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Just reopened? Good to chill with a pint or two on a Friday afternoon :-)
PT73 - 31 Jan 2014 13:59
Pub has now shut couldnt even get a pint of Fosters at the end even saw a woman drinking tap water in there a few weeks ago. Had a feeling the landlord was useless when he put a white carpet down in a public bar bet the rugby boys loved that on a muddy Saturday in December . Hopeless
yerblock - 4 Aug 2013 15:34
since my last review pub has taken a turn for the worst. Gone very quiet again and stopped selling Holsten Pills one of very few pubs in Bath that sold it. Heard last night that the landlord is getting out only been there for just over a year said it wasnt paying.Oh well back to the drawing board.
yerblock - 28 Apr 2013 15:03
Starting to become a decent little boozer much cleaner now than two years ago and getting a decent crowd in on a Saturday night. Cellar bar seems to be getting more popular also. Good pub hope it gets even better.
yerblock - 17 Mar 2013 15:31
Excellent pint of Gem in here Sunday, actually finished of the barrel whilst there. then onto the london pride. Small quaint and traditional the one room I sat in and soon became full with a few regulars and foreigners alike. All drinking the real ale from what I could see. Small selection admited but, then again a small place..I liked it and, the barman seemed very efficeint indeed.
james55westhead - 24 Sep 2012 08:37
Up for sale no wonder. bit of love needed nice pint though.
MasterBrewer - 24 Jun 2011 21:16
A tiny single room bar on a street corner near the abbey, although there is also a downstairs bar which is open in the evenings. The pub itself is a traditional layout with a bar in one corner, bench seating around the edge, some wood panelling and large windows on two sides.

A real (gas) fire was blazing away which was a nice touch on a freezing December afternoon. There are a couple of fruit machines in one corner with a plasma mounted up above, although this was not in use on our visit. The back of the bar is a very ornate wooden carving and there was some Bath Rugby memorabilia dotted around such as signed team photos and shirts. This is one of the nearest pubs to their ground, and gets packed on match days I would imagine.

The one downside was really the barman who unfortunately seemed to have some sort of skin condition. The whole time we were there he was continually scratching his head, arms, legs and even dabbing his face with a blood spotted tissue. I hope the guy gets better soon, but this was a little off putting, and hardly seems appropriate for someone working in catering.

