About The Bull Inn


At The Bull Inn

About The Bull Inn

Situated in the beautiful village of Rippingale The Bull Inn is a family run, traditional village pub offering food, accommodation and a great selection of beers, wines and spirits. The pub has always been an integral part of village life and since taking on The Bull your hosts John and Louise have further enhanced its role at the heart of our local community. Rippingale is ideally situated for visiting many of the historical and welcoming towns and villages in Lincolnshire. We look forward to welcoming you to The Bull.

Known locally for its friendliness, fantastic entertainment, great pub classic food and a wide selection of real ales and beers to suit all tastes in addition to providing high-quality accommodation. The Pub & Restaurant is open to the public and prides itself greatly on offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere for both locals and visitors alike. You won’t find a friendlier pub in Lincolnshire!

Rippingale –
Birthplace of the Archers

The Archers, the “every-day story of country folk,” is the world’s longest-running soap opera on BBC Radio 4. At the peak of it’s success, listeners upwards of 25 million tuned in & even today more than 5 million people still switch on to hear the latest.

Although well documented, very few people know that the original inspiration came from Rippingale in Lincolnshire. After the War the Government became increasingly worried about modernising agriculture, increasing food production and cutting imports. BBC Radio was the most popular medium of the day, and was the obvious way forward. New programmes began to appear. One of them was called “Farm Visit,” originating from the Midlands Home Service in Birmingham. The man behind this was a 40-year-old radio producer called Godfrey Baseley.

In August 1946 Baseley ventured to Rippingale and also Dowsby to meet local farmer Henry Burtt and to record a programme about his unusual farming methods. Henry Burtt was an internationally recognised expert on seed crops, a leading member of the NFU and a Government advisor. If you drank Ribena in those days, the blackcurrants came from Rippingale. As fields of blackcurrant bushes, mustard and cress amongst many others surrounded the village.

Burtt said he was involved in a perpetual struggle against the elements, pests and diseases and frequently against Governments.  Burtt’s son Stephen was also interviewed. These conversations provide clues not only about how The Archers came about, but also where some of its most memorable characters originated.

The BBC called a conference of farmers, farming organisations and Government departments, to develop ideas how to make farmers move with the times and finally on 3rd June 1948, everyone came together. Almost at the end of the meeting, a man stood up at the back of the hall. It was Henry Burtt and what he had to say was the real birth of The Archers.

“I’ve listened very carefully to all that has been said and discussed, but it seems to me that what is really wanted is a farming Dick Barton”

“Dick Barton – Special Agent,” was the most popular radio programme of the day with an audience of 25 million – a melodrama which left Mr Barton in startling, cliff-hanger situations at the end of every episode. Godfrey Baseley couldn’t get it out of his mind. What did Henry Burtt mean? How could a down-to-earth farmer like Burtt come up with such a fantastic idea? He rang Burtt and within days, Baseley was back in Rippingale listening to Henry Burtt outline the drama of everyday life in farming country.

Henry Burtt produced very expensive crops, which needed a huge workforce. Every night he went to bed knowing that life provided a constant threat to his own and their livelihoods. Too much rain, or too little, gales or fires would not just ruin him, it would be disastrous for everyone who depended on him. He took Baseley round Rippingale, pointing at blackcurrant bushes saying “big-bud disease” was as dangerous to him and his employees as a pit full of crocodiles was to Dick Barton – but with no miracle rescue at hand. Baseley began to understand what was in Henry Burtt’s mind.

Just like the fictitious ‘Bull’ in the Archers, The Bull at Rippingale is a core part of what goes on locally! Given the involvement of Henry Burtt in developing The Archers its surely no coincidence they share the same name either?

“We stayed at The Bull last night as we were going to a 'do' in Dowsby. John & Louise are the most perfect hosts. The meal was delicious home cooked fayre. Choice of Beers and wines was fabulous... loved the Rioja! The room was beautiful, felt like we were in a stately home lol. Will definitely be returning. Thank you so much."

Paul & Racheal

“Beautiful local village pub, very warm & friendly atmosphere. The owners were lovely, friendly and welcoming & nothing was too much trouble, our room was very clean, comfortable & spacious. We had a very relaxing stay in picturesque surroundings... I'm sure we will be back!"


“Had a lovely evening in the local last night, lovely company and fantastic food. Thanks to John and Louise with what seem like a few changes to us but obviously a lot of hard work by them we have what we always wanted 'our local'. Warm, inviting and friendly, it's lovely to have a wonderful place to catch up with old friends and new :)"


“Excellent place to eat and stay. Gorgeous food and a huge range of drinks for all tastes. The staff were brilliant, friendly, chatty and couldn't do enough! Even offered to go to the shop for us! Stayed in the king deluxe room, it was superb! Breakfast was fab, lovely choice and the carvery and evening meal the previous night was delicious. Would definitely recommend and would definitely return."


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