The Bull Hotel

The Bull Hotel

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At The Bull Hotel, an 1850s coaching inn in food-fabulous Dorset, Regency elegance is meted out with a modern eye for detail in a relaxed gastropub. Stripped wooden floors and well-chosen antiques partner bold-print papers and fabrics by Zoffany and the Designers Guild in a vintage-chic decorative scheme that's guaranteed to win hearts and minds. Perfect for a relaxing weekend exploring the Jurassic Coast; good value and very family-friendly, too.

Highlights:

  • Located in Dorset gastrohub Bridport, a 17th-century market town

  • Relaxed 18th-century coaching inn with vintage-chic decor; easy access to the Jurassic Coast and beaches

  • Dramatic Victorian ballroom with minstrels' gallery

Smith extra

A glass of champagne each with dinner

In the know

Also need to know:

Two-night minum stay at weekends (three nights over bank holidays). The Bull Hotel has a bright and beautiful Victorian ballroom with a minstrels’ gallery that can be used for wedding parties of up to 110 people. They’ll also drop you off for walks if you need a lift. Massages can be arranged in advance – contact the hotel for details.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

This review of the Bull Hotel in Dorset is taken from our latest guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith: Hotel Collection – UK/Ireland Volume 2.

‘When I am president of the world,’ said Mr Smith, gazing about him as we stood before the open fire waiting to check into the Bull Hotel in Dorset, ‘all hotels will look like this.’ The Bull Hotel was bought by Richard and Nikki Cooper in 2006 (‘It was all a bit Fawlty Towers before then,’ confides one local shopkeeper) and they’ve worked swiftly and successfully to restore a beloved (and grade II-listed) building to its former Georgian glory. Downstairs, the l

Accommodation details

Address:

34 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF, United Kingdom
Dorset
United Kingdom

General facilities

  • Spa
  • Internet services
  • Room service
  • Lounges/bars
  • On-Site parking
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

There are two. The main, neutraltoned restaurant is informal enough to make you feel as though you’re dining at a friend’s house – a friend who’s extremely handy in the kitchen, mind. Marco Pierre White disciple Marc Montgomery’s seafoodfocused menu has netted press plaudits aplenty, and is on offer till 9.30pm. Out in the converted barn, the Stable is a less formal affair, with stonebaked pizzas, pies and 37 varieties of cider on offer.

Top table:

On fine days, outside in the former stableyard; on cold ones, by the fire.

Last orders:

Lunch is on offer between noon and 3pm, dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in the restaurant; 5.30pmto 9.30pm in the Stable.

Room service:

The full restaurant menu – plus anything bespoke that the chef can rustle up – is on offer during normal kitchen hours.

Hotel bar:

Venner Bar is named after a 17thcentury highwayman, but today the only shots you’ll hear are the ones being poured at the bar. On Friday evenings there are free canapés to kick off the weekend with. Last orders, 2am.

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