Bull

Attractive spot for pretty timbered inn with plenty of character in old-fashioned bars, friendly staff and good food; bedrooms

The good pub guide review

Dating from the 16th c, this appealing Fullers pub appear in Jerome K Jerome's 1889 comic novel Three Men in a Boat as 'a veritable picture of an old country inn'. The two old-fashioned bar rooms certainly have plenty of character: low ceilings and heavy beams, cosy alcoves, leather armchairs and sofas, cushioned antique settles and low wooden chairs on bare boards, and open fires. You'll find Fullers HSB and London Pride and a couple of guest ales on handpump served by helpful staff, about 20 good wines by the glass, cocktails and a farm cider. The light dining room has coral-coloured walls above panelling, a mix of wooden chairs and tables, parquet flooring and shelves of books; TV. The seven modern boutique-style bedrooms do get booked up well in advance. If you bear left through the ivy-clad churchyard opposite, then turn left along the bank of the river, you come to a very pretty lock. The Thames Valley Park is close by. The wisteria across the building's front is a lovely sight in full bloom.

The good pub guide food review

Pleasing food includes sandwiches and dishes such as roast beetroot and fennel salad, beef burger and triple-cooked chips, aubergine and tomato ragout with flatbread, caesar salad, hot smoked salmon nicoise with egg, lemon and thyme roast chicken with chorizo, courgettes and cannellini beans, and puddings such as molasses, date and hops sticky toffee pudding and bakewell tart with raspberries and vanilla ice-cream.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Bull, High Street, Sonning, Reading, Berkshire, RG4 6UP

(0118) 969 3901

Pub Group: Fullers

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 10am-11pm

Sunday: 12-10.30