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user reviews of the Old Green Tree, Bath

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A classic Bath pub. This is always my first port of call on any crawl around the city - mainly because we've just spent the previous few hours traipsing around the shops. Great selection of beer, with the Palmers Tally Ho in very fine form when I called in last week. A very nice welcome too, so not sure if people have caught the bar people on bad days.
littledrummerboy - 19 Oct 2015 21:47
Called in here for a quick pint of real ale whilst visiting Bath. Really oldy worldy pub with good real ale in top condition and fantastic service.
Pcorn67 - 20 Apr 2015 19:54
Quiet and cosy little place with wood panelling and fireplace in thirties style. Liked the mild and Goldrush bitter. Would go again, but you'd probably get a warmer welcome from the guy on the stool at the bar than from the barstaff.
Mona_Growser - 9 Sep 2014 15:43
Smashing little pub that is claimed it could be one of the oldest in Bath (barman was quite insistent about this)

2 room pub with only a bar on 1 side which I loved. Again a good mix of locals and rugby fans made this place a fun place for a pint.

4 beers on tap, I had the Old Green Tree Ale @ 3.9% brewed for the pub by Blindmans Brewery.

Met a very interesting chap sat at the bar that 2 of us instantly decided he could be a mass murderer, he was a pleasant chap but one or 2 of he's stories were a bit iffy...made for a cracking laugh though.

A point of note are the men's toilets, there's a door in the bar that opens onto a long straight staircase and at the bottom are the urinals...I wonder if anyone has ever fallen down and ended up in the urinal!

Excellent pub, defiantly worth a visit.

lezford - 18 Feb 2013 13:56
One to enjoy for its intimate atmosphere, as other reviewers have noted doesn't seem so busy as it used to, easier to get a seat the last couple of times I have been in. Ales in good condition as usual, a bit of a Bath institution :-)
steve75 - 11 Jan 2013 20:05
Our favourite of the 3 visited today. Had a geat atmosphere and excellent range of independents and micros beers on offer. Olde worldy inside with parlours and snugs. Just a great place. Would like to give 7.5 but as there isn't one it goes in as a 7.
Steamer1 - 3 Dec 2012 17:38
what happened to the lovely somerset lass? I was servrd by a rather loud barman more interested in topping up his own cider and nipping out for a fag than serving customers. Still, the beer was, as usual, excellent. It's alot quieter there these days.
zoider - 27 Mar 2012 17:01
We were sussing out some pubs in Bath to show some visitors later in the year and this will certainly be one of them! Great little pub, good range of beers and the two I tasted both in good nick. Welcoming staff and some good banter amongst the locals. Great place!
martyngs - 22 Jan 2012 08:55
Top pub. Excellent range of beers, always varying and always good. So good to find the old fashioned boozer still going, never short of conversation there. Small bar at front and snug at the back.
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inkywebber - 19 Jan 2012 13:46
Fantastic little pub - always full to the ceiling but always friendly. We had round of four beers and two of us only drank half a pint. Nothing wrong with the beer but not to our taste. The barman gave us free replacements as he wanted his customers to be happy. been back several times since and never regretted it (except the following morning)
THATOLDMAN - 10 Jan 2012 13:20
What a belting little pub. Recommended by a friend of mine whose dad drinks in there regularly. Arrived to find the place heaving, two-deep at the bar and the back room thronged. So I squeezed myself in and ordered a pint of Pitchfork (marvellous). After a bit, some seated space became available so I settled in with a paper and had a couple more pints of Pitchfork (seemed rude not too).

