I read with interest Chris’s recent post about The Bull,
not just because of how wonderful the food sounded (Rabbit Faggots, anyone?) but mainly because of Dark Horse’s Hetton
Pale Ale, a beer I’ve had on ‘the list’ for some time.
So when a bank holiday ‘quick bite for lunch’ turned us out onto The Bull (My mum lives nearby), I made a beeline for it. And I’m glad I did – well kept, and a pleasure to drink. Crisp, amber in colour and with a firm, biscuity-almond body, it was a really decent pint. I’m not surprised its won a few awards and seems sought after. One to recommend, definitely.
We did eat whilst visiting, and although Chris’ post goes into more detail
, I can say the food was very nice indeed. The Bull makes no apologies for being a ‘gastropub
‘ – which in some ways is shame because it really does have a decent, regional ale range (Taylor’s, Thwaites
, Copper Dragon), but you’d be hard pressed to find ‘drinking only’ room.
The food, however, is worth the trip, and The Bull certainly does its bit for sourcing local produce – the cheese on my burger came from Shepherd’s Purse (a wickedly tangy Wensleydale– a cheese with balls, for a change), and the rich, tasty Dexter beef from Easingwold. The menu is littered with guides to provenance, and although this makes the food pricey, I feel that you really do get value for money.. There’s nothing on the menu that wasn’t sourced locally, and it simply tastes great without being fussy. One last word – try the home-made ice cream. Fudge and Oats – awesome.