Bath 4 of 5

Bath Breweries include
Bath Ales - Gem (4.1%Amber Ale), Barnsley (4.5%Dark Bitter), Dark Side (4% Stout) ,Wild Hare (5% Pale ale) , Golden Hare (4.4% Light Ale), Prophecy (3.8%New World PA)

26 pubs split into two rings of 13 and each trail will start from the Pulteney Bridge - the one with shops on it - that crosses the river Avon

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Walk back to the corner again and diagonally opposite Gasgoyne Place is the Theatre Royal and down the lane beside it is Garrick’s Head. Continue down this lane and turn right and there is The Griffin Inn on the next corner. Continue up Monmouth St and turn left and walk down to the next corner then turn right and The Bath Brew House is across the road a few steps on. Just on from here is The King of Wessex and a bit further on at the opposite corner is The Trinity. Continue down James St West and after crossing Avon St, just beyond the corner, there is the beer garden for The Cork.
Exit by the garden and keep Continue down James St West and turn up the second on the left (first left takes you back to The Cork front entrance) and swing quickly right along side of Hobgoblin (was closed)on Lower Borough Walls. Walk along to The Lamb and Lion. Continue along and follow the road round to the left. Turn right down the lane at the side of Marks and Spencer walking down to the end and turning left through an arch into Abbey Green where The Crystal Palace (not visited) is.
Go down the lane in the far right hand corner (to the right) of Abbey Green and at the end of it is The Huntsman. Along from the front of The Huntsman is the final stop at Ale House.
The Ale House has the gardens and river in front of it so by going along to the left you can reach Pulteney Bridge.

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Garrick’s Head has been the pub besdie the theatre for 200 years. It was originally Beau Nash’s house. There two outside seating areas are opposite the pub and directly outside of the pub. When entering the left side is a restaurant and the right is the lounge bar. The semi circular servery is placed in the centre wall so the restaurant can have a small servery as well. The bar part has wooden floor and wooden tables around but not overcrowding the room. Interestingly 6 silver(?) slavers on the wall beside the fireplace. Why?
Have a pint here
CAMRA Good Beer Guide
Real ale: Inspiration; Intrigue (both Plains); Palmers 200; Exmoor Ale
Lager: Birra Moretti; Amstel;
Cider: Golden Pheasant; Thatcher’s Gold Alhambra Milk Stout

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The Griffin Inn has a traditional look to it but inside it has been tastefully updated while still keeping a traditional feel. The front room has seating either side of the door, including round table and armchairs, and the curved servery on the back left wall . the tasteful updating consists of light blue walls, dark blue woodwork, red chairs, metal stools (hate them) and beer coming from taps on the wall. Through from this room, and up a few steps, is a similar sized room with the emphasis on food.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Landlord; Butcomble Hakka; Ramsbury Gold;
Lager: Veltins; Becks; Summer cascade
Cider: Illford; Midford Milk Stout

Bath Beer House is also the James St Brewery microbrewery in the centre of the city. Enter by the door to the pub or up the alleyway to the large beer garden. Once inside the doorway there is seating either side of the door although the large space with banquette seating to the left is reduced due to the storage of ingredients for making beer. The actual brewing can be viewed on the wall opposite the window through windows. The seating to the right is a mixture of sofas and chairs. The tables are a mixture of round, hexagonal, rectangular, cases and boxes. The servery starts half way into the room on the left wall with seating opposite. The room continues with a large Smokehouse dining area to the left hand side and entrance to the big beer garden on the right. The whole feel is to be one of rustic shabby chic with wooden, floor, servery , gantry, parts of ceilings and up to dado line after which it is stripped back brickwork – because it is such a large open space it all seems to work without being overpowering.
Stay for a few but avoid the Jane Austen beer flavoured with Earl Grey tea – sorry guys.
CAMRA Good Beer Guide
Real ale: Jane Austin; Emperor; Gladiator; Lupus; Hedgehog’s Snout; 12 Apostles (Bristol Beer Factory); Cascade (Gloucester); Wiper & True pale ale
Lager: Amstel; Birra Moretti;
Cider: Symond’s Founders; Thatcher’s Gold Ostarious Dark Porter

The King of Wessex is the local Wetherspoons . It is a large long room with the servery to the front left. Unusually it has a queue system using barriers for food and drink, those wishing only drink are relegated to the left hand side of serevry just beyond a pillar. Not a very inspiring ‘Spoons with the tables dominating the room. There is a slightly raised are at the far end but it is unusually samey
Have a half pint
Real ale: Ghost Ship; Ruddles; Abbot; Doom Bar; New Realm Pale ale

The Trinity has some seating outside on the pavement. Entry takes you to a small room with the servery on the right and some tables on the left. beyond this area are two other spaces. On the left, opposite the entrance and up a few steps is a room with tall tables along the wall and a pool tables. The right hand space, opposite the servery, has a large mantelpiece on the far wall with bookcases either side. This is a carpeted area with five tables which is set up to look like a sitting room. Karaoke, live music and BT & Sky sports
The pub has dark wood flooring, white walls and dark red ceiling.
Have a pint here
Real ale: Tribute (St Austell); Atlantic (Sharps)
Lager: Carling; Stella
Cider: Natch; Thatcher’s Gold Guinness


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