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Bulls Head Public House
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 96
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
14 E Main St
phone: (717) 626-2115
(Place added by: ukbrewing on 03-21-2010)
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vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Transcribed from notes dated F, 30 July 2010.
This was Paul Pendyck's expansion of the General Sutter Inn, a Lancaster County landmark where my Pops used to meet regularly with members of his high school graduating class. They were a really tight-knit group and I must get in touch with some of them sooner, rather than later.
Two double doors along Main Street opened onto a short vestibule which further opened onto another double doorway with the inverted "L"-shaped wooden bar on a slight left-oblique. The back bar was a beautiful carved wood with etched glass and mirrors antique that must have required extensive searching. The centerline of the space had a couple of high islands surrounded by high stools and standard restaurant tables and chairs ran along the right-facing wall.
Ambiance: Soft-lighting, pressed-tin ceiling, rotating ceiling fans, exposed beams. It all added up to my vision of a beer bar and it was very welcoming to me as a visitor.
Service: Two of the servers had framed Cicerone (TM) Certified Beer Server certificates on the wall. Hey, I could work here, having qualified as # 739, myself! They obviously knew what they were doing, plus they knew to leave me alone unless I had questions. I do not mind when servers like to show off their body of knowledge for me, but in this case, we all knew one another and there was beer to be quaffed.
Beers: Thanks to Mr. Pendyck, two handpumps are going at all times! I flash back to my first night in Ottawa, asking for one of the many cask beers being offered and the bartender looked at me askance, recognizing my Pittsburghese accent and queried whether that was really what I wanted since many AmeriCAN tourists had sent beers back as not to their liking. HA! I like cask ale. A row of thirteen (13) CO2 taps and one N2 tap ran along the back wall, between the bar abd the back bar. Bottles numbered approximately eighty (80), not including domestic macros for the uninitiated. Hey, they are there to do business, not to engage in snobbery. I won't fault them for catering to the patron who simply drops in for some of the same old, same old.
Food: I've eaten up here many times, but not on this visit. The menu has a very English bent with an eye towards pub authenticity. My favorite remains the WARM Scotch egg. Once you've had a warm one, cold will leave you cold.
Let me know if you are planning a visit and I will try to come up and meet you.
01-22-2011 11:39:38 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Stopped by for the first time the other day. Given the quality of the tap list I'd love to stop by on a more regular basis, but it's a total pain in the ass to get to from my home in Baltimore.
The bulls head pub is attached to the general sutter inn, and so is located in a good size old, refurbished building that sits on the corner of main st. and Broad st. One enters the pub from main street, and in addition to the pub itself, there is a good size dining area and smaller bar area towards the back. As for the pub, it's a modest size affair with high ceilings and lots of wood all around. The place has a very solid feel to it, with a smallish bar to your immediate left as you walk in (roughly 8 or 10 seats at the bar), and then a number of tables and chairs scattered throughout the room. The vibe here is very relaxed and laid back, and seemed like a great place to settle back with a newspaper and a pint.
As for the selection, it was very, very solid, with something like 14 beers on tap and 3 beers on cask (all craft and imports; no crap on tap here). There were also an additional 15 or so firkins for a cask ale festival going on this particular weekend, and while I didn't stop in, the back bar nook area looked to have a nice selection of craft beer as well. Quality was very high, and this day included KBS, St. Bernardus and Gouden Carolus (among other things - they had a good number of beers from Victory on tap I noticed). Service was OK I thought. The bar area and pub were pretty crowded the day I was here, but I didn't have to wait too long to get my glass of KBS. It took a bit longer to get my bill after the ale festival, and there was an inadvertent extra charge for a beer I didn't order, but everthing was taken care of quickly and smoothly without any hassle.
As for food, I got the wings. They were fine for what they were and were decent size. Prices were also pretty decent I thought, with the tulip glass of KBS costing $6.50 and my order of wings coming to $9.
What else can I say? This is another excellent craft beer oasis in beer rich SEPA.
04-04-2011 13:13:33 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I stopped in since I was in the area recently and had a pint. I may re-review when I get a chance to stay for some food.
Atmosphere is inviting with big open area as you walk in but it is basically a room off to the side of the Sutter with some high tables in the middle, the bar to the left and more tables near the windows and in the corners. There is a high ceiling and lots of wood which makes the place come across as noisy when it wasn't completely full. The bar and surroundings are classy with some cask badges decorating and a nice big chalkboard with the food specials and draft selections displayed.
The service is friendly and pretty prompt with a chance to promote the craft selections noticed in action. I felt it was above average. Quality is very good and seems like they care about the products they serve - they use appropriate glassware and have abv and serving sizes displayed with the prices.
I like the selection of beer they had available - they had approximately 6 belgian or belgian styles and 3 or 4 british or british styles w/ a few american craft lagers and a couple fruit ales. It is not bad for the area with Ommegang, Troegs, Flying Dog, smuttynose, Great Divide, Bell's, Victory, Allagash and Fuller's all on tap this occasion!
I will definitely be back to see what else they have in store - it is nice to see two cask ales availble too - Victory Hop Wallop and Shipyard Fuggles IPA. It makes sense to get there earlier since it has a tendency to get crowded
05-09-2010 16:23:12 |
More by Slatetank
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Great British pub feel-perhaps the most authentic UK pub I have seen in this country. Love the fact you have to go to the bar to order. So real in fact the couple that sat next to us wanted nothing to do with this system-hope they never go to the UK they are going to be hungry and thirsty!
Certainly all top shelf from the food to the bevereages. Maybe 10 beers on tap as well as 2 beer engines. Service was quick and attentive at the bar. Food came out piping hot. Best Scotch egg I have ever had hands down.