Also had a couple of Butcombe ales, a porter and another ale, as well as 3 or 4 ciders. Also noticed the snug on the way out, but to be honest, I enjoyed the main bar immensely, great pub, great people, thanks very much.
Paulie_Tandoori - 9 Jan 2012 22:02
busy as usual as it was a mtch day, excellent pint of Bristol Milk Stout!
CaptainDave - 9 Dec 2011 10:54
Was in on a Sunday, so the pub was nice and quiet, except for some locals chatting with the barmaid and an endless succession of tourists asking whether they did food (which they don't on a Sunday). A wide range of fine beers and a really friendly welcome. The landlord did roast potatoes for the locals and went out of his way to ask whether I wanted some. A fine, fine pub.
paul154 - 17 Oct 2011 15:47
This would be absolutely brilliant if it wasn't so popular - it is just too crowded and often has no seats available. As a non-local, it's just fine, but reading some other comments, I can understand how Bath people might get fed up with the way it (like most interesting places in Bath) is crowded by tourists - but tourism in Bath is hardly new - if you don't like it, go live somewhere else!
newbury_drinker - 8 Oct 2011 22:51
Tiny little pub in Green st-good selection of ciders and full of 'characters'.
hammers101 - 6 Oct 2011 18:25
Delightful pub. Superb beer, superb staff and friendly customers. Could only stop for a couple but Tree(the barmaid - not sure of the spelling!) gave us a couple of her homemade Scotch eggs which were absolutely fantastic!. Do not miss!
phollands01 - 3 Oct 2011 19:25
Used to be much better, middle bar spoilt by the pompous braying arses who sit at the bar making loud purile comments to the bar staff and each other. The bar staff here need to learn to smile as does the landlord who seems to have got more and more miserable over the years. Beer fine though, pitchfork and Slug Porter were in good order. Not the pub it used to be.
Hodge1 - 9 Sep 2011 09:05
Very well known small town centre pub with an excellent beer selection. It looks and feels old. Nothing much wrong with it, but I can't get to like it. It feels poky and it's just too full of tourists.
KingEdward - 1 Sep 2011 09:50
A good Bath alleyway pub, quite small and pokey, and very full of tourists, but great choice of real ale in good condition served efficiently by a friendly barman.
Randyray - 1 Jul 2011 11:54
Great pub nice people.
Splashthepaint - 24 Jun 2011 21:39
a lovely little pub!!! great character, great staff, great beer!!! lovely landlord!!! love the old green tree!!! a must visit place!! an old little proper pub!!!
ilovejd - 9 Jun 2011 20:41
Apologies £3 a pint for pitchfork.
Hodge1 - 17 Nov 2010 18:19
As a long time occasional user of this fine establishment I love everything about it ........except the prices these days. It seems that the cost of a pint of beer has rocketed here in the last 2 years, Hopback Entire stout here was £3.40 a pint, the house staple RCH Pitchfork was £3.30, a bit steep even by Bath standards. Shame because its such a one off, beautifully unspoilt town boozer otherwise.
Hodge1 - 4 Nov 2010 16:07
Lovely little CAMRA National Inventory pub with well kept interesting local beers. Staff very welcoming and some interesting extremist conversations to earwig!
JBGatelad - 31 Jul 2010 14:13
A fine Pub with three ditinct drinking areas; a lounge as you go in, a 'Public bar' and what you could possibly desrcibe as a snug off of that. All beers were from Somerset and Wiltshire from RCH, Hop Back and Butcombe amongst others. Well kept beers but beware of the Mens loos. Down a fairly steep set of steps; not for the drunk of non-fleet of foot!
ahscum - 31 Jul 2010 11:42
Since the demise of Mr Perret's Stout I no longer regard it as an essential visit.Still, however, an interesting pub and should be visited at least once, preferably in the afternoon before it gets too crowded.
baxterfish - 8 Jun 2010 15:24
Pub No.3 on our crawl of Bath. Nice looking old pub just off the main shopping streets. As you enter there's a nice quiet lounge on left and through the door you enter the main bar and back room. Food looked good on the table next to us. Good selection of draught beers which today included Green Tree Ale (brewed by Blindmans), Cottage - Concorde and a chalk board showing another 4 beers. I'd recommend the Cottage - Concorde.
Beer_Spotter - 25 Apr 2010 12:04
Only opens Sunday lunch, never been open in the evenings as far as I know.
Hodge1 - 14 Apr 2010 18:18
Closed at 2.30 on Sunday Afternoon. Why? Bath was packed with thirsty People, Went to the Volunteer Riflemans instead.
Paris_Hilton - 14 Apr 2010 16:58
Dave2112, the beer brewed for the pub is called, unsurprisingly, Greentree
Paris_Hilton - 14 Mar 2010 16:32
Was recommended to try this pub when in Bath for the first time last weekend. Couldn't get over how small it was or how popular. Not only with locals but with tourists. Staff very courtious and helpful. Had a couple of pints of Hop Back's Entire Stout to go along with my beef platter. Could have done with a bit more butter on me bread though. My sister had, I belive, an ale brew espcially for the pub. Can somebody let me know what it was as neither of us can remember? Surrounded by rugby fans who tried to tell me whats wrong with football, including my sis who's a LI fan. Will definately go there again when next in bath.
dave2112 - 14 Mar 2010 11:00
What a fine establishment and a real find as I was passing through! Polite & chatty young chap behind the bar. Pitchfork & OGT Bitter were on damn good form. A snug & public bar retained. Old School and will definately make the effort to return whenever I pass through Bath again.
Wiccaman777 - 12 Mar 2010 19:14
mikey64 - You must have had a good time in The Old Green Tree, there are only two rooms and 1 bar. Always has been , always will be - not 3! Beer is good in there eh?
colincallan - 7 Feb 2010 16:11
