Stout Guide to Bath.
We couldn't find exactly the information we
were lookig for so I nipped over there last week to do a bit of a recce.
– the first thing to note is that a
large area of the city (between the train station and the abbey) is
a make-over/rebuild (think Victoria Square
and then some). The first phase is due
to open autumn 2009, so that whole area is in a state of flux and there
well be new bars/hotels/restaurants open by then – but since it will be
and shiny it is questionable whether our average reader would even be
So leaving that area aside, the good
is that there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of pubs in Bath.
There seems to be something to
meet most tastes. From a personal point of view, the ones
warrant further investigation would be
Down from the abbey ...
use the terms up
and down here, because Bath is built on a bloody steep hill – it’s not
old Edinburgh standards, but it may pay to map out any pub crawling
with an altimeter.
anyway down from the Abbey is the Hobgoblin.
Dark, gloomy, good beer and gallons
of rock music.
Uphill, I would suggest the Saracens Head
- seems like a no-nonsense type of pub – it has beer and
seats and tables
And conveniently close to the Travelodge
(central) is the Pig
& Fiddle (Broad St/Saracen St)–
just be careful going down the steps at the back door!)
On up and up and up Walcot Street
- The Bell is
a proper pub
which advertises live music on Sunday afternoons; sounds attractive if
recovering from celebrations on Saturday.
Before returning to the oxygen rich
areas of base camp, we should not miss cutting across to The Star (at the
Paragon on Roman
proper old style pub, no distractions, good quality beers (a range from
Brewery). Probably wouldn’t be too impressed
with verses of Stand Up for
the Ulstermen, but if we’re there to enjoy a quality pint in its
surroundings, then I think we’ll be in good company.
Back down to George Street and
across the road from the Travelodge is the Porter,
which describes itself as a vegetarian
pub. Now those of you who know me will know that I enjoy my
much as the next man (actually, given the chance I quite enjoy the next
too), but – given that meat isn’t an essential ingredient of beer, I
this place out – it seems to have a variety of music going on, for
get bored discussing the merits of Humphies’ kicking technique.
So plenty of pubs, and for some
great number of barbers
shops – so those of you with hair may like to while
away an hour or so there, while the rest of us soak up the … umm …
in the other establishments.
There is also a rash of deli/sandwich
shops (more wraps than an Antrim housing estate).
Some of these places are
quite specialist; everything from fish
(which will please some) to sausages
(which, lets face it, should please everyone with any sense)
we really need to know is where are we going to get a decent
an Ulster Fry?
Well, my research has pointed to one
clear leader – the
Snack Bar on
The fact that this establishment has
remained open (perhaps
flourished) despite all around it being turned into the aforementioned
site and that it opens at 7am – should be enough to indicate a emporium
of the custom of most fry aficionados.
The next 3 likely candidates
sit in a row in Kingsmead Square/New Street
The Jazz Café,
and the other wee one, whose name escapes me). They range in
décor accordingly, with the Jazz café being the only one that could
more than a couple of our more rotund brethren. Seems a case
paying your money and taking your choice.
Finally moving back up-hill again
within easy rolling distance of the Travelodge), I would suggest the
beside the Sausage shop on Green Street.
Which although a little ‘corporate chainy’
should tick all the right boxes.
For those eating later in the
we recommend Schwartz
Brothers for burgers (4 Sawclose – opposite the theatre
and at 102
Not forgetting those with an early
(or even late) departure from Bristol
airport – Zero 9
upstairs in the departure area. A good range of
breakfasts available (Big Breakfast £7, Ultimate Breakfast £9.25) with
meals for £9.99 offer that is sure to appeal to the hungrier amongst us.