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My new favourite pub in Bath. In all the times I have been it’s not been on my radar. It’s a good looking pub, small and perfectly formed, with a friendly welcome, well-kept beers (Abbeydale Bellringer and White Friar plus guests - on my visit Tring and a Bath brewery one) and a lovely interior. If it looks packed in the area outside and in the bar, stick your head up the stairs as it’s usually quieter.
littledrummerboy - 17 Sep 2018 17:41
Excellent pub tucked away down an alley, slightly off the tourist trail. Smallest pub in Bath so understandably compact! Friendly pleasant staff and good selection of local well-kept Abbey Ales. Chef had apparently just quit so no food! However temporarily they were happy for customers to buy lunch from neighbouring businesses to bring in. Came back for a second visit - recommended

Mike_Oxford - 3 Sep 2018 19:41
Small but perfectly formed pub in a narrow lane near the retail centre of Bath. Visited mainly because of its name, as I'm a bit of a history geek, but I really enjoyed the pub and a pint of Bellringer @ 3.40 was spot on. Friendly people on both sides of the bar. No idea if the customers were tourists or locals, we were all treated with courtesy.
Queenslander - 30 Sep 2014 23:11
Visited this pub on the recommendation of a friend who is a local. Good selection of beers, not much room, but warm and cosy.
withdrink - 26 Nov 2013 16:20
Friendly staff and cosmopolitan punters really enjoyed the visit
Dannyjam - 30 Sep 2013 21:01
Very nice and well kept Abbey Ales

Shame the food was not up to the same standard
Lookey - 2 Aug 2013 22:00
Exactly the kind of characterful pub you would expect to find in Bath.
As is so often the case, the best pubs a city centre has to offer are to be found in its backstreets. Here is a good example. Small but perfectly formed with very nice beer. Recommended.


strangetorpor - 15 May 2013 16:28
Portrayed as the smallest bar in Bath and having visited I tend to agree, it really is a tiny pub with just 6 tables that hold seating for 2 dozen people max standing room doesn't offer much more space.

5 pumps offering 3 local ales on my visit, the pint from Abbey Ales was good.

There is an upstairs dining room and downstairs toilet neither visited by me so I cannot comment as to the layout

A large Abbey Ales mirror hangs on the left hand wall as you enter the pub and there are also amazing stain glass windows looking out to the front of the pub.
lezford - 25 Feb 2013 13:04
Characterful, tiny, period pub supplying the local brews.

It's what you come to Bath to find.

Basic simple pub grub too.
eddybeer - 6 Feb 2013 23:03
i love this pub, nestled in the central alleys of bath, this tiny pub is a lovely, old fashioned, authentic british pub.

great beers from the local abbey ales brewery and various lagers. great service.

always be back when in bath
CHELSEA_on_tour - 25 Jul 2012 15:35
Visited on a Sunday lunchtime, was busy but it's a small pub so not difficult! And the bar staff were fairly attentive.

Beer was good, food average although the description on the menu was not mirrored by what was on the plate!

However the only downside was the continuous playing of Whitney HOuston tribute music!!!

Defo worth visiting the pub though.
ElChuddy - 13 Feb 2012 14:44
Disappointing. Heard some great things about this pub some even saying its the best in Bath. I unfortunately cant share that view after my visit yesterday. Lady behind the bar was far from welcoming verging on rude. Felt like she was doing me a huge favor when she took my food order. Food was decent though, despite the experience of ordering. My mate was made to wait while she carried on talking to a fella at the bar. Despite giving him eye contact several times and he having a ten pound note in his hand after 5 minutes she came out with "oh, didn't see you there". As for the beer was hitting on average and think both ales we tried could have been on their way out which is nobody's fault. All in all I understand it was a quiet Thursday afternoon and there were some obnoxious Americans upstairs and as a couple of 26 year old lads it could be assumed we were other tourists bumbling into this establishment, but I visit Bath often and my mate now lives a mile away. We are polite guys who like our ales, so a bit of a warmer welcome could in the future could go a long way to getting some repeat custom.
back2ploughlane - 3 Feb 2012 14:08
An OK pub somewhat spoiled by loud music (Friday evening about 6.30pm) and an inattentive barmaid who disappeared for at least 5 minutes - probably for a cigarette. Beer OK, but unexceptional.
martyngs - 22 Jan 2012 08:50
Great little boozer. Popped in last week with my son (who has just started at the Unit). Barmaid was receiving a shoulder massage from a regular when we walked in, despite my insistence that she shouldn't rush (cos it looked relaxing), she was friendly and efficient in pouring us a pint of Abbey Ale Bellringer (very tasty) and a Guiness.

