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The Old Green Tree, Bath

12 Green Street
Phone: 01225448259

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Quinno _ left this review about The Old Green Tree

No change here, just as it should be. Surprised to see more than one dark cask beer on. We went for Exmoor Oatmeal Stout (NBSS 3), Exeter Prince of Darkness (3) and the house beer (2.5). Also cider though I forgot to note what. It’s a bit of an institution and should be towards the top of your list when you do the city. GBG’22 listed. Time your visit for the quieter hours as it is well and truly on the tourist trail as a tick box. 8.5

June 2010
A CAMRA National Inventory pub and perhaps the most well-known of Bath’s plethora of above-average pubs. This is a lovely three-roomed hostelry (lounge, lobby and smoke room), with oak panelling on the walls which date back to the 1920s. Its small size means that it does get crowded quickly, so it’s worth timing your visit to avoid peak hours. Six ales from local microbreweries usually feature and they are often in in excellent condition, including Old Green Tree bitter, which is brewed for them by Blindmans Brewery as well as a dark ale. There’s also a real cider, with Broadoak being available on my last visit. The range of whisky is also pretty tidy. Handled jugs are offered as standard. Décor includes framed banknotes and lots of pictures of Second World War aircraft. A real retreat and should be an automatic choice on a crawl of this historic city. Rated 9

On 12th November 2022 - rating: 8
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E TA left this review about The Old Green Tree

Well described by others and nicely summed up by Moby, below.  A cracking little pub indeed.  The barman was chatty and engaging, and there was a bunch of elderly Irish tourists who were genuinely enjoying the ales and the ambience.  Misspelled sandwich boards outside advertised over-priced pub grub, but that could be forgiven given today’s market forces.  Ales on were Stonehenge’s Great Bustard, Butcombe Original, Pitchfork Golden Ale and their own Old Green Ale which is brewed by Linesman Brewery in nearby Frome.  In addition there were 4 boxed ciders from Lilley’s, a draft cider from Rosie’s Pig, 5 Belgian beers and two wheat beers on offer.   A well-deserved GBG entry and definitely worth a visit. 

On 23rd August 2022 - rating: 8
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Moby Duck left this review about The Old Green Tree

A wonderful small three room oak panelled pub very well described below,plenty of character and characters on my visit, beers were the house Old Green Tree, Butcombe Bitter,RCH Pitchfork, Thurstons Flint Knapper and Hanlons Port Stout plus a couple of Ciders, Ashton Press and Honeys Midford Cider. A cracking little pub.

On 17th March 2020 - rating: 8
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Old Green Tree

The pub goes back 300 years to June 1716 and was built near a bowling green and legend has it that the name of the pub celebrated a tree which stood next to the bowling green. The pub was smaller than it is today.
The beam across the ceiling halfway along the bar indicates the back wall of the 18th Century building. The pub also had its own brewery in the back yard, which produced beer until the early twentieth Century.
The pub was a free house until 1928, when it was taken over by Lamb Brewery from Frome, who extended it and added oak panelled walls.
The pub consists of three oak panelled rooms and serves five ales and a choice of four ciders. Also has no music or background music. Beer wise, we went for Plain Ales IPA.

On 18th October 2016 - rating: 7
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Bucking Fastard left this review about The Old Green Tree

Authentic town centre pub with an interesting wood pannelled interior.Has been a consistent GBG entry and this is well deserved.There tends to be an emphasis on West Country breweies and on my trip Cotleigh Owlszat,Butcombe Bitter,an excellent RCH Pitchfork together with a house brew Old Green Ale was available with two handpumps having clips reversed.This is a city centre pub that should be included on any trip around the hosteleries.

The national inventory interior is still very impressive,but after a change of hand it was very quiet on my Saturday evening visit and the doorman outside had nothing to do .The real ale offer was less than impressive featuring Butcombe Gold,Conquest IPA,Prescott Spring Seasons Best and RCH Pitchfork ,which tasted a bit tired and unremarkable.I've tempered my enthusiasm.

