What was once a run done pub has had an intense makeover by owners Charlie and Amanda Digney; making it a suitable neighbour to the Theatre Royal, next door.
Expect bare boards and tables the latter dressed for diners with crisp napery.
Their menu changes with the seasons, and the days catch, but a summer snapshot brought 'Char-Grilled Squid with Chili Jam, Fennel & Baby Gem Salad'; 'Pressed Ham Hock Terrine with Piccalilli & Toast' and 'Griddled Pear, Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad with Honey & Mustard Dressing' among the starters.
'Char-Grilled Calves Liver with Bacon & Green Sauce'; 'Fish of the Day with Béarnaise Sauce & Wilted Spinach' and 'Chump of Lamb Marinated in Garlic & Rosemary with Mint Sauce' listed among the mains.
If you still have room, you might be tempted by 'Vanilla Cream with Seville Orange Compote'; 'Chocolate Fondant' and 'Prune & Armagnac Tart'.
They also offer a good selection of bar snacks ranging from 'Montgomery Cheddar & Chutney Sandwich' through 'Chopped Steak Burger' to 'Fresh Beer-Battered Fish & Chips'.
The King William in Bath and The Oakhill Inn in Oakhill (both q.v's) are under the same ownership.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.00-15.00; Set L £13.50 (2 courses), £15 (3 courses); A weekday bar menu is also available ; set L Sun £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses)
- Dinner: Mo, Tues & Sun 17.30-21.00, Weds-Sat 17.30-22.00; mains about £12 to £26; Pre-Theatre set D £16.95 (2 courses), £19.95 (3 courses)
- Seats: 50, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a good list, displayed on a blackboard, has modest mark-ups and has plenty on offer by the glass
- Wheelchair access: Yes, but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Bath Spa Rail
- Directions: Next door to the Theatre Royal. See the map on this page
- Parking: Street parking
- Closed: D Sun; 25th & 26th Dec
- Outside eating