The Bull & The Hide
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
If ever a venue felt like the embodiment of a 3-for-1 offer, it’s The Bull & The Hide. And that’s not a bad thing. Part pub, part restaurant and part hotel, The Bull & The Hide has managed to segue its way into all three categories with relative ease and leaves nothing on the table. Its location, near London’s bustling Liverpool St. Station, actually works to its advantage, and its split-level design (the pub part is downstairs, the slightly more formal restaurant is upstairs) means that it appeals to many different types of punter. The Bull is the pub part at street level, filled with dripping chandeliers, cozy corner booths and a welcoming – and extensive – bar area. Upstairs you’ll find The Hide; a sleeker and more cordial affair, decorated in soft blues and copper, with pops of colourful artwork.
Menu-wise, the food is hearty and filling both upstairs and down. In The Bull, the focus is more on good pub classics, like burgers, sausage rolls and fish finger butties. Upstairs in The Hide, plates come in either tapas-style sharing sizes or large entrees, like bacon steak, moules frites and teriyaki tofu. If drinks are more your focus, the downstairs venue is probably your best bet. They stock a wide range of craft beers and international wines, including several offerings from English vineyards. Cocktails are modern takes on classic recipes, such as the Evening Standard (whisky, pink grapefruit and honey water), the Smoked Bloody Mary (smoked vodka, tobacco bitters and seasoned tomato juice) and the Shandy Maker (bourbon, IPA and lime).
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