On 11th July 2016 - rating: 7
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Old Green Tree

This pub is on CAMRA’s National Inventory of heritage pubs – i.e. those with largely unspoilt interiors. This one still retains its separate drinking areas and what looks like inter-war panelling. As you enter there’s a small room through a doorway on the left; then past that room the bar counter’s on the left; then past the counter at the back is another very comfortable room. Furnishings are traditional – banquettes and normal tables and chairs – and the flooring around the bar is attractive parquet. An unusual feature here is the shelving cabinet near the bar counter bearing what looked like a full set of Encyclopaedia Britannica.

They weren’t selling food when we were in on Tuesday lunchtime, but they did have five ales on – a house ale called Old Green Tree (obviously!) (£3.30 a pint), brewed by Blindman Brewery; Pitchfork Golden Bitter; Butcombe Gold; Three Daggers Ale; and Abbey Ales Chorister.

This is a delightful, quite small unspoilt pub. This is another one that is definitely worth a visit if in Bath.

On 30th July 2014 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Old Green Tree

A fairly unprepossessing looking pub and a calm oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping street outside. As others have mentioned, it consists of two rooms with a further standing area around the bar counter in between the front and back bars. It was pretty much full to capacity on a recent late Saturday afternoon visit, but then both rooms are quite tiny so it doesn’t take too much to fill it.

We did manage to squeeze on to a table in the rear bar, and this is a wood panelled room with a parquet wood floor and a small tiled fireplace at the rear. There is green bench seating around the perimeter and stools elsewhere. A number of frames full of foreign bank notes are displayed on the walls as well as a few black and white caricature drawings.

Beers on this occasion were Hewish Mild, Butcombe, RCH Pitchfork, Grand Prix, Plain Ales’ Inn The Sun and their own Old Green Tree Ale. Ciders were a very pleasant Broadoak and Honey’s Midford. All in all, a great pub and well worth a visit.

On 9th September 2013 - rating: 9
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Danny O'Revey left this review about Old Green Tree

3 room panelled pub, cosy & comfortable in middle of Bath. Benched seating in back bar.

On 30th June 2013 - rating: 7
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John Bonser left this review about Old Green Tree

Situated in the heart of Bath’s shopping centre is The Old Green Tree, a splendidly unspoilt small 3 roomed pub that is one of Bath’s two pubs that feature in CAMRA’s National Inventory of Heritage Pubs. The interior apparently dates back to the 1920’s.
3 small oak panelled rooms comprise Room 1 ( Lounge ) on the left as you enter, Room 2 ( Lobby ) – which is a northern style lobby containing the bar servery and is positioned at the end of a short corridor – which leads through to Room 3 ( Smoke Room ) . The Lobby appears to be the haunt of the pubs regular customers who tend to favour the stools at the bar.
The front bar has a collection of World War 2 aircraft pictures. The Smoke Room at the back is more comfortable, has padded seats and a collection of framed banknotes. There’s no background music or anything to detract from the peaceful cosy atmosphere.
On my recent lunchtime visit, beers on included Butcombe Bitter ( £ 3.00p ) and RCH Pitchfork. The pub is a CAMRA Good Beer Guide regular.
This is most certainly a pub not to be missed

On 26th November 2010 - rating: 9
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Malden man left this review about Old Green Tree

It was reassuring to see the SIBA plaque on the pub door, enter into a small corridor with the bar on the right, wood panelling, large rooflight above. A small room to the front has lots of pictures of WWII aircraft with more wood panelling. We moved around to the rear bar, again fully panelled,wood block flooring and a real fire, the panelling being decorated with framed banknotes and caricatures. Cushioned bench seating with no backs line opposite walls in here. A friendly spot, we were soon in conversation with a couple on a day out from Bristol.
Good selection behind the bar too, the pub brew, Blindman's Green Tree Bitter, Newmans Red Stag, Butcombe Bitter, Stonehenge Danish Dynamite,RCH Pitchfork plus two ciders, Broadoak and Rich's Farmhouse. A good range of single malts too. Another first rate Bath pub.

On 18th November 2010 - rating: 8
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