Popped in for first and second time while in Bath recently. No 'unpleasant' barmaid to speak of as there were two different young chaps behind bar on consecutive nights. Unusual pub, small and with three different rooms/bars. Mostly a gents watering hole by the looks of things. The Old Green Tree bitter brewed by Blindmans was very good and they also had a Port Stout that was proving popular and Stonehenge Bustard amongst others. Could not fault the beer but mostly a gentlemans domain so had trouble getting my good lady into the pub with me. Not trouble with the pub mind you - ladies are welcome there.
mikey64 - 5 Feb 2010 17:31
Argh, one of my all time best pubs has just been taken down a few pegs. The Abbey Ales 12th Night was cloudy - although changed on request. The bar women had a really bad attitude, discourteous and not really aware of good customer service. The place just smelt of complacency and no-one was making the effort any more. Has moved down from 'essential' to 'OK if you're passing' when on a visit to Bath
Dandillus - 31 Dec 2009 18:54
tend to agree with ph , although pub was quite busy this afternoon , liked the fact small pub , also that pub had a lounge and a bar . beers excellent choice pitchfork , keystone porter , green tree ale , brewed by blindmans , and a couple of xmas titles , staff efficient . great pub
beatles38 - 9 Dec 2009 21:31
Popped in on Sunday Lunchtime. In my opinion one of the best pubs in Bath, but very quiet, 2 or 3 what appeared to be regulars at the bar and an old couple in the back room. Ales available included Exmoor, Cotleigh and Cottage, all local so went for a 1/2 of the superb Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild. £2.90 a pint is not expensive in this part of the world. Will always return. Excellent.
Paris_Hilton - 5 Dec 2009 16:46
I visited this pub before the Saracens vs Bath game and managed to get a seat in the front bar where I had some good beer and a ploughmans. The Scotch Eggs looked very good and I'm disappointed not to have tried one. A lot of people were taking them out to eat on the way. Friendly locals and got chatting to a good number about Rugby and things. Barmaid (Spanish??) new how to serve the beers properly.
Mr_ESB_Harry - 29 Nov 2009 11:15
This is a great little pub. There are 2 small rooms and a drinking corridor all with oak panelling installed in the 1920ís. The front lounge, where we sat, has pictures of World War 2 aircraft all around the walls. Friendly locals and staff ensured a pleasant visit. 5 handpumps on the bar, Old Green Tree bitter, which is brewed for them by Blindmans Brewery and 4 changing guests. Both the pints I had were very well kept. Another definite when on a Bath pub crawl.
ROBCamra - 10 Nov 2009 11:30
Lovely city centre pub with a very intimate atmosphere. We found seats in the front bar through which you are served through a doorway, but the rest of the pub looked good too. Great pre rugby game atmosphere, ideal for us as visiting supporters, with lots of engaging and knowledgeable conversation with a bit of gentle banter thrown in. Had a few really enjoyable pints of Butcombe served by the very obliging landlord and his staff who work really hard. Didn't try the food but on my return I will be certain to leave space for a scotch egg which looked awesome!
Shippers50 - 3 Nov 2009 07:54
A terrific unspoilt pub just up from the abbey. Lots of wood panelling and pictures on the wall. Contrary to some of the other reports when we visited just before closing time on a Thursday night, we found it a welcome oasis away from the hords of students that seemed to be roaming the streets and filling many of the other bars. Maybe it's different on a Friday or Saturday.
Staff were friendly, although I can safely say the barmaid who served us wasn't from Somerset.
Beers on our visit were Green Tree, Pitchfork, Autumn Ale, Witch Otter and Station Porter. Also Broadoak cider which made a pleasant change.
Blackthorn - 30 Oct 2009 09:39
Another Bath pub that has slipped, ever so gently, from the superb place it used to be. The beer is now too expensive and the atmosphere is drifting out the door. It wouldn't take much to bump it back up again - perhaps a change of landlord (although I'd prefer to see the current one do it, he's been there quite a while now)?
Drinking_Bull - 22 Oct 2009 12:56
Interesting little pub on first sight, some good beers - albeit a bit pricey. Pub cramped and a bit smelly - toilets exceedingly smelly. The worst bit was the doorman - he was offensive and confrontational to some quite decent middle-aged folk as we left, and spoiled our visit completely. The landlord probably thinks his doorman's doing a great job keeping all those fights outside. What he doesn't realise is the doorman is causing them. Don't visit this pub in the later evening; there are quite a few better, nicer pubs nearby without awful doormen.
arthurdent - 21 Oct 2009 02:09
This is a very compact, traditional pub in the centre of Bath, which thankfully, wasn't too crowded on my visit. There are three distinct drinking areas, the 'lounge' bar at the front, a drinking lobby by the bar and the 'Smoke Room' beyond the bar. I sat briefly in the back bar but found it slightly claustrophobic so stood in the lobby before securing a seat in the front bar. This is a small, low ceilinged room with a small brick fireplace, adorned with WW2 paintings of Spitfires.
Six handpumps serving Butcombe Bitter, Plain Ales Inspiration, the house ale called Old Green Tree, RCH Pitchfork and two Wickwar ales. I sampled the Old Green Tree and the Inspiration, both of which were good.
Another unspoilt pub that must be seen if you come to Bath.
holbornboy - 31 Aug 2009 21:56
Whenever I come to Bath - about five times a year to see my daughter - the Old Green Tree just seems to get better and better. I was there late afternoon, early evening, and there was a really nice mix of people. The landlord is great, and I think I was served by the much lauded "Somerset lass", and I concur with all that has been said.

