UK England South East England Oxfordshire Burford

01993 822 220   105 High St, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4RG

  • 18 Guest Rooms
  • Contemporary Country Pub
Chic country retreat with a trio of world-class restaurants in a former Cotswolds coaching inn

Sleek, luxurious guest rooms, secret bars and communal dining spaces are all part of what sets Bull apart from other renovated 16th-century coaching inns. This is the Cotswolds, where there are quite a few of those – and plenty offer rooms for overnight stays – but none that are quite like this. Renovation doesn’t quite cover what’s happened here. This historic pub has been totally reimagined. Oak beams, stone walls and carved timbers may remain in places, but there's a distinctly contemporary feel to the new-look Bull.

It’s all the work of PR legend Matthew Freud. Some of his illustrious art collection hangs in the corridors, and that means originals by Francis Bacon, Salvador Dali and Damien Hirst. Upstairs, your idea of what to expect from a room above a pub may also be challenged. In each of the 18 bedrooms and suites a single dusky, matt colour covers walls and ceilings, beds are draped in long covers, and curtains hang longer than the floor. There’s a slight Renaissance painting feel to it all – sophisticated but relaxed, eclectic yet coherent. The rooms might have a stylish modern light here and a rustic milking stool there, but somehow none of it is at odds with the other. Similarly, exposed honey stone walls are a good complement to the white marble of the bathrooms.

Downstairs, we're not talking pub grub, but instead, there are three separate restaurants – Wild, where food is grilled on open flames, Horn where a changing set three-course menu is paired with wine, and finally Hiro, a 10-seater Japanese omakase (translation: 'I leave it up to you'), where you're at the artisanal mercy of former Nobu head chef Hiromi who'll choose your 10-course menu. There’s even a help-yourself pantry for all-day snacking.

Arguably though, what really distinguishes Bull is its dizzying array of activities and courses on offer. Taking place offsite at the nearby Coaching House, one could be having a go at ceramics in the morning, meditation in the afternoon, and a poker lesson later on. There’s choir practice in the old chapel, horticulture classes and beekeeping in the grounds, and a book club in the illustrious, cosy library. It’s a veritable cultural retreat with a pleasing collegiate air fostered between guests, comparing notes on the day’s classes around the communal dinner table. This is as much a place to restore as it is a place to stay.

If you're looking for the chocolate-box, picture-postcard heart of the Cotswolds, Burford High Street is a prime candidate. Considered one of the prettiest villages in England, Burford is a charming setting for this cool contemporary boutique hotel, boasting historic buildings, oodles of antique shops, and plenty of eateries to try – though you'll undoubtedly find the best ones right here at Bull.



Open all year.


Double rooms from £385 a night, including breakfast.


Contact Website  01993 822 220  Bull, 105 High St, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4RG

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Getting There

From the A40 follow signs into Burford using the A361/The Hill. This turns into the High Street where you will find Bull on the right hand side.


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