Pub was warm and cosy, we stayed for another round of drinks cos it was so pleasant, and it's a very pleasant place to spend some time. two other ales were on, but i can't remember what they were, the Bellringer took all my attention.
Paulie_Tandoori - 9 Jan 2012 21:47
Small old fashioned pub-seemed ok

hammers101 - 6 Oct 2011 18:24
A great little Bath alleyway pub, limited range of real ale but friendly, efficient service and a bit of character made it worth the visit.
Randyray - 1 Jul 2011 11:44
Great pub, Very Friendly also some great local beer well worth a visit.
Splashthepaint - 24 Jun 2011 21:27
Popped in today , Heard it had a new manager.Well what a difference a few months can make had a pint off Abbey Ales Bellringer Maximus which was good also had a bit off lunch(Fish and Chips) which was excellent. Hope to pop in again soon.
MasterBrewer - 24 Jun 2011 21:00
Dropped into the Coeur when shopping on Saturday a little while ago. It was bustling so we couldn't find a seat. We left as soon as I saw the state of the toilets, which are 'primitive'.
GB2 - 8 May 2011 12:27
well what can i say!!! for starters it was nearly closed down for having a dirty kitchen!!! (i certainly wont be eating OR drinking in there anytime soon!!) and i dont like bellringer!!!!! end off!!
ilovejd - 4 Apr 2011 18:39
Small pub tucked away off the main street. What's so good about being the smallest pub in Bath? Every time I go in it's heaving, but at least you can sit outside when it's dry. Abbey Ales are Ok and reasonably priced. According to the local paper management were fined recently for breaches of hygiene regulations, so maybe give the food a miss; otherwise a nice little pub.
KingEdward - 1 Apr 2011 08:50
the worst pub in bath
bubbalovesponge - 31 Mar 2011 16:58
Had a quick lunchtime pint here, having learnt about its existence in the Star the previous night (both being Abbey Ales-tied). Even with a half-dozen regulars in at 3pm or so, it seemed busy, but bagged the last remaining table for a decent Bellringer and a Mild, if my memory serves. Tiny bar in a tiny room - brought to mind the King's Head in Bristol. Rugby schmutter over the walls, a headache-inducing carpet (I seem to recall), and pretty stained glass frontage. Worth a visit.
TheHofBear - 16 Mar 2011 13:36
I've been going to the Coeur, on and off, since the great days of Dennis and Miss Piggy back in the late '70s. After they left, the place varied from ok to bloody awful, and was even threatened with closure at one point (greedy pubco trying to maximise it's value in one of Bath's prettiest streets.) Luckily the amazing Devenish stained glass window more or less prevents it being turned into a shop, so it's still there. Since Abbey Ales took it over a few years back it's been tootling along pretty well.
I popped in again last week and had a perfectly nice pint of Bellringer served by a welcoming barmaid, and the locals were, as ever, a mixed bunch. It's had a few changes but it 's still pretty much ok and worth going into for a pint. Not great, but pretty good.
Drinking_Bull - 11 Feb 2011 20:37
What a lovely little Pub and a great welcome.
f6c - 23 Jan 2011 17:37
Tiny pub situated in the centre of Bath tucked away down the pedestrian only shopping area, friendly service, we sat outside even though it was early November and enjoyed a pint of Abbey ALes, food looked ok though we didn't partake. Another cracking little pub on the Bath city centre crawl.
Hodge1 - 4 Nov 2010 16:18
Cosy little place, excellent locally-brewed Abbey ales on draught. Highly recommended.
mpeteracmoor - 31 Oct 2010 19:34
I had an excellent pint of VPA - can't remember the brewery - which is because this was early on in a very through exploration of Bath's pubs. . My mates did not have such a good pint, but apart from that an enjoyable boozer.
Andylk - 13 Oct 2010 20:53
Nice little bar downstairs. Upstairs room a bit disappointing considering the character downstairs. Food OK for a pub. Ales I tried very good.
PMG - 30 Aug 2010 19:31
A tiny Pub but full of locals and tourists. Beers from Abbey, Bellringer and White Friar were on offer when I called in and were superbly kept. Like a village local in the middle of Bath and very enjoyable
ahscum - 31 Jul 2010 11:36
Run by a friend of mine (she also runs the Assembly Inn for Bath Ales) and it is now a very friendly, snug little boozer. Gets busy easily owing to the size of the pub, but great beer (Otley 01 is a cracking beer from over the border in Wales and Bellringer is a perennial favourite). If you like cider, have a crack at the Hells Bells cask stuff, but be warned - it's lethally strong and not for the faint hearted!
captainflymo - 27 Jan 2010 21:40
Popped in on Saturday. on a mini-crawl of Bath - the pick of one of the "crawlers". Characterful and friendly. The Abbey Winter Warmer was absolutely spot on. Definitely worthg visiting.
metrology_man - 18 Jan 2010 12:25
Much improved since Abbey Ales take over - the ales were in fine fettle and particularly impressed with the Otley 01. Much less full of local snobbery and much more friendly than it used to be.
Dandillus - 31 Dec 2009 18:49
Visited during last week while my wife was doing some serious shopping. I had not been in this pub for some months, and it is much much better than on my last visit - when it had appeared to have gone down a rather "let's see how many swearing unpleasant customers we can get in" route.

