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The Bull, Henley Town, Henley-On-Thames

Bell Street
Phone: 01491576554

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Graham Coombs left this review about The Bull

Surprisingly large pub with an old frontage but the interior has been done up with various modern touches and it is difficult to see which beams are genuine and which are fake. Generally a rustic feel which feels more given over to dining the further you go back, and it goes back a long way. Plenty of odd corners though, with occasional sofas amongst the tables. At the back is a large outdoor terrace, with buildings at the end housing the micro-brewery which typically brews old Brakspear's recipes you can't get anywhere else. On this occasion the ale on the bar were Gravity, Oxford Gold, Old Ale and Very Merry Christmas Ale.

On 10th December 2019 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bull

A modern ‘safe’ pub for middle aged folk that has some character, done-out in duck egg blue and stripped wood with muzak in the background and top-notch toilets. Massively long inside, so much so that there is room for a baby grand piano and at the far end past the dining section is the small brewery (‘Bell St’) that can be viewed through a glass barrier. No sign of any activity or output at the bar (it’s supposed to brew the Brakspear Special) where there were three ales on; Brakspear Oxford Gold, Brakspear Bitter and Henley Pale, the latter of which was fine. It was ok here – not a destination but decent crawl fodder. It was pretty busy on a wet and nasty late Sunday afternoon.

May 2013
Has re-opened after a major facelift and has a small brewery at the back which is about to start producing Brakspear's Special, so I'm told.

On 29th October 2017 - rating: 6
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Aqualung . left this review about The Bull

This is one of only seven remaining Henley Brakspear pubs from the eighteen listed on an old brewery produced list from the mid 1970s (one is still claimed as being their pub but is a Mexican restaurant). Of the six on the outskirts of Henley only one is still open. Of the hundred plus ones in towns, villages and countryside around Henley dozens have closed or are restaurants.
This one is quite clearly an old coaching inn as can easily be identified from the outside. Inside it's an open plan area with a step up to a bar at the back. the floors are wooden and there is an assortment of seating. The "coach" area on the right has been knocked through to create a conservatory. Live music was advertised for the Friday evening.
The bar has four hand pumps with Brakspear Bitter and Oxford Gold from Wychwood and Brakspear Special & Old brewed behind this pub. I came here to see if the Brakspear Special brewed here bore any resemblance to the beer from the old days so ordered a pint (£3.70). It came as no surprise that it didn't although it wasn't unpleasant in any way. I didn't have time to try the Old which was never actually all that commonly found.
I was here before midday so it was quiet but it seemed pleasant enough.

On 1st December 2015 - rating: 7
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Peter Rydings left this review about The Bull

Worth a look but seems to be more foody up class not the crap you get at the chains but a very nice beer Garden to sit in after you have gone through the hard sell you dont want to eat

On 28th June 2014 - rating: 8
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john gray left this review about The Bull

Very comfortable large pub with extension to the back for eating.Lots of exposed beams and brickwork.3 Breakspeare beers and a decent beer from the in-house Bell St brewery.Liked it a lot.

On 15th June 2013 - rating: 8
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ROB Camra left this review about The Bull

This pub had changed hands just before our visit. The place was a bit bare as the previous incumbents had taken a lot of stuff with them. Has a huge fireplace in the lounge which is planned to be used once the chimney has been swept which will be great on a cold winter night. Lot's of caricatures on the walls. A huge pub, but very quirky, something needs to be done about the carpet in the non-smoking room it's a mess, but overall, we liked it. The Brakspear bitter was a decent pint, if not in top notch condition.

On 7th July 2007 - rating: 6
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