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Bulls Head

Site of The Bulls Head, 2012

Picture source: Colin Price

The Bulls Head was situated at 80 Leadenhall Street. This pub was demolished in 1990 and replaced by the building in the above photo.
I was surprised to find out a couple of years ago that the Bulls Head in Leadenhall Street had been demolished. It must have been a listed building as it was so old. I used to work there in the Summer of 1979. From around April to August. The young couple that ran it, lived above. I believe they had a young child. Unfortunately, their names escape me at this time. They also had a chef. At lunchtimes, the pub was open downstairs, with I believe a pub grub (and very good too) type restaurant upstairs. I worked there in the evenings. The pub was shut at weekends, except for private bookings.
It opened at 5pm. This was ideal for me, as I was a BT Engineer in the City at the time. I finished at 5pm in Houndsditch and made my way to the pub. Sometimes, if it was quiet, I was able to leave at 7 or 8pm, otherwise I stayed until closing, then went to Fenchurch Street for my train home.
I generally ate at the pub in the evening, having some lovely sausages in French bread. The sausages were sourced by the chef at Leadenhall Market.
I recall it was really a Wine Bar rather than a pub at that time. It had a very nice selection of wines. The proprietor was quite a wine buff I seem to recall. It sold one beer, Stones Bitter and one Lager, Tuborg Gold (very nice), but the import, not the UK brewed one. They also had a good selection of whisky's.
I worked there while I was saving up for my wedding. I have to say it was a very nice pub to work in. The owners were great and most of the customers were regulars and very nice.
Paul Bradford (October 2014)

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Name Dates Comments
Steve Thompson 1984/1985 I was chef here for a couple of years in the mid 80's. I took over from an Irish fella called Murray, and the proprietors name was Tim. The ground floor was a pub, with a couple of beers (Stones was one), and did cheap pub-grub. The first floor was a wine bar, with a bit more upmarket, (for the time), food. The second floor was a waitress service a-la-carte restaurant. Great hours for a chef. I used to start at 9.30 and finish by 3pm. M-F too!
Christine Murphy 1974 My (then) boyfriend used to know the owner, so would pop in for a visit occasionally, the ground floor was primarily a wine bar, with a restaurant on the second floor-run by a very charismatic German chef called Gerhart. The kitchen, I believe was on the third floor with a dumb waiter taking the food down to the lower floors! It was open mon-fri. It was heaving every day.