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“We Love It!”
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The Bull Hotel
Ranked #2 of 10 Hotels in Bridport
Certificate of Excellence
London
1 review
“We Love It!”
Reviewed 13 November 2008

What a find! we were meant to stay at another hotel in Bripdort, rated higher up on this website than The Bull but it was so ghastly we had to leave and checked into The Bull. Had we known about it before we would have gone straight there.
Slap bang in the middle of a buzzing market down. It's elegant, cool, chic, shabby, tasteful, sumptuous, relaxed, delicious.
Apparently only 15 rooms so you need to get in there fast. all different. all unusual but stylish and fully kitted out with huge TV and DVD. Endless broadsheet rave reviews in the entrance hall, no wonder! Lovely warm fires and warm smiles from the great staff they've got, and the owners who we had a few very interesting and charming conversations with, they didn't ask us to leave basil style!
The Bull is a real buzz. Next time we won't dally around with other third rate establishments, we have booked already our return visit.

  • Liked — the food and unique atmosphere
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled on business
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Cheshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2008

The owner totally ruined our 2 night stay at the hotel. We booked as a result of its inclusion in Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel guide and we dined in the restaurant both evenings of our stay. We did not require the free cream teas included in the booking so we asked for a credit towards a bottle of wine. We were offered £6.00 so when we queried this low amount the Owner came over to our table and in front of other guests ranted (Basil Fawlty style) about the cheek we had to want more credit towards the wine. He said he would find us another hotel that night (this incident happened at 10.00pm, Sunday evening). We did not even have breakfast the next morning (included in the price) - we just wanted to get out of the hotel a.s.a.p.
It wasn't the money involved that spoilt the stay, it was the bizarre, rude outburst from the owner and public humiliation in front of dining guests.
Beware of reception staff! Waiters, waitresses, bar staff and food very good.

  • Liked — food
  • Disliked — owner & room
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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kent
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2008

I am a Bridport 'Girl', was born there and then moved away.

Thought I would give my new husband a treat a weekend away in my home town as a bit of luxury - but not sure if luxury is the right word.

We had the suite 203, with double bed, lounge and twin room, all beautifully decorated, nice touches like bathrobes, organic bath products, chocolates etc but also bits missing also.

For the price we paid I woud have expected some small touches like fresh flowers, a full lenght mirror somewhere in the room, more than one wardrobe (in the double room) with not enough hanging space for a family, not enough tea/coffee - we used most of it the first day, was not replenished so none for the second day. A fridge would have been nice as well to keep milk and the rest of the wine we had left over cold.

Also, we found it extremely hot, even with the heating switched off, there was also a strange buzzing noise in the bathroom, not sure if it was coming from the faulty extractor or the plumbing.

The room is right outside the main street, so you could not have the windows open (especially on Saturday morning when they set up the market at 6.30am).

Breakfast was ok, but you only got a cup of coffee/tea rather than a pot of coffee/tea. Also if you wanted breakfast in bed you had to pay an extra £5 per person - bit expensive! There was a large crowd who felt that they had the right to be served above everyone elso over that weekend so we had to wait quite a while for our food.

Good points - there were some - the Venner bar is quaint, and the Olster room with TV, games, DVD, table football etc is a great idea, but it was cold in there. This hotel is very child friendly.

I still have an issue with the amount of deposit I paid, still waiting for a re-fund. Again, the large crowd who were in the hotel that weekend felt they had preference over everyone else on check out.

We had booked to come back in December, but have decided to cancel and try somewhere else!

  • Liked — Decor
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed October 2008, travelled as a couple
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Kingston , Surrey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 September 2008

For anyone looking for a long weekend venue- I reckon this is a top spot
Initially, I was cynical of the overly professional website but on arrival was really suprised and genuinely pleased by the whole experience.
The hotel fulfilled its promise by delivering -
a great room , comfy bed - a belter of a shower too!
super toiletries ,towels etc
superb dinner and suprisingly good wine list and beer choice- all good and a very relaxed atmosphere.

But the big difference for me , beyond every other hotel (be it corporate or "boutigue chic" )is the quality of service and staff- and here its 110%- from the front of house greeting through to the lovely breakfast staff who made porridge , without a grumble!
I'm happy to recommend the venue to family , friends and to you too- give it a go!

  • Liked — the room
  • Disliked — having to leave!
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Manchester
2 reviews
Reviewed 21 August 2008

Stayed in the Red Poster Room for 2 nights this week. I was won over by the boutique style of the website and have to say the room was lovely and nicely decorated. However, extremely noisy at night and room got very stuffy when windows were closed. Overpriced for what it actually is as there is something missing from the hotel. More like a glamorous bed and breakfast than a boutique hotel. The bar and outside courtyard was nice for evening drinks and the dinner and breakfast was gorgeous.

