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Bull, Wheathampstead

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With a lovely site by the river, it's going to be restaurant, isn't it? With a few pub tables attached. One (American) ale on tap, the rest being ciders and lagers. Ugh!
Regis - 8 Apr 2018 19:59
This is more of a restaurant than a pub. The only real ale - Doom Bar - was off, so the only bitter available was Tetley Creamflow (ugh!). It was very busy, although the food looked OK. With the Swan still closed (temporarily I hope) and the Nelson converted into an Italian restaurant, Wheathampstead has little to offer the beer drinker at the momnt.
Number11 - 15 Sep 2013 14:07
A pretty bad pub restaurant. Started badly - we waited 40 minutes for a garlic bread starter in a cold room. When we chased it turned up with the main course and were told the starter always comes together with the main. (That's why it is called a starter?)

The food was a mixture of average and poor: the garlic bread was toasted on top and soggy underneath; the creole chicken tasted like it had been coated in road clearing rock salt.

Wish we had never bothered. Still the leftover creole chicken is keeping the drive clear of ice a treat.

arlington - 6 Jan 2013 18:10
A very large pub bur more of a restaurant feel. food was adequate and a good value for money. I would probably go again as they cater for all.
miriambarns - 20 Jul 2011 16:27
Called in after a walk with the dog. Doom Bar, Bombardier and London Pride - Not a very exciting selection. Barman seemed to be in a world of his own, far, far away.
Didn't try the food, which, from what I saw, didn't look too bad, and presented in a "gastro" style. But the restaurant area looked quite dark and un-inviting.
Good points - My pint of Pride was quite good, and they have a nice garden.

Phantom_Pigeon - 3 May 2011 14:47
We were regulars until today when waiter asked us to leave the table and move to another as gentleman had reserved table We were told that you could not reserve table and as we had a drink and waiting for food and ALSO no reserved sign on table decided to stay but waiter said he would find us another table The pub was not full and there were plenty of tables to put him on but we were still told to move It was so embarrassing that we decided to leave No apology given and also no managers about!!!
andyhovis - 2 Apr 2011 20:29
Having waited an hour for a cheese board (!) i had the audacity to complain to the manager who couldn't have been ruder or less customer focused if he tried .I live in the village and will never darken his doors again .The staff are nice but unsupported by the manager(see other comments below), shame really how one ignorant person can ruin what could be a nice place .
Miller and Carter if your out there take note !!
walkthedog - 21 Jan 2011 13:01
was once a nice pub. now wrecked as a posh 'eaterie'
and best avoided.
shame really
lucywillow - 25 Nov 2010 12:08
Went there last night for my birthday on the strength of the last two reviews.
Beer - Doombar and London Pride both okay nothing more.

Food - service was good, especially since they were pretty busy. My steak (T-bone) was cooked well but was not the tastiest I've had. Why I received my lettuce in a bowl 15 minutes before hand is anyones guess... Wife had ribs and reported them to be good. Daughter had a children bbq chicken which was too much for her (guess who finished it!). All in all not bad, but not somewhere I am desperate to return too.
peteward - 21 Nov 2010 16:18
I visited The Bull in Wheathampstead last night for my mothers 80th birthday.I would just like to say how good the meals were and how friendly and helpful the staff were.Three of the staff and the manager came over and said happy birthday to my mum and presented her with cake that I had brought in earlier.The whole evening was a delight.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that is an area.
J.Rodgers - 14 Sep 2010 17:57
I went to this pub on sat evening around 8pm. It was very busy but the manager was very welcoming and sat us quickly.
There was 6 in party. The waitress recommended the steaks saying they were the best quality you can buy. I had the porterhouse and my wife had the chateau Briand with my son.
I must say they were cooked perfectly and both the steaks were the best steaks I have ever tasted!! The service was excellent, friendly and welcoming.
I would highly recommend this venue to anyone that is a steak lover.
Very good value, we will be going back.


