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The King William, Bath - pub details

Address: 36 Thomas Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5NN [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 17411) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bath Spa (1 mile), Oldfield Park (1.4 miles), Freshford (4.5 miles)

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Pub 5 of the 8 and this was the first of the evening 3.

I agree with a previous report that this is definitely more of a gastro-pub than a pub that sells food.

The front bar is small but has a few areas for seating, whereas the rear bar is very small with only three tables, of which 1 was spare so that was the area the four of us stood around.

3 ales on draught, the pint of light ale I had was very good, so no drink complaints.

Upstairs restaurant that was pretty busy at 7 o'clock on a Saturday night

I found the atmosphere to be fine but a bit quiet, thought my wife didn't like this pub much I thought it was fine but much less of a pub than the other 7 we visited.

Onto the Star next, the best pub in my opinion.

lezford - 20 Feb 2013 14:03
This is a nice little pub, with well kept top-quality ales on tap. They tend towards the lighter ales. Unfortunately teh whole experience is ruine by a pretentious atmosphere and rather high prices. One look at the menu will tell you all you need to know.
pr9spk2 - 4 Sep 2012 18:55
In many ways this is very much a gastro-pub, although fortunately not one that alienates drinkers. Whilst there was a copy of the daily changing menu on each table, that was as far as it went. The tables were not fully laid up for food like many other so called “pubs” that are in reality little more than restaurants.

Both the front and rear bars are quite small with only three of four tables in each. I assume there was probably a separate dining area elsewhere, otherwise the amount of space available seems to be somewhat out of kilter with the venue’s foodie aspirations. The floors are all reclaimed boards as is the vogue these days, there were good sized windows at the front of the bar, a selection of board games available and some art on the walls, much of it for sale.

Other indicators to the fact that it’s still a proper pub included an up and coming quiz night as well as details on the board about a wine club and a book club. Bar staff all seemed friendly, numerous candles around the place created a pleasant ambience and there was an extensive wine list chalked up on a board.

The menu was clearly of the gastro-pub genre as previously mentioned, although there was also a bar snack menu chalked up on a board. However, even though this included pub classics such as burgers and fish & chips, these were still mostly priced at around the £11 - £12 mark which I think is more than most people would expect to pay for bar snack. Some of the dishes such as a steak were nearer £20, and that was before you get on to the proper menu. This consisted of a reasonable selection of dishes, with most of the starters being around the £6.50 mark and the mains around £15. Whilst we enjoyed what we had, I couldn’t help feeling that they were perhaps trying a little too hard. Concentrating on the basics like lamb that wasn’t so fatty and avoiding fads like serving some of the dishes on wooden boards instead of plates would help – Jamie Oliver does this and it works well enough for a mixed platter of cold meat and cheese but when your pudding comes on one and the ice cream melts and dribbles off it’s not quite so effective.

Beers on tap were Keystone Large One, Dorset Gold, BBF No. 7 and Butcombe Gold. The solitary cider was Pheasant Plucker.
Blackthorn - 8 May 2011 18:50
Alas, this pub is I believe up for sale. I can only hope a suitable person or persons realises they have a winning formula if they stick to how it is presently.
TWG - 1 Nov 2010 16:07
Walked past this several times, and assumed it was mostly a restaurant. However, called in on Sunday early evening, and pleasantly surppised by good beer and nice atmosphere. Was going to fill up with tables reserved for diners later, but catch it early and you can drink without feeling you are in the way
Andylk - 13 Oct 2010 21:14

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