Step back in time and relax in the authentic atmosphere of this centuries old Tavern that was the first stop on the Boston-to-Albany stagecoach route along "The Great Road" in Colonial days.

Our Tavern is the heart and soul of Bull Run in Shirley, MA., and we encourage you to enjoy what we call "Boots Off Comfort." The fireplaces here were not built yesterday; they have roared for over 200 winters. The history of our Tavern and Innkeeper Obadiah Sawtelle dates back to 1740 and we've been serving the Tired, Thirsty traveler ever since!

We provide seasonal New England fare. Our Executive Chef' specializes in sourcing from local farms and purveyors. Dine at one of our centuries-old barrel tables next to hand sawn beams. Have an Irish coffee while relaxing on our couches in front of the fireplace; or grab a seat to dine or enjoy a drink at our friendly Tavern bar. We serve up local craft beers, classic cocktails, and a full wine & spirits list along with Nitro Cold Brew, cappuccino and espresso from our friends at nearby Union Coffee roasters in Ayer, MA.


The Bull Run is open Wednesday through Sunday for Lunch & Dinner. We serve a plated Sunday Brunch from 10am - 2pm and Sunday dinner from 2pm - 8pm. Let us know if you're celebrating a special occasion or planning an event. We have 5 private dining rooms to choose from, each one unique. If you require assistance in any way, contact us; our goal is personalized service.

If you're visiting us to see a show in one of our Concert spaces, dinner & drinks are served right in the same room with the performance. 

To see our concert lineup, click here.

Whether it's a family dinner, a glass with a friend, or a cozy evening for two, you'll experience a piece of history against a backdrop that cannot be replicated. Don't miss the “Drunkard’s Progress” mural painted along our Tavern wall, a viewing of the legendary Egopantis over our fireplace, or a visit to our 3rd floor above the Tavern where "Nigel" our resident ghost has made his friendly presence known.


The Bull Run has been in our family for 75 years & we take pleasure in providing a relaxed, friendly and authentic atmosphere where great food and music meet!

To see our Tavern menus and daily features,

click here.