The 8 Best Gastro Pubs in Bath

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Marianna Hunt

This quintessentially English city boasts stunning Georgian architecture, Ancient Roman ruins, and one of the UK’s best food scenes. Let the roaring fires, wooden beams, and master cookery of these pubs captivate your heart and stomach in equal measure.

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1. The King William

Pub, Beer, British

Lemon sole with bortolli beans
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This authentic English pub charms diners with its period interior, polished paneling, ancient beams and great ales. The King William‘s outstanding food has made this pub a firm Bath favourite. Expert cooking and an historic atmosphere, the 24-hour roasted pork is one of the menu’s particular highlights. Expect generous portions of hearty pub classics. The venue’s small size gives it a wonderfully cozy atmosphere, however its exceptional popularity makes booking ahead advisable.

2. The Marlborough Tavern

Pub, Restaurant, Pub Grub, British

Sunday lunch
The Marlborough Tavern is famed among Bath’s foodies for its high-quality home cooking and emphasis on seasonal produce. Its charming patio garden makes it a tranquil spot, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Given the tavern’s proximity to Bath’s Victoria Park and the iconic Circus and Royal Crescent, the Marlborough is an ideal place to relax after exploring the city’s most famous landmarks. The pub also hosts special events, such as Seafood Nights and Steak and Malbec nights.

3. The Chequers

Pub, British, European

This wonderfully historic pub has been serving up great food since 1776. It is particularly famous around the city for the exceptional Sunday lunches here at The Chequers. The Chequers’ juicy roasts are dripping in gravy and piled high with crispy vegetables. The a la carte menu also offers traditional favourites with a modern twist. Watch out for: the seared beef fillet, paired with heavenly ox cheek bourguignon, truffle mash, and duck fat toast

4. The Garrick's Head

Pub, Pub Grub, British

A stone’s throw from Bath’s historic Abbey, the Theatre Royal, and the iconic Roman Baths, The Garrick’s Head is situated right in the heart of Bath city centre. Its central location makes it a perfect place to stop off and refuel after a day spent admiring Bath’s breathtaking landmarks. Hearty British pub favourites, including superb quality game and beef, are served in generous portions. Local flavours abound: the vegetables are sourced from a garden right in Bath and the bread is also freshly baked in the city.

5. Hare and Hounds

Pub, Pub Grub, British

Though situated a little out of the city centre, the spectacular views from this pub’s charming garden certainly make a visit to the Hare and Hounds worthwhile. Enjoy dinner al-fresco on the terrace, admiring the sweeping panoramas across Bath’s rolling green countryside. The Hare and Hounds has a warm atmosphere and the large garden makes it extremely child friendly. Address & telephone number: Hare and Hounds, Landsdown Road, Avon, Bath, UK,

6. The Raven

Pub, Pub Grub, British

This family-run pub is famous across the city for its pies. The Raven‘s pie menu offers more than nine different flavours including vegetarian options. A choice of gravies and either creamy mash or crispy chips accompany these delicious pies. Located down a quiet, cobbled street, The Raven occupies two townhouses which exhibit the best of Bath’s Georgian architecture.

7. The Olive Tree

Restaurant, British, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

Not strictly speaking a pub, the elegant setting of the chic restaurant and bar, The Olive Tree offers modern British food with Mediterranean influences. The tasting menu features dishes such as poached lobster with caramelized orange, and hazelnut and cardamom mousse with chocolate sorbet. It also offers an excellent selection of wine.

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