As always, the Pitchfork beer was in excellent form.

The Old Green Tree is a real oasis. The oasis-like qualities were much accentuated for me this time, as I had had a rather unfortunate and unpleasant experience in what used to be another favourite of mine, the Coeur de Lion. In future I'll stick to the Old Green Tree.
notabanker - 4 Aug 2009 11:12
Visited Old Green Tree having read its praises in beer guides. It didn't dissapoint - great selection of real beers, and friendly landlord.

Having read previous review, didn't hear any "deviant" conversations! Only odd event - as I was going through the door I was accosted by a small extremely red-faced man, who appeared to be well lubricated; he grabbed me by the arm, and announced that I had just missed Trevor Mcdonald, but I might find him in a pizzeria! With that he was gone.

I'll certainly re-visit if Im in Bath again.
Cedaroak - 10 Jul 2009 09:49
I hadn't been in this pub for some time - always been one of my favorites on visits to Bath. My wife and I popped in round lunchtime yesterday - group of local men talking very loudly about some deviant sexual practices, not the sort of conversation for a lady to endure over a well-prepared gin-and-tonic.

Notwithstanding, the rotund and jovial little landlord was as welcoming as ever.
Celtforapint - 9 Jul 2009 10:25
YEs i've mentioned before in these postings about the miserable Italian bar maid, she's been turning the milk sour with one look in this pub for years, God only knows why they don't replace her with someone who actually enjoys serving people. The atmosphere is alway far better when the landlord is behind the bar.
Hodge1 - 21 Jun 2009 09:52
On our first visit during our weeks stay there was a young girl behind the bar that all the locals were quietly studying and thus no atmosphere, the beer was a bit dull too, luckily we revisited later in the week and the Landlord was in place, it was full and the place was alive and the beer was excellent too. What a difference a few days made. Tight and atmospheric place, a battle to get through to the toilets with the Bar Flys, perhaps they were awaiting the return of the Blonde. Enjoyable.
imdownthepub - 21 Jun 2009 09:13
I returned at the weekend with my wife and aforementioned somerset lass created the most impressive pimm's I've ever seen; a work of art!
zoider - 1 Jun 2009 13:29
the surly italian whose crossword i interrupted had almost put me off my pint,mercifully however,she was replaced by a lovely somerset lass in fantastic boots.enthusiastic, well informed and efficient,my night took a turn for the better. excellent beers,hopbackand wickwar particular favourites, all well kept. does get very busy but that's part of the fun. great atmosphere, conversation, beer and staff (sometimes!) top pub, definitely reccommended.
zoider - 17 May 2009 12:36
A great range of local beers, all well served, a historic pub with cozy bars, it really should be one of my favourite pubs. However, I just can't warm to the place, it just seems to lack the friendly banter of places like the Star, and the regulars can (on occasions - not all the time) block the bar area making it difficult to get served/ collect your drinks. Oh yes, and blocking the way to the toilets - Careful after you have been to the loo, the doors open into the bar and I have seen many drinks spilled as an unwary customer gets hit by the door!
Dylanwing - 16 May 2009 16:26
Great pub, a veritable institution - not to be missed on any trip to Bath. Does get a bit crowded and some of foreign staff sometimes appear a bit dopey, however those minor points aside it's bloody marvellous (pardon my french).
smithy384 - 4 May 2009 11:16
Visited one mid-week lunchtime, not overly busy. Superb interior, extensive beer range and nice food. Well worth a visit but not quite a classic like the Star Inn. Still an 8/10.
Old_King_Cole - 23 Apr 2009 22:37
