Monday & Tuesday 12pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday & Thursday 12pm to 9pm
Friday & Saturday 12pm to 9:30pm
Sunday 12pm to 8pm
- Disabled Access
- Families and Children Welcome
About The Bull & Ram
Situated in a Grade 1 listed butcher's shop, the Bull & Ram serves the best in local award-winning produce. Lovingly restored back to it's former glory with the orginial tiles and awning, meat-hanging rail and herringbone oak ceiling, the restaurant offers a unique dining experience. The modern annex at the back of the kitchen boasts an open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work. The Bull & Ram's imaginative, modern yet informal menu celebrates the best of local produce, from 40-day Hannan's beef, dry-aged in a Himalayan salt chamber to fresh fish landed in Dumdrum, diners can enjoy the best that County Down has to offer. Signature dishes include bone marrow on toast, sugar-pit cured bacon chops and scallops "Rockefeller".
Main course came over an hour after we had finished starters. Staff very unattentive to empty glasses no table and never asked if we'd like more drinks.
We booked a table for Mother's Day lunch to treat our mum, though unfortunately it was a bit of a disaster from start to finish. When we arrived our table wasnt ready so we were told to just stand by bar which was a bit awkward as we were in the middle of sll other diners and were getting in the way of staff. We waited more than half an hour for our order to be taken (this was more than likely due to an incident beyond staffs control - see below - so this was very understandable why this happened). It was over an hour before our starters arrived. One of which was burnt. Our main courses were even worse unfortunately. Two of us ordered beef which we were told was served medium. It arrived cold and really tough. The lamb dish was much the same. When we pointed out the cold food, we were asked did we just want it 'reheated' instead of replacing these. The replacements were warmer but the meat still very tough and much of it was left on the plates. We witnessed a number of other tables returning food to the kitchen. We were later asked if we wanted dessert and at this stage after more than two hours into our visit we asked if there was a long wait time on desserts (we had been watching a few other tables around us who had been waiting really long times on food to arrive). The answer was "Yeh probably but ill check." When the waitress came back and handed us menus, we asked if she had managed to check on the likely wait time. She said she had checked with her manager and if we got our orders in straight away they would 'make sure they were put on.' We attempted to order dessert but were told they didnt have any of our chosen dessert left. In the end we gave up and just asked for the bill. The manager brought us our bill and said he had taken off our starters due to all the issues. Instead though the bill contained a number of drinks which we didnt even order. We travelled 50 minutes for our Mothers Day celebration in the Bull and Ram but unfortunately will not be back and will not be recommending this restaurant to others. While I cannot (and am not) guaranteeing the link between our meal at the Bull and Ram - we are all also feeling unwell today. We had nothing else to eat the rest of the day so find it hard to explain that there could be any other reason for this. Finally, on a point of health and safety, an elderly lady collapsed during our visit to the restaurant and an ambulance had to be called. (This was also likely the reason for the delay in getting our order taken at the start - which is totally understandable while staff tried to attend to the lady - we were very happy to wait and the ladies safety and well-being was of course far more important than any of us being served) but my point is that the layout of the restaurant made it difficult for the ambulance to enter and exit the restaurant. We moved a few tables around to accommodate the paramedics but it may be just something to consider - accessibility incase of emergencies and also for wheelchair users. Staff also seemed panicked and confused at times, so perhaps some training for the manager and some team members may help with managing any future emergencies or incidents (hopefully they never happen). This feedback is in no way meant to cause offence but instead I hope it will be used constructively to rectify issues with food and service as I would hate for anyone else to experience the quality of food and standards of service which we did.
As good as perfect. 👌
Delicious steak followed by sticky toffee pudding and coffee. High quality food and service.
Beautiful building. Excellent vibe.
Lovely evening of food and service
Excellent value and fantastic service and the food well just amazing as always.
Excellent food in a very relaxed setting.
I will be back again. The food was faultless.
Food was delicious I had venison Wellington
Good food with plenty of flavour! Big bull burger not just average burger taste! Worth going to!
Really great tiem again at the Bull & Ram. Great menu, food is amazing and service brilliant. Cant wait to go again!
Whitebait was delicious. Vegetarian option of falafel very good and the sweet potato chips very tasty and crisp
Fantastic evening with superb food, five stars all the way, can't wait to return
Very pleasant experience
One of the best meals we’ve ever had
Maybe our expectations were too high due to the reviews but we found the food to be just okay, kind of gastro pub food. The service and welcome was exceptional, every one very friendly and efficient.
We had a wonderful evening, thanks so much.
All the staff we had contact with were really friendly (smiling) and helpful. Food was piping hot and served in good time with a lot of attention to detail. Was slight hiccup with dessert order, staff were apologetic and discounted bill which was not necessary but left me leaving a bigger tip than normal and deciding we would definitely return again soon.
Amazing food and fantastic service, will definitely be back.
Great food and deals.
Great menu, lots of variety. Staff were lovely, there was just a fair wait between courses. It was a little cold as we were seated near the door. Food was outstanding - will be back!
Lovely meal and service, thank you
This was our first time I was hoping to get a steak but when I asked if it was possible to order a small fillet steak I was told this was not available I was dissapointed as I was told your steaks were good and the Chateaubriand for 2 on the menue (30ozs) was far to big for us 2 We had the fish of the day which was good but unless you provide smaller steaks on menue don't think we would go back
Great venue and service.