Grabbing the bull by its horns
When their village pub was put on the market, the residents of Limpsfield decided to take things into their own hands. visits The Bull Inn
The tranquil village of Limpsfield, with its chocolate box pretty properties, feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere - and yet one look at a map reminds you that it’s actually sandwiched between the M25 and A25.
You’d never know while you’re visiting, however, as it remains staunchly untouched by that relentless bustle. At the heart of its peaceful community is the 16th century, The Bull Inn.
This story could have been very different had a group of enterprising locals known as Enterprising Limpsfield not set about securing it for future generations, when it was put up for sale in 2017 by its previous long-term landlady.
Limpsfield had already lost its village restaurant to flats a few years ago, and villagers were damned if they were going to lose the pub too. So, they bought The Bull in May 2018, following a successful local community fundraising campaign. Having watched the tale unfold from a distance, I couldn’t wait to visit when it reopened in November.
Arriving out of a bleak winter evening, the place immediately looks super stylish – fresh, modern and yet, somehow, as if it’s always been this way. With its striking blue walls, its packed full of character. We’re welcomed by assistant manager Dylan Nel, who is a credit to the establishment throughout. I order a pint of Titsey Brewing Co’s Leveson Buck, which is produced only a few minutes down the