The Bulls Head Pub & Restaurant in Meriden
Sundays were made for relaxing and dining with friends & family, so there’s nothing I love more on this day of rest than to enjoy a typical Sunday roast made vegetarian with plenty of veggies and Yorkshire puds! Followed by a super sweet chocolate dessert and a warm beverage at this time of year to cosy up to.
I can’t remember the last time I went for a Sunday lunch with friends, so I was delighted when The Bulls Head Pub & Restaurant in Meriden, West Midlands invited me to preview their new refurbishment with a three-course meal from their new Autumn menu.
The new refurbishment
The Bulls Head is located a short drive from Coventry cathedral and is situated in the idyllic village of Meriden, which is officially the centre of England – our table was right next to the floor plaque which was pretty cool. The premium family pub has stylish interiors and a cosy warm welcoming feel. The new refurbishment is lovely, there’s crushed velvet seating, a mixture of damask and botanical prints and a warm colour scheme of greens, browns and mustards which is in keeping with the traditional country pub feel and the original dark wood features. The new refurbishment certainly has a sophisticated, country-modern look.
We don’t live local to Meriden, so it was great to go for a Sunday afternoon drive to a place we had never visited before. It was a 45-minute journey, so we couldn’t wait to settle down in the cosy looking pub and order some hearty food, to warm us up as it was bitterly cold and raining outside.
First off, we ordered a round of non-alcoholic mocktails. I went for the ‘Elderflower Sherbet’ made with a blend of elderflower, cloudy apple and finished with lemonade. This was perfect and so refreshing & fruity, so I ordered it again! My partner went for the ‘Crushed lime & mint soda’ made with cool mint, sour lime, and a hint of sweetness. While my sister had the ‘Victoria’s Secret’ made with passionfruit and fizz.
Currently, my partner and I are obsessed with ‘Mezze Platters’ (£12.95), we ate loads over the summer, so we wanted to try out this delicious vegan starter option at The Bulls Head. It came with roasted lentil falafels, beetroot hummus with omega seed sprinkle, miso sesame glazed aubergine, Lebanese-style dip, spiralised carrot salad, coconut tzatziki and flatbread. The platter was addictive, colourful and full of flavour.
My sister and her partner went for the ‘Chargrilled lamb koftas’ (£6.95) featuring goats’ curd, plum tomato, roasted red pepper, cucumber & mint salad. They both thoroughly enjoyed it and said the portion size was just right, so they were ready to take on the Sunday roast dinner.
After the deliciously chilled starters, we couldn’t wait to get stuck into the main, because who doesn’t love a good’ol traditional roast dinner on a cold Autumn day. I picked the only meat-free option ‘Fig & Dolcelatte Nut Roast’ with roasted potatoes, seasonal greens and roasted roots, Yorkshire pudding, honey-roasted apple and onion gravy. The nut roast was gorgeous, and I loved the Yorkshire pudding and vegetables, especially the kale but it would have been nice to have just a little bit more veg to accompany each bite of the nut roast. The honey-apple gravy was a great addition too.
My guests went for the ‘Roast Chicken’ (£13.95) and the ‘Trio of Roasts’ (£17.95) with a side order of ‘Cauliflower Cheese’ (£3.00). While my partner accidentally ordered the ‘Wagyu Burger’ (£16.95) thinking it was vegetarian when it was steak. It came with smoked Irish Cheddar, crispy onions, tomato relish, sweet potato fries and aioli. He can’t comment on the burger but said the sweet potato fries were perfectly sweet and crisp.
Desserts & Hot Drinks
To sweeten us up after a beautiful roast dinner, we ordered desserts! My partner and I wanted both the ‘Warm chocolate brownie’ (£6.50) and the ‘home-baked triple chocolate cookie' (£5.25) so we decided to share. However, annoyingly he had demolished the brownie by the time I had finished taking photos of everyone’s desserts, so I didn’t get to try it (don’t worry I didn’t let him have my cookies!).
He said the brownie was AMAZZZING and super-soft & gooey. Although I was gutted to not have tried the brownie the cookies were just as amazing as they were soft & chocolaty and went down a treat with the Bourbon vanilla, double chocolate and praline ice cream! My sisters’ partner had it too and loved it.
My sister went for the beautifully presented ‘Chocolate & Raspberry Pudding’ (£6.95) it consisted of a silky chocolate sponge, filled with a raspberry compote middle and served with Bourbon vanilla ice cream.
To complete our three-course meal, we enjoyed a round of hot drinks before making our way home. They came with soft mini cookies which was a lovely surprise. My sister and I went for the ‘Baileys Latte’ (£4.95) which tasted dreamy and made me think of Christmas morning. While the boys went for a ‘Cointreau Orange hot chocolate’ (£4.95) and a ‘Flat White’ (£2.75).
the outside exterior
Overall, we had a lovely time at The Bulls Head and would certainly visit again if we're passing through. Our server Tanya was very friendly, helpful and made sure we were looked after in a timely manner. I visited a Premium Country Pubs last year in Wolverhampton called The Crown at Wergs and received the same great service.
The Bulls Head also has some onsite accommodation and a great outdoor space which was also refurbished recently. I didn’t know until writing this review that there’s a dedicated vegan menu, which sounds really impressive, so I’m definitely going to visit a Premium Country Pub again to try it out.
Disclaimer: Complimentary meal & drinks for four. All photos and words are my own.