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The Griffin Inn, Bath - pub details

Griffin Inn

Address: Monmouth Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2AP [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 21412) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bath Spa (0.5 miles), Oldfield Park (0.8 miles), Freshford (4.3 miles)

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> Current user rating: 6.7/10 (rated by 23 users)
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Visited here on 15th December with a large group of friends. Luckily we managed to squeeze into the small room right at the back of the pub. They had several real ales on from some microbreweries. I honestly can't remember which breweries they were but they were drinkable an cost about £3.30 a pint, which seems to be the standard rate for a pint in a Bath pub these days.

For a Saturday evening we were very surprised to hear the bell for last orders ring at 10.40pm and then bang on 11pm we were told to drink up and leave.

Another minus which we all commented on was that, although it was the middle of December it wasn't exactly freezing cold but they insisted on having the radiators on full blast and there was no ventilation apart from a sash window that only opened a couple of inches.

Seriously guys - turn the heating down ! I'm actually glad that we didn't stay any longer - I think I would have melted !
mattbeer - 1 Jan 2013 18:40
A nice back street pub with wooden fittings. The beers were good; too bad about the punctual closing time because we were up for at least one more.
16jamesdoc - 5 Jun 2012 11:01
Unlike one earlier poster here I haven't had the rich and varied experience of this pub dating back to the early '80s. I made my maiden visit on Saturday afternoon following a recommendation from a solid fellow pubgoer, who'd heard the Griffin was on the up.

One expects a damp-carpeted, faded and slightly grimy ex-Ushers kind of interior, but happily the complete opposite is the case - wooden floorboards, light and airy and yet still comfortable. Perhaps it is a little too pared-down, but nevertheless it shouldn't put anyone off at first glance.

Ale-wise, there were 3 out of 4 on I think (visited so many Bath boozers and drank so many brill beers it is a little hard to determine now 4 days hence), and those sampled were found in decent nick. Local too, if I recall. Staff served with a smile, and the old boys quaffing their fizzy cider seemed affable enough too - certainly didn't get any antipathy from locals here, although it was a quiet period.

I didn't - couldn't stay longer as I had many fish to fry, but I'd definitely come back to the Griffin. In a city with so much competition in its pub scene, it'll be interesting to see if it can hold its own now it has smartened itself up and brought in better beer. Perhaps it does lack the character of yesteryear, but not having known it previously, I can possibly appraise it more objectively for what it now is, without being shackled by what it once was.

Good work folks; keep it up.
TWG - 23 May 2012 18:22
Pluses - good local beer, nice staff, Smiths and Blue Oyster Cult on the sound system. Minuses - some slightly dodgy geezers at the bar and a bit over-keen to turf people out at closing time. But on the whole, a good experience, worth a solid 7.
paul154 - 17 Oct 2011 15:53
this pub formed the formative years of my drinking. i could tell you things, things that would make you cry, things that would make you dance.
used to have the best duke box, not changed since the early 80s, free too.
land lord, solid gold diamond, his best anecdote involved Hendrix. not the gin
seemed scary as balls at 18, but once you got to know the characters you were sorted, everyone buying everyone rounds.
then running back to train station to find we still had half an hour, so ran back downed a pint of gem and blitzed straight on to the train.

came back 2 years later, dead. none of the old crew. oh. those were the days

despite not sampling the bar in 3 years, I'm giving it 10 out of 10
toastboaster - 1 Jul 2011 08:35

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