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Went on a Saturday night to see a band. It's the first time I've been to this pub for about 40 years and it hasn't changed much which in my eye is a good thing.
There were 5 ales on offer but unfortunately one ran out before I could try it. The 4 I tried were Proper Job, Tribute, Jail Ale and Long Man's Best Bitter. All were excellent and I'd certainly go again.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable.
zapsincl - 21 May 2018 19:52
The Bull was my final pub of the day and a little away from where I'd been drinking all day (Forest Hill & East Dulwich). But I was here to see a friend of mine play in a band. I'd promised to come for a while and finally made it yesterday. I also note the Bull has made the latest Good Beer Guide. It has 2 rooms served by a central bar. Each room has its own entrance from outside. So you have to briefly go out and back in again if you want to get to the toilets or the other bar. The place has a fairly worn feel to it. But it was busy and both staff and customers (plus their dogs) were friendly. Ales were Adnams Broadside, Moorhouses Pride Of Pendle, Sharps Doom Bar & Cornish Coaster & Charles Wells Poppy Ale. Not the easiest of pubs to get to, as it's well away from a station. But all in all, not too bad.
blue_scrumpy - 8 Nov 2015 17:57
This is a truly great, old-fashioned south London pub. Regularly has at least FIVE ales on tap, all in good condition. Sample: Young's, Doom Bar, Tribute, Harvey's, Gales HSB. The person who reported in March 2008 obviously went to a different pub.
Saloon and public bars separate. Not exactly pretty or full of character but friendly landlord and locals. Quiz first wednesday of every month, when open until 11.30, also Fridays and Saturdays. Landlord keeps two very intelligent collie sheepdogs which emerge at closing time eager to play catch with a rubber bone. No hassle at closing time. Can hardly recommend too highly.
stealingthunder - 5 Aug 2009 14:45
thanks Roger, I wasn't trying to be a smarty pants, was like you a bit confused at the location, I'm ashamed to say that I've never actually tried this place, although I've been tempted a couple of times on my visits to Oxleys wood, I was told that although they display a Youngs sign on the outside, didn't actually serve any cask ales, well i'll most certainly be giving it a try soon
vinnnie - 28 May 2009 13:55
Firstly, congratulations to Vinnie for winning the BITE 2008 Spot the Incorrect Posting competition by correctly identifying the other Bull in Woolwich. I am pleased to say that this particular “Shooter’s Hill” Bull is a far superior beast to its namesake near the station although I too wonder whether it should be filed under Woolwich (if only to prevent muppets like me getting the wrong pub).

The interior is very traditional and fortunately the pub that has resisted the temptation to knock the old Saloon and Public Bars into one which makes it a bit of a rarity alone. The saloon bar is homely and unpretentious with a small brick arch fireplace but the lighting is perhaps a bit on the bright side (easily remedied) and the colours scheme a bit monotonous. The pictures on the walls also look a bit lost in the vast expanses of wall space and cheap posters don’t exactly compliment things but on the whole, everything is neat, tidy and presentable. The public bar contains a pool table, darts area and a couple of TVs and has a very 70’s feel with retro patterned wallpaper that conjures up images of deckchairs or pyjamas. There is a central bar serving both sides of the pub and judging by the Cask Ale Week bunting and “Axe the Beer Tax” notices on show, they seem to take their beers seriously in here. There are 6 hand pumps, 3 on the Saloon Bar side (Courage Best, Doom Bar and Harveys) and 3 on the Public Bar side (Pride, Abbott and Tribute). What there isn’t (or I didn’t notice) was anything listing all 6 so it is easy to overlook the fact that there are 6 ales and not just the same 3 on each side. To the rear of the pub is a spacious and quite attractive beer garden. The customer base appeared to fairly sensible and less rowdy than other pubs in the vicinity and overall, it wouldn’t take too many minor adjustments to really make it truly worth going out of the way for.
RogerB - 14 Apr 2009 15:54
not sure why this is listed as a woolwich pub
vinnnie - 12 Feb 2009 12:35
there are two pubs called the bull,one as the previous listing says is right by woolwich arsenal station, this one in Shooters Hill is a totally different place
vinnnie - 14 Apr 2008 13:21
A rather unspectacular L shaped pub with a vague Irish theme near Woolwich Arsenal station. No Real Ales and whilst it seemed friendly on my recent visit, there would be little appeal hear to anyone other than a few hardy locals, budding darts players or anyone who has just missed a train. Atmosphere was pretty flat on the Saturday night I was in there and the main entertainment was courtesy of a punter’s dog playing fetch with a bottle top.
RogerB - 31 Mar 2008 20:10

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