Old Bulls Head, The
134 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, nr Loughborough, LE12 8RZThe Old Bull's Head is a typical village pub that has a stylish contemporary feel, a light open dining room with a striking centrepiece in the form of a wall to ceiling glass wine cellar. Its stylish interiors, spacious restaurant and large bar are much prized by the locals in the leafy village of Woodhouse Eaves and those who come from further afield to savour its appeal. The bar, with its dominant fireplace makes a good spot in which to unwind or catch up with friends. It is a popular meeting place for locals who love the restaurant's attention to detail, the friendly service and warm welcome. The bar menu offers light bites throughout the day. The Old Bull's Head stocks a wide range of beers, both well trusted draught ales and bottled from further afield.
The Old Bull's Head is a typical village pub that has a stylish contemporary feel, a light open dining room with a striking centrepiece in the form of a wall to ceiling glass wine cellar. Its stylish interiors, spacious restaurant and large bar are much prized by the locals in the leafy village of Woodhouse Eaves and those who come from further afield to savour its appeal.
The bar, with its dominant fireplace makes a good spot in which to unwind or catch up with friends. It is a popular meeting place for locals who love the restaurant's attention to detail, the friendly service and warm welcome. The bar menu offers light bites throughout the day.
The Old Bull's Head stocks a wide range of beers, both well trusted draught ales and bottled from further afield. The wine list covers plenty of territory from traditional clarets to Pinot Grigio, and champagne by the glass or bottle is always available. Service is cheerful, brisk and totally in keeping with the friendly nature of a good English gastropub.
Contemporary pubs such as these usually share a number of characteristics. An important feature is space, preferably a restaurant where you are comfortable, not over-awed, and not sharing elbow space with the next table, however sociable they may be. Good, too, to have a garden, with seating for fifty on the front garden and patio and a further sixty on decking at the rear, and by no means least a roomy and well stocked bar where you can actually get served without undue delay. After all, drinking should be taken seriously.
If a pub offers all of these, and is in a good location, there is little reason in today's economic climate why it should not flourish. The Old Bull's Head provides ample evidence that this is true, having once again taken its place as the fulcrum of village life. But of course there are other factors, not least of which is the food and drink. The term 'gastropub' covers a multitude of blessings, and it is possible to see influences of brasserie, bistro, restaurant and even café at work within the great gastro umbrella. So expect to find no one single cuisine, but a blend designed to provide something for everybody, no matter what their treat may be.
To set the right note of fashionable sociability there are sharing plates, garlic pizzette with caramelised onion and rocket, a box baked camembert with stiratta romagna and homemade tomato jam and Mediterranean mezze of hummus, roasted vegetables, fregola, tzatziki, feta, spinach and ricotta pâté with flatbreads.
Amongst the starters is freshly made soup; lamb koftas with mint yoghurt, kohlrabi, cumin and carrot salad, and gambas, garlic, rocket and aioli with rustic bread. Look, too, for scallops of the day. The salads - sorry that should read 'leaves? - offer crispy duck, mouli, carrots, hoisin, watercress and spring onions with plum sauce, and for the seafood fiends some prawn, avocado, pecans, mango, bacon with orange and pomegranate vinaigrette is received with enthusiasm.
These days no self-respecting gastropub can afford to be without its pizza range; expect to find margherita, a classic medley of pomodoro, mozzarella, oregano and basil, piccante with pepperoni, chorizo, tomato and jalapeños or rustica with roasted Mediterranean vegetables, goats? cheese and cherry tomatoes. Pastas include bucatini with salmon, chilli, almonds, red pepper pesto, pecorino and rocket, and tagliatelle with slow cooked Bolognaise and parmesan. For the big event you could try the roast rump of lamb with sauce soubise, asparagus, pancetta, button onions and baby potatoes.
The calves liver with tray baked potatoes, red onion, bacon and sage panagrattato is popular, a sign of the times and improving taste in eating, as is the spit chicken with lemon, garlic, thyme and chips. A wide range of supporting dishes include green salad, Belgian chips and mayo, and cabbage, leeks and peas.
Desserts are some of the best you'll encounter with apple, blackcurrant crumble and vanilla custard and sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream, and there is also a selection of cheeses to set the buffs alight.
A well constructed Website enables you to keep in touch with menu changes or forthcoming events. Please note that the E-Mail Contact is for enquiries only, not for bookings.
English, Gastropub, Modern British
: 12:00 - 22:00 (last orders)
: 12:00 - 22:30 (last orders)
: 12:00 - 21:00 (last orders)
134 Main Street, Woodhouse Eaves, nr Loughborough, LE12 8RZ [Map]
£12.50 (2 courses), Mon - Fri
£12.50 (2 courses), Mon - Fri, pre 7 pm
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF Old Bulls Head, The
Ben (21 May 2010)
Fantastic food, good quick service and a great atmosphere! We sat outside which was due to the great weather and it was very pleasant. The food was the best I have had in years.
Abi (23 April 2009)
I went there to celebrate my anniversary with my partner. It was a real treat. The staff are nice and friendly and the food was amazing. It's a bit pricey but worth it for a special evening.
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More Info for Old Bulls Head, The
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
Not included, 10% (optional) for 8 or more
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