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The Bell, Bath

103 Walcot Street
Bath
BA1 5BW
Phone: 01225460426
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Bell

Fairly worn and traditional boozer heading north out of Bath town centre. You enter to find the bar in front of you, with the room stretching off to the left hand side up a few steps. In the middle is a slightly larger area, where there appeared to be a DJ in action.

At the bar, regular beers are Otter Ale, Butcombe Adam Henson's Rare Breed, Hop Back Summer Lightning & Bristol Beer Factory Independence. Guests were Bath Gem & Downton Chimera IPA. Thatcher's Cheddar Valley was also available. It was only as we were about to leave that I spotted another 2 boxes of cider to the side of the bar. I decided to stay and try both - Dick Willows Dry Cider & Bristol Cider Company Bristol Sixer.

A decent pub that should be included on any crawl of Bath and was probably my favourite of 12 visited on the day.

On 26th August 2023 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about The Bell

As described by PSM, below, this town pub is a GBG regular, which is justified by the quality of its beers. Strangely though the staff know very little about this side of the business, and the barman who served us hadn’t even heard of CAMRA. Fortunately the landlady put him right, and although they no longer off CAMRA discount, he gave me a few bob off anyway out of kindness. Ales on were St Austell Cornish Bitter, Summer Lightning, Otter Ale, Rare Breed, Palmer’s Stoker and BBF Independence. Two craft beers, Moor Refinance and Brixton Pale Ale, plus a bank of megas were also available. Beer quality aside I wasn’t really struck on this pub, but it’s worth a visit and I wouldn’t be put off coming back if the situation arose.

On 13th January 2023 - rating: 7
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Quinno _ left this review about The Bell

Seemed a little different to how I remembered. It’s opened-out, with yellow and black shades but still scruffy. Live music is a fixture here and the piped music was somewhat over-loud for a Saturday afternoon. Eight cask which seemed like a stretch and indeed my Otter Ale was just on the cusp of turn (NBSS 2), whilst my companion’s ales also died a bit. WhatPub says the bar billiards table is still in situ though I didn’t catch sight of it. It’s GBG’22 listed but I think it’s one that gets in for pump count as opposed to consistency.

May 2010
The tatty exterior doesn’t do justice to the pub inside. Though not particularly characterful compared to a number of other Bath pubs, it has a fairly bohemian feel to it. Nine ales usually available, mainly from local micros on my last visit (Pitchfork, QPA, Spinning Dog, Bellringer, Otter Ale, Summer Lightening, Butcombe Bitter, Stonehenge Sign, Bath Gem) alongside a couple of real ciders and a tidy foreign beer range. Ale quality is usually fairly good but not as top-notch as it should be – some come out a bit warm in the summer. Big on live music and old vinyl is sometimes spun on the turntable by the bar. Listings and arts mags are liberally scattered around the interior and there are loads of hops adorning the ceiling. Perhaps the only pub in in the world which houses a coin-op washing machine, quite a neat idea I have to say. There’s also a bar billiards table. To the rear is a sloped patio garden which catches the summer sun and makes for a lovely lazy afternoon. One downside are the staff, some of whom are pretty slow and sarcastic, which is a shame. In a city with so many good pubs, this is worth seeking out but is perhaps not as essential as it should be. Rated 7

On 12th November 2022 - rating: 6
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26th Aug 2023, 17:17
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
13th Jan 2023, 06:04
Review submitted by E TA

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : Yes last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 12 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : Yes - According to Twitter - last updated 21 July 2015 by Dave McNally
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 28 October 2022 by E TA
  • Karaoke : No last updated 12 October 2022 by Pub SignMan
  • Live Music : Yes - Mon, Wed evenings Sun lunchtimes - last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 12 November 2022 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 12 October 2022 by Pub SignMan
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