This time I had nice conversation with a few locals (Nice to have met you Ken), and the girl behind the bar was welcoming and efficient - a pleasant change after my rather unfortunate experience in Old Green Tree. They seem to have spruced up the bar area too, and it looks very smart. Good range of interesting well-kept beers, at very reasonable prices for centre of Bath
valleyman - 14 Dec 2009 12:18
small cosy pub ,which i really liked 4x r/ale dartmoor best , piston broke , bellringer ,and an an xmas title , which for some reason, i tend not to drink xmas titles, call me mr scrooge . pub full of locals ,and psuedo locals , pretty good

beatles38 - 9 Dec 2009 21:24
Sunday lunch-time, walked in, walked straight out,. Full of parents and toddlers eating burger and chips. Didn't even hang around to see what beer was on. Have visited several times in the past couple of years and am not at all impressed. Poor for Bath
Paris_Hilton - 5 Dec 2009 16:57
This is a tiny pub on one of Baths many alleyways. Theres just a few settles and chairs downstairs but theres more seating upstairs. The front windows of the pub are all stained glass and theres a great picture of the pub and the alley covered in snow on the wall. Its very cosy and friendly in our experience. There are 4 handpumps which were serving Abbey Bellringer and Heritage, no surprise there as this is the Abbey brewery tap, along with two guests. I had both the Abbey ales and both were very good pints. One to have on the list when visiting Bath.
ROBCamra - 9 Nov 2009 15:28
I visited this pub with my wife last Saturday when we visited Bath for the weekend. Bath Rugby were at home. the place was mainly full of rugby fans. The atmosphere was friendly and the beer was ok. I ordered a pint of the local Abbey best, which was cloudy. I asked the barmaid to change it for something else, which she did without hesitation. This pub is not as good as the Old Green Tree, but definately worth a visit for a pint or two.
pontoonbasher - 30 Oct 2009 12:45
Decent, tucked away little pub, but close to the main shopping area. As others have said, it is apparently the smallest pub in Bath. Owned by Abbey Ales, so several beers from their stable on tap. Limited outside seating at the front of the pub.
Unfortunately on this occasion I didn't manage to get served so can't comment on the quality of the beer. The person in front of me was attempting to pay for their round of three drinks by card. The card machine wasn't working, and the barmaid was attempting to fix it. This would have been fine if I had an acknowledgement or an apology, but after being ignored for several minutes while she tried to dismantle the offending machine, I walked round the corner to the excellent Green Tree.
Blackthorn - 30 Oct 2009 09:28
Went on Saturday evening and had a lovely time, excellent ales in very good condition and the barman was friendly too. In fact after doing a tour of other pubs we came back here for one last one before heading off to the train station.Will certainly return next time I'm in Bath.
Miles007 - 21 Sep 2009 11:41
This is Bath's smallest pub, so I was pleasantly surprised to get a seat early on Sunday afternoon. There is further seating upstairs. The stained glass window proclaims Devenish Ales - ironic, given that they tried to close the pub (it's now owned by Bath's Abbey Ales).
Four handpumps serving DBC Jurassic, Brewers Gold, Bellringer and St Austell Liquid Sunshine. The pint of Brewers Gold I had was good.
The clientele on my visit mainly consisted of tourists. Worth a visit if you happen to be passing .
holbornboy - 1 Sep 2009 21:05
Worrying times at the Coeur de Lion!

