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The Volunteer Rifleman's Arms, Bath

3 New Bond Street Place
Bath
BA1 1BH
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Blue Scrumpy left this review about The Volunteer Rifleman's Arms

Cosy pub located along an alleyway in the centre of Bath. This was the busiest of the pubs we visited in the town and had the best atmosphere too. 4 handpulls were all clipped when we arrived, but the landlord quickly informed us that he only had Otter Amber on. He suggested we should go to the Raven if we didn't like the choice! So, Otter Amber it was and in fairness it was a decent drink.

Locals were crowded on stools around the bar, all engaging in banter with the landlord and with other customers. There are no more than around 4 or 5 other tables in what is a very confined space. Luckily for us, one guy was about to leave and offered us his table. There is also a small outdoor seating area in the alley at the front.

A friendly place offering a warm welcome, as long as you don't mind the banter. Not a place you'd necessarily come for the ales, but nevertheless one to consider on any crawl of the town centre.

On 26th August 2023 - rating: 6
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Quinno _ left this review about The Volunteer Rifleman's Arms

Alleyway pub. Just as I remembered upon entering, perhaps bar a lick of paint. It’s a small and traditional boozer, probably would struggle with more than 25 people in. Crimson and cream colours, an aged green and gold pub carpet, with the walls covered in framed stuff - WWII and 60s - alongside MoR classics booming out. Not the best welcome – the barman was engrossed in his phone and the lushes sat at the bar being less than helpful rousing his attention. When we finally got acquainted he was friendly and apologetic though seemed stupefied by me wanting a half which I suppose reflects the usual clientele. Three cask over four sticks - London Pride, Butcombe Original and Exmoor Gold (so a fixed line-up, as ETA had the same in August last year). The latter was fine (NBSS 3). Despite the less-than-effusive welcome I quite enjoyed myself. It's an honest boozer, not too many of those in BA1. Worth putting on the crawl list.

Feb 2011
A lucky dip pub that surprised us by sporting four interesting ales. However my first choice was bad but it was replaced without fuss for an Exmoor Gold, the condition of which was fair. Atmosphere was very local with one or two earthy characters in attendance. Not necessarily one I’d rush back to but it was OK in context. Rated 6

On 15th August 2023 - rating: 7
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E TA left this review about Volunteer Riflemans Arms

As mentioned below, this traditional old town pub is friendly, welcoming and largely free of nonsense. There was a good local feel and some robust banter to enjoy, and the rock music on the hifi was not intrusive. Ales on were Pride, Exmoor Gold, Landlord and Butcombe Original, all in great condition. Definitely worth including in a crawl or just popping in for a pint or two.

On 19th August 2022 - rating: 7
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Map location corrected by Blackthorn _
Bath Spa, 0.68 miles, 13 min walk (show)
Oldfield Park, 1.23 miles, 23 min walk (show)
Freshford, 4.74 miles, 1 hr 31 min walk (show)
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26th Aug 2023, 16:00
Review submitted by Blue Scrumpy
 
15th Aug 2023, 21:09
Review submitted by Quinno _

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : No - Street seating - last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No - Upstairs dining room - last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 26 August 2023 by Blue Scrumpy
  • Jukebox : No last updated 17 April 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Karaoke : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Micropub : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 15 August 2023 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes - BT Wifi - last updated 17 April 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
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