Pied Bull

4.2
255 Reviews
£25 and under
Pub
A resplendent country pub, located right in the heart of Newton-le-Willows. A cracking range of beers, liveners & pick me ups sit behind the bar, coupled with quirky art, curiosities, and plenty of cosy or lively spots to enjoy your pint and put the world to rights. The suntrap terrace at the front ensures the pub atmosphere spills out on to the lively high-street whilst at the rear a splendid secret garden promises to provide a welcome haven.

Experiences

  • Christmas Day

    £70.00 per person

    Dec 25, 2021 only

    Secure your Christmas Day booking with a deposit of £25 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take deposit.  
  • Party Buffet

    £18.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit. Other menu options are available.  
  • Sumptuous Buffet

    £20.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit. Other menu options are available.  
  • Festive Party Menu – Two Courses

    £24.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 24, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.  Reduced prices for children.  Other menu options are available. 
  • Festive Party Menu – Three Courses

    £29.00 per person

    Nov 22 - Dec 25, 2021

    Secure your Festive Party booking with a deposit of £10.00 per person, two weeks ahead of your booking (at the very latest). The pub will contact you to take the deposit and send pre-order forms.  Reduced prices for children.  Other menu options are available. 

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 255 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely food would recommend

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Karen
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Lovely service the girls were just rushed off their feet and it was a little slow. They apologised continually with smiles on their faces. Difficult situation but the slow service didn’t spoil our evening. Food was amazing as always.

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WendyV
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This is a beautiful, large, stylishly decorated pub in the centre of Newton le Willows. The front exterior has a large area with many tables which was very busy when we visited creating a great vibe. The pied bull attracts families, young and older people.
We dined on a Friday night and were very impressed. We were greeted with polite, happy staff. The standard of service was excellent however, it was very slow. I believe this may have been due to how busy the bar was, although there weren’t many people dining.
The quality of food was very good and we enjoyed our choice. I would’ve liked to have seen a few more dishes added to the menu though. I would definitely go again.

Pied Bull
Responded a day ago

Hi WendyV, what a lovely review! Thank you x

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Rich
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was brilliant but the pub was very quiet so don’t know how it would be if it was busy.
In saying that the staff was really friendly and attentive and couldn’t do enough for us.
The meal was excellent and probably the best I’d had in a pub for a long time.
Will definitely be going back.

Pied Bull
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Rich, this is great, thank you! We hope to see you soon!

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HeatherA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience1

Menu very limited.
Fish finger sandwich very greesy

Pied Bull
Responded 4 days ago

Hi HeatherA, Thank you for your feedback :)

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busynurse
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

booked here through opentable on the day - meal booked for 7pm, didnt actually get to eat til 815pm as got there and lady in charge informed us an hour wait which obviously couldnt be conveyed through online booking platform, told had to send 2 chefs home through covid issues. Decided to hang on as no plan B on a Sunday evening and we were hungry. the restaurant room is lovely, traditional furnishings, tables well spaced. The food was delicious and the waiting staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We all enjoyed our meals, there were at least 2 veggie options for me which I would expect in the C21. Good selection of drinks too. Not very impressed by member of staff smoking stood right next to the entrance (it was raining) maybe not the professional appearance I would have hoped for, had to move to let us in. Accept smoking is a personal choice but need a place for that to happen away from a customer entrance. Overall this is a lovely place to eat or go for a drink, they also have a lovely area at the front open air to sit and watch the world go by and it is a great asset to the high street.

Pied Bull
Responded 4 days ago

Hi busynurse, I very much appreciate your review and honest feedback. We have unfortunately been hit with more covid issues of late, so thank you for your patience with this. I am in honesty shocked to hear of one of the team smoking in a guest area, they are aware this is an absolute no, no! Please accept my sincere apologies on this. Could I possibly ask you to describe the team member to me, as I would like to take the opportunity to remind them of professional behaviours around our guests?

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MairD
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We waited over an hour for the food but it was tasty

Pied Bull
Responded 4 days ago

Hi MairD, thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry for your wait, but I am glad you did bare with us and enjoyed your evening!

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stewy
Munich
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive staff who were very polite and friendly. Food excellent and well priced. Great choice of drinks particularly craft ales. Highly recommend.

Pied Bull
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Stewy, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. It is very much appreciated. Enjoy your evening!

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LisaH
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Lovely food in the newly refurbished Pied Bull. Great atmosphere and really lovely service

Pied Bull
Responded 4 days ago

LisaH, thank you!

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ElaineH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Bit pricey and the fish (in the fish and chips) was very greasy, (and yes I know it's deep fried) but still seemed too greasy, I left the batter

Pied Bull
Responded on September 11, 2021

Hi ElaineH, Thank you for your feedback, I have passed this to our kitchen team so they can improve their practices moving forwards. Have a great weekend!

