New Management

Since August 2016

The Black Bull pub is situated within the heart of rural Lancashire located in the village of Ribchester in the Ribble Valley. It is run by Cath and Sue serving great home cooked food and traditional cask ales.

The Black Bull pub has become a wonderful place to be since Cath and Sue took over in August 2016 with fabulous food being served daily and live music most weekends. The Black Bull has a friendly vibrant atmosphere, family orientated and pet friendly. It is a great place to socialise in the week and at weekends or hold business meetings.

A Friendly Traditional British Pub

Built in 1770

Rural Lancashire

The Black Bull in Ribchester was built around 1700 using dressed sandstone with dressed sandstone architectural details. It is not know whether it was built as an Inn, or it may have been converted from a farmhouse. It was an Inn in 1824-5 when Daniel Thwaites brewery bought it. The public house was largely remodeled in the 19th century - the roof, chimney stack and the pedestal supporting the stone bull all date from this rebuilding.

The Black Bull and the majority of the buildings along Blackburn Road, Church Street and Water Street are classed as buildings of ‘Townscape Merit’. This includes all of the buildings within Thwaites ownership.

Buildings of ‘Townscape Merit’ are those which have been judged as making a positive contribution to the character and appearance of the Conservation Area.

Just a stones throw away


100 years old in 2014

The museum is located in the beautiful Ribble Valley village of Ribchester.

Just a stones throw away from the Black Bull, it is the only specialist Roman Museum in Lancashire, celebrating it's centenary in 2014.

The recently extended museum buildings stand directly on the site of the Roman BREMETENNACUM, an important fort on the crossroads of military routes to York, Manchester, Carlisle and the Fylde coast.

Star objects include a superb cavalry tombstone, a fine copy of the famous Ribchester Helmet and a wealth of other carved stones, inscriptions, pottery, coins and evidence of everyday life in the fort and the surrounding area.

Looking for a perfect pint?

Then visit the Black Bull

Since 1997 Cask Marque has been ensuring that the cask ale you drink in pubs in the UK has been in perfect condition. Our 45 qualified assessors make over 20,000 visits to pubs each year in England, Scotland, Wales, Europe and even America to check the temperature, appearance, aroma and taste of Britain’s favourite drink.

The Cask Marque scheme is operated by an independent body called Cask Marque Trust which is a limited company, limited by guarantee, and a non profit making organisation. Pubs that join the scheme such as the Black Bull at Ribchester are visited unannounced by an independent assessor at least twice a year. In the first year they are visited twice in the first three months and in subsequent years they are visited once in the summer and once in the winter. The assessor checks all cask ales on sale for – temperature, appearance, aroma and taste.

The Black Bull passed these checks.