The Bull Hotel Pub with rooms in Bridport, Dorset

Prices from:
£108 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Town centre boutique pub-hotel
  • Small bar; great summer courtyard
  • Classic British food; great pizzas too
  • Eclectic décor; contemporary bedrooms
  • Big welcome to kids and dogs
  • Jurassic Coast on doorstep

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Overview

The Bull Hotel Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF

The personal touch

The Dorset outpost for Fuller’s Brewery is a rambling Georgian coaching inn located in the heart of bohemian Bridport, which in turn is in a fabulous spot close to the dramatic Jurassic Coast with its stunning beaches and invigorating cliff walks. Before Fuller’s bought the Bull in 2015, it thrived as cool boutique hotel rather than as an informal inn, yet Fuller’s have maintained the stylish, eclectic décor that guests love about the rooms and injected an relaxed feel throughout. It’s still more hotel than pub, so don’t expect gleaming beer pumps lining a long bar, as the bar area is small but you’ll still find a decent pint of Pride alongside some craft beers and ciders. Downstairs is rustic-smart with bare boards, period fireplaces, vases filled with fresh flowers, and bold local artwork adorning the walls in the understated dining area with simple wooden tables and chairs and a fine bow window overlooking the busy main street. French doors in the bar open onto a secluded, flower-festooned courtyard where teak tables and chairs provide extra space for summer alfresco drinking and dining. Venture upstairs and seek out the speak-easy Venners Bar hidden behind secret doors off the ballroom for evening cocktails and a raft of gins to whet your appetite for modern British food or delicious pizzas in the old Stables. Nineteen individually designed bedrooms complete the picture.

Sticky fingers

Families can expect a big welcome as there’s a very flexible approach to accommodating children, with travel cots and extra z-beds available, plus there are several spacious family rooms with bunk beds or sofa beds. Downstairs, kids have their own menu and smaller portions are also served.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and courtyard (water bowls) and overnight in one of the family rooms (£30 per night). 

Alfresco

Tucked away behind the hotel and a world away from the town streets is a cool little courtyard with palm trees, colourful flowers in pots and containers, a weeping wisteria, and fairy lights zig-zagging above. Arrive early on sunny days and balmy evenings and eat alfresco.

What’s the damage?

19 doubles/twin: £108-£250

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining (Ostler Room 20; Ballroom)

Disabled access to bar, dining room and 1 ground floor room

Parking: small car park; pay & display 100 yards

Sleep

The Bull Hotel Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF

Do not disturb

19 rooms ramble across two floors of this fine Georgian building, which extends Tardis-like back from Bridport’s main street. Rooms vary is size and style, from snug rooms with clever cabin-style beds to vast suites with huge beds and deep Victorian tubs in the room. The décor is eclectic boutique style and combines contemporary comfort with the historic charm and character of the building, and the general attention to detail is spot on. All are very smart, some ooze a country-house feel with a splash of colour, others are bold and contemporary (vibrant statement wallpaper, quirky furniture, baths in the room), but expect big beds (French, brass, wooden four-posters, cabin style) topped with the best linen and down, retro lighting and phones, digital clock radios, Nespresso machines and Smart TVs. Equally comfortable bathrooms have colourful tiling, posh Bramley toiletries, bathrobes and either huge walk-in monsoon showers or roll-top baths. An excellent breakfast will set you for a day on the beach or walking the stunning Dorset coast path.

What’s the damage?

19 doubles/twin: £108-£250

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining (Ostler Room 20; Ballroom)

Disabled access to bar, dining room and 1 ground floor room

Parking: small car park; pay & display 100 yards

Eat & Drink

The Bull Hotel Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£7.50; Main Courses: £10-£24; Desserts £5-£6.50)

Head chef George Clarke is well respected locally having worked at several top pubs and restaurants in the area and he delivers an interesting and varied menu, one that features well-cooked pub classics alongside more adventurous main dishes. Expect honest British food prepared from seasonal and locally sourced ingredients. For starters there may be Cornish crab tartine, avocado, dill and poached egg, or chicken and tarragon terrine, pickled mushrooms, toasted sourdough and tarragon aioli. Main dishes range from pub classics like fish and chips and Chalcroft Farm beef burger with onion and thyme jam, to hot smoked salmon Nicoise, cider and bacon steamed mussels, wild boar ragout with pappardelle pasta, Dorset rack of lamb with red wine jus, and rib-eye steak with chips and peppercorn sauce. Leave room for lemon tart with raspberry sorbet or scoops of excellent Laverstoke ice creams. In addition, there are hearty lunchtime sandwiches and for a great pizza bag a table at The Stables at the far end of the courtyard. Moules and steak frites are served in the intimate upstairs Venner Bar on Wednesdays. To drink, expect Fullers ales and craft beers and lagers on tap, a good selection of premium bottled ciders, beers and soft drinks, a raft of boutique gins and cocktails (served in the Venner Bar), and 13 wines by the glass.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 11.30am (from 8am Saturday & Sunday)

Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm

Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm (9pm Sunday)

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the damage?

