You may have read our post last month dedicated to things to do in Bath this autumn; naturally, we mentioned visiting one of the city’s best pubs. This got the office thinking and sparked an interesting topic for discussion – so we thought we’d put the following list together based on the Pritchards team’s tried-and-tested experience. We think these pubs and bars are some of the cosiest in Bath – and we are lucky enough to have them all on our doorstep! Do you have a favourite watering hole missing from the following list?
We may be a little biased with this one (it is just a few steps away from our city centre estate agents), but it offers so much more than just a handy location: taster-size glasses of ale to help you make your choice, a proper wine list and generously-filled pies to really warm you up on a chilly day.
Spanning over two floors, this is the place to go if gin is your tipple of choice (although there are also plenty of other drinks on offer if not). It opened last March, but it has already become a firm favourite with locals due to its warm ambience and expertly-made drinks. Try their very own Bath Gin, which is branded with a winking Jane Austen on the front of the bottle!
This has to be the newest, trendiest bar on Bath’s drinking scene. But, rather than being open-plan and echoey, it is set in the vaults of Milsom Street under the Octagon Chapel, which makes it cosy and intimate. In fact, it describes itself as a “subterranean hideaway”. Confessional Bar offers prompt table service, some of the best cocktails in town, and mouth-watering charcuterie boards. There’s also a tongue-in-cheek ‘confessions’ corner where you can write your sins on the wall.
The Thief is also new to the city and, as well as being a bar and dining room, also offers boutique accommodation – ideal for those who are considering moving to Bath but want to get a feel for what it’s really like to live here first. Set in a Georgian coaching inn on Monmouth Place, there is always an atmospheric and well-stocked bar – packed full of craft ales, beers and fine wines.
The site of The Chequers has been operating as a public house since 1776 (that’s only nine years older than Pritchards!) and, generations later, is still pleasing both visitors and tourists alike. With local ales, an extensive wine list and a regularly changing menu displayed on a chalk board, it offers everything you could want in a pub. Top tip: try their Sunday roasts – but book ahead!
The epitome of ‘small but perfectly formed’, Green Street is home to the smallest, cosiest pub in the city, with its tiny, oak-panelled rooms. Not a fruit machine in sight, it supports local businesses by only serving draught ciders and beers from small breweries within an 80-mile radius. Because of the small space, you are likely to strike up conversation with the person sitting next to you. Fresh, home-cooked food is served at lunchtime only.
This lovely little pub is situated just a ten-minute stroll from town and is full of stylishly mismatched décor that makes it feel like a home-from-home. It is a magnet for foodies, thanks to its locally-sourced, carefully-planned menu, and has a smart dining room upstairs that can also be hired out – perfect for special occasions.
Just opposite Victoria Park’s play area, you’ll find The Hop Pole – considered by many to be Bath’s best-kept secret. It boasts a traditional pub interior, hearty British classics (posh fish and chips, sausage and mash and treacle tart, for example), regular quiz nights and supper club events. It’s dog-friendly, too, so makes the perfect place to wind up after a Sunday stroll.