Dropped in just before midday on a Saturday, back room already busy with eaters, front lounge occupied, but - wondrously - two seats at the bar. Excellent range of local ales, well-kept and welcomingly served. Superb original features abound, panelling is some of the best to be seen anywhere. With its cramped style, It couldn't fail to be difficult to get served at busy times, but that experience will have to saved for next time. Superb.
Gristy - 29 Mar 2009 00:31
One of my all time favourites. Been coming here on and off for 5-6 years and have never had a bad pint. They seemed to have increased how many ales they serve - I think 5 now on tap. Guaranteed a gorgeous pint of Pitchfork in lovely surroundings. Landlord has always been very friendly. Yes, it can get busy, but if you get a seat in the lounge this can be a very difficult place to leave.
Dandillus - 2 Mar 2009 20:58
This is dated as I visited last year, but each time we were in, staff was helpful. The Green Tree real ale was one of the best in Bath (great session beer at 3.9). Very well done real ale pub--few distractions such as TV's, loud music, screaming chavs, etc. Only drawback is that it can get crowded around lunch and right after the end of the work day.

Worth a stop in, though!
mrdruse - 17 Feb 2009 03:46
Visited last month and found it to be a friendly bar. Wickwar beer had gone off, and was exchanged quickly enough when returned for another beer. No problem with the Arbor or RCH beers.
gillhalfpint - 18 Jan 2009 01:12
Its been my favourite pub in Bath for years and the Pitchfork is always on form. Shame about the miserable unfriendly never smiling Italian barmaid though, such a contrast to the cheery landlord. Handy for the sausage shop and Bartletts Butchers.
Hodge1 - 16 Sep 2008 12:50
Worrying times at the Green Tree. The beer's gone up again and is now too expensive; the BOB (Brand Oak Bitter) has disappeared and the barman greeted everyone's order with 'What?'
I've been coming here since 1977 and this is the first time that I've thought that maybe I'll give it a miss next time in town.
Hope that it gets back to form quickly.
Drinking_Bull - 29 Aug 2008 11:01
The beer is good and varied, although a tad expensive compared to other pubs in Bath. There is something about the atmosphere which puts me off slightly, although I can never quite put my finger on what it is that is wrong.
southdown12jack - 11 Aug 2008 12:52
Nice pub but expensive drinks.
mattbeer - 11 Aug 2008 00:12
One of the better Bath pubs, Good beer, cosy atmosphere, tho sometimes cramped. No facilities for smokers.
MrBlue - 10 Jun 2008 14:04
lovely pub with a jovial landlord..if your of the rotunda figure you will be pushed to move in here...always a busy local with lovely cider and cracking beers on...small room at the back and one at the front but can be a tight squeeze at the bar were all the locals congregate..defo worth a visit in this fine old city
graybagsinburyonceagain - 13 Apr 2008 21:09
pretty fine traditional city drinking establishment.
usually good condition ales and a good selection.
........food is fairly good if you're patient enough to wait for it during busy periods.
much better sit in here than lugging the shopping around town for the wife.
alehouses - 25 Mar 2008 08:11
We visited this pub twice in early February 2008. It has two very cosy rooms with a central, but tiny bar. The service was good and we all found the Green Tree Ale to be quite excellent; its a bit light but still quite tasty. One of the regulars brings his large black Labrador mix in (he was there both times).
jbarnes - 8 Mar 2008 21:58
Smashing small pub, with minute lounge and bar, and slightly larger eating area. Excellent real ales - including Station Porter (Supreme Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2008) and Mr Pecket's Stout. Good range of bottled beers, including Erdinger Weissbier and Carsberg Special.