Despite the name of the pub, the beer selection was fairly pedestrian with Jem, Courage Best and London Pride behind the bar. Ciders were Blackthorn and Gaymerís Pear.
Blackthorn - 7 Dec 2010 17:01
We had a boys (over 60's!) day out in Bath and this was our first port of call from getting off the train. We felt welcomed and were treated well, so much so that we decided to return in the evening. Oh dear. The lad behind the bar never stopped texting while we were being served. Worse, I asked for a bottled beer which he served to me a in a glass engraved "Gaymers Cider". I asked for a proper glass and he raised his eyebrows derisively.
Mighty1 - 4 Dec 2010 14:42
In such a touristy area it always amazes me that this tiny street corner local survives unchanged, good pint of Bath ales for £2.80 a pint, tiny little downstairs bar and an upstairs one for bust periods. Does food lunchtimes I think.Unspoilt and all the better for it.
Hodge1 - 4 Nov 2010 16:10
Up for sale I see.
clangersmate - 25 Aug 2010 14:21
Pleasant and cosy little bar. Good beer. Can get a bit cramped, but there's more space in the cellar bar, and I believe there is a room upstairs as well. Well worth a visit.
MrBlue - 29 Jun 2010 14:17
Small one room pub with a separate cellar bar underneath. Decor wise itís nothing to write home about but it does have the feel of a local in the city centre. Itís got a unisex toilet as well which is unusual. We didnít visit the cellar bar as there were about 20 students in Halloween gear going in as we arrived, so I suspect itís somewhat different to the upstairs bit. Three handpumps on the bar but only two beers on, Bath Gem and London Pride, the Gem was pretty good as well. Itís an OK place but not one that youíd spend a whole night in.
ROBCamra - 6 Nov 2009 15:22
Great little boozer. Selection of ales a trifle limited but well kept - Gem, Courage Best and Pride. Filling lunchtime snacks. Friendly staff.
NoGasPlease - 13 Aug 2009 15:39
Small and cosy and amazingly not refashioned into some horrible trendy bar. Friendly staff and a nice, clean and fresh glass of Blackthorn.
beersup - 10 Apr 2009 10:16
An often overlooked pub, this establishment is an amazing survivor in the centre of Bath. A small cramped one room boozer, doing exactly what it says on the tin, and its not full of bloody tourists. Well worth a visit, years ago it used to be a Courage House but its now free of tie.
Hodge1 - 26 Feb 2009 01:04
Not a bad pub for one or two, anymore and it gets very boring. I never have a bad beer there but usually nothing is really going on and you are looking around for something to amuse you - take a paper or some friends!
DavidBeer1977 - 30 Dec 2008 22:49
Small, with a unisex toilet! Bellringer not the best on town.
mattbeer - 23 Nov 2008 05:08
Nice enough pub serving generally decent beer, but nothing special. Can get cramped.
MrBlue - 5 Jun 2008 14:37
Nicely kept ale - as you'd hope from a place with a name like "The Ale House". We found it to be a friendly little corner in a busy setting. Well worth dropping in for a cheeky pint if you're in the area. You can spend a very pleasant hour watching the world go by from the large windows at street level as you sup a nice locally brewed ale.
themillbrooker - 28 Oct 2007 12:14
Compact and bijou, don't expect much and you won't be disappointed. Good range of ale & lager for such a small place.
BigCol - 19 Jun 2007 16:47
Very nicely located right in the centre, at the roundabout where they allow all the tour busses to idle noisily (grr!). Spend most of our time downstairs as its more 'active' in the evening, many drinks offers- very studently. Upstairs is much more relaxed (v. similar to the Boater in that respect).
Does food at lunchtimes, but its cheap in both price and quality. Try the greek cafe opposite instead.
On the drinks front, some ales (upstairs), lots of weird concoctions downstairs but disgusting as usual Stowells wine machine...overall 7/10
lg06111985 - 13 Jul 2006 21:42
Too many idiots walking in from the park to make this a comfortable pub. Friendly but not overly warm. At the time of my visit the London pride was appallingly flat. Average.
mothola - 13 Apr 2006 15:36
This city centre pub has two bars, one at street level with the cosy atmosphere that is more usually found in a suburban "local", and a cellar bar which is very much "student freindly" with a lively atmosphere and excellent juke box. There is a wide selection of beers and lagers as well as a daunting array of "shots" and other mysterious spirits and a reasonable food menue with some special offers. Here in the heart of Bath you are likely to meet people from all over the world just dropping in for a drink or snack. My only criticism would be the somewhat surly attitude displayed by pub's manager which is such a disappointment given the overall freindly and welcoming diposition of the staff and regulars.
anonymous - 25 Oct 2005 18:53
still an excellent bar, cheap drinks and a jukebox that plays a great range of power ballads..
TheGP - 20 Sep 2005 20:54
The cellar bar is tops - decorated with posters from the mid-90s. watch out for the low doorways - I hit my head several times the other night.
mike2004 - 18 Sep 2005 16:04
pooontang motherfunsters (this a a bar that you go to when hell has run out of drinks and i mean even the advoca)
dave71 - 8 Jan 2005 06:00
Go here if only for the food in the cellar bar. It's really cheap and tasty, and the portions are enormous (esp. Roast Lunch on Sunday for £4). The staff are really friendly too.
anonymous - 22 Nov 2004 11:01
Not to be confused with the Alehouse pub chain, this is a fantastic little pub, with a great selection of beers. Virtually flawless.

If only it was in London..
The GP - 10 Aug 2004 15:18

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