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 wellies or wet dogs, coming soon is our new paw washing station. 

Our function room is available to hire where we can cater for your family occasions, birthday parties, christenings and wakes.  Booking is essential.  Check out our What’s on page for details of future events, live music, beer festivals and weekly meat draws are all planned for the coming months.  Sign up to our mailing list below and we’ll make sure you never miss out on any of our events.

A traditional tavern in the heart of Dorset

Only the Best

Fresh Ingredients, Tasty Meals

We pride ourselves with menus for every occasion, our chef ensures the freshest ingredients are prepared with love.  So, whether you’re looking for a light lunch, to dine out for dinner or the perfect place for Sunday Lunch we’ve got somethng for you.

Latest News

Hi all
As summer fades into autumn its that time again !!

The “Jazz, Soul, Funk, Latin ” Jam session has arrived !!.There will be a p.a an amazing backing band /House trio, ( These musicians have played on the Uk Jazz scene and for (David Essex/Paul Weller) The Bull has ample parking and the beer and food is great !!

We invite all musicians/singers/ to take part, so come and try us out or just relax and listen with a pint.We are looking forward to seeing you all there (If you’re new to these nights and not sure what to expect please email me with any queries)


Looking forward to seeing you all there

Fish n Chip Tuesdays

Join us every Tuesday for Fish n Chips 

2 for £12

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

All Day

All Day - early close 6pm

Closed all day

Drop Us a Line

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