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Bulls Head Public House

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Bulls Head Public HouseBulls Head Public House
BA SCORE
98
world-class

27 Ratings
Ratings: 27
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 6.97%
Taps: 18
Bottles: 96
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ 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

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(Place added by: ukbrewing on 03-21-2010)
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Reviews by woodychandler:
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4.9/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

woodychandler, Jan 22, 2011
More User Reviews:
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

MarkGamber, Aug 27, 2014
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4.52/5  rDev -1.5%

Mgovy, Aug 25, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

drtth, Jul 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

UncleRicoII, Jul 12, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Stork_Brewz13, Jul 01, 2014
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

rsummrs, Jun 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

Durandal_777, May 19, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev -2%

jbaker67, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of dgaffney88
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

dgaffney88, Dec 02, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Liberatiscioli, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of jmann40
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

jmann40, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of lackenhauser
4.7/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

lackenhauser, May 11, 2013
Photo of hopandbarley28
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

hopandbarley28, Jan 31, 2013
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5/5  rDev +8.9%

Best bar I've been to. They always have Young's stout on tap, as well as quite a few rotating taps and more than 100 bottled beers. Always fantastic beer. The food is exceptional as well, I highly recommend the wings.

Very well-done English pub theme. The staff and management are excellent, they've even let me do fairly unconventional things a couple times. It's owned by the same people as the Sutter next door, one time they let us use the Sutter's patio when it wouldn't have normally been open for my friend's bachelor party.

Great food, great people, great beer.

Hazarmaveth, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4.44/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

orangesol, Nov 08, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -10%

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.

micromaniac129, May 21, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev -6.3%

Bulls Head: Upon entering this place is small and the decor fits there vibe. It fits what they are trying to do. A large chalkboard features there drafts and food specials. It not a huge place but it is not needed either. Best overall draft selection in Lancaster. Always rotating which makes every visit different. They have some killer brews like hop slam, KBS, Gnomegang, etc...I Like on the draft list it says size and price. I have not had food but heard good things. Very nice bottle selction, again best in Lancaster. If you are in the Lancaster area this is a must. Stop in while your wife is out shopping for Amish quilts.

canjeeps, May 18, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

John_M, Apr 04, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev -5.2%

This is a beautiful bar. From the streetscape to the barstool this is a transcendent English Pub experience. You walk through the classic threshold into a cozy bar room with dark wood, spartan furnishings, and a chalkboard beer/food menu. This is not a typical caricature of an English pub in America but more like an authentic parallel of a centuries old public house from the English countryside.

The food is excellent. I've been to several pubs in England and this place offers a typical pub menu selection. They have several vegetarian and vegan options which is common everywhere except the most backward, redneck, "unenlightened" places in the country. I was surprised and very pleased to find this kind of progressive and authentic establishment in central Pennsylvania.

The beer selection is top notch. Two cask ales available. The tap selection is thoughtfully "English" in nature. I really admire the focus (English milds, brown ales, etc.). And there is plenty of other stuff specifically picked for BA's. Nice bottle list.

If you have to be-in or go-to Lancaster County, PA there is no better place that I have found for good beer and food.

ritter57, Feb 06, 2011
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4.72/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

JunkYardJake, Jul 26, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

Tucquan, May 23, 2010
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4.16/5  rDev -9.4%

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

Slatetank, May 09, 2010
Photo of dain
4.4/5  rDev -4.1%

My wife and I were looking forward to our date night, soon after this placed opened up. Lancaster is such need of a great beer haunt. This bar fills that niche of a beer bar where there is no dollar drafts and weak ass cold chicken wings. They really celebrate beer here with a continued dedication to casks ales, no domestic watery lagers, and a rotating taps. Rotating taps is important to me. I like some of the other bars in Lancaster, but I can go in a year later and see the same craft beer on tap. There is so many new brands to discover for that to happen...

This is the best beer selection in all of Lancaster county right now. All craft and imported beer! Very pleased with the 14 draft selection, 2 casks, and over 70 bottles. I don't think they fill growlers, but I hope they will.

dain, Apr 10, 2010
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4.36/5  rDev -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 !

BeerIsland, Mar 27, 2010
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Bulls Head Public House in Lititz, PA
98 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.