I regularly come to Bath for a few days visiting my daughter. The Coeur de Lion, together with the Old Green Tree, has long been one of my favourites. On previous visits, I always found it to have a certain bohemian charm about it: an eclectic mix of interesting locals and visitors. Conversation was frequently stimulating, and intellectually challenging. The pub was also a rich centre for the bookcrossing.com movement - the free exchange of books, and while without creating a literary salon atmosphere (quite!), one could get into mildly bookish conversations.

On my recent visit to Bath, I went to the Coeur de Lion on two different afternoons, and discovered a very changed scenario. I can only describe a certain air of faint menace in the pub. Early afternoon, and the bar area seemed mainly populated (and it does not take much to populate the city's smallest pub) by rather drunk unpleasant (subjective I know, but nonetheless my perception) people, swearing in very loud terms - I lost count of the number of times I heard exchanges liberally puntuated with fxxx and cxxx. It felt like I had stepped into a living-room version of the Lamb and Lion - a Bath pub I once had the unluck to enter.

Until I hear, or read that things have changed, or that my experience was anomolous, I will not be returning.

I hope the owners/managers can turn this around, as this pub at its best was a gem.
notabanker - 4 Aug 2009 10:58
Visited Bath's smallest pub" on a day-trip last week. Nice friendly place, with good beer and nice seating on the pedestrian street side.

Subsequently, I discovered on the scoresonthedoors site, that this establishment has zero points for food hygiene. This must be an extremely worrying situation. I only had beer, and hygiene seemed fine in bar area.

I always make a point of checking places I visit with scoresonthedoors. It seems to me that if the inspectors give a kitchen a zero rating, it calls into question whether that kitchen should be allowed to continue operating pending remedial action.
Cedaroak - 13 Jul 2009 11:29
We enjoyed this little pub, the beer was good, the barman friendly, they seemed to be getting the food out quickly. The window is lovely giving a great light into the pub. Good stuff.
imdownthepub - 21 Jun 2009 09:25
Pleasant little pub tucked away down a little alleyway. friendly staff, pleasant environment, and very intimate.
pubscouter - 20 May 2009 23:49
I had not been there for about 10 years, so decided to give it a go. Very friendly, great staff behind the bar, and the intimate atmosphere meant that we got chatting to a number of the other customers. The beer was pretty good as well, and this is definitely worth a visit.
Dylanwing - 16 May 2009 16:13
Disappointing. When I returned my wife's drink to the bar due to the dirty glass, I didn't receive an apology, just a curse under the breath from the barmaid as if I had a cheek to ask for a clean glass.

I received a second drink but that glass was not too clean either.
Paris_Hilton - 18 Apr 2009 13:42
Tiny and friendly pub. Decent pint and good banter, especially due to the 'tightness' of space. Well worth the visit.
beersup - 10 Apr 2009 10:18
Great little pub, good local beer and friendly service.
SomeDrinker - 6 Apr 2009 14:33
Well tucked away down a side passage, marvellous stained glass window promised much...but decor seemed disappointingly bland and characterless. Interesting layout nonetheless with the cellar toilets and (newly-opened?) upper dining room. Very friendly and welcoming staff, excellent local ales. Understandably cramped, but no-one minded you sharing their table, as implored by the notice imploring people to "budge up"!
Gristy - 29 Mar 2009 00:37
Great on a little wander around Bath. 1 pint only though is probably enough. New room is being built upstairs it seems so will it still be Baths smallest pub??? No canines ever noted here.
an_ecunemical_matter - 16 Feb 2009 12:01
After my previous visit, and somewhat negative comments, in September, I was back in Bath last weekend - and glad to report that this pub seems back on track again.

The staff were really positive and welcoming, and the place just looks a lot cleaner, tidier and cared-for. Good news!
Celtforapint - 6 Jan 2009 15:44
Decent enough selection of local ales and quite welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. Probably wouldn't stay here all afternoon but definitely worth popping in for an hour. Pleasing rugby decor and you probably won't have to wait long for a seat to arise as most people seem to pop in and out.
stevosgloriosus - 18 Oct 2008 13:23
Hadn't been to this pub for about a year until this weekend. My impression, while there was that it has gone considerably downhill.

There were two large dogs roaming the very small room (their owners appeared to be sitting outside) where a few people were eating - this is really not acceptable from a health point of view. Barman seemed serenely oblivious to what might be seen as an issue.

