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“Just what a country town pub with rooms should be”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Bull Inn

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The Bull Inn
Ranked #1 of 3 Charlbury B&B and Inns
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Just what a country town pub with rooms should be”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2011

Work takes me to this part of the world two or three times a year, and I have now stayed with Alix and Stuart and their team on five occasions for two or three nights each time.
The food is excellent (some of the best bacon at breakfast, and best steak for dinner, that I have ever eaten anywhere), good beer, and a welcoming clientele (some bars can 'go silent' when you walk in as a stranger, I have found, but it didn't happen at the Bull since there is a good mix of locals and passing trade).
The rooms are clean and comfortable, although I have to agree with some other reviewers that there can be disturbing noises (room 2 - though it has a wonderful view down the High Street – is subject to noise from staff accommodation above (or at least has been on occasions in the past); room 4, though admirable in most ways, has some noise from the always-on cellar air conditioning). But in every respect other than noise, the Bull is hard to beat, and very good value, particularly for pre-arranged bookings of more than one night. When I first needed to stay in the area I checked out several possibilities (there is, after all, a lot near Woodstock), but the fact that I have never bothered to do so after my first stay at the Bull is the best recommendation I can give.
By the way, I don't understand the comments that the proprietors or staff are off-hand - OK, I now know them by name, but even on first contact they were courteous and efficient. Four stars overall only because of the air-con noise.

Room Tip: Room 4 is vast, peaceful, with a super-king bed
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  • Stayed April 2011, travelled on business
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2011

Found this place on the back from a cheltenham, serving great food, wine and great service

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Bucks Cross, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2011

We arrived for a birthday treat and got handed the keys to our rooms by the landord (no introduction) we got asked before we had even got to our rooms what time we wanted breakfast!
The rooms were ok just for the night-(beware of noise from bar downstairs-it is an old building so no sound proofing). Decided to eat in and regretted it--there was a party of local people in and the staff seemed more interested in them that us--maybe because we were just there for the night--the wait between courses were too long, just warm and one of us had to wait for theirs while the others ate...never got asked if the meal was ok when we paid, no customer service we felt, just felt dealt with...breakfast was served by the landlady-asked for an omlette-felt like i was asking for the earth!! otherwise breakfast was ok, would we stay again if we were in the area.....sadly not.......

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Canberra
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2010

We had a great stay at the Bull Inn and would recommend it to others. The room was clean and comfortable and the shower is absolutely amazing - possibly the best shower in the world! The owners were friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had a good stay. The food was well prepared, tasty and fresh and we enjoyed eating dinner in the front bar with the locals.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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chelmsford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2010

We had a great stay. The attention to detail and quality was exemplary. The food outstanding.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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London
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2010

Sometimes when you re visit special places, they can be a bit of a disappointment – Not so at the Bull! We went back for a trip down memory lane and fell in love with it all over again. The food and welcome were superb, whilst the Cotswold countryside was just as lovely as ever. A great stop off place for walking, eating and drinking – all of my favourite things.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
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shropshire
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2010

Lovely B & B, Lovely restaurant and hosts. Good value on the lovely room, great food.

  • Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Bull Inn

Property: The Bull Inn
Address: Sheep Street, Charlbury OX7 3RR, England
Region: United Kingdom > England > Cotswolds > Charlbury
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Charlbury
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — The Bull Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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