Our story
the Bull Inn, Chalbury

Pack Taverns' story


The Pack Taverns story began in 2015 when Charlie and Willow Crossley bought the 16th century Bull Inn in Charlbury. Their vision was to create a pub that was a 'home away from home’ and, as instinctive homemakers themselves with an innate eye for design, style and comfort, that original vision has definitely been realised.

The Bull has become a place where guests can instantly relax into the homely unpretentious atmosphere - like being at home, but rather better as it offers the understated luxury and comfort of a top quality hotel. You will find local and delicious food on the menu and the eight bedrooms designed by irrepressibly creative author, interior and floral stylist, Willow, are all different; each one beautiful in its own original, quirky and elegant way; each with an ensuite bathroom.

The renovation respected the Bull Inn’s historic character and layout. It has been lovingly nurtured back to life with careful attention paid to the intrinsic qualities and quirks of this ancient building. Attention to detail is crucial at the Bull, exemplified by Willow’s signature style of relaxed, colour filled spaces. In each bedroom, our supremely comfortable beds have boldly upholstered bespoke headboards; windows have generous curtains in unusual designer fabrics; the bed linen is top quality, piled with luxurious pillows and throws that emphasise our signature focus on home comforts. And when it comes to food, we offer a menu of lovingly prepared dishes, as local and seasonal as possible that we hope appeals to a wide range of tastes and appetites.

Welcome to The Bull Inn

Our hope is to create a home away from home for all who visit – we want to make you feel welcome and indulged; for you to settle in for the whole of your stay, no matter how long you are with us. We welcome everybody! - couples, families, children and dogs.

We have eight bedrooms, four in the main pub and another four in the Bull Barn. The Bull barn adjoins the main building and is next to our beautiful open garden which is a great sun-trap and perfect for whiling away long lunches or evening drinks. We also have an outdoor bar in the garden which will soon be transformed into our Pizza shack, serving takeaways on a Tuesday night and serving the garden on the weekends.

Eating at The Bull Inn

You will always be able to find our delicious burger, fish & chips, a pie and halloumi burger on the menu, as well as tempting bar snacks and delicious main courses. These change regularly throughout the season to get the best from the array of seasonal produce. Expect a few twists on the classics, whether incorporating some international influences in our main dishes or an update on a traditional choice of desserts.

We like to use as many local suppliers as possible, in fact you can’t get more local than our venison, which is from Cornbury, a stone’s throw away.

Of course our fish supply cannot be so local, but it is delivered fresh from Brixham everyday.

Details of all our suppliers you will find on our EAT page.

The Team


We are fortunate enough to have a solid team at The Bull with the same core group working all year round and the same group of part timers returning each holiday season.

Our General Manager is Sev Lilkov.

Sev has been working in and around the Cotswolds for the past 12 years and has a vast depth of knowledge in the industry. He can throw his hand at anything and is the driving force behind the team. Not only this but he will be the driving force behind the new Pizza shack.

Tom Tinson is our Head Chef.

Tom has worked at a variety of places in his career, ranging from large hotels to small boutique restaurants with three rosettes. Tom has a classical training and  an interest in modern British cuisine ; he  shares  our concept of  elevating classic pub dishes into something great /creating great elevated pub dishes. We are delighted  that Tom has been joined by his Sous Chef, Ash Clare.  Ash has worked at many high standard restaurants and pubs and brings his excitement and knowledge with him to the kitchen

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  • The Bull Inn
    Sheep St
    Chipping Norton OX7 3RR
    Charlbury
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    Tel: 01608810689


Registered Address:
Pack Taverns Limited, C/N: 09575656, Bull Inn, Charlbury, OX7 3RR