Hope it picks up - as it's a great little space, with good local beer.
Celtforapint - 30 Sep 2008 14:34
Too small!
mattbeer - 10 Aug 2008 18:20
Great little boozer. Good beer, friendly. A couple of tables outside for smokers. recommeded.
MrBlue - 10 Jun 2008 13:54
Possibly the smallest of Baths small pubs but we still managed to get a seat when popping in at the end of a Bath crawl recently. Thats the beauty of small pubs, people tend not to get precious about their space and will always make room for others. Purportedly the only pub in England with this name.

Millay - 10 Feb 2008 20:33
nice little boozer with good beer. Rather similar to the Volunteer Rifleman round the corner.
baxterfish - 15 Jan 2008 15:05
good pint of Bellringer. some odd folk, seemed like locals.....over-loud and expressing self-value of course.
worth a short visit if passing...better pubs in Bath tho.
alehouses - 6 Nov 2007 14:25
The smallest pub in Bath with the biggest welcome. Cracking pint.
LickeyEndBooze - 11 Oct 2007 22:09
Excellent Beer - Busy Pub - Helpful staff just not enough room when we went.
mikecterry - 18 Sep 2007 19:41
Enjoyed an excellent pint of DBC beer (from Weymouth - a good reference back to this pub's Devenish brewery days). There were a few odd types in the confined bar, but fortunately there is seating on the pavement outside, which was pleasant on a summer's evening. I understand that the Bellringer was good too, as I would expect from an Abbey Ales run pub, and there were a couple of guest beers.
fromedrinker - 21 Jun 2007 12:19
Nice to see Abbey Ales taking over the Coeur and turning it into something special, Excellent range of beers.
MasterBrewer - 29 May 2007 19:07
Last time I was in here, it sold beers from Devenish brewery, the evidence of whose existence can be found in the attractive stained and leaded windows. Its claimed to be Baths smallest pub and Ill take their word for it. Yes, its small and perfectly formed as they say. Understandably, very much a tourist haunt but none the worse for that. Abbey brewery beers and guests are todays fare.
Alerover - 17 May 2007 21:40
after a 6 month hiatus I decided to dip my toe in the Couer's water again and was mildly surprised.....It's worse than ever. Poor beer, mediocre service and the punters just give off a " what are you doing in our pub " vibe. Go to the Volly I implore you!!! It gets a 1 because I found a fiver on the stairs.
HaggisBasher - 17 May 2007 08:39
I have absolutely no communist or socialist tendencies whatsoever, which is perhaps why I enjoy this pub... But I'm not taking too much notice of the rather vacuous political stuff below - I've always found the Coeur to be populated by something of a mixed bunch; young and old, rich and poor. Papers are available and I've seen both Telegraph and Guardian being selected, and moreover I've seen a fair few gay people in here too over the years and I've not seen them being targeted in any way - surely a red rag to a bull in a pubful of supposed bigots.
Most importantly, the ales are always well-kept (although it was a good freehouse before, Abbey are known for their attention to detail and it can only improve under their regime), and the staff friendly.
It is tucked away, and is reputably Bath's smallest pub, but it's worth visiting all the same.
TWG - 16 Oct 2006 13:30
Its a small pub with a big heart! Well maybe. it's loos are a bit nicer than both the VRA/Vollys/Volunteer Riflemans arms and The green Tree which I think just scrapes it 'best tiny pub in centre of bath' award.

mothola, i will make a note to take a cuban flag with me on my next visit!
9/10
lg06111985 - 13 Jul 2006 22:26
Taken over by Baths own brewery Abbey Ales so should now be a must when visiting Bath especially if it is as good as The Star their brewery tap.
anonymous - 20 May 2006 09:46
Full of right wingers and biggots. Avoid if you have any socialist tendancies despite the half decent ale. Not too many ladies present either - weird atmosphere!
mothola - 13 Apr 2006 15:41
Very small pub, over priced and landlady is homophobic!
anonymous - 5 Apr 2006 10:33
Nice proper pub. A friendly wee place that I would include on a Bath pub walk.
jorrocks - 22 Oct 2005 04:42
Great pub, great beer, characters aplenty, enjoy!
tomaz - 19 Jul 2005 21:46
Excellent quality real ales, but slightly scruffy. Would benefit with a swear box. Bath's smallest pub.
Nigel - 8 Sep 2004 20:21
One of Baths smallest pubs, this place is a real curiosity. Is tucked away, so doesn't get a lot of the regular punter, but is a nice little pub for an afternoon drink.
The Ginger Prince - 8 Sep 2004 13:07

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