but charming, warm and welcoming. I very rarely, if ever, go back to places, even if I like them. I am a restless traveller and always want to try out something new. However, with The Bull I might have to make an exception. In fact I know I will – my wife and children have made me promise to take them back again and it would be a pleasure to do so.

Room Tip: 108 is a good choice as a family room - it is out of the way on the 1st floor.
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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bournemouth
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Reviewed 1 April 2014

We stayed here for two nights in a deluxe room which was fantastic. Huge big bed, lots of room, beautiful decor - it really felt like we were staying somewhere luxurious.
The first night we ate and drank in the Stable - a pizza and cider place attached to the hotel, great atmosphere, quite a young crowd and really relaxed, and staff were really friendly and helpful with choosing ciders. lovely informal friday night.
The next morning we had an absolutely delicious breakfast served in our room, can't fault it it was amazing!
Saturday afternoon we relaxed by an open fire in the bar and had some drinks, and in the evening we enjoyed a meal in the restaurant. Its a lovely space, great service and a very varied menu.
Sunday morning we tried breakfast in the restaurant - very very yummy!
A review of the bull can't be written without mentioning their amazing cocktail bar. Dimly lit, beautiful furnishings, very helpful and courteous staff, and the cocktails were just fantastic. Its behind a ballroom upstairs, so you really feel like you're in a secret hideaway up there! Don't go here without trying it!

Overall this is a fantastic boutique hotel, it is lovely for a romantic weekend away whether you like a pizza and pub, or restaurant and cocktails, it has it all, plus a lovely open courtyard.

Pros:
- Relaxed atmosphere
- Fantastic staff
- Amazing cocktails
- great location
- Gorgeous rooms
- great variety of eating/drinking
- delicious ciders
- great location to explore the area
- luxury smellies

Cons
- pretty rubbish water pressure in the bath and shower in our room, which was a shame. it took most of an england 6 Nations rugby game to fill it!
- £5 charge to have breakkie in your room - a little bit cheeky i've never come across this before.
- don't order wine in the pizza cider stable! its not great ha ha - should know better - stick to their yummy cider range!
- restaurant food didn't quite live up to the lovely room, setting and service which was a shame. Really tasty and some yummy local cheese/meats but not as good as the rest of the hotel.
- a beautiful bed but a bit squeaky - eek!

Overall a really lovely hotel in a beautiful place and perfect for a romantic weekend trip.
We were fortunate enough to have babysitters, but they are very family friendly there and one couple had their baby monitor in the cocktail bar.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reading, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

We had a really wonderful two night stay here and would definitely recommend it. The place is full of charm and the food is exceptional, and staff very friendly. We were upgraded on arrival from a 'petite' room, and suspect that these would have been very small and perhaps not such good value for money. The two restaurants are very good indeed, with The Stable offering delicious pizzas and a large array of ciders, and the continental breakfast was one of the best we've had.

A great location for lots of activities, with plenty of beautiful walks - and they'll even pack up some sarnies for you to take in your rucksack.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 March 2014 via mobile

Had a lovely weekend at The Bull. Positioned right on the main high street with convenient parking around the back of the hotel. The hotel is ideal for exploring the Dorset coastline and visiting neighbouring towns.

Our room was finished to a high standard, the theme of the room flowed flawlessly throughout and into the bathroom. The room was topped off with a huge four poster bed.

We ate in the restaurant on two occasions, the food was enjoyable on both. Service was always to an acceptable standard, unfortunately on the Sunday evening there was little to no atmosphere in the restaurant.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 March 2014

Lovely hotel in the centre of Bridport.
Warm and helpful welcome on arrival and shown to our room. We'd taken advice and asked for a quieter room (there's a market on the High St at the front of the hotel on Saturday mornings!) and so our room The Mews is one off the quiet courtyard at the back of the hotel.
Fabulous room, great size, beautifully decorated and well appointed. We loved it.
We had dinner one night in the The Stable, great pizza in fun venue and atmosphere and enjoyed a cocktail or two in the Venner Bar. Breakfast was excellent too.
Highly recommended.

Room Tip: The Mews was a fabulous room. You can choose your room when booking, but best to pick one that's...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Littlebredy, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 March 2014

We had a truly wonderful stay in the sumptuous comfort of the Red Room at The Bull Hotel, complete with roll top bath and heavenly comfortable four poster bed. The dimmer switch and dressing gowns were a nice touch that made it feel all the more cosy and decadent.

We decided to eat dinner in the hotel restaurant but as newer oldies we had forgotten that we can no longer read a menu without aids! No problem. A wide range of spectacles appeared from a drawer behind the bar to help us navigate the menu.Thank you.

The food was delicious and our waiter recommended an outstanding red wine to compliment it.

After dinner my husband fancied a rare cigar. No probs. The obliging waiter popped out to get said cigars. Beyond the call of duty and much appreciated. Again thank you.

The breakfast consisted of a tempting array of local and hand made produce from the buffet table and a number of equally tempting cooked options. When my scrambled egg and smoked salmon arrived it looked so fantastic that the temptation of the Prosecco on the buffet was too great to resist. What a wonderful way to end a perfect stay.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Bull Hotel
Address: 34 East Street, Bridport DT6 3LF, England
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Region: United Kingdom > England > Dorset > Bridport
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Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Bridport
#3 Romantic Hotel in Bridport
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Bull Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 19
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