Bulls Head Public House
Taps: 18 / Bottles: 96
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 25 | Reviews: 18 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by woodychandler:
4.9/5 rDev +7.2%
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
More User Reviews:
4.88/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
Great service, great food, great beer. I was there for the cask ale festival and was very impressed with the selection. The food is delicious. The bartender filled our growlers early when we explained that we had to go to work before the festival reopened. The pub breakfast on Saturdays is delicious. The bison burger is excellent.
12-02-2013 20:29:58 | More by dgaffney88
4.25/5 rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
14 beers on tap with a wide selection from rare Belgians to quality seasonal beers. Great English pub atmosphere in a small PA town. Bartenders know their beers. Willing to let you sample. Would definitely go back and stay there just to go to this place.
09-08-2013 04:32:16 | More by jmann40
Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, PA
98 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.