ABBEY ALES BREWERY
Camden Row, Bath
above is the entire staff of the tiny Abbey Ales brewery in Bath: (L-R)
Alan, Simon and brewer Martin. The most popular cask ale from Abbey is
called Bellringer, and this light, slightly caramel-like ale was in top
form in most of the pubs in town. Bellringer comes across as very mild
with light malty flavors, low ABV and good UK hop bitterness for subtle
ABBEY ALES BREWERY
brewery is located directly behind the Old Farmhouse pub (listed
below), and brewer Martin (pictured above) cranks out the range of fine
real ales mostly by himself. Good job Martin!www.abbeyales.co.uk
16 Alfred Street
is an attractive Abbey Ales pub with 2-3 casks on at one time and one
cider. All casks were in perfect condition and good cool cellar
temperature when I visited.
103 Walcot Street
my favorite pub in Bath, The Bell offers a warm welcome, live jazz on
Monday and Wednesday evenings, a great range of cask ales and lots of
comfortable snugs and tables.
COEUR DE LION
17 Northumberland Passage
ales were a bit too flat and warm in July when I visited this small,
attractive pub. There are only four tables in the central bar area.
2 Landsdown Road
Attractive pub in front of the Abbey Ales brewery. Basic pub food, up to four cask ales and live music every Friday.
8 St. John's Place
has been a pub here for the past 200 years, and the current
establishment is situated next to the Theatre Royal. Around four cask
ales and a couple of ciders are usually on offer.
OLD GREEN TREE
12 Green Street
dark oak wall panels were installed in the 1920s, so be sure to lean
against them with care. The pub serves a 3.9% ABV house ale that's
golden in color and mildly hoppy. A very relaxing pub.
7 Albion Buildings, Upper Bristol Road
pub is owned by the Bath Ales brewery, but the brewery is actually
closer to Bristol. The pub is larger on the inside than it looks from
the outside and can be found by way of a 15 minute walk from the Bath
city center. The Bath ales were a bit too buttery (diacetyl) and served
too warm in July.
36 Thomas Street
Palmers gastropub is worth a visit while in Bath. I tried the Dorset
Gold, which was in excellent condition in terms of carbonation and
coolness. The beer was dark gold in color with a pleasing malt/hop
balance. The food here was outstanding as well - with an every changing
24 Monmouth Place
Wadworth pub is situated just a short walk west of the Bath city center
(out near the Hop Pole). Very welcoming and attractive, it features
pleasing food and three Wadworth cask on gravity pour behind the bar. I
tried the pleasant IPA, 6X and Horizon on my visit.
6 Queen Street
Having two floors, The Raven is a moderately spacious pub that was quite crowded on the two occasions I visited. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year
in 2006, this pub is located in the city center. The house beers are
brewed by Blindmans, and the locally made meat pies are amazing (served
with mustard mash and a choice of three types of gravy).
Lower Bristol Road, Twerton BA2
no-frills pub just outside Bath serves up a nice range of cask ales,
but 1-2 of the selections were a bit "off" when I visited. I enjoyed
the Art Brew Renaissance ale at 4.5% ABV and the 4.3% Allgates Pacific
Pale Ale with "kiwi" hops. Be sure to check out the bottled Belgian
beers as well.
Summerlays Place, BA2
other Royal Oak in Bath housed six handpumps, but only three were
stocked with real ale when I visited, but each of these beers were
fantastic. The Butcomb Gold Bitter exhibited a grassy, herbal, fruity,
malty character that was quite pleasant. Very much a neighborhood pub.
3 John Street
attractive, new looking Bath Ales pub near the city center. The beers
were too warm in July and all showed a distracting diacetyl
(butterscotch) aroma and flavor. The staff are quite friendly and happy
to provide small beer samples.
23 The Vineyards
and White Friar golden ale were on cask here along with a rare gravity
cask of Bass. This is a lovely old pub serves as the main Abbey Ales
tap and is run by a Cornish guy named Paul. Celtic bands typically play
on Tuesday nights.
THE WHITE HORSE
Shophouse Road, Twerton BA2
bit of a hike from central Bath, this friendly and cozy pub offered
Otter Ale, Sadler Rickmaker's Bitter (with Chinook hops from the USA)
and Sharp's Doom Bar (among others) on my visit. The landlord loves
cask ale and runs special events to promote the pub - including a
parking lot bungee jump for charity.
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