About Us

Welcome to No. 9 the Market Place – The Bull Hotel

A former 17th century coaching inn, now a Pub & Restaurant with Rooms. In the centre of Olney, overlooking the Market Place, we sit at the heart of the local community; a great spot to watch the world go by.

The Bull Hotel is a delightful pub & restaurant based in the beautiful Market town of Olney. If you are in the mood for a leisurely  breakfast, a light bite, late lunch or are looking for a dinner destination our menus have something for everyone to graze at.

We are Dog friendly dog’s are welcome in the bar area & we even have a few tasty treats to give our four legged friends.

Our menus are seasonal and freshly made in our kitchen we pride ourselves in serving the best local produce we can get our hands on, with our menus changing seasonally & dishes freshly prepared daily in our kitchen.

We are a great place to enjoy a drink serving a selection of real ales and craft beers, alongside an extensive spirit list & a range of soft drinks.

In the warmer months, our outside terraces sit outside our back terrace and soak up the sun or watch the world go by in our front outside terrace. Why not grab a bite to eat with family and friends

We have thirteen boutique bedrooms all named after cattle, these rooms are perfect for a romantic getaway, family break or a handy stop over for that business trip.

Car park we have a good sized car park which can be located at the back of the Bull hotel opposite the co-op.

Whatever the occasion, if you’re looking for a lovely spot to eat delicious food & catch up with friends & family or an escape from the hustle and bustle we think The Bull Hotel is just the place…

Our History

& local area

Small in size, but rich in history, the stunning Georgian market town of Olney sits on the banks of the River Great Ouse & is situated between the county borders of Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire.

Olney’s heritage is notably steeped in classical literature. Distinguished former residents include William Cowper & John Newton who made the town their home for some time. During his residency, Newton penned the “Amazing Grace” poem making Olney a fantastic destination for literature & history enthusiasts. A must see is the William Cowper Museum located on Orchard Side of the Market Place.

Another claim to Olney fame is that the town is home to one of the largest & longest standing annual Pancake Races. Every Shrove Tuesday, the locals & their families congregate, armed with frying pans & proceed to compete in the Market Place (opposite The Bull). This tradition (supposedly) originates from 1445 when a harassed housewife dashed to Church, apron flying and frying pan in hand to make the service in time. To this very day, the ladies’ races commence on our doorstep.

The town also boasts a vast array of wonderful independent shops, boutiques & antique outlets, perfect for browsing.

As a valued part of our local community, it is our responsibility to ensure that we respect the Olney Market Place parking guidelines.

Please note, there is no overnight parking on the Market Place on the following dates:

(for the Thursday market)

(for the Farmers market)