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Flan O'Briens, Bath - pub details

Flan O'Briens

Address: 21 Westgate Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1EP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 3068) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bath Spa (0.4 miles), Oldfield Park (0.9 miles), Freshford (4.1 miles)

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A prominent pub built of Bath stone and occupying a large corner plot just opposite the Theatre Royal, it doesn’t have quite as much of an “in your face” Irish theme as you might infer from the name, and as far as I could make out the only items representing the Emerald Isle were a few small flags and some Guinness ice buckets.

Inside it’s all one large, open room with very high ceilings and large windows on two sides giving a light and airy feel. The flooring is dark black boards whilst the paintwork is mostly a pale khaki green with dark brown paint on the timberwork. There are a few old black and white photos on the wall and a small fish tank behind the bar, but other than that there was little of any note. A large projector screen was showing the rugby as well as a plasma screen elsewhere and the volume was somewhat too loud making it difficult to escape from the commentary if you weren’t interested in it.

Beers on tap were Doom Bar and Butcombe, whilst the solitary cider was Thatcher’s Gold. Overall, this isn’t a bad pub, but it’s not especially great either. At least it’s not been gastrocised or otherwise tarted up, but it doesn’t offer much in the way of atmosphere and the beer choice is somewhat uninspiring.
Blackthorn - 3 Mar 2014 16:40
bamberg1 - 14 Nov 2011 10:50
Was passing through Bath on Friday 17th Dec on my way to Trowbridge and decided to check out a couple of pubs in the city where I lived for 8 years.

For some reason I stumbled upon this place first and only went in because it was empty, which at 5pm on a Friday is worrying!.

It always used to be very busy in here most evenings when I lived in Bath so I was shocked to find only a handful of other punters here. The interior has been given a lick of paint and the high tables replaced with barrels on which to place your drinks, so now it resembles an O'Neills Irish bar more than it did in the past!

Only one person serving behind the bar who I assume is the new manager/owner. It used to be run by an Irish guy who wore glasses and who also owned the Green park Tavern on Lower Bristol Road. (Is he still about?)

Anyway, I paid 3.00 for a pint of Abbey Ales Bellringer. Okay, I know this is an Irish pub in Bath, but come on - Bellringer is brewed less than a mile up the road so why the need to charge that much I don't know.

I'd hate to think how much of Guinness or lager costs here!!
mattbeer - 25 Dec 2010 15:19
Went to a few pubs when i visited Bath recently, this one was my favourite - very good location and they have a decent selection- If i lived in Bath this'd be my local
sir_adam_of_downham - 17 Jun 2010 23:23
Great pub. Bit pricey but that keeps all the hobos out. Always a good atmosphere, and a superb pint of Guinness. Closest thing to an Irish Pub outside the Emerald Isle.
80s_Casual - 16 Mar 2009 20:31

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