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

Surrey Life - - Restaurant Review -

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

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