Friendly barmaid with glorious Italian accent and friendly and entertaining landlord. This is what a pub should be like.
schaf - 2 Mar 2008 16:04
A small cosy locals pub where visitors are tolerated although itís not easy to get to the bar at busy times when the only free space is in the corridor that runs alongside the short bar. Decent selection of beers which are generally sourced locally.

Millay - 10 Feb 2008 20:19
Unfriendly, cramped and overrated. The beer was good though.
biermeister - 26 Jan 2008 21:16
Interesting pub, with some srange characters. Well worth visiting for the Mr Perret's Stout.
baxterfish - 15 Jan 2008 15:06
went in last weekend, beer range a bit limitd due to selling out over xmas, was suggested to try the abbey ales bellringer which i did, tasted warm & stale so i left
clangersmate - 3 Jan 2008 00:04
Maybe not as good as it was in years gone by but still one of the better city centre pubs in Bath. Good selection of well kept real ales and a good selection of lunchtime meals.
MisterX - 1 Jan 2008 18:49
First port of call on my Bath pub crawl and a very good pint in a homely town centre boozer. Very busy for just gone 11 on a Saturday morning but easy to see why it was so popular. Well recommended.
brianthelion - 12 Dec 2007 15:45
Great little boozer that does huge sarnies and cracking beer to wash then down
LickeyEndBooze - 11 Oct 2007 22:08
A pub in seemingly terminal decline. A very, very sad state of affairs. Thankfully Bath is pleased with other far better pubs worthy of your attention (and money).
CJG - 1 Oct 2007 18:37
Very interesting pub with lots of character. Not much space inside which you should consider before visiting. If you do its certainly one of the more interesting of Baths pubs. The ale was fine on our visit and the barman was helpful finding me a dark ale, as I was not familiar with all the beer he had on.
Love_good_ale - 25 Sep 2007 00:06
Visited of a lunchtime & got good service & good beer.
mikecterry - 18 Sep 2007 19:43
Hmm.

Made my return today,Cottage Breast Bitter(£2.70? per pt)was served 90% full by a rather pompous and arrogant bloke wearing an idiotic looking tie. In fairness while not ungrudglingly filled up after being asked,it still was too far down at the start by any manner of means for a consistent Good Beer Guide entry. And alas,the quality was distinctly moderate-warm soft and hazy,the adjectives applying.

And any consideration towards entering debate concerning the quality of same was scuppered by the loud conversation between barman and regulars regarding and I quote-"The Old Farts who come in here and all they do is complain about the beer...."

Landlord appears(so i think there may be hope!)-has a quick sup of red wine,but appears to join in criticism of "complaining" customers!!!

Hmm,so off I go-and I won't be back. And I'm not and OLD FART-I'm 34.
an_ecunemical_matter - 9 Sep 2007 22:01
I never thought I'd have to say this but the Green Tree is now officially rubbish. The atmosphere is grim, the majority of the staff don't seem to be enjoying themselves and the beer is really inconsistant. A sad day for humanity. Never mind!!
HaggisBasher - 23 May 2007 09:31
Was here Thurs 12th. Place empty,girl behind bar reading take-a-break. RCH pitchfork ok,£2.80 a pt. Mr Perrets stout(my reason for going in) off,house ale also off though. No sign of new barrels coming on,no sign of Tim the landlord either. Deathly silent inside,not a peep from take-a-break woman. Arty-farty type arrives to become my sole companion,served up Pitchfork which appear to run out. "Upset" at take-a-break reading being interrupted barwoman continues to pump pump,bloke gets opaque liquid,but alas never complains. My 1st ever negative experience here in 6 years,hope its a one off. Will revisit soon.
an_ecunemical_matter - 18 Apr 2007 22:03
Very nice real ale pub. It's split into three small rooms, so you're unlikely to get a much space on a busy night, but well worth visiting anyway.

However, severe punishment involving a carp awaits those who smoke...
pubcollector - 7 Mar 2007 20:41
We were drawn here after admiring two shops opposite... The Fishworks and the Sausage Shop.

We pushed the door wondering if it was open!

It was! SUPERB.

The smoke room at the back is the non smoking area. Wide choice of ales we didnt get a "we have real ale but it's off at the moment" like most of the other lager pubs around.

We loved it and gravitated back here for the last beer in Bath after an excellent weekend. Our friends raved about the food they had here.

Sunday lunch is reputed to be the best. Even does roast potatoes in a basket on the bar on a sunday (free)!

If you rate a hostelry by its loos these are pristine not your regular pub gents!