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JackieS
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food2service4ambience5

Steak wasn't up to scratch for a ribeye ..requested no sauce came with a sauce ..service a little bit slow on the food ..

Pied Bull
Responded on September 11, 2021

Hi there JackieS, Thank you for your feedback. It is very much appreciated. I have used what you have said as a training tool to better our practices in food quality and service. Enjoy your weekend!

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AmandaC
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was nice and service was ok. Portions were fairly small for the price.

Pied Bull
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback AmandaC

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TheCooktwit
London
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Great sat outside on the terrace. Service a bit hit and miss to be honest.

Pied Bull
Responded on September 9, 2021

Thank you for your feedback TheCookwit :)

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Hayles
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Wasn't shown to our table and we did sit outside and we waited a good 20 minutes and not one person approached to take a drinks order. We went to the bar ourselves. I would have preferred table service.
Otherwise pleasant

Pied Bull
Responded on September 5, 2021

Hi Hayles, thank you for taking your time to leave us a review. The next time you call in, please do speak with our lovely host, we do aim to seat all guests in order to ascertain their preference on table service, so I'm sorry we missed that on this occasion. Enjoy your weekend!

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JanetC
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening, food was excellent, best steak in a long time. Service was also excellent.

Pied Bull
Responded on September 5, 2021

Hi there JanetC, thank you so much for taking your time to leave us a review! It is very much appreciated. I'm so happy to hear you had such a lovely evening with us :)

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KirstyS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food
Pleasant staff
Nice atmosphere
Will be coming back

Pied Bull
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you KirstyS! This is really great to hear!

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit for me first for Hubby really enjoyed the food, staff were lovely and friendly will definitely be going again.

Pied Bull
Responded on September 3, 2021

This is really nice to hear, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!

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AntMc
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was delicious. Service was poor. From being seated to being served for drinks took over 20 minutes we had to ask for the server to come and take an order at the table. The server did not know the menu when asked about the dishes. Several items not available on the menu but not explained then when our food came the server told us they had run out of veg but gave no explanation.
The server was polite, but was obviously new or hasn’t been trained well.
I would recommend to others as the food was nice and staff where polite but I think the service needs to be better.

Pied Bull
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you for explaining the situation there AntMc, I do hope you will give us a chance to redeem ourselves in future. I would love to welcome you and your wife in personally, If you would please drop a message to us via social media or email if you do come, I would love to sort something out for you as way of sincere apology after your previous experience. Jade

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Bit of a wait but we were told this and the staff were very helpful .. food was bang on

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Megan
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Staff haven’t a clue what they are doing, both times we have been the waiter has forgot to bring what we have asked for safe to say we won’t be returning untill better staff have been employed.

Pied Bull
Responded on September 3, 2021

Hi there Megan, I am so sorry to hear that you were made to feel this way. I do hope you will give us an opportunity to show you this isn't how we normally operate and that our team haven't been trained to leave out guests feeling so unhappy. Can I ask that you send a message over social media or email the next time you wish to call in and I will happily sort something our for you in way of sincere apology. Jade

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Claire
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really enjoyed it. Not eaten there before. We had the small plates (tapas) selection and it was lovely.

Pied Bull
Responded on August 30, 2021

Hi Claire, thank you for a lovely review :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow, things are getting better and better for the Pied Bull, the menu is interesting and tasty and we were so lucky to have Jess serving us... and how good is she? Jess is definitely the future for this business as her rapport with customers will take you far. We loved our date night, thanks to you all at Pied Bull x

Pied Bull
Responded on August 29, 2021

Hi there, This is such a lovely read, thank you! I have passed a HUGE high 5 to Jess too for her amazing work :)

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OpenTable Diner
Liverpool
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good enjoyed the southern fried chicken was lovely definitely be going back

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your review, so happy to hear you enjoyed our Southern Fried Chicken so much :)

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CourtneyS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

One waitress was fantastic the other two were not so friendly or welcoming

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi CourtneyS, If you'd please send a contact number over for yourself to our email address, I would love to contact you and discuss this further. Our team have not been trained in any way to be rude to our guests, so I feel very disappointed that you had to experience this. Please accept my sincere apologies.

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Rarebird
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Met with friend for lunch. Attentive service. Freshly prepared food. Unhurried though venue fairly busy for a Monday lunchtime.

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

This is a fantastic review Rarebird! Thank you so much!

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colind
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overall good food and good service.
Only criticism is that the plated main course food was only Luke warm.

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi colind, thank you for your constructive review, I have fed back to the kitchen areas where we need to improve and further training is being given to our new starters to ensure this doesn't happen again. I do hope you'll give us another opportunity to WOW you.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food and staff was very nice we were warned we had a 45 min wait for food as soon as we sat down which was fine but even as other people arrived they had a wait as well , I got the impression that there wasn’t enough staff in the kitchen , but once food arrived it was very nice .

