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The Crystal Palace Tavern, Bath - pub details

Crystal Palace Tavern

Address: 11 Abbey Green, Bath, Somerset, BA1 1NW [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 12067) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bath Spa (0.2 miles), Oldfield Park (1 mile), Freshford (4 miles)

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A traditional pub located in an attractive square just next to the abbey, this is one of three pubs in bath that have recently benefited from a combined £7.5m refurbishment. It’s a good sized, inverse U-shape layout with a couple of bars each side joining at the back in to a conservatory overlooking the courtyard. A picture of the Crystal Palace is just inside the door, although I’m not entirely clear on the connection between the venue for the Great Exhibition and the pub.

The left hand bar has something of a hotel drawing room feel with wood panelling all down one wall and there was also wood flooring, the usual Farrow & Ball paintwork and plenty of pictures hung on the walls. A stone fire-place was off to the left, although this was not is use even in January, so is perhaps, merely decorative. There was a gold gilded mirror up above it, and a plasma screen perched somewhat incongruously in the corner, although fortunately this was not in use. The bar to the right looks to be more geared up for dining with a number of the tables being reserved. The décor here was a little softer with a carpeted floor and a large stone bust in the corner.

The conservatory at the rear had a sloping wooden roof and a lighting level that may either be described as atmospheric or gloomy depending on your point of view. There were large bi-folding glass doors covering the entire back wall and this leads out to a pleasant, tiled courtyard. This is almost entirely covered by two large umbrellas, making a suitable outdoor refuge for the smokers. Besides the wicker furniture, there was plenty of foliage and some atmospheric lighting on the stone wall at the rear.

Food wise, the menu offered a decent looking selection of “pub grub” dishes such as Faggots, Haddock & Chips, Burger, Roast Chicken, etc., and these were mostly priced somewhere around the £10 - £12 mark, so perhaps slightly above your usual pub prices. In addition to this there was a selection of sandwiches and a small specials board. A sign also advertised some type of burger deal on Monday nights.

Beers on tap were predominantly from Fullers, with their ESB, London Pride and the seasonal Jack Frost. The only other offering was Butcombe. Ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Cornish Orchards Cornish Gold. Prices seemed a little steep though with a pint of the Thatchers and a G&T costing £9.10. Overall I quite liked this pub though, and felt that the sympathetic refurbishment has brought it up a notch or two. It was only really let down by a group of somewhat rowdy guys breaking in to song every few minutes. Not entirely the pub’s fault, but it took one of the punters to ask them to keep it down a bit rather than any of the bar staff.
Blackthorn - 6 Jan 2014 11:26
it will be interesting to watch developments here as the pub has been purchased by Fuller's.

malo66 - 27 Nov 2012 17:31
Good pub to meet up in. Real ales a bit limited when I was there but the winter ale was a blinder!! Food average but does the job - as does the pub.
THATOLDMAN - 10 Jan 2012 13:10
Large, food orientated pub with a good garden area. Bellringer at �3.05, Ringwood and Marstons on offer yesterday. Beer was fine although the service was rather slow - although, to be fair, the place was packed before Bath's rugby match kicked off. Menu looked pricey to me.
cheshirecat - 12 Sep 2010 10:57
Good pub tucked away in the middle of town. Nice little sheltered garden at the back. Like the others have said, it's a bit pricey, but the beer is nice.
marstonme - 5 Sep 2010 16:31

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