  • Liked — Decor
  • Disliked — Price
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2008

Booked the Bull hotel off the back of its inclusion on Mr & Mrs Smith website. Phoned on the off-chance on a sat afternoon to stay on the sunday night, and by all accounts we were lucky to get in. All they had was a "petite double", which while indeed petite, wasn't unworkable as a room. I've stayed in smaller rooms and they do warn you its gonna be small, and the price tag of £85 was suitable. If you were older or less agile that me you might have a problem getting in and out of bed on the radiator (right) side. Bed was still comfy and large enough for 2 bed hogs. Problem with small rooms like that is its difficult to add lux touches, without it looking odd, or tacky. They did a fairly good job and hopefully you can see the pictures to illustrate. The bathroom was clean and spacious.
"Shabby chic" is their own admission in the info book, and it certainly is that. I guess that's the best way to refurb an old building without spending millions ;-)
We investigated the upstairs bar, via the "ballroom" (which is an imrepessive suprise for a Dorset market town). The ballroom had decks and a rather large soundsystem, so i pity anyone staying there if there's a party going on (and you're not invited). Perhaps thats just for wedding receptions (seems like a good place for that if you can book the whole hotel).
The upstairs bar is tucked away at the back of the hotel - well decorated and funkily furnished, but due to its location at the rear (acorss a very wet courtyard) it was devoid of staff, or punters, or atmosphere, so we didnt feel like having a drink there. With only 16 rooms I cant really see how it would ever be busy unless there's a function going on.
Downstairs from the bar is a games room, complete with Wii and table football (nice touch if you have kids). This room opens onto the courtyard, which our room backed onto. The courtyard is a bit "shabby", and i can see why some people would find it a bit of a mess, but we thought "homely" is more the mood there, and it is a bit like an untidy patio garden, with homemade bunting and nice flower tubs. It was teeming down all evening, so there were no people outside in the couryard to make any noise.
The downstairs bar is too small to work well. With only one sofa, you have to sit at a dining table if that's taken. They are clearly getting a good reputation for the food, and it must get busy. I think they've put more dining tables into the bar area as a result (thats what it looks like anyway) so lounging around is not much of an option, which is a shame - that's what we had planned on a wet sunday evening. Like i said we didnt want to sit on our own in the other bar.
The food was good - nothing amazing, but good. Other people seem to have had better experiences. Breakfast was excellent - a generous full english, well made and delicious - and included in the price.
Someone else commented on the lack of staff and it was noticable. The staff are clearly multi-tasking - I had to ask at reception for a drink, and it was clearly not an option to have service in the other far flung bar. They are super-friendly though and eager to accomodate. The laid back attitude is fine with me, if you dont mind having to ask for what you want, and go find someone on occassion. Overall you end up with feeling like you're at home (not in a hotel) and thats what we like.
If you've been Cowley Manor (nr Cheltenham), you'll know what I mean when i say the Bull seems to have taken a few tricks from the Cowley deck - but without the millions spent in doing so. The result is NOT a poor imitation, because they dont seem to be trying to be another Cowley. We thought they'd done a pretty good job in creating a nice place to stay. It is indeed a bit "shabby" - so dont expect to be waited on hand and foot, and excuse a few chips and cracks, here and there.

  • Liked — fab breakfast
  • Disliked — missing some staff
  • Stayed August 2008, travelled as a couple
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Perth
1 review
Reviewed 5 August 2008

We recently had a 2 night stay in the Gold Room at the Bull Hotel which was fabulous. On arrival we were made very welcome by the friendly receptionist who carried our bags to our room.

The Gold Room is a simply gorgeous contemporary style enormous room with the most comfortable bed and the attention to detail is fab with Frette bedlinen, flat screen TV, robes and Neales Yard toiletries, tea & coffee facilities. The decor in the room is amazing and It felt like you were staying somewhere special opposed to your regular could be anywhere in the world hotel room.

The restaurant menu included a fantastic choice of fresh local seafood and we were especially pleased with the quality, presentation and variety of food at dinner. Breakfast was just how you want your weekend to start off with good fresh food and coffee and a bundle of newspapers.

Several reviewers have commented on the noise and whilst we we advised at checkin that our room faced the street and that the markets would be setting up the following morning we didnt find it a problem and in fact wasnt until we pulled the blinds the following morning did we remember and saw the activity below did we remember about the markets.

The Bull has ticked all the basics - good bed and bath, great friendly atmosphere, helpful and accommodating staff. I would recommend this hotel and definitely go back.

  • Liked — Gorgeous Room
  • Disliked — Having to Leave
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with friends
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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
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#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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