ave. food price: £3.50
Ave. drink price: £2
Right in the heart of student-land, the Black Bull is ideally placed to become the new Charles or Deramore once you’ve moved off campus. The pub is split up into a formal restaurant (don’t bother) and a slouchy area of squishy sofas and chairs to sink into. Before 4pm it is generally swarming with an odd mix of children and pensioners, but once they’re gone it is relaxed, comfortable and well worth a visit.
Food is cheap with large portions; the cheesy nachos starter was certainly enough for two. I had a barbecue burger stack, served with chips and a side salad – not exactly haute-cuisine but for a baked bean-abused palate it hit the spot. It was standard pub fare but for only £3.45 it was a great deal. They also offer two meals for £6 available between 2.30pm and 6pm on weekdays. As you would expect, the menu includes all the usual suspects, including the Kaiser Soze soup.
If you’re looking to warm-up before a night of debauchery, Monday’s discount offers (£1.50 a pint rather than £1.80) makes the Black Bull the obvious choice for the financially challenged. New additions to the drinks menu make it a great time to check out the Bull – just go steady on the sickly sweet Baileys Chocolate Cup!