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for your patience and understanding during your visit. We have been having a few staffing issues back of house, due to covid isolations and new starters still in training. This is far from being an excuse for the wait you experienced when you joined us, but please note we are working on returning to normal service in every way we can, as quickly as possible. Have a great weekend!

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Ssrah
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were very friendly and attentive and really made the evening enjoyable. The food was very well presented and tasty. Overall we had a fantastic experience

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi there Ssrah, thank you so much for leaving such a lovely review. Have a great weekend!

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julieW
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

it wasn’t the best meal i’ve eaten , food wasn’t the hottest , chicken wasnt the best looked pink ish put me off
salad soggy
staff were friendly
would recommend drinks not food

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi there JulieW, I am ever so sorry we let ourselves down on this occasion, we have been having a few staffing issues in house due to isolation and new starters in training. This is far from an excuse as to why issues arose during your visit and I have fed back to the kitchen team the areas we need to improve on. I do hope you'll visit again and give us an opportunity to redeem ourselves in the future.

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janec
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

The best thing I could say about the food was that it was hot. For the price it was disappointing- little better than a Weatherspoons

Pied Bull
Responded on August 27, 2021

Hi janec, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry to hear you felt underwhelmed by your visit to us. I can assure you that a lot of food is prepped daily in house and we do put a lot of passion into continuously developing our menu, I hope next time you visit we manage to make a better impression.

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CharlotteH
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, very attentive staff. Perfect addition to Newton!

Pied Bull
Responded on August 25, 2021

CharlotteH, Thank you for leaving us such a wonderful review!

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MISH
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Overall really good. Could have done with a little more space from other diners but food good service good

Pied Bull
Responded on August 16, 2021

Hi MISH, Thank you for our 4 stars! :)

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deborahk
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Service was a little slow but as we were a large group we didn’t mind the wait too much. I had the roast beef which was lovely but the Yorkshire pudding was so hard I was unable to eat it. One of the party had the lamb shank but there wasn’t enough meat on it. He also requested mashed potato instead of roasts but that didn’t happen.
On the whole it was a lovely meal but a few minor things stopped it from being perfect

Pied Bull
Responded on August 16, 2021

Hi there deborahk, Thank you for taking your time to leave a review, I'm glad to hear that overall you enjoyed your visit to us, however the areas that you have pointed out as not being so great do make me feel that we have dropped the ball on this occasion. I have given feedback to the team on your points as these are things we really shouldn't be getting wrong. I hope to see you again so an opportunity to wow you!

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Laura
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, fabulous service. Thank you for a great night. Will definitely be recommending to friends & family.

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GaryH
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat, drink and relax !!
Great staff always very welcoming !!

Pied Bull
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hey Gary, thanks so much for leaving a great review. We hope to see you again soon!

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SarahH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit since the Pied Bull has been refurbished and really enjoyed it. Friendly staff, excellent service and great food.
Will definitely be back.

Pied Bull
Responded on August 16, 2021

Thank you for such a lovely review SarahH! Have a great day!

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ElaineH
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We arrived at 6pm. The garden seating in the front of the pub was busy already but there were plenty of tables inside, and we had booked our table just in case. Our drinks order was taken promptly by the staff member that showed us to our table, although it took another fifteen minutes for the drinks to arrive. We were then told there would be a half hour wait for food as the kitchen was busy, which we said would be no problem. Our starters arrived within the half hour period stated, and were well presented and tasty.

Then we waited. And waited. And waited.

Tables nearby who were also experiencing a long wait for their food and went to the bar to ask if there was a problem, and were told that unfortunately there were only two chefs working and they were struggling to keep up with the demand...

I have every sympathy for those chefs as I have no doubt they were doing their utmost to get the food out as quickly as possible. However, very little (if anything) was being done by the front of house to alleviate this pressure - maybe serve a reduced menu, or only bar snacks, for a period of time to allow them to catch up? Nor were customer expectations being managed particularly effectively - the waiting staff seemed to be actively avoiding our section and, when our food finally arrived, no one came to check if everything was OK, nor were we offered any steak knives for the two members of our party who were having steaks (the most expensive items on the menu) or even any condiments. Salt, pepper,mustard, ketchup? Nothing.

Ultimately we found it to be a disappointing dining experience, which was a real shame given the care taken with the refurbishment.

If we return, it will be for drinks only, I'm afraid.

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DawnS
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue, friendly and attentive staff and the food was beautiful and well presented. Good selection of drinks available too

Pied Bull
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hi Dawn. Thank you for taking the time to leave us such a great review!

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a really nice Sunday lunch with some good wine! Service was excellent. Would definitely recommend!!

Pied Bull
Responded on August 9, 2021

Hey Anonymous. Thank you for taking the time to leave such great feedback. We definitely hope we see you again soon.

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CarolS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal, great service and ambiance. Drinks a little pricey being my only gripe.

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Pied Bull is rated 4.2 stars by 255 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.