The Bull Tavern is a 15th century tavern sat in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside on the outskirts of our local town Sturminster Newton. This beautiful rural area is what caught the eye of local brewers’ Hall & Woodhouse and we serve traditional Dorset ales and outstanding home cooked meals. In the winter you can sit by our open fire or in our stables with the original stable doors that create private dining areas or can be opened up to create a large function room. For the summertime we have a wonderful beer garden and views of the river Stour that is great for an afternoon stroll or a bit of fishing.

Under new management The Bull Tavern is run by Lance and Marianne aka Sir Lancelot and Maid Marianne.  Them and their trusty team of merry men and women offer a warm welcome in a cosy and traditional tavern.

Our local trail way and Mill offer a beautiful area for walking and cycling so we are ideally situated for refreshments, light lunches and evening meals.  With our flag stone flooring you needn’t worry about wet wellies and dogs are very welcome, even tired and well walked wet dogs! 

A traditional tavern in the heart of Dorset

Latest News


Looking forward to welcoming you all back soon.

As soon as we can…

Fish & Chip Tuesday will be back

2 for £12.00


Pizza Thursday

Mix & Match

Buy 1 get 1 half price

Homemade Cake & Tea


Only the Best

Fresh Ingredients, Tasty Meals

We are now open for breakfast, lunch and dinner to eat in or take away.

What’s new is that we are also offering cakes and cream teas Tuesdays through to Saturday.

Sunday roast is served between 12 – 2.30, bookings only, unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to accept walk ins for Sunday lunch.

What People are Saying

“A Great Find”

A very welcoming environment, staff very friendly and helpful, great selection of gins.


“Perfect little pub”

Stumbled across this pub while on holiday, was perfect for light refreshments after a wonderful walk exploring Sturminster Newton adn the River Stour.


“Back in Business”

So pleased to have our little gem of a pub back in the village, Lance and Marianne make a great team.

Very happy local

Opening Hours

Open all day Tuesday - Saturday

Serving breakfast from 8.30 am onwards to eat in or take away Tuesday - Saturday

Lunches served between 12pm - 2pm

Dinner served 6pm - 8pm

Sunday Roasts served from 12-2.30 - booking essential, doors close at 4pm.

Closed all day Monday

Drop Us a Line

Call us on 01258 472435 for enquiries and to make your reservation

Due to the latest lockdown we have had to close once again. We are looking forward to welcoming you and serving you at The Bull Tavern as soon as restrictions are lifted. Please check back soon for updates. Take care, stay safe and we'll see you again. Last updated 22 March 2021