Don't be put off by this pubs location on a busy main road. It's been described as a country pub in the heart of the city, and once inside, or in the garden, you'll realise why.
It owned by the expanding micro-brewery Bath Ales expect bare boards and top-quality beers plus good food in a 'modernised' traditional pub-style; with the original skittle alley now a dining room.
The menu is based on seasonal produce local when possible. An early summer snapshot brought 'Pork Sausage Roll with Piccalilli'; 'Lamb Breast Strips with Salsa Verde'; '½ Pint Shell-On Prawns with Aioli' and 'Hot-Smoked Trout with Pickled Beetroot' among dishes they list as Starters/Small Plates.
Perhaps 'Slow-Cooked Ham with Fried Duck Egg, Chips & Pineapple Chutney'; 'Mussels in Cider with Cream, Garlic & Saffron Sauce'; 'Beef Shin, Dark Porter & Oyster Pie with Mash & Liquor' and 'Thin Pasta with Soft Goats Cheese, Purple-Sprouting Broccoli & Lemon' listed among the mains.
Interesting puds might include 'Dark & Milk Chocolate Truffle with Honey Madeleines' and 'Peanut Butter Parfait with Caramel Sauce', while they also offer a selection of good ice creams and sorbets.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30, Sun 12.00-20.00; mains about £12 to £14; Mon-Fri set L £10 (2 courses)
- Dinner: Mon-Sat 12-00-21.30, Sun 12.00-20.00; mains about £12 to £14
- Seats: 50, plus 50 outside
- Wine: a concise list has modest mark-ups and is backed up by excellent real ales
- Wheelchair access: Yes
- Nearest station: Bath Spa Rail
- Directions: See the map on this page
- Outside eating