Keith Newby the current landlord of the White Bull. is a disgusting excuse for an employer. Two of his full time staff members left the pub after doing all that they could to aid Mr Newby in setting up his business. often working between 60 and 70 hour weeks, they loyally served for Mr Newby and his business, doing all that they could (and quite successfully) to create more custom. the two left the company due to their desire to travel. they are currently in south America and almost penniless as Mr Newby has failed to pay them for almost 1 months wage. they were never paid on time during their employment and it was put down to cash flow problems yet mr Newby could always run up tabs for himself to the amounts of 100 - 200 pounds almost nightly. I cannot explain enough how much trouble he has caused, both morally and financially, for two young lads out in south america just trying to enjoy what they have saved for. i urge anyone who reads this to take this information into account when considering to or dining in this establishment. Thank You for reading.
I am a keen user of sugarvine as they have always assisted me in finding fantastic bars and restaurants of which my family and I like to dine. I found The White Bull Hotel in Ribchester where i read the reviews and menus and was very excited about our visit. As i live in Kendal, the drive was especially to visit The White Bull Hotel and Ribchester as the food sounded fantastic. We arrived to find that the food advertised online was not offered and the replacements were not even of a similar standard (if I wanted to get simple pub food i would have visited my local!). So we did not dine or in fact even have a drink. The only thing that came good of our trip was finding Northcote Manor. What a Wonderful Place! I don't think you should miss lead your potential customers. If ever i was asked about The White Bull Hotel in Ribchester, my comments would not be encouraging.
Mr H O'Sullivan
WHATS HAPPENED TO THE WHITE BULL? THE GOOD FOOD HAS GONE AND THE STAFF HAVE CHANGED. I MISS THE WHITE BULL, PLEASE CAN WE HAVE THE CHEF BACK. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE HE NOW WORKS? I'VE BEEN A REGULAR NOW FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS WITH THESE STAFF, MAYBE I'LL HAVE TO FIND SOMEWHERE NEW!
We visited in mid-October when they had only been re-opened about three weeks, once when we sampled a bar snack and a few days later in the restaurant. The food was freshly-cooked (fish & chip bar meal was fabulous, not frozen pre-prepared stuff) and the restaurant meal was imaginative and tasty. Best of all was the friendly service and atmosphere and the cask real ale available.
We came to the White Bull last weekend as a special treat for our daughter. The food was phenomenal and the service excellent, apparently run by a brother, sister team, a great brother sister team. We wish you all the best for your future.
fantastic. i haven't enjoyed the food, service and atmosphere in one place for such a long time. thank you the white bull. you have provided us with a fabulous local pub and restaurant. jj
We visited The White Bull at Ribchester on Friday 23 Oct 09. The food and service was outstanding. We both agreed that it was the best meal we had eaten for a long time. The cuts of beef and duck were delicious and the fusion of food creative. We would like to thank the staff at The White Bull for a lovely evening and would strongly recommend it- Al & Sal
We booked for Valentines Day about a month ago, and were really looking forward to it, but what a disappointment - my husband said he couldn't remember visiting anywhere less welcoming.
On arrival, without so much as a 'Good Evening', the woman behind the bar instructed us to wait where we were for a few minutes, whilst she disappeared with another staff member. Eventually, someone emerged from the restaurant area and took us straight to our table, without an opportunity for an aperitif. Our table was immediately under the loudspeaker, so we asked for the music to be turned down. It was, but it was still too loud, so we asked to move table (it was only 7.15pm, and there were 10 available tables set for couples). This was refused, but the music was turn down again, so throughout the evening there was an irritating hum from the speaker.
We were presented with a fixed price menu (which we should have been told about when we booked), but no wine list. With barely time to catch breath between, our starters were followed by our main courses. We asked for a rest before ordering our puddings, but were only allowed 5 minutes. I then requested decaffeinated coffee, but was told that it was not available - I was so surprised by this, I double-checked with the proprietor and was told that decaff was, of course, available. Throughout the meal, we were constantly interrupted and asked if everything was alright for us.
Our departure, was pretty much the same as our arrival. There was no Good Night.
The food, except the bread, was very good and presented well. Portions were generous. But the food alone was not good enough to make us want to return.