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Imposing 15th cent. 3* hotel with 25 rooms and used as an inn since at least 1580. The comfortable bar and lounge to rear of building (accessed from main entrance) overlook a coutyard and also welcomes non residents. It previously featured in TV's Lovejoy.
The hotel was extensively and sympathetically refurbished in 2003.
Food available 12-2.30 + 6.30-9.30
In 1648 the innkeeper, Richard Everard was killed in a brawl in the entrance hall. His body was said to have vanished before the burial.
(Most pub, location & historic details collated by Nigel, Tony or Keith - original sources are credited)
(some old PO directory information courtesy of te londonpublichouse.com)
(** historic newspaper information from Bob Mitchell)
Name may be a sympathetic reference to a Papal bull - a lead seal attached to official religious edicts or documents - or a reference to Henry VIII who introduced a bulls head into his coat-of-arms after he defied a papal bull in 1538. Bull baiting was also quite widespread until it was banned in 1835.