Welcome!

The White Bull is located in the centre of the historic village of Ribchester a former Roman settlement on the original Watling Street now home to a busy community and lots of attractions for visitors to the beautiful Ribble Valley with its fantastic scenery, great walks and lots of things to do.

FOOD & DRINK

FOOD & DRINK

DINE WITH US

DINE WITH US

STAY WITH US

STAY WITH US

The White Bull is an iconic 1707 built listed property located in the old centre of Ribchester.

Situated opposite original weavers cottages and walking distance from the numerous Roman attractions, The historic Church, the banks of the River Ribble and Ribble Way walk.  The Roman Bath House is directly over the wall in our lovely garden area.  There is lots of parking either opposite or within easy walking distance.

The building is possibly one of the most photographed pubs in Britain with its unusual ‘White Bull’ wooden statue above the ‘Pillared’ front added to the building when it was originally used as a court room with holding cell to deal with the local miscreants! The pillars were said to have been found in the river and are said to be Roman in origin and had been part of ‘The temple of Minerva’ a place of worship in Roman times.

 

In 2019, The White Bull underwent a complete refurbishment with a primary goal of restoring all its original features. The aim was to offer a quintessential British village pub experience, catering to both the local community and visitors, featuring fresh, high-quality food menus and an extensive range of drinks.

 

There are also 3 beautifully appointed double bedrooms en suite with a private entrance for guests.

Step inside and let the warmth of our hospitality embrace you!

We are Julie and Dee, the proud new owners of The White Bull, and we are absolutely thrilled to welcome you to our cherished establishment.

As we embark on this exciting journey together, we want you to know that our doors are open wide, and our hearts are even wider. Whether you’re a familiar face or a newcomer to our beloved tavern, we extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you.

Here at The White Bull, we believe in the power of community and connection. Our team is dedicated to ensuring that every visit is filled with laughter, joy, and unforgettable experiences.

So come on in, take a seat, and let us treat you to an exceptional dining experience. From mouthwatering dishes to handcrafted cocktails, we’re here to delight your senses and leave you craving more.

Thank you for choosing to be a part of our story. Together, let’s raise our glasses to new beginnings and endless possibilities!

Warmest regards,

Julie, Dee, and The White Bull Team

You will always be guaranteed the warmest of welcomes whatever the reason for your visit.

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 211 reviews
Enjoyable, tasty lunch We arrived at 1,45pm for lunch after visiting Roman ruins and Early churches in Ribchester . We ere greeted quickly and taken to a pleasant dining room. The staff were very pleasant , we didn’t have to wait long , the menu for main courses was interesting and varied , the food excellent ( just a bit pricey) -
Kate C
17/05/2024
A hidden gem After spending a lovely Saturday evening in The White Bull we decided to book in for Sunday lunch and have to say we it was one of the best we have ever had, the pub was busy with a lovely atmosphere and the customer service from the staff was exceptional nothing was too much trouble. The food was reasonably priced, and the locally sourced produce made this Sunday lunch worth travelling for. It was lovely to be presented with homemade food instead of the usual microwave mass produced dinners. The location of The White Bull is magical with some lovely walks and historical sites on its doorstep. We will definitely be back.
Angela B
05/05/2024
Lovely lunch Lovely lunch. We were travelling and just called in. My husband had the Steak Pie and I had the Cheese & Onion Pie.... so scrumptious! Home cooked. We would definitely do a diversion to go there again. Staff were welcoming and customers in bar were friendly and chatty. As a bonus, If you go into the garden you can see the Roman baths!
KateC
05/05/2024
Happy customers of The White Bull, Ribchester. Really one of the best pub meals we've had. Helpful, welcoming staff, generous portions of beautifully cooked food at a reasonable price. Highly recommended.
Chris H
20/04/2024
Memorable for all the right reasons! I booked a table for 15 on Saturday night to celebrate a big birthday. What a fantastic evening it was! You can eat in all areas of the pub i.e, the bar area, the restaurant or the area we had been booked into…..the “Champagne Stables”. It was fabulous! Julie and the team set up the area and our table beautifully, it was really special and it looked amazing. Because there was 15 of us we had pre-ordered our food choices. It was great doing it that way. I arranged pre dinner drinks in advance as well and they were ready and waiting for us as everyone arrived 🥂 The food was absolutely delicious. So good that one of my friends wants the recipe for the pea and mint soup. Another one told the chef “that’s the best sausage I’ve ever had” I had the prawn saganaki starter then the rabbit stew, both delicious. We finished the evening off with a cocktail tree, what a treat that was 🍸 The service was great, they really looked after us. The pub was busy with a lovely atmosphere. It was a brilliant evening and memorable for all the right reasons. I’ve not posted pics of the food, there’s lots of those on other reviews. Some pics of the setting though because it was fabulous.
J60
16/04/2024
So delicious that we wanted to lick our plates An excellent gem, hidden in Ribchester. The restaurant was busy, the service great, the food was really delicious. I would highly recommend this place. The only problem was an extremely rude customer, who was giving the staff a hard time, for having the audacity to serve them efficiently. He told the entire restaurant how he wanted a 15 minute break between starter and main course. The staff handled him with great courtesy.
Kathxertyuf
31/03/2024
Gem of a find. On a short 3 day break, we came across this old, characterful and recently refurbished pub in Ribchester and enjoyed a drink and a chat to the locals. We enjoyed the warmth of the welcome and the overall ambience so much, we decided to book the restaurant for the following evening. Again we spent a very enjoyable time and highly recommend the food offering from the extensive but reasonably priced menu. Thank you particularly to Ginette and Julie for your friendliness and hospitality. We hope that we will one day return and visit again and have no hesitation in recommending this establishment to anyone visiting this beautiful part of the Ribble valley.
Gerald B
31/03/2024
Good Friday Family Lunch The White Bull was recommended to us and they did not disappoint!! We chose here for a Friday lunch after a family walk with our dogs and they were so friendly and accommodating. We book prior and gave our food orders and from sitting down with our drinks, the food was out within 10 minutes. The food was delicious, all 11 of us really enjoyed it. We will definitely be returning!
yaz
29/03/2024
Absolutely fabulous! Our daughter bought us a voucher for Xmas, so we visited the white bull for the first time today. It was quiet when we arrived which gave us time to talk to our lovely hostess Jeanette. We both ordered the pheasant & bacon pin wheel which came with piccalilli, really delicious. We followed up with the rabbit stew which was sensational, one of the best dishes we've had in years ( it was a tad too salty). Will spread the word to friends & family about this great eating place, with a few unique dishes we haven't come across before.
sandra b
28/03/2024