Enjoy we did!
Burridge60 - 22 Jan 2007 21:03
I shall start out by saying that I have given this pub 8/10. On balance it deserves it. However I do have some serious reservations about the quality of service which frequently has been rather surly. Moreover, the stronger beers don't seem to be kept in the perfect condition they once were. I've had a few pints that whilst not bad were little better than indifferent. The plus points of this pub are well known - and well stated by several BITE reviewers - so I shall not waste space by reiterating them. In short, a great pub but not quite as good as it was a few years ago and, critically, not as good a place to drink in comparison to either the Star, Salamander, Raven or the Royal Oak.
CJG - 6 Dec 2006 10:26
Somethings changed, can't quite tell what it is as it the same manager, same staff and same beer. that aside still one of the great Bath pubs. highly recommended as a tourist stop off as they'll be as confused as hell by the place.
HaggisBasher - 29 Nov 2006 09:07
The pub that defines "cosy". Comes into its own as the days shorten, when the wood panelling, musty warmth and hubbub of conversation draw you in. Beer is never less than excellent, and the welcome friendly.
WebelMC - 24 Oct 2006 20:48
Cracking pub. Popped in for a quick pint and ended up staying for 6. "No modern drinks" I see someone has complained! Yes, alas there is no filth like fosters or carling polluting the bar.
Aleguzzler - 20 Oct 2006 19:11
I am so pleased that so many people have found this pub to be everything it should be, without even trying: a classic, characterful, quality alehouse, full of good beer and cheer, and a distinct atmosphere.
On the practical side it mightn't suit everyone; it is very restrictive inside with only 3 small drinking areas and it does get busy quickly. Also, the trend amongst young folk to favour bland, corporatised large drinking holes accented towards Sky Sports, chemical-filled lager and loud music is certainly not indulged here.
But to the person who likes his/her pub traditional, unaffected, simple, and convivial, this is a must. Superb selection of consistently well-conditioned ale (even real perry gets a chance on this bar), mostly from local sources. Also worth noting is the excellent array of whiskies.
Similarly, the food is excellent and renews one's faith that simple British cuisine can be the best when good ingredients (and no microwaves) are used.
The Green Tree is favoured by many "middle-class" folk, but this should only put off those with chips on their shoulders about their own perceived socio-econimic position: in my experience everyone regardless of age or background is friendly, and contrary to earlier comments tourist presence is kept to a minimum. Most visitors who don't like this sort of place leave quickly, and happily vast swathes of Americans etc don't seem to find it in the first place, being tucked away on a small sidestreet.
To cap it all, the interior has remained unchanged for many decades and is one of Bath's few pubs surviving without interference and insensitive, unnecessary modernisation.
If you've got good discerning taste in ale, food and pub character, this is paradise.
TWG - 16 Oct 2006 13:59
Brilliant ale pub with four real ales on the go and budvar on tap for the discerning lager drinker.

The interior is all wood and I felt like this is the sort of place a lot of Sam Smith's pubs are trying to be. The posters and bits of objet on the wall actually add to the atmos too; they don't look random and slapped up.

We came in here about 6pm last Saturday and all the locals at the bar were smashed! They were all dead friendly too so that was fine, it was good to drink with friendly, drunk locals.

Very, very good.
MrScott - 25 Sep 2006 12:13
Small pub but very interesting. It's about 100 years old!! Worth a trip but no modern drinks.


Wineo - 23 Aug 2006 11:48
Well nice little place, never ever got a seat in here but who cares? Many a fine ale but a tad smokey in the evneings, but that shouldnt be a problem for much longer. never tried the food due to said seating problem! The Sausage Shop is nearby though and they do excellent takeaway Bangers and Mash in a box for £3!!!
lg06111985 - 3 Aug 2006 22:28
Fantastic place, second best in Bath. The beer changes regularly, with Brand Oak Bitter (BOB) and Butcombe being normally available. Almost always has mild, stout or porter too, and sells Budvar on tap.

The people in the bar room are always ready for a chat, and there's a non-smoking room too.

Not particularly keen on rapper sword dancing - we've managed to dance here only once in fifteen years.

I can't stress how worthwhile a visit to this pub is.
mhanley - 6 Jul 2006 13:56
Very small, not much space; good selection of local ales in good nick, landlord was welcoming.

