"Bath, Real Ale Capital of Britain" Bars & Pubs Tip by zizkov

Bars & Pubs, Bath: 19 reviews and 19 photos

  The Star Inn, Bath
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  • The Star Inn, Bath - Bath
      The Star Inn, Bath
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  • The Salamander, Bath - Bath
      The Salamander, Bath
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  • Coeur De Lion, Bath - Bath
      Coeur De Lion, Bath
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  • The Raven, Bath - Bath
      The Raven, Bath
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  • The Old Green Tree, Bath - Bath
      The Old Green Tree, Bath
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Bath, I read, is the real ale capital of Britain*. Real Ale (for foreign readers) is traditional beer, as opposed to the fizzy industrialised dishwater now served in most establishments. You don't have to (stereotype alert) have a beard, a woolly jumper, and listen to folk music to enjoy it; just an interest in drinking something a bit more flavoursome. There are a wide variety of types though nearly all are darker beers (ranging from golden to tar-like). If you are not used to them, probably best sampled by the half-pint.

There are certainly plenty of places in Bath to do this, with two locally-based breweries (Bath Ales and Abbey Ales) featured widely, and many others from all over Britain. Also some ciders (though not as many as I expected).

You can see more drinking choices (not all real ale) at the Bath Pubs website.

The final picture is perhaps the most amiable of the pubs I was in (and I sampled quite a few), The Old Green Tree. If you have done the same, this is the view you would see ;-) The blur behind the bar is the landlord; out of shot to the left was Lincolnshire's only commercial cider maker.

*I don't know if there is an 'official' measure of this, but I can certainly believe it.

Theme: Eating and Drinking

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 9, 2006
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