19 doubles/twin: £108-£250

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining (Ostler Room 20; Ballroom)

Disabled access to bar, dining room and 1 ground floor room

Parking: small car park; pay & display 100 yards

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

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Out & About

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Activities

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Fossil Hunting Walks, Charmouth Heritage Centre DT6 6LL

For a fun day out, nothing beats fossil hunting! Charmouth Heritage Centre's wardens not only teach visitors about fossils, but how to look for and find them. Out on the beach you might just be lucky and if so, you can take your fossil home!

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Kingcombe Centre, Toller Porcorum, Dorchester DT2 0EQ

A wide variety of day courses are available at this small, friendly study centre in converted barns by the River Hook. Choose from gardening, painting, photography or local history – you’re surrounded by five hundred acres of Dorset Wildlife Trust nature reserve, so chances are you’ll be inspired.

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Henley Hillbillies, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7BL

There are all sorts of high-octane activities on offer here - quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, off-road rallying in a custom built Mini Maverick, and hovercrafting – floating six inches above the ground at 40 mph over 15 acres in the Dorset hills.

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Beaches DT6 4EL

For the best beaches head for West Bay (aka Broadchurch), which has long, undulating pebble beach; Eype Beach, which is dog friendly and you can walk the stunning coast path up to Thorncombe Beacon; Hive Beach near Burton Bradstock offers a mix of sand and pebbles and the excellent Hive Café for refreshments; West Bexington is more rugged and windswept and you have Chesil Beach to explore.

Shopping

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The Old Forge Fossil Shop, 15 Broad Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QE

A large and spacious shop stocked with a unique range of fascinating fossils and minerals from all over the world: a complete palaeontology service is available; this includes restoring, cleaning, reformulating, and casting. Also sells a range of beautiful Gemstone and Amber jewellery, and many useful natural and unusual gifts.

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Broadwindsor Craft & Design Centre, Broadwindsor Dorset DT8 3PX

In the heart of rolling countryside, old farm buildings have been sympathetically renovated to house a craft and design centre, with a variety shops selling regional products, and craft studios, including a florist, stone carver, glass artist, fabric shop, artisan bakery, rare gemstone jewellery & stone sculptures, artist, mosaic tiled artist and more. There are wholesome home made meals in the pleasant café – treat yourself to a Dorset cream tea.

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Bridport Markets, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3RR

From 8am to early afternoon on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, Bridport’s wide streets are line with market stalls selling bric-a-brac, clothing, books and local produce. Don’t miss the Vintage quarter at St Michael’s Trading Estate for a wide range of antiques and vintage finds.

Places to visit

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Lyme Regis Museum, Bridget Street, Lyme Regis, Dorset DT7 3QA

This award-winning little museum offers a great insight into the history of Lyme Regis as a port, the geology of the Jurassic coast and the development of geology as a science, as well as links with famous writers such as Henry Fiekdibng, Jane Austen and John Fowles.

5

Athelhampton House & Gardens, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7LG

One of the finest 15th century manor houses in the country, Athelhampton is surrounded by amazing Grade 1 listed architectural gardens, with fountains, topiary, and a 15th century Dovecote. The River Piddle runs through the landscaped grounds. The house contains many finely furnished rooms including the Great Hall, the Great Chamber – don’t miss the Library & Billiard Room.

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Mapperton House & Garden, Beaminster, Dorset DT8 3NR

Terraced gardens surround this delightful Tudor Manor House, with stable blocks, a dovecote and All Saints Church. There’s a walled croquet lawn, orangery, an ornate pavilion overlooking a stunning Italianate garden with topiary, grottos and ponds. Allow time to visit the excellent Saw Mill Café.

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Thomas Hardy’s Home, Max Gate, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 2AA

Thomas Hardy designed and built Max Gate, and lived in the house for 43 years, writing Tess of the D’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge here. There are some mementos in the dining room and drawing room – his original study has been rebuilt at the Dorset County Museum.

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Forde Abbey, Chard, Somerset TA20 4LU

This former Cistercian Monastery has 900 years of history, and the Great Hall, cloisters, chapel and astonishingly opulent state rooms are well worth spending time in. The award winning, elegant thirty acre grounds include a charming kitchen garden, an immense magnolia grandiflora, an ionic temple and vast redwoods. There’s a good garden shop, restaurant & café too.

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Abbotsbury, Dorset DT3 4JR

There’s a full day’s worth of things to see and do in the beautiful village of Abbotsbury, with historical sites, tea rooms, art galleries and craft shops, all with spectacular views – across Chesil Bank to the Island of Portland. For 600 years, a colony of mute swans has made a home here, sheltered by the famous Chesil Beach. See too the magnificent 20 acres sub-tropical gardens, with rare plants from all over the world.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Bridport is located just off the A35 between Dorchester and Honiton; the Bull is situated in the main street of the town.

By Rail: Nearest railway stations are Dorchester (15 miles), Axminster (12 miles) and Crewkerne (13 miles), all an easy taxi ride away from Bridport

Address:

34 East Street, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 3LF

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