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The Black Bull

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52 West End | Launton, Bicester OX26 5DG, England
+44 1869 253656
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited The Black Bull for the third time this weekend and once again were more than pleased with the service, the food and the atmosphere. The barmaid/waitress (apologies I don't know her name) is very attentive and remembered us from last weekend which is a nice feeling. She even remembered that we wanted the Arancini for starters (as it... More 

Thank Paige P
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. The barmaid/waitress is Kelly, and she remembered you from your other visit. We look forward to welcoming you again. More 

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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tracey and Paolo had a few well earned days off recently but that left us looking for somewhere comparable to go - there was nowhere! For the quality of welcome, food and beer you're the best, thanks again

Thank BenA714
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you, it's nice to know that we are missed and we always love seeing you both. x More 

Bletchley, United Kingdom
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133 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

If TripAdvisor had a rating out of 10 rather than 5, I would be grading the meal as a 7 out of 10. I graded 4 out of 5 because I felt 3 out of 5 was too low, but in my opinion, 4 out of 5 is generous. We visited for an evening meal and please don't get me... More 

Thank cccsl
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We do cater for gluten free and had we know we would have used gluten free flour. With the Burger it's law now that you have to cook them well done or if the customer prefers it rare or medium rare we have to get you to sign a disclaimer. As we used to cook... More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

Nice country pub, warm welcome, pity they choose to put another table in front off the fireplace as it would have made a huge difference to walk in and see a roaring fire in winter. Apart from that the food was very good, nice and hot and plenty of it. Very reasonably priced too. We would definitely go again.

Thank Helhols
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, unfortunately because of the extractor in the kitchen we are unable to light the fire as it fills the pub with smoke. However we are looking at changing the pool room into a dining area and we maybe able to put a log burner in there which wouldn't be affected. We look forward to seeing... More 

Scotland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We have had great fun and service at the Black Bull and visit it whenever we are in the area. Delicious food and a great atmosphere.

Thank Fiona M
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you. I really enjoyed reading your review as it sounds like Fun. More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

Went to the the pub as a post 18th birthday dinner for my daughter, very nice food quite busy but still managed to deliver a very nice spread, we had two roast lamb, three roast beef and a very nice portion of spaghetti and garlic for my granddaughter all very nicely presented. I would say just a couple of observations.... More 

Thank Clive D
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we do realise that our tables are quite close together but with a small space it is difficult, however in the new year we will be expanding into the pool room, so hopefully it will create a bit more space. Also if you would like your meat well done, you just have to ask. We... More 

Bicester, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

A pleasant village pub, cosy and friendly. The Sunday lunch was well cooked and hot. The puddings OK, but a little fattening !! It was great to find out that if you paid cash you got a discount. great !

Thank PamNewall
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this review

It's really nice to know when customers are happy. Many thanks hope to see you again soon. More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

The title says it all: if you want food cooked by someone who really cares about flavour, or a drink in a pub where they know how to look after and serve local beers, this is your place. We had calamari and baked avocado with Stilton sauce (exquisite) followed by mushroom risotto and spaghetti carbonara- all exactly right. Will definitely... More 

Thank Andrew1721
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, it's always a pleasure to serve customers who appreciate what we do. Many thanks. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We had lunch here after it was recommended and we were not disappointed. The girl serving behind the bar was very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent and great value.

Thank Donald B
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you. More 

Ceret, France
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

We had booked for 4 but room was found for a 5th. Roasts were on offer but also the usual menu so it was good to have plenty of choice. Everybody enjoyed their food with either Hook Norton beer or wine. The pub is in a lovely spot with the option of a walk down the lane afterwards.

Thank Cerettravellers
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this review

Thank you. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$25
Italian, British, Bar, Mediterranean, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Reservations, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 West End | Launton, Bicester OX26 5DG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Bicester
  • Phone Number: +44 1869 253656
We are a traditional village pub with a 22 seater restaurant area. We provide freshly cooked food to order with an Italian & English offering. We also have a pool table, darts and aunt sally pitches. We have cask marque for our real ales of which one is a guest ale and traditional Ale and Tribute are our standard ales.We also have good parking, a large patio area and outside bar for functions. Food serving times MON, WED, THURS & FRI 12 - 2.30 P.M 6 P.M - 9 P.M SAT 12 - 9 P.M SUN 12 - 6.30 P.M

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