The Black Bull Ruislip
This pub closed in January 2011,
but remarkably re-opened on 12th June 2013
The Black Bull stands on the corner of Torcross Road and Victoria Road, just in to South Ruislip (where the Yeading Brook, 200 yards north of it, is the dividing line between Ruislip Manor and South Ruislip).
When the Ruislip Manor estate was built at the site of this pub stood a massive machine producing bricks or the mortar needed to build the houses locally. When the pub was built it was to be called the Brickmakers (Arms?) but for some reason ended up being the Black Bull, and it has been called this ever since.
Torcross Road, on the corner of which it stands, also had a name problem and was initially called Torbay Road, but this caused confusion with a road only half a mile away with the same name in Rayners Lane and so its name was changed.
Over the years the Black Bull has passed through many changes of ownership and each seems to have their own idea of what will make it make money, (at one time it had a reputation for food) and it has suffered from at least one suspicious fire.
The pub underwent a re-fit in mid 2002 and now has a large sun-deck to the side and reasonable sized garden to the rear. Most major sports events are shown on the big screen TV. (Footnote - due to a problem with planning the sun-deck was removed)
Where it is, by road
From Ruislip drive to Ruislip Manor and head down Victoria Road under the railway bridge. Leave Ruislip Manor going straight on at two roundabouts and the pub will be found on the left just as the road starts to climb a small hill. There is a reasonable sized car park in front of it, or street parking.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton came and left...
If you drive there "the Black Bull curse" will strike your car and it will have to remain in the car park forever, and may even turn in to a large van! (In order to try to stop the "van" part of this curse a height restriction has been placed over the entrance to the car park from Torcross Road, but not over the entrance from Victoria Road. Now I know "white van man" is reckoned not to be the brightest button on the tunic but....")
It closed in 2011 but re-opened in 2013 having had a total make-over
Brief details are show below. Some of the web sites are very large!
Main Ruislip site
Up to date information about Ruislip and the area. Plus sections with suggested walks and even why houses are so expensive. Not forgetting the spies and USAF South Ruislip, so some history too.
Ruislip In Pictures
Ruislip's premier attraction and so important it gets a web site all to itself.
Everything from the history from years back to struggling to park today. It is all here.
Some classic pictures from years gone by.
We also run the community web site for Ickenham. Loads of old pictures and some more up to date one plus details of all that Ickenham has to offer.
Details of all the pubs and more is just one click away.