Well worth the detour from PA Dutch Country. Lititz is a great small town with a really friendly downtown area. Hope to be back soon.
05-11-2013 02:36:33 |
More by lackenhauser
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Stopped at the Sutter last weekend for the Fall Cask Ale Festival, figured I would stop in the Bulls Head for some early dinner.
The vibe was pretty good. It is a pretty small place so seating is hard to come by. I got a seat at the bar and took stock of my surroundings. Lots of different things all over the walls including a large chalk board with the current beers and the entire menu. The service was very good as well. Those guys really know there stuff and have plenty of beer knowledge to go around. Prices seemed to be a tiny bit high but I am always willing to pay a bit more for better quality, and this place screams quality.
The food seems to be a mix of Gastro Pub and authentic british fare. I saw quite a few things on the menu that I would love to try but I ended up going with the Bulls Head Burger and it was top notch and tasted very good. The beer selection was pretty good. A few regional offerings and the rest from all over the world. Two cask offerings as well, I ended up going with the cask Green King/Morland Brewery · Old Speckled Hen, and it was really good. Overall the Bulls Head is a great place to stop if you are in the area Trust me, you will not be disappointed if you do.
11-08-2011 20:25:41 |
More by orangesol
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
At long last, a good beer destination in Lititz!
The space in here is fairly limited, but they did a great job of maximizing what they do have. This was recently renovated, yet if feels like its been this way for years. I believe there are around 47 seats available here, spread out between the bar and the high and low tables. The high ceilings and large windows overlooking Main St. help keep this place from feeling cramped. Lots of exposed wood and earth tones strike just the right chord with me. I went in on a tuesday night and was shocked by the crowd. There was a loud, happy buzz as soon as I opened the door. I couldn't help but smile, what a great atmosphere.
They have 14 taps and 2 hand pumps, all pouring quality beer. No Guinness or BMC. In just the first couple of weeks I've seen Piraat, Smutty IPA, Duck Rabbit Wee-heavy, Founder's Red's Rye, 60 min, Stoudt's pils, plus a whole lot more including some I've never heard of. The hand pumped offerings have included Nugget Nectar and Storm King. Nothing I was shocked to see, but a well balanced selection indeed. Prices average about 5 bucks a pint, not bad at all. I'm so glad to finally see a place like this in Lititz, thanks Paul for making it happen.
03-22-2010 13:46:51 |
More by DIM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on 2010-05-22
Stopped in for the first time and was quite impressed. Excellent selection of brews, a simple food menu and a cozy atmosphere with a nice, wood bar and tables and a punched tin ceiling.
The bartender was very enthusiastic and service was very prompt. He spotted my empty glass almost immediately! If you are at a table, which we were, you order your drinks and food from the bar. Speaking of food, we each had a warm turkey sandwhich with roasted red peppers, avocado and chipolte mayo. A big thumbs up on these.
There were to casks and quite a few pull taps. I met another patron who said he's here weekly and the rotation is excellent. Also met the owner and thanked up for putting a destination beer bar in Lancaster County.
05-23-2010 11:40:59 |
More by Tucquan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
First time visiting the first (IMO) real beer bar in Lancaster county. Old school pub feel with wooden floors and furniture. Large windows let in the afternoon light and gives a nice view of the busy sidewalks of Lititz. Large chalkboard displays the draft list with abv, size and cost cleary displayed. No waitstaff, so food and drink orders must be made a the bar. Not a big deal since it wasn't full. Had the Bulls Head burger ($10) and it was great. Drafts were $5-$6 and the selection was awesome. Stone, DFH, Southern Tier, Slyfox, Duck Rabbit, Victory, Allagash and many more. Great pub with great beer served properly. Get out and enjoy it.
07-26-2010 14:02:41 |
More by JunkYardJake
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I'm glad to see this venue finally posted up here after 2 solid years of cask deliciousness one a month. The beer line-up could easily qualify as one of the best in the county with several likely making their local debuts; Hommelbier, Founder's Red, and currently, d'Achouffe. Make sure to inquire about smaller serving sizes in case you want to broaden your horizons. It's a wonderful room (particularly the windows) but fills up easily and in the past three weeks, appears to be a hot spot. Check it out !
03-27-2010 13:24:48 |
More by BeerIsland
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
While on our way to Hershey our family and friends stopped in the town of Lititz. We took the kids to Wilburs and then Tom Sturgis both of which were excellent.
I personally think Wilbur buds to be better then Hershey kisses.
We stopped at the Bulls Head Public house for lunch.
Lancaster, Pa is a great place for beer hunting, in Amish country, who would of thought.
After reading some reviews about this place I put it on our list. This is a great little place attached to General Sutters inn which looks to be a good place to hang out for the weekend.
A hiddden gem. My buddy and I drank down a couple of bitters, it was early afternoon and still had the drive into Hershey.
Stupid me forgot to get the names of those bitters but never mine they were of excellent qualitity.
Theres about 10 taps there a great selection and at least 25 to 30 bottles.
Sorry I did not pay much mind to selection but i did see Oskar Blues G' and Troegs sunshine pils.
No waitresses and seat your self. You order by looking at a giant chalk board and turning your order into the bartender. That was different.
I had a great sheepards pie.
Punched tin ceiling with an old bike above the entrance.
All in all this is a great little gem that I look forward to coming back to tin the fall.
This would be a great base camp for beer hunting
P.S it's only about 10 miles to Stoudts which would make it perfect for Fall octoberfests.
05-21-2011 11:40:37 |
More by micromaniac129
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