Warm, friendly and full of surprises, The Bull is among that rare breed of pubs that serves remarkable food while resolutely retaining the real heart and soul of an affable pub. We entered to gales of laughter and a cracking atmosphere: cosy chats between couples, catch-ups with friends, family gatherings – it was all going on. On our table was a lip-tingling portion of butter with red and green chillies, ready to be spread over fresh bread, while gilt mirrors, fragrant lilies and ﬂock wallpaper made for a stylish interior. We started with ﬂavoursome English lamb pakoras with tamarind and mint dahi, mint yoghurt and pickled mooli. Next came slow-braised ox cheek and porcini mushroom tortellini, served with merguez sausage and a beef marrow and tomato ragù. Dessert comprised a perfectly presented rhubarb and custard cheese cake with white chocolate ice cream. At The Bull, it’s all about serious food in a fun atmosphere – what could be better?