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Bulls Head Public House

Not Rated.
Bulls Head Public HouseBulls Head Public House

23 Reviews
Reviews: 23
Visits: 38
Avg: 4.41
pDev: n/a
Taps: 18
Bottles: 96
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

14 E Main St
Lititz, Pennsylvania, 17543-1927
United States
phone: (717) 626-2115

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @bullsheadlititz

Place added by: ukbrewing on 03-21-2010

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Reviews: 23 | Visits: 38
Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Blwissler
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of JNForsyth
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Photo of Seamullet2015
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of DLS168
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of DrBier
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of dbl_delta
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in for a brew after dinner at Appalachian. Very nicely done English pub. The place was packed. Noisy (tin ceiling and hardwood floors) but not overly so. Bartender was quick and accurate. I'd go there a lot if I lived in Lititz!

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Photo of classixIII
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Stopped in for lunch after a visit to the chocolate factory around the corner.
Some decent beers on tap, current choices would be an IPA lover's (not me) delight. Was happy they had a decent stout. Great pub vibe, seat yourself, if tables available, order at the bar but great service and food was pretty quick even though it was quite busy at the time. Reuben sandwich was great, wife had chicken and leek pie, also great. Reasonable prices. A good experience.

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4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

One of the worst beers I've ever tasted came from here. And the rudeness of the clientele is almost entertaining in its extremity. But it's still a magnificent location with a stellar beer selection and I miss it being my local hangout. Try the nachos... or any food, really. It's all amazing.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of GeoffreyM
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of MarkGamber
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I live 5 minutes from Bull's Head and I'm damned appreciative of that fact! There's always something good on tap, the prices are good, the service is good, the food is top shelf and since they've expanded their seating area both inside and out, it's a nice place to hang out as well! I've had plenty of "first time" beers here and I plan on having plenty more. Well worth a visit if you happen to be in the area.

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of drtth
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

A place to visit in Lititz. Very much in the style of a British Pub (with some influence of a US style bar showing).

The service is first rate and the beer list is excellent.

The owner knows and understands cask beer so sometimes it is there to be found and a pint is served properly.

Service was speedy and attentive.

Did not try the food.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Stork_Brewz13
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of dgaffney88
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of jmann40
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of hopandbarley28
5/5  rDev +13.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A perfect place to enjoy some beer. It has an awesome pub feel. Its cozy and inviting. Not very big, and there are no tv's to distract your from your beer (or your conversation). Taps (~14) rotate pretty quickly. A lot of the usual suspects for PA, plus some rarer belgians and staples from some of the US's larger craft breweries. They have a decent size bottle selection, and there are always 2 casks that feature local PA beers and English session/real ales are always flowing. They even have their own 'Bulls Head Bitter" brewed by St. Boniface, which is quite tasty.

The food is great too. Traditional pub fare, as well as some unexpected goodies (e.g. the deviled eggs w/ candied bacon and fried oysters). It's a little on the pricey side, but the atmosphere, service, great beer and great food make it worth the visit.

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Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, PA
96 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.