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The Bull, Colchester - pub details

Bull
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Address: 4 Crouch Street, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3ES [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 4301) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Colchester Town (0.4 miles), Colchester (1 mile), Hythe (1.5 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.4/10 (rated by 18 users)
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Last week I decided to go along to The Bull as they had their first ever Real Ale Festival. I thought that this would be interesting as this place is well know for its live music. I found my way into The Soundhouse which is located at the rear, and to my surprise there was a brilliant selection of 16 ales on a rack. Not all were on but a pleasant surprise, a great selection of ales from Colchester Brewery were available plus Banks & Taylor/ Spitting Feathers. I had a great time, shame there were not more people there to enjoy them. Anyway I moved back into the Main Bar later on and finished off with a nice pint SA Brains awakening.
Still a great place for a pint and great music, will be back soon
brichards - 18 Mar 2015 07:09
Popped in here on a Friday night - the first time for many years. Fairly large pub with a beer garden out the back. There were three (unusual and interesting) ales on (including a raspberry beer and a honey beer). The place was busy but the serving was done efficiently so I didn't have to wait long to be served. Had a rock/pop covers band in the main pub and a punk covers band in the room out the back. Not the place for a quiet drink on a Friday night but a friendly and lively evening all the same.
Rod_Hariga - 25 May 2009 16:01
The Bull was, for many years, known to the residents of Colchester as somewhere to steer clear of unless you spent your working day playing G.I. Joe over Fingringhoe Ranges. You can now drink here without the fear of having your head stamped on by a psychotic squady; and what a good drink it is too.

The Bull now have live music on certain nights (sometimes the have music in the front and also in the rear music room). I saw an open mic night recently and the local showcase of talent was actually very good.

The pub has been refit its clean, theres a good selection of drinks and I found 3 Real Ales on tap, all of which were kept very well and fairly priced at 2.65 a hit. There was also a good selection of snacks and the staff were very friendly.

Music is normally quite loud on a Friday and Saturday (which was fine by me) and local bands can be seen performing every week. If you want to meet up to a quiet chat, go in on a Monday or Tuesday.

I was dubious about visiting. Im not anymore. If you, like me, wanted another good Ale and music pub in town but normally steer clear of this place, give it another chance. I think youll be pleasantly surprised!
soulman79 - 11 May 2009 10:17
I was really disapointed with this pub. Went there the other Friday and the music was very average and not much atmosphere. It's not the sort of pub you could go for a quiet drink in as there is music blaring out every night of the week. Does not live up to expectations, I'd give it a miss.
JamieJ - 25 Mar 2009 15:41
An update of my previous rather scathing review is clearly needed due to a nice refit - The Bull is really nice now with a good outside smoking area, nice food, especially the nacho's, (other meals tend to be a little on the pricey side though IMO), the bands are good on the occassions that I have visited on a Friday night although never seem to start on time but that's just me being picky! All in all a great turn-around, well done.
jojo85 - 4 Feb 2009 09:19

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