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OVERVIEW

A 16th-century coaching inn in the centre of the lively market town of Bridport, just a few miles from some of the best bits of the Dorset coast. Rooms are stylishly decorated with contemporary touches alongside original features. The restaurant serves pub classics and former stables house a pizzeria.


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Alexandra Richards
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Alexandra Richards is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Dorset. She is the author of numerous guidebooks, including Bradt’s Slow Travel Guide to Dorset and the Bradt guide to Mauritius. She has a particular interest in food, wildlife, outdoor activities, remote places, travelling with children and encouraging an outdoor childhood.

OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

The Bull is in the centre of Bridport, a vibrant market town just inland from West Bay with its golden cliffs, harbour and beaches. Bridport has had a rope-making industry since the 13th century but today it's better known for its hipster cafes, art galleries and flourishing literary scene. Some of the best bits of the Dorset coast are close by, including popular West Bay and Burton Bradstock.

By car: around 4 hours from London, 2 hours from Bristol and 3 hours 45 minutes from Birmingham. Free parking available.

By train: trains from London to Dorchester take under 3 hours. The hotel is 20 minutes' drive. Book trains to Dorchester.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

Oak floors and chunky fireplaces serve as reminders that this coaching inn dates back to the 1500s, but contemporary touches, like bold wallpaper, bring it up to date. The dining area and bar are informal and rustic, while the bedrooms have a stylish boutique-hotel vibe.

THE FACILITIES

Guests have options when it comes to food and drink - there's a restaurant serving pub food and a pizzeria in converted stables. In addition to the main bar there's a cosy wine/cocktail bar open in the evenings. The courtyard is a good spot for a drink on a summer's evening.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Games room
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The rooms vary greatly in size; it's worth getting one of the larger ones with a roll-top bath if you can - they feel more upmarket. Rooms are individually styled, featuring an eclectic mixture of furniture. All but the smallest rooms have coffee machines, and the Bramley toiletries are a nice touch.

Room types: Single Room, Cosy Room, Deluxe Room, Master Room, Family Room, Family Suite

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Bramley toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

This is a Fuller's pub, so their beers predominate in the main bar, but there's also a wine and cocktail bar. It's good to have the choice of either the restaurant or the pizzeria, especially if you're staying a few days. The restaurant serves British pub dishes featuring local ingredients.

The Bull: traditional British pub with restaurant. Dishes include fish and chips, pork chop and fillet steak. All-day menu, open daily. Mains from £14.

The Pizzeria: stable-turned restaurant, rustic charm. Authentic pizzas and craft beers, served daily.

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