Bull and Castle - Gastro Pub and Beer Hall

Drink & Eat

Pub

1 euro
Address:
Bull and Castle - Gastro Pub and Beer Hall
5/7 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2 Dublin City
Contact Bull and Castle - Gastro Pub and Beer Hall
Dislike Like
50%
2 votes
Tel: +353 1 475 1122

Please mention ireland-guide.com when enquiring.

Popular with tourists this medieval-styled pub serves better than average pub fare and an outstanding selection of beers
  • Location - Town Centre
  • Seafood
  • Steak House
  • Traditional Irish
  • Al Fresco
  • Cocktails
  • Coeliac Friendly
  • Daytime/Coffee
  • Early Bird / Value Menu Available
  • Informal
  • Party Venue
  • Pub Grub
  • Sunday Dining
  • Traditional Pub
  • Vegetarian Menu

Bull and Castle - Gastro Pub and Beer Hall

Easily spotted opposite Christchurch cathedral by its colourful facade, the Bull and Castle is a medieval style timber-beamed and stone-floored ‘gastro pub’ with various ground floor seating areas, and a more open plan ‘Beer Hall’ - complete with tables stretching almost the length of the room – above.


Both sections, however, offer a very wide choice of food and beers.


Although visitors expecting the high food standards associated with the English ‘gastro pub’ could be a little disappointed, the menu offers a wider selection than typical ‘pub grub’, and is of good quality.


With daily specials and various set menus offered during the day, and also bar snacks such as chicken wings, all combinations and sizes of meals are possible.


Typically, Irish dishes such as a reasonably priced beef and Guinness pie or lamb stew are well prepared and presented, but there is something for everyone on the wide-ranging menu including steaks from the FXB butchers and restaurants chain (of which the Bull and Castle is a member).


However the real appeal of this establishment is its oustanding choice of beers, including cask conditioned (i.e. delivered to the pub and served from the very casks in which the beer was conditioned), beers from Irish ‘micro-breweries’, and international beers ranging from classic commercial German Weissbeers to artisan Belgium fruit beers.


Mainstream beers, Irish and international, are also available, as is a reasonable selection of whiskeys (including a tasting tray) and of wines.


Some foods are paired with suggested beers on the back of the menu - a good idea that encourages people to try unusual beers.


Helpful and well-informed staff have a good knowledge of the beer list, so the best course of action is to discuss your preferences and enquire about the beers available or suggested, remembering that special beers which may not be on the main menu are offered each month.


Service is friendly but, in keeping with the pub environment, less formal, and perhaps less efficient for food service than in other more structured restaurants.


Reservations may be necessary at weekends during the summer.

Seats 90 (outdoors, 20). L 12-4pm, D 4–10pm, Bar until 2.30am every Saturday. Value L €10 12-4pm. Set Sun L €16.50. Set 2/3 course D €19.95/21.95. Also a la carte D. Air conditioning. Closed Good Fri, 25/26 Dec. MasterCard, Visa, Laser abbreviations
Last Updated: 06-07-2013
Author: Georgina Campbell

Might also like

Fade Street Social

Dublin 2, Dublin City
Bar / Restaurant
Distance: 0.4km
image coming soon
67%
3 votes
3 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

Facing the Market Bar on Fade Street, this exciting venture by Dylan McGrath is in an 8,000 square foot listed building – and, with exposed ducts, walls stripped back to the redbrick, and reclaimed wooden floors, it feels very New York loft. There are smart wooden ...

Davy Byrnes

Dublin 2, Dublin City
Pub
Distance: 0.7km
Davy Byrnes Pub
75%
8 votes
1 euro

Just off Grafton Street, Davy Byrnes is one of Dublin's most famous pubs - references in Joyce's Ulysses mean it is very much on the tourist circuit. Despite all this fame it remains a genuine, well-run place and is equally popular with Dubliners, who find it a handy me ...

Pearl Brasserie

Dublin 2, Dublin City
Restaurant / Wine Bar
Distance: 1.2km
Pearl Brasserie
90%
10 votes
3 euro Restaurants Offering Consistent Excellence Overall Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

The clue is in the name: Pearl Brasserie is just that – a pearl of a place, almost hidden from view and beloved by savvy diners for 16 years. Next door to The Merrion Hotel Sebastien Masi and Kirsten Batt’s chic Dublin restaurants a worthy neighbour to such ...

Conrad Dublin & The Coburg

Dublin 2, Dublin City
Hotel / Restaurant
Distance: 1.3km
Conrad Dublin - exterior
83%
6 votes
4 euro For Cooking & Service Well Above Average Deluxe Accommodation Serious About Seafood Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade

Situated directly opposite the National Concert Hall and just a stroll away from St Stephen's Green, this fine city centre Dublin hotels celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2005 with the completion of a €15 million refurbishment programme which saw the entire ho ...

Matt the Thresher

Dublin 2, Dublin City
Pub
Distance: 1.4km
image coming soon
67%
9 votes
2 euro Serious About Seafood

Dublin city centre has very few dedicated seafood restaurants, but this buzzy seafood bar and grill has upped the ante with its exciting menus packed with delicious fish and shellfish dishes - and an unrelated claim to fame is that Michelle Obama and her daughters ate he ...

Directions

Opposite Christchurch Cathedral (On the city centre side)

Trip Planning Tools

My Ireland Guide

Local Recommendations

Hospitality

  • By Distance
  • By Category

Comments

There are currently no comments

Leave a comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment
Not a member? Register for your free membership now!
Or leave a comment by logging in with:

Facebook & Twitter Recent Activity

Apps and Books