The Bull

13 North Hill, Highgate, London, N6 4AB - View on a map
Telephone: 020 8341 0510

The Bull Restaurant In London
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Overall 0.8
Food 3.0
Service 0.0
Atmosphere 0.0
Value 0.0
Based on 1 reviews

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TimeOut

TimeOut - 3/5

Monday, September 05, 2011 - The pub was recently reopened by Dan Fox, previously manager of the White Horse in Parson's Green, one of the finest alehouses in London. And the selection of bought-in beers - both on tap and in bottle - is fantastic...Food at The Bull is a big part of the offer, and also shows an influence from over the pond - although the stridently sticky, carb-rich, sweet and smoky elements of classic American cooking have been toned down and gastropubbed up for the Highgate crowd. So there is pulled pork with pineapple and jalapeno; buffalo wings; Maryland crab cakes; salmon with succotash (corn and beans) and striploin steak.

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I SO want to love the Bull. However the last 2 times I was there the service was excruciatingly slow, despite the place being virtually empty both times. When I went in with a friend for an early dinner and said we only had 1.5 hours for dinner so we could make a West End show, we were greeted with a smile and a menu. After half an hour of being ignored we walked out and had a very nice quick meal at the pub opposite.

The last straw was when I took an important client there for lunch. We both had about an hour for lunch but could be a bit flexible. I told the "greeter" that we were were there for lunch. After 35 minutes she took our order, but only because I went to find her behind the bar because I assumed she had forgotten about us, despite the empty restaurant. My guest and I both ordered the recommended soup of the day, but that took 40 minutes to arrive. After sitting for a further hour and a half in front of our empty soup bowls, our main course was finally brought. It took no less than THREE HOURS for a two course business lunch at the Bull. As I was the host, I was incredibly embarrassed. NEVER AGAIN!
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Overall rating 1 stars
Food 3 | Service 0 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 0
Sunday, January 12, 2014

We celebrated our son's wedding at the Bull. So we rented the whole place on Friday July 12, 2013. Dan and his staff really made this day for all arround 150 guests, coming from over 15 countries (a.o. Belgium, Isral, Australia, China, Norway, Turkey, Italy, Spain...) to an unforgettable experience. Superb food and drinks, perfect service, top DJ, very good atmosphere. I only can firmly recommend this pub.
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Stan Schoonbaert, Antwerp, Belgium. - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 10 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 10 | Value for money 10
Monday, August 12, 2013

Good Highgate pub, worth the walk up the hill. They make their own beer on site which is about 3 quid, great price for this area of London. Great food, we had to wait a bit as it was nearly 9pm on a Saturday night, but the waitress gave us some free olives to say sorry.

Really good night had by all in the group.
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Henri Danlow
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, September 05, 2012

As locals we visit this pub three or four times a month. I think some of the below reviews have been written by customers who perhaps should not be allowed out to visit decent pubs, let alone bless Highgate with their presence, so they did make me chuckle.

The food is bloody great, and the beer range is unrivalled in Highgate. Although saying that, they are out of quite a few bottled beers at the moment as they are updating their list we were told.

We visited on Friday 24th and was very pleased to see a new London Brewing beer on the ale pumps. We had fish and chips and a burger, both standard pub dishes but were fantastic. It was a busy night and the food came quickly, and the girls that served us were in high spirits.

The only thing that put a slight downer on the evening was the group of five or six very young people sitting outside that were a bit boisterous and swearing and had to be asked to leave as staff noticed them. Please don't become like certain *other* pubs in the village, we come to The Bull to leave the 18 year olds at home!

