Streatham Revisited – The Bull
Guest post by Alex James:
I was asked to a launch night of a pub near where I used to live when I was a child, called The Bull (until recently called The Pied Bull, it had rested on its laurels somewhat since being Evening Standard Pub of the Year in about 1974!). Despite being just up the road from where I lived, I hadn’t been before as I was underage at the time.
It is fairly easy enough to reach The Bull from Croydon or Brixton – the 109 or 250 bus takes you down to the Streatham Sainsbury’s and the pub is next door. It’s also only a 5-10 minute walk from Norbury or Streatham Common stations, although I suspect this is primarily a pub for local people.
The outside has been revamped and is now a stylish place to sit and enjoy a glass of something chilled and a tasty bite to eat.
The atmosphere was friendly, and the food was really good, I particularly liked the beef rib croquettes.
I can also recommend the burgers from the Burger Shack, in the terrace of the Bull. There are four types of burger; The Classic which is a beef burger with cheese ketchup mayonnaise and lettuce, The Streaky which is The Classic with bacon added to it, a Veggie burger, and a version of The Classic with pulled pork with chilli on top of the meat. The Burger Shack also served curly fries, either as a side or with the pulled pork and chilli on top.
Whilst I was there I tried some of the ciders they were offering. The first was a cider with elderflower mixed into it, then a more regular cider, which tasted very “tangy” to me with a can design I liked. The drinks you could get at the bars (there were two bars; one on the terrace, the other inside the pub building) were excellent with a wide variety of really well chilled drinks – very refreshing on a hot summer’s day!
At times it seemed as if some of the staff weren’t ready for the amount of people that came to the event – when I was ordering my burger I was told they were too busy and to come back in 15 minutes. And, I overheard a group of people saying that it was the second time they’d came back after being told that they were too busy. But, I suspect that a launch event like this isn’t representative of the normal service, and I’ll be curious to see how it settles down. The Bull had an interesting system for their service for the burgers, when you ordered you gave them your mobile number, then when it was ready you got a text to come get it. The burgers whilst very good, seemed rather slippery so that whenever I took a bite it felt as it was going to come out of the bun and bits of lettuce fell out as well. But, that’s a minor thing because the burgers were really high quality and very tasty! Maybe I just need to refine my burger eating technique!
The Bull is a very good pub, with great food and a lively atmosphere, though there are just has a few kinks to iron out. I would definitely recommend going there and trying for yourself.
498 Streatham High Road