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The Pig and Fiddle, Bath - pub details

Pig and Fiddle
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Address: 2 Saracen Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 5BR [map] [gmap]

Tel: 0871 951 1000 (ref 5983) - calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras

Nearest train stations Bath Spa (0.5 miles), Oldfield Park (1 mile), Freshford (4.2 miles)

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This pub had some interesting beers to sample, 6 in total, and they appeared well kept but it was quite cramped seating in certain areas. I'm sure it's much nicer in the summer when one can sit outside but it didn't grab us enough to make us want to stay and try the food.
Pcorn67 - 20 Apr 2015 20:00
Pub 5 of the 8 and this was the last one visited in the daytime.

Large single bar pub very popular with the rugby crowd, probably due to it's proximity to the Rec.

6 ales on draught with a decent choice of local beers, I had a good pint of Bristol Sunrise @ 4.4% from Bristol Beer Factory.

Extremely busy inside but the large outside area with benches and heaters make the pub more bearable.

Decent pub but not one of my favs in Bath.
lezford - 18 Feb 2013 15:52
A large pub right in the centre of Bath that has recently been bought by Butcombe, it has a good sized patio area out the back surrounded by troughs of flowers, and this was packed to capacity on an unseasonably hot Friday afternoon recently. Hanging baskets adorned the front of the pub.

Inside its a rustic sort of place with rough wood flooring split over two levels. The longer and lower section leading to the front of the pub has a relaxed ambience with a few sofas in the window in addition to the chunky wooden tables. A number of signed rugby shirts hung on the walls along with other sporting memorabilia. At the top of the steps is a large fish tank and a big stone fireplace. There is also a part glass roof, adding a sort of conservatory feel to the interior.

On the higher level is the bar counter and in a small room off in the corner a table football game and dart board. I didnt check out the menu, although a few specials chalked up on a board sounded tasty enough.

Beers on tap were Yeovils Star Gazer, Cottage Triumph Spitfire and London Pride along with Butcombes Bitter and Gold. Good choice of ciders with Ashton Press, Ashton Still and Symonds Founders Reserve.
Blackthorn - 4 Oct 2011 21:49
Don't know if it is as a result of the recent takeover by Butcombe, but only 3 beers and a cider available yesterday - Butcombe Bitter, Bellringer and the go everywhere Pride. And at 3.20 it is starting to get expensive.

Busy though and service still good.
cheshirecat - 28 May 2011 12:20
Many years ago I was employed as a barman in the centre of Bristol. The pub was vast and a focal point for the jeering chavs and honking oiks of the city. Other than the occasional theatre-goer beating a hasty retreat within seconds of entry, it was primarily frequented by loud, vulgar and crass individuals with all the charm of asbestos, many regularly guzzling alcopops and lager and going all out to explode their own kidneys. Food was almost always served in baskets with chips, and the Old Bill would often be stationed outside in eager anticipation of the booze-fuelled idiots fighting within being dragged out to them by the doormen. The Pig & Fiddle in Bath is nothing like this. It has never been so, and I hope - saluting a magpie of a morn and wielding a cat around my head at midnight while barking like a sea lion at the moon - it never will be.
Anyhoo...
In a pseudo-descriptive kind of way, I think of The Pig & Fiddle as a really good old friend; the type of friend you can see every day for a coffee and a quick chat, or not see for ages and pick-up immediately where you left off. It wont judge you or laugh about you behind your back, and it will always share its pork scratchings and its crisps.
Its a friendly, welcoming place with a clientele evidently absent of jeering chavs. Sure, youll observe the occasional knife-licker or boisterous oik, particularly when football oozes out of the large-screen TVs. But proper people dont have to get involved, often preferring to enjoy the vastness of the beer garden (nay patio, nay outdoor bit) as the afternoon sun bathes us all in a warm puddle of pleasantness, keeping us toasty on a chilly evening with patio heaters the size of a giant horse.
Food-wise, The Pig and Fiddles menu is pleasant and so fairly priced that on occasion you could be forgiven for thinking that youve received too much change. It is not flash - does not describe a cheeseburger as drizzled with ketchup or offer anything with a whatever-berry coulis or jus. But its way more betterer than other places quite good an that, innit. Locally-sourced and prepared by chefs too relaxed and professional to hurl insults and pans at kitchen porters, bowls of organic fair-trade grass at thirty-quid a pop are pleasingly omitted from the menu - although if you enjoyed the TV show Skippy (about a kangaroo), youll be delighted with the option to order bits of his relatives mashed-up with chopped onion and salt and shoved inside a bun with some cheese and a side order of chips. Bonzer!
For those preferring to ingest an alternative to animal-based bellycheer The Pig serves green stuff too. And the odd carrot. And plenty of things with cheese. Theres occasional live music and a table-football... table as well. Blend it all in with decor as interesting as a book, and with the good food and the generally exceptional service youll undoubtedly conclude the same as I: that the Pig & Fiddle is one of the citys truly outstanding outlets for booze an that.

The Bog Report:

Sadly there is little to prevent ill-educated plebs either urinating on the seats of loos or realising the function of a flushing mechanism. Therefore it is a testament to the civility of the venue whether the toilets are maintained in accordance with this understanding. A bog without things floating across the floor is equally as important as a kitchen without rats and fungus and in finality Im happy to report that Baths Pig & Fiddle pays an above-satisfactory level of attention to its facilities. It would achieve a rating of about seven (out of ten), if indeed I had a rating system like that.
no_stranger_to_the_p45 - 15 Apr 2011 20:22

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