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Sadly been closed for a year or so.
alen - 19 Mar 2019 18:32
Open mic night Sunday evening. Nice pint of Ringwood, very friendly staff and customers. Recommended.
alen - 4 Oct 2015 21:52
Love this Pub, popped in following many years travelling in the opposite direction to work and it felt as though I hadn't been away.

The staff are great, the beer was lovely and I wish them all the very best for the future.
MVM - 5 Aug 2013 12:12
stop there on my way back from Winchester good ales only three pumps but worth a visit.
andy49 - 1 Jul 2012 20:08
Stopped here for the first time in about 45 years on the way home after an exhausting day working on the boat at Portsmouth. Desperately thirsty, my pint of Tribute was fabulous and I would have paid a fiver for the pleasure. (That may seem cheap in 3 years time)

Now planning a boys evening out to The Bull and look forward to seeing the same friendly staff and enjoying some fine beer.
boozyoldgit - 17 Apr 2012 21:37
En route a walk from Alton to Farnham. Stopped in Bentley village and changed route to walk direct to The Bull. Don't do this! Awful walk along 500yds of dual carriageway. Go to church and walk along lane and paths down to Bull. Nice pint of Tribute, but 3.45. Most expensive drink today. Nice if you drive here in your Merc (as a lot of folk do).
alen - 28 Feb 2012 13:09
what a disappointment, took some visiting family for a meal at the Bull, the food was very poor! the beer was average, to be kind! the waiting staff, although pretty! had no knowledge about the food or the wine that we wanted! the toilet area is through the public bar, which on this night was very rowdy and quite intimidating, it seems that the staff are more interested in the drinking locals, shame used to be a fantastic little gem, so many good pubs out there, will be giving the Bull a miss in future.
Always tell the truth-man.
truthman - 23 Aug 2011 10:55
what a disappointment, took some visiting family for a meal at the Bull, the food was very poor! the beer was average, to be kind! the waiting staff, although pretty! had no knowledge about the food or the wine that we wanted! the toilet area is through the public bar, which on this night was very rowdy and quite intimidating, it seems that the staff are more interested in the drinking locals, shame used to be a fantastic little gem, so many good pubs out there, will be giving the Bull a miss in future.
Always tell the truth-man.
truthman - 23 Aug 2011 10:55
Another pub that's changed hands in the last year. Crackin' pint of something (can't remember what) and if the food's as good as the beer,we'll pop along one evening to try it.
alen - 1 Aug 2011 23:16
After a walk around the village of Rowledge the Ramble Then Lunch team stopped in at the Bull for some refreshment prior to heading back to Bentley station.

Big pubs next to major roads can be a bit nondescript but the Bull was a pleasant place. A standard range of ales of which we selected St. Austell's Tribute, which was fine. Well laid out with comfy seating we may well have stayed for another but trains from Bentley only go every hour.

Menu looked interesting if a little over elaborate but as the last poster says the food was good, we may well pencil this in for a re-visit in the future.
ramblethenlunch - 13 Jun 2011 18:41
Well done to the new owners of the Bull! Food & service very good (the HOT Sunday roasts are a welcome treat), the also server a decent pint of beer...
lepubcritique - 12 Jun 2011 11:41
Comfortable roadside inn on the A31. Olde Worlde traditional decor and nice selection of ales.
flashharry1965 - 28 Mar 2011 08:19
Used to go here a while back for the pub grub, all seemed to get a bit stale - but heard it had a refurb and earlier comments seemed positive.

Well .... what a disappointment. Drab tastless food, poorly cooked and presented, staff with little or no experience (wine presented in the bottle and left unopened).

Wasted my cash, sad.
bunge - 22 Sep 2010 22:37
Thought I would call back after my last brief visit and had a good experience biut at odds with my professional capacity. Firstly, very friendly greeting by young, knowledgeable staff. It's one thing to be greeted by the bar person but another step up when staff you are having no direct interacction with acknowledge your presence. Top marks. Unfortunately, both Mrs X and I picked the bottom of the barrels but our two cloudy pints were replaced without fuss (and later knocked off the bill, which was quite unecessary).

Main menu is great and good value. But decor is still 1979 - coach lamps, chairs, faux wooden bull 3-D painting, carpet (not quite spiral but not far off), back bar. In deference to our surroundings, we chose scampi and Welsh rarebit off the lunch menu. Excellent.

The things is, after running pubs for 20 years, I now work as a consultant in the trade and am meant to criticize these sort of things - but I loved it! Very warm and welcoming. Shame about the traffic noise blighting the garden.


exguvnor - 10 Aug 2010 11:01
What a fantastic Pub! Great atmosphere, Great Food,good value for money, wide selection of Beer and Wines. Highly recomended. i had lunch off of the new light bite lunch menu and can't wait to go back for the evenings ala carte menu. Under new managment and newley refurbed.


ramseyfan - 19 Jul 2010 13:42
Can do know more than echo the last two positive reviews.
exguvnor - 13 Jul 2010 17:09
Lovely little gem on the A31. Superb food, very friendly, good beer, great smoking area outside with heater for these cold winter nights. Definitely worth a visit - it's how a pub should be.
silkpurse - 4 Jan 2010 15:32
Can't believe that nobody has reviewed this beauty yet. Excellent front smoking terrace, shame about the road noise, but hey-ho. We arrived 5 minutes after they stopped food service, but the landlord checked with the chef, who came out to see us and say that it wouldn't be a problem. What a refreshing change!

Food was good, beer selecion a little average, but hey!

GoneFishing - 8 Oct 2009 19:04

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