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The Black Bull

€€ - €€€Italian, British,
52 West End | Launton, Bicester OX26 5DG, England
+44 1869 253656
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good40%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“arancini” (2 reviews)
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Italian, British, Bar, Mediterranean, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
52 West End | Launton, Bicester OX26 5DG, England
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Visited to celebrate a family birthday, being a Thursday it was fairly quiet, but that suited as this is not a big pub. We were greeted by the Landlady who was very pleasant, we started with a drink in the garden and entertained the very...More

Thank Howlo
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

Thank you for your review. It's always nice receiving positive reviews which means that we are providing good food and service. We look forward to seeing you again.

Reviewed 2 August 2017

Our first visit, hidden down a side street in a small housing estate, first impressions are of a characterful pub, which was confirmed on entry. A husband and wife team who have been here for 5 years, he is of Italian heritage so a menu...More

Thank WineHighlander
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you for your review, It's a shame that you didn't enjoy your meal with us, as we have have very positive comments on the veal dish, and the pasta dish is one of our best sellers, and everyone offers frozen chips so we like...More

Reviewed 22 July 2017

This is a lovely old village pub where you can take the dog along while you enjoy a pint or have a great meal - very good home made Italian dishes or traditional pub classics. The Italian dishes are always worth trying - recently a...More

Thank Jackie W
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2017

Thank you Jackie, it's always lovely to hear when customers enjoy their meals & the atmosphere our pub.

Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

We came for Sunday lunch , picking the best eating places nearby as we were travelling back from a family party, so didn't know the area at all. We were a little surprised when we reached the Bull , on the junction when the sat...More

1  Thank alison t
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Thank you for your review and directions as lots of customers end up at the wrong pub. I'm not sure if anyone has seen a ghost here, but we have had experiences where we've had pubs before. Interested to hear what you saw or felt.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Stopping at the Premier Inn in Bicester, we desired a more intimate experience than that on offer at the Brewers Fayre next door. The Black Bull offered tasty well served food on a traditional theme in a traditional pub. The Bull is not too big...More

Thank David B
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2017

Thank you for your review. It was lovely meeting you and glad we could help with the Gluten allergy and cross contamination issue. I think more people are aware of allergies now and we are glad we were able to give you an enjoyable experience.

Reviewed 2 April 2017

I'm a local and so have eaten here many times and on each occasion come away feeling delightfully replete. Paulo does the most wonderful spaghetti with garlic & a hint of chilli (ask nicely and you can have 2 hints). Also, the sponge puddings are...More

Thank Dotokane
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

It's always a pleasure. thank you.

Reviewed 27 March 2017

We went here on 26th March 2017 for Mother's Day evening with 3 generations of family. We'd never been here before, but will now make a point of eating here whenever we we in the Bicester area. The 3 course menu offered a good range...More

Thank SHDC-Dancer
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Thank you for your review. It's always a pleasure to serve good food cooked by Paolo, and we do have lovely members of staff. Once again Thank you.

Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

We visited The Black Bull for the third time this weekend and once again were more than pleased with the service, the food and the atmosphere. The barmaid/waitress (apologies I don't know her name) is very attentive and remembered us from last weekend which is...More

Thank Paige P
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

Thank you for your review. The barmaid/waitress is Kelly, and she remembered you from your other visit. We look forward to welcoming you again.

Reviewed 17 February 2017

Tracey and Paolo had a few well earned days off recently but that left us looking for somewhere comparable to go - there was nowhere! For the quality of welcome, food and beer you're the best, thanks again

Thank BenA714
TCS50, Owner at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

Thank you, it's nice to know that we are missed and we always love seeing you both. x

Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

If TripAdvisor had a rating out of 10 rather than 5, I would be grading the meal as a 7 out of 10. I graded 4 out of 5 because I felt 3 out of 5 was too low, but in my opinion, 4 out...More

Thank cccsl
TCS50, Manager at The Black Bull, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2017

Thank you for your review. We do cater for gluten free and had we know we would have used gluten free flour. With the Burger it's law now that you have to cook them well done or if the customer prefers it rare or medium...More

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5 October 2017|
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Response from Howlo | Reviewed this property |
Hi I am not the owner, and on my recent visit, i didnt use my phone - so Im not sure. Give them a call.
Simon K
17 June 2016|
Response from TCS50 | Property representative |
Hi, I'm afraid at the moment we don't as we have a new terminal and Amex hasn't passed on their details, but hopefully in the future.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$27
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 52 West End | Launton, Bicester OX26 5DG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Oxfordshire  >  Bicester
  • Phone Number: +44 1869 253656
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The Hidden Gem down West End Launton. Not to be confused with the Bull Inn at the crossroads!We are a traditional village pub with a 22 seater restaurant area. We provide freshly cooked food to order with an Italian & English offering. We also have aunt sally pitches. We have cask marque for our real ales of which one is a guest ale and traditional Ale and Tribute are our standard ales.We also have good parking, a large patio area and outside bar for functions. Food serving times MON, WED, THURS & FRI 12 - 2.30 P.M 6 P.M - 9 P.M SAT 12 - 9 P.M SUN 12 - 5.45 P.M
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