The Bull Hotel, Bridport, Dorset
The Bull stands proudly on the main street through Bridport, a thriving market town under two miles from the beach and harbour at West Bay. West Bay was the location for the BBC series Broadchurch; thankfully, it's a far more friendly and less hazardous place in real life.
Rooms available from £85.50 per night
Your expert reviewer
The Bull is in the vibrant market town of Bridport. Best known for its rope-making industry since the 13th century, these days it's full of hipster cafes, art galleries and flourishing literary scene.
Inland from West Bay, 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 on-sute parking available.
By train: London to Dorchester take under 3 hours, after which, it's a 20-minute taxi to the hotel. Book trains to Dorchester.
CHARACTER & STYLE
The coaching inn dates back to the 1500s and the oak floors and chunky fireplaces serve as reminder of that; the dining area and bar are informal and rustic. There are contemporary touches like bold wallpapers and the bedrooms have a stylish boutique-hotel vibe.
There are plenty of options when it comes to food and drink. There's a restaurant serving pub food and a pizzeria in converted stables, a main bar and a cosy wine/cocktail bar (open in the evenings). We enjoyed drinks in the courtyard.
- Games room
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Rooms are individually styled, but vary in size. All but the smallest rooms have coffee machines, and the Bramley toiletries are a nice touch. The larger rooms feel more upmarket, as they have roll-top baths.
Room types: Single Room, Cosy Room, Deluxe Room, Master Room, Family Room, Family Suite
Key amenities: ensuite bathroom with Bramley toiletries, bathrobes, hairdryer, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
As this is a Fuller's pub, their beers dominate in the main bar. There's also a wine and cocktail bar. The restaurant serves British pub dishes featuring local ingredients and you also have the choice of the pizzeria, which is ideal if you're staying a few days. We loved the grilled on-the-bone Dorset sirloin steak with hand-cut chips and béarnaise sauce.
The Bull: traditional British pub with restaurant. All-day menu, open daily. Mains from £14.
The Pizzeria: stable-turned rustic restaurant. Authentic pizzas and craft beers, served daily.
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