Del.boy053 - 30 Aug 2010 09:45
Could be lovely but isn't. The manager is running this pub down just as he did the Colney Fox in London Colney. The existing staff are very helpful, but are not supported by the manager, who was taking one of the (young) bar staff out for a drink when he should have been working, on my last visit. Waitied over an hour for our main courses and then they came dried up and luke warm. One to aviod until they get better management.
looloo245 - 31 Mar 2010 18:35
poo what a way to wreck a pub.. even when it was a beefeater it wasnt dear and was lovely inside. now its gone all upmarket I would even bother.. very unwelcoming..
lucywillow - 23 Oct 2008 18:51
Another classic example of a pub being operated by a shoestring staff. Went in this afternoon and after a couple of minutes at the bar no-one had appeared, so I had a look round the corner AND GOT NOTICED. Still no service. Two more minutes and I went and looked round again AND GOT NOTICED AGAIN. When the barman eventually appeared, an old feller who was sitting at a table shouted out an order and the barman bloody well served him ! Blow this for a game of soldiers. I just went over to the quizzer and relieved it of a tenner, without even buying a drink. He who laughs last . . . ,etc.
philanders - 7 Oct 2008 23:17
Now a Miller and Carter steak house owned by Mitchell and Butler and no longer a pub. Had a couple of meals here that were less than memorable except for the last one, when I almost choked on some coleslaw that had a large piece of clear hard plastic film in it that got stuck in my throat. Staff dealt with the problem in a less-than-profesional way, I'm afraid and asked, 'would you like some more coleslaw'! Oh my God. On using the toilet, I noticed that two of the three urinals had leaking waste traps and fluids had run across the floor for you to stand in. Lovely! The whole place shows a lack of proper management and is run by youngsters. Overall Mitchell and Butler have destroyed this place. Even when it was a Beefeater, there was some character to it. The trendy 'designers' have succeeded in glossing over the building's lovely period features and made it look like the bar and restaurant of some cheap hotel. Never again!!
brachwodd - 22 Apr 2008 10:11
Went here for a lunch mid week around Noon in late February 2008 since we had not been to it since it became a Miller & Carter "Steakhouse-Pub-Grill". Pleasant year old modern decor and with a range of menus ranging from larger meals to snacks and sandwiches. Sadly (for me) this is a lager house. The only ales are Guinness and London Pride and neither of these 'pulled'. Not a good selection. For those who like it there is a choice of four lagers from multiple taps. We ordered their Chicken Caesar Salad which was supposed to have anchovies but we never found any. The salad dressing was nice though (maybe there was some anchovy paste in that? - though I didn't think so) and the lettuce crisp even if it was mainly of outer leaves. Service was slow - hard even to find someone to pay let alone get served. A real palaver over opening a tab. They put your card through one of these slower-than-the-old-days machines but cancel the transaction. So far so good but then they ask you to sign that cancelled slip. That rings alarm bells with me. The signature might be taken as invalidating the Cancellation in some way so I also wrote "Void" and signed below that. Not a good thing in these days of identity theft to have non-transactional signatures and card numbers left behind. Then, at the end of the meal when we came to pay, we were initially charged 11.00 too much! It was said because of a mix up in table numbers - we had had added to our bill the two meals for the adjacent table. I doubt we shall go back.
Realalediner - 28 Feb 2008 10:23
Went here yesterday evening - no barmaids on show and the Amstel was 2.60. Forgot to say it's not called The Bull anymore - it's now Miller & Carter.
Stella_mad_Martyn - 2 May 2007 08:59
Popped in here the other afternoon. Recently had a much needed refurbishment and is very smart now. No Stella but the Amstel was OK and only 2.40 - two very nice barmaids too.
Stella_mad_Martyn - 26 Apr 2007 14:57
Food was excellent - menu and presentation reminded me of a New York Smollenskys - steak was cooked to perfection with great accompaniments - iceberg with blue cheese, onoin bhaji - yum. Family friendly waiters and good service - healthy kids menu too. Bar was trendy but welcoming - quite busy - with a good selection of real ales. Good affordable wine list too.
graeme.burnett - 9 Apr 2007 12:11
After finding no real ale at the Swan this was my last hope to while away 1/2 an hour yesterday lunchtime.Its been converted to a Beefeater since my last (distant) visit so I wasn't too hopeful.It turned out better than anticipated; two real ales (I went for Fullers' Pride;it had been kept well) and a pleasant reception from the young barman.I won't make a deliberate effort to return though.
malcolmw - 28 Apr 2006 09:06
Ok if you're going out for something to eat. But if you're just out for a drink, find alternative..
Lager.than.life - 6 Sep 2005 19:31
Beefeater, enough said.
T - 2 Jan 2005 22:26

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