The Bull Hotel
- Style Fresh prints, belle air
- Setting Busy little Bridport
Housed in an 1850s royal-blue coaching inn in the Dorset town of Bridport, The Bull Hotel has been done up in full vintage-chic, pairing stripped wood floors and tasteful antiques paired with bold fabrics and patterns. A relaxed gastropub offers a fantastic seafood-focused menu while, in the converted barn, a second, more casual restaurant serves stone-baked pizzas and an impressive selection of ciders. A great value, The Bull Hotel is family-friendly and perfectly situated for exploring the Jurassic Coast.
Need to know
- Rooms 19, including one suite and four junior suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $115.98 (£71), excluding tax at 20 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast.
- Facilities Courtyard, games room, DVD library. Space for bicycles to be parked. In rooms, deluxe bed, flatscreen TV, DVD player, Tivoli radio in some rooms, black‑out blinds, free WiFi, robes, slippers, Neal’s Yard toiletries.
- Check–out 11am, earliest check‑in, 3pm but occasionally flexible by prior arrangement.
Children More than welcome: cots, extra beds, baby monitors and toy boxes can all be provided (free for under-twos; £25 a night for three-year-olds and up). Babysitting, £10 an hour.
- Also Two-night minum stay at weekends.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms The Red Four‑Poster Room (104) is the largest will kindle romance with its vividly hued walls, gorgeous bed and vintage roll‑top bath. The Flamingo Room (201) is a deluxe double with an antique Chinese wardrobe and boho day‑bed. We also liked the four newer rooms in The Stable (check out the original cast‑iron hoist outside 301 and 302); 303 has a roll‑top bath and big bay windows. The Petite Doubles are exactly that.
- Packing tips Kites, jelly shoes and frisbees for the beach.
- Also The Bull Hotel has a bright and beautiful Victorian ballroom with a minstrels’ gallery that can be used for wedding parties of up to 110 people. They’ll also drop you off for walks if you need a lift. Massages can be arranged in advance – contact the hotel for details.
Food and drink at The Bull Hotel
- Hotel restaurant There are two. The main, neutral‑toned restaurant is informal enough to make you feel as though you’re dining at a friend’s house – a friend who’s extremely handy in the kitchen, mind. Chef George Marsh's seafood‑focused menu has netted press plaudits aplenty, and is on offer till 9.30pm. The hotel's restaurant, the Stable, is housed in the original coaching inn and it's a less formal affair, with stone‑baked pizzas, pies and 57 varieties of cider on offer.
- Dress code Vintage English weekend wear.
- Top table On fine days, outside in the former stableyard; on cold ones, by the fire.
- Last orders Lunch is on offer between noon and 3pm, dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm in the restaurant; 5.30pm to 9.30pm in the Stable. Check with the hotel before you head out for an appetite-building ramble, as times can vary.
- Room service The full restaurant menu – plus anything bespoke that the chef can rustle up – is on offer during normal kitchen hours.
- Hotel bar Venner Bar is named after a 17th‑century perpertrator of the Monmouth Rebellion who was involved in a shoot out close by; but today the only shots you’ll hear are the ones being poured at the bar. On Friday evenings there are free canapés to kick off the weekend with. Last orders, 2am.