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The Bull, Bishopsgate, EC2

4-5 Devonshire Row
EC2
EC2M 4RH
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Tris C left this review about The Bull

Much as described below with a fairly modern décor-free 'steam punk' interior using limestone and bare brick with a bar fronted with shiny copper sheeting held on by multiple hex bolts; lager founts are matching shiny copper - the interior says more 'restaurant' rather than pub, though the restaurant 'The Hide' is upstairs. The crowd - such is it was - in here was younger than in the neighbouring Magpie and was certainly better mannered.
A friendly barman was serving up Tyne Banks' Bull Pale Ale, Shepherd Neame's Master Brew, Yorkshire Brewery's Mr. Chubb's Lunchtime Bitter and Good Old Boy at £2.20 a half and OK.
I'd come here again if I had to and certainly out of preference to the Magpie, but realistically I would in general go out of my way not to drink in this immediate area as I think it's one of London's worst drinking destinations.

On 19th August 2016 - rating: 4
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Pub SignMan left this review about The Bull

Down one of the narrow lanes opposite Liverpool Street station, this is a smart, modernised single room pub doing a brisk post-work trade on my mid-week visit. A door with an etched glass pane bearing the pub's name above it, leads you into a rectangular bare boarded room with the servery along the rear wall. The bar has a dark wood counter with metal frontage and there is a smart, part mirrored, contemporary bar back. Banquette seating runs around most of the walls, supplemented by standard chairs and some low padded stools. Walls are a mix of bare brick, low wood panelling and marble effect with minimal effort put into the décor, although the overall effect is not as bland as you might expect given the distinct lack of visual stimulation. In fact, the only items of note in the entire room were the large decorative chandelier hanging from the centre of the ceiling and a large neon sign to the rear indicating the direction of 'The Hide Dining Rooms'. Music played quietly throughout my visit and there was a separate stretch of bar counter to the left which had a very tempting display of sausage rolls, scotch eggs and other such classic bar snacks for those not wanting to make use of the formal dining room.
There were four ales on the bar when I arrived - Twickenham Naked Ladies and Sundancer, Vale Red Kite and Tynebank The Bull, which I presumed was a house beer. I tried a pint of the latter, which came in at a pretty hefty £4.40, but it was in decent enough condition and served by a very smartly dressed, polite barman.
This is a compact little bar and I can imagine there are times when it becomes unbearably overcrowded, but I found it quite easy to settle down here and enjoy a good pint of beer. There isn't really all that much here to grab your attention and I do feel that there are a number of better pubs nearby, but this is a good place to know about and I'm sure I'll pop in again to see what they've got on the bar.

On 23rd May 2016 - rating: 6
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. Wittenden left this review about The Bull

Having twenty minutes to spare before a train from Liverpool Street, I randomly slipped in here,having seen some interesting handpumps through the window. I found a light and airy room, with the bar facing one as one entered. A bit of heavy looking woodwork, an eclectic mix of furniture. Heading towards Saturday noon, a mix of late breakfasters and groups enjoying a pint.
A friendly welcome from behind the bar, some interesting beers: I had a quick pint of Rooster's Blind Jack, one of those legendary Yorkshire breweries that I have hithertofor not managed to try.Mid brown, creamy head,unctuous hops.Good.Also available were Naked Ladies from Twickenham, and Black Jack's Honey Trap.Shurely shome mishtake.
For the trendier drinker I noticed a number of craft keg offerings, together with some interesting looking bottles.Reading earlier comments, I would suppose that the pub is under new ownership, and I understand that it belongs to Kent's own Hush Heath Vineyards, who are establishing a chain of similar pubs. Under the same management is the Hide restaurant, and a number of letting rooms.
Given that I'm only in this area on Saturdays once or twice a year, I'll certainly return. Doubtless when city boy comes out to play, it would be a hellhole, but I leave that option to other more sociable souls.

On 21st April 2016 - no rating submitted
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Map location corrected by Tris C
London Liverpool Street, 0.15 miles, 2 min walk (show)
Moorgate, 0.44 miles, 8 min walk (show)
London Fenchurch Street, 0.51 miles, 9 min walk (show)
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  • Accommodation : Yes - 7 rooms. - last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 02 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 02 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Car Park : No last updated 02 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Darts : No last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Function Room : Yes - From review - last updated 27 December 2014 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 18 May 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Jukebox : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Karaoke : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : No last updated 02 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 02 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pinball : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Pool Table : No last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 19 August 2016 by Tris C
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 02 October 2014 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 18 May 2015 by . Wittenden
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 18 May 2015 by . Wittenden
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 23 May 2016 by Pub SignMan
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