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The Bull, Tunbridge Wells - pub details

Address: 79, Frant Rd, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5LH [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 7055) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Tunbridge Wells (0.8 miles), Frant (2 miles), High Brooms (2.4 miles)

Brewery: Shepherd Neame

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My wife and I called in one late Tuesday afternoon in January; probably not the best time of the week as the pub was very quiet and the beer (Spitfire) rather tired. The decor was lurid as well. Not our favourite pub in town by a long chalk.
E.L.Wisty - 2 Feb 2012 09:34
The food is very good- better than good pub grub with generous portions and I think it is very good value for money. The owners are very helpful and friendly and there is generally a great atmosphere in the bar.
mustafabeer - 24 Feb 2009 13:05
I went in here for dinner last night and I thought the food was excellent. It's not cheap (about £10 for a main course) but you get what you pay for these days! And the vegetables were properly cooked (not crunchy and not mushy!) I had two pints of Spitfire and my companion tested the Masterbrew. Both were excellently kept. (And to the previous reviewer - they are doing sandwiches now!!)
Red_Squirrel - 5 Oct 2007 09:04
I must have been drinking in a different PUB. The previous operator, now thankfully gone, took a very friendly little town pub offering great food, and turned it into a half hearted average food operation RESTAURANT in a PUB. If you want to run a restaurant buy one donít ruin a good pub. Now the new operator has followed much the same, although the food now is below average, still thinks it is a restaurant. Went in recently for a beer and a sandwich, to be told we donít do sandwiches. 15 minutes latter platters of the damn things were laid out for a wake. Please if you cannot make good homemade chips, buy from those that can. Nice staff
rantandrave - 31 Jul 2007 12:52
My previous and only other visit to this pub was on 24 March 1984 - a small group of us had set ourselves the task of reviewing all the pubs in the Town and recording our thoughts in a "little red book". I note that on that day the pub was a Whitbread house serving a good pint of Fremlins (R.I.P.), had 2 dart boards, jukebox and bar billiards tables and was in a Pontoon league. The most exotic food item on offer was a Nestle "animal" Chocolate bar!

Forward 21+ years, the pub has been in the hands of "Sheps" for a good few years and myself and my wife are visiting with fellow members of the baby group. What do I find? Stripped floorboards, "wine bar" ambience, real fire, no pub games, a reasonable pint of real ale and superb food at a sensible price. Not a huge menu but what was on it looked and tasted good - real hand made chips and the tenderest steak that I have eaten in a very long while, rich "Jaffa Cake pudding" dessert. Pub has recently gone "non smoking" which is fine by me. Background music (at proper background volume) for the evening was "Motown's greatest hits" - also fine by me!

Conclusion. Probably the way forward for many pubs especially in TW with it's up market restaurants and the usual selection of "Pitcher and LittenSpoons" in the town centre for the kids to drink themselves insensible in. Those grieving the loss of the "spit and sawdust" local would probably see this as a retrograde step, myself who would like a decent pint and good food in an "adult" non smoking environment is quite happy - when can we get a pub like this in Crowborough?

TrevorT - 26 Nov 2005 08:02

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