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The Star Inn

23 The Vineyards Off The Paragon (A4)
Bath
BA1 5NA
Phone: 01225425072
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Star Inn

A fantastic unspoilt pub located just a few minutes’ walk from the main shopping area, this has been a licenced preemies since 1760 and is listed on Camra’s National Inventory of Heritage Pubs. Now owned by Bath brewer Abbey Ales, it’s one of four pubs that they have in the central Bath area, and to my mind easily the best. In fact it’s probably the best pub in Bath, regardless of who owns it.

Internally it consists of several small rooms, all quite cosy and atmospheric. The central room is perhaps the cosiest of the lot, with old wooden boards on the floor and much wood panelling on the walls along with some small frosted windows along the top. Space is quite limited with the three or four tables packed in quite tightly. Various old pictures of the pub and local cricket team are on the walls, whilst a small wooden fireplace to one side had a coal fire blazing away which was a nice touch on a cold November evening. To the right in the next room is the bar counter, and this too was made of wood with a curved end. A stone fireplace was at the rear, and this also had a real fire going.

Beers on tap consisted of just Bellringer from the owners, and this was served directly from barrels racked up behind the bar. This was joined by Directors, Hobgoblin Gold and Bass, the latter of which were available in jugs which many punters seemed to be partaking of. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Cheddar Valley. All in all, a great pub and well worth taking the walk from the centre to track it down.

On 30th November 2017 - rating: 9
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Star Inn

A Star in more ways than one. The Star Inn is one of those very few pubs that have the definite "wow!" factor when you walk in. You have the feeling of stepping back a hundred years or more as you enter into the wood panelled interior, and meander through the different rooms that have remained unchanged for a long, long time. It's on CAMRA's National Inventory of pubs with unspoilt interiors, so I don't need to spell out the interior features in great detail - follow the WhatPub link on here to see the description as well as Mick Slaughter's excellent photographs of the interior.

But I do need to mention that this is one of the handful of pubs where ale is served into a glass jug from one of the casks on stillage at the back, and then poured into your pint glass. The two ales on stillage when I was in were Bass (as always), and Abbey Bellringer (it's an Abbey Ales pub). On handpump were Brain's Rev James Rye, Davenport's Red Baron, as well as an 8% Thatcher's cider called Stan's. Food was clingfilm wrapped cheese and ham rolls (£2 to £3 as I recall), with no sign of any buffalo mozzarella, aioli, wraps, or brioche buns.

This is destination pub, and a must for anyone visiting Bath.

On 23rd August 2017 - rating: 9
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Real Ale Ray left this review about The Star Inn

A very interesting pub with its various seating areas, coal fires lit on our visit to add to the nostalgia. We entered the pub from the Guinea Lane side, walking down this steep hill and entering the pub via a small side door and down a couple of steps.
This led into a tiny lobby and snug opposite the bar, which gave an interesting view of the bar and back Servery, where we observed an extensive range of malt whiskeys and also packets of snuff for sale at £1.50. I gave that a miss and settled on a delicious cheese and onion cob from the fridge. The pub had four ales and one cider on handpump. So I went for my first try of the local brew, Abbey Brewery Bellringer, which was ok, but wouldn't be tempted back to the bar for a refill.

On 17th October 2016 - rating: 9
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30th Nov 2017, 13:53
Review submitted by Blackthorn _ amended by Blackthorn _
 
23rd Aug 2017, 12:27
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  • Accommodation : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Beer Festivals : Yes - July - last updated 31 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Beer Garden : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Car Park : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Darts : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 27 April 2010 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Hot Food : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Jukebox : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Live TV Sports : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pinball : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Pool Table : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Quiz Night : Yes last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 31 July 2013 by Dave McNally
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
  • WiFi : Yes - Code available from bar. - last updated 06 March 2016 by Jonathan Wilde
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Last inspected: March 21st 2014
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