A bit touristy and on each of my visits on consecutive lunchtimes during lunch breaks in the cricket match there seemed to be a lot of posh people eating the huge doorstep sandwiches and talking with their mouths full. This became unbearable - these people are presumably too important to stop giving everyone else the benefit of their superior knowledge on all subjects for five minutes while they eat a meal in silence. It was almost as bad as that KFC television commercial with people singing with their mouths full.
Rich66 - 15 Jun 2006 23:48
Top boozer, Bath's little treasure. A great selection of rarely seen beers served in a fantastic cosey Oak panelled interior by friendly and welcoming staff.
A great mixed croud of locals, shoppers, rugby fans, day trippers and tourists.
A welcome retreat from the comercial waisteland of Bath city centre.
beardedwonder - 13 Apr 2006 15:02
Easily one of the finest pubs in Bath - only The Star provides real competition for atmosphere and The Royal Oak for variety of beer. But The Tree wins out for the restaurant quality food. Tim, the manager, has to be one of the nicest and most helpful around.

It does seem to be in so many books as to attract tourists by the dozen but if you can get a seat - or go in the non-smoking back bar - it is a great place to spend a day.
AlanAttack - 28 Feb 2006 15:25
Having met the owners here in the states when their daughter was going to Furman, when I had the chance to be over in England I popped into he place. Man, what a great place. It's the first time I had heard of pub crawling... we call it bar hopping here in the states. The place was loaded in young adults drinking Guiness. That's some strong stuff. I would love to be able to go back.. but enjoyed it while i was there. You are packed like sardines in there.. but that was part of the fun.. you really know the person beside you. Not sure if it's the same owners back in the early 80's or not
rockg - 20 Feb 2006 17:37
A nice pub and it's great to have had a no-smoking bar for so long - I think the oldest no-smoking bar in Bath.
rosa_the_terrier - 4 Feb 2006 18:20
This is a fun little pub, with a choice of rooms (including non-smoking), good range of real ales, foreign beers and soft drinks. Friendly landlord and staff. Highly recommended for city centre drinking.
fromedrinker - 21 Dec 2005 16:00
Great pub, with all the Bath faces in there. Love it.
MCC - 12 Nov 2005 15:39
Brilliant place to spend an afternoon. Friendly staff and interesting regulars. A nice snug bar to waste away the hours enjoying a pint and forgetting about the rest of the world. Keep your watch handy as the hours will just melt away in this place.
jorrocks - 22 Oct 2005 04:37
never really went in here properly till the other day - and it is a nice unique little pub. i like it.
TheGP - 20 Sep 2005 21:00
A tiny, but good pub - I will definitely pop in again when next in Bath.
mike2004 - 18 Sep 2005 16:13
Superb pub, good beer and top large non-smoking room in the back, great stuff and a top landlord, well funny.
JockStrap - 2 Sep 2005 14:35
Superb pub. A must when in Bath.
anonymous - 24 Mar 2005 20:12
It may be small but it manages to fit in a beautiful smoke free room.
Well worth a visit
theory900 - 23 Nov 2004 15:28
The only pub in Bath with any character. Could easily spend all day in there.
anonymous - 22 Nov 2004 10:45
It's tiny!!!!
Catherine - 6 Nov 2004 15:16
One of the finest pubs in the world. Great beer good staff and an eclectic mix of customers....and you can smoke a pipe in peace. in a nutshell perfect
Miles - 14 Oct 2004 12:08
Where the hell do you have room to eat??!
TheGP - 7 Sep 2004 15:31
Easily Bath's best pub. It is very small (but not even the smallest in Bath) but the beer is very well looked after (although few guest ales) and the food is wonderful.
anonymous - 20 Aug 2004 12:03
too small and pants
anonymous - 10 Aug 2004 15:47
I think this place is the smallest pub in Britain or something.

This is great in theory, but in practice meand there is never anywhere to sit and it takes a lot of squeezing about to get served.
TheGP - 10 Aug 2004 15:32
Excellent pub. An excess of real ales, with a good variety. Very small and traditional.
Mark - 1 Mar 2004 14:28
Wonderful pub - It has one non-smoker room. Been going there on and off since 1979, beer always excellent. Indeed it has got even better recently.
Andy - 22 Feb 2004 21:40
Good beer, unspoiled by progress, compact yet a great place to pass some time
Acid Sorceror - 18 Feb 2004 10:04
A very small pub in the centre of Bath. In the good beer guide and also apparently untouched in arichitectural terms. We were passing by and paused and a couple of punters shouted out to us" Why not have a beer? Go on?" We did and didn't regret it. Friendly, good beer and just generally nice.
David Jollie - 18 Aug 2003 15:15

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