Good food, great service, even better beer!
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JHanlow - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 7
Sunday, August 26, 2012

although the beer is of good quality and a good price the service was extremely poor and certain members of staff were very rude.
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Overall rating 3 stars
Food 5 | Service 1 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 3
Friday, August 24, 2012

Me and my husband eat here allot. We come for the good food and the excellent choice of beer, especially the Hawaiian beers which are well worth a try. The food is always good and the specials are always diverse and changing. When we brought our children they where well look after with crayons and an excellent child's menu. However, though the food and drink is sublime I strongly recommend avoiding. Go if you want to watch the management belittle, ridicule and bully the waiters and bar team. The rude comments, the barked orders and the uncouth manner in which the pub was run has put us off. The sheer magnitude of unprofessionalism was enough to make us feel uncomfortable and sorry for the poor staff that served with a smile and got harassed at every turn. Clearly the management had no issues in swearing at a member of his team in front of the customers, Reading the comments we are not alone in this belief. It's a real shame we dine here often but after a particular ugly experience, which was not the food or the drink but the management being unpleasant, has put us off. This was not the first occasion it was the last straw for us.

So if you like food and good beer go but be prepared to witness rudeness and crassness which is unforgivable and off putting.

You think I am over exaggerating? Go and witness it for yourself. It really is shocking.
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Helen - View all reviews by this user
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 9 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 0 | Value for money 7
Saturday, June 30, 2012

Returned to The Bull for our first visit since before Christmas and a few things have changed. Some things for better some for worse...

The pub has been painted and furniture changed to give it a more warm and cosy atmosphere which we like, and they have changed the menu to include more traditional British gastropub dishes, which I think some people will like but personally we preferred the American influenced menu. A lovely lady we'd not seen before greeted us and served our table for the duration and was very helpful when we had lots of questions about the new menu. We even got a water bowl for the dog and colouring in sheets and crayons for the kids, which we though was a nice touch and had not had on previous visits.

Unfortunately the manager who had been a little brusque with us on our first visit made our evening absolutely unbearable by standing at the food service point berating the chef and dinging the bell really loudly and shouting at the waitresses. The staff looked really upset and stressed and the place wasn't even that busy. When we asked the lady why he was doing it she looked slightly embarrased and gave an awkward smile suggesting it was par for the course.

It really is a shame because the food's good, the beer's fantastic and it's a lovely place, but I don't think we will be returning due to the manager's bad attitude.
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The Duggan Family
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 7 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 2 | Value for money 6
Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Was told when booking that it was too late to book for a Friday evening yet on enquiry they did have a table for the correct number of people at the exact time I wanted. Should probably have cancelled then.

On arrival, new owner told waitress to change our table in front of us without even acknowledging our presence. Bit rude.

Lagers: impressive range, we chose the bikini blonde and the longboard, both excellent.

Food: the wife scored well, with the spicy buffalo wings, large pile, really spicy, followed by the featherblade beef which was so tender it must have been slow-cooked for weeks. My choices not so good: a chili and tomato marinaded mackerel which turned out to be two poorly cooked gelatinous fish pieces on pieces of bread with a dry slice of red chili on top and a cherry tomato cut in half on the side. Left most of it. Main course an impressive looking suet chicken and leek pie. However, such a bitter aftertaste I had to leave most of it. The waitress (who was lovely, very chatty) suggested it was probably the beer the gravy was made with. We opted to leave before dessert or coffee.

All in all, if you don't manage to get out too often and want to get it right and enjoy yourself when you do then this isn't the place. Avoid.
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2 kids, rare night out...
Overall rating 4 stars
Food 4 | Service 2 | Atmosphere 7 | Value for money 4
Friday, March 02, 2012

We went on Sunday evening when it was fairly quiet. The service was good and staff helpful. My dinner was stuffed chicken breast wth mash and greens and was absolutely delicious. Tender moist chicken with great mash and vege! My partner had the roast beef and was also impressed.

We enjoyed the beer too. wouldnt hesitate to recommend it and will certainly return!
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jos bailey
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love this place. Great atmosphere. Lovely outdoor space. Fine selection of reasonably priced booze. Haven't yet had the pleasure of having a proper meal here but the chicken wings we had to accompany our drinks were sublime.

Would strongly recommend this pub. Well done to all involved for getting this place off the ground again.
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Tom Sabbadini
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8
Wednesday, November 09, 2011


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