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Nice pint of Wainwrights but at £3.40 a pint it was no wonder the place was empty. Nice friendly welcome though and a cosy fire. Food looked nice aswell.
bazbeer - 26 Jan 2015 16:07
Seemed a bit grubby, beer choice was poor and the drinks were not in terrific condition.
MarkVP - 26 Sep 2012 08:44
The micro breweries policy seems history, so it's Taylors or Black Sheep now. Quiet, huge and ordinary, nothing favourable to remember of the 4th best pub in Main Street.
paul_ove_walldner - 6 Jun 2011 15:40
We visited the pub on Sunday 20th December for my fiftieth birthday expecting a friendly and welcoming atmosphere with it being the weekend before Christmas...how wrong could we be?
When we arrived the bar staff ( a rather large man and a woman) ignored us to begin with and finally served us without a smile, a greeting or courtesy. I asked for a medium white wine and an orange and lemonade, I wasn't asked if I wanted fresh or cordial orange and was promptly given cordial when we wanted fresh.
On the rest of my guests arriving (12 in all) we went to order food. Upon getting to the bar the man ignored me and walked away, the woman served the customer after me and then took our order without a smile or manners yet again, she also mumbled making it hard for us to hear her.
Our meal took almost an hour to arrive, the "Roast of the Day" (beef) was the most popular with my friends and they all complained that it was barely warm and the meat tough. One had pasta and that too was barely warm. I had steak and that was fine, cooked well, with huge onion rings which had oil oozing out of them and loads of chunky chips. There was no apology for the length of time our meals had taken.
All in all, would we visit again? A resounding NO!
JustJayne01 - 31 Dec 2009 13:25
Visited here as it's in Haworth, a worthwhile stop on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

Went in on spec after not being able to find any seats in what looked like the much better Fleece further down the hill.

I'd agree with the previous posters, the place was dark, tatty and in definite need of a refurbishment. Ale was okay but i've made better mulled wines myself. Waited a long time for our main course only food order (must have been at least 45 minutes). Whilst what we had was edible, the gammon was tough and overcooked, as was the veg - it didn't have any flavour left. Maybe we've been spoilt with some of the other pubs we frequent but for ~8 a main i'd expect a *lot* better.
Mardagg - 4 Jan 2009 23:12
Was a bit grimy on my last visit, but the ale was ok, could definately do with a clean up though.
tommo1957 - 4 Nov 2008 10:28
Disappointed to say the least. Golden Pippin was off, and the Silver King only adequate.

Interior grimy and definitely in need of a revamp. I am not surprised Branwell Bronte drank himself to death in there!

Only saving grace was the staff, who were reasonably apologetic when refunding us our food bill after the chef buggered off without cooking our meal, nor telling anyone!

Avoid
arnoldthebat - 7 Sep 2008 17:51
This pub used to look like it had been painted with nicotine, sold grim Whitbreads, and had noting bar a friendly barmaid going for it. I is a massive improvement on what it was. It is not perfect, but the handpulled is good and seeing it is at the top of a 1 in 2 hill it is worth a chance after the climb.
bradwan - 6 May 2008 22:17
Far from inexpensive drinks, and the interior was as dead as my pint and as soulless as a zombie. Avoid. I do.
Greywolf - 29 Nov 2007 18:01
Saw Kate Bush in here. Honest!
cohenst - 14 Sep 2007 03:57
called in friday evening not a bad pint of golden pippin the place was buzzing with an art exhibition outside well worth a visit.
branwell - 9 Sep 2007 02:47
OK, I've been back for a revisit - and I was pleasantly surprised. Now the godawful chintz has has had a few years to be pub-ised the Bull's developed quite a decent atmosphere - what remains of the Georgian interior is actually pretty evident in places. Beers were Copper Dragon's Golden Pippin (pretty good but nowhere near as fine as the Crossroads pint at the other side of the valley)... a weird, soapy tasting Wessex Brue (I have a feeling it's meant to taste that way) and an excellent Deuchars.
Albert_Campion - 9 Jul 2007 14:27
Avoid this pub, staff spent most of the time smoking at the end of the bar, then serving pints and foods without washing their hands ............. was too late by then, we had already ordered our food. Beer o.k, but this is a basic get the tourists in, get their money off them and then get them out. No character, shame as this pub has real potential, they need to stop playing on the loose connection to "Branwell".
ukmysterycustomer - 6 Mar 2007 18:39
Found it hard to reconcile Albert_Campion's comments re this being a "Wetherspoonalike" with my experience recently. Quite a friendly place, some decent ale (Nettlethrasher was good), and some soothing folk music on one evening.
hotrods - 31 Jan 2007 06:20
I found the black bull to be a good place to visit,
the staff and locals to be friendly and helpful,
real ales in very good condition,guest ales changed on a regular basis, well worth a visit,
davidw55 - 14 Apr 2006 09:21
Soulless, by-the-numbers chain pubbery. More of a Wetherspoon's type place than what is typical of others in the town.

By the way, "Branwell's chair" is a replica!
Albert_Campion - 29 Nov 2005 13:45
Looks good from the outside...but the beer wasn`t much cop,Branwell Bronte`s chair is halfway up the stairs near the window.....& I can only assume he was looking (as well as going!)downhill towards The Fleece & yearning for the day when all his sisters popped their clogs & he would be let off the leash to get on the lash!.....See the Thunderers headline 1/4/1846...`Beermonster Branwells Boozy Antics-They`re Twisting His Melon`
kierandinan - 31 Mar 2005 23:38

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