A cosy pub can be the perfect solution to those cold wet winter days which make you want to roll over and stay in bed. Happily, there are dozens of welcoming winter pubs in Bath which will help brighten up an otherwise grey January day.
So, if you are planning a winter visit to Bath and find yourself in need of some comforting liquid libation look no further than our comprehensive list of warming winter pubs in Bath. Old and new, large and small, all these Bath drinking haunts offer great booze in wonderful surroundings. If you’re more focused on the food, check out our guide to some of the best pub grub in Bath.
The cosy winter pubs we have chosen are conveniently located in the city centre within an easy stroll of all Panda Sanctuaries’ Bath self catering holiday homes so you’ll never be faced with a long cold journey home after an afternoon or evening of merriment.
The best winter warmer pubs in Bath:
The Star Inn, 23 Vineyards, The Paragon, Bath
First licensed in 1759, this historic pub now owned by Bath brewery Abbey Ales remains a perfect drinking spot more than 250 years on. With its snug oak panelled rooms and 19th century bar still serving beer in a jug and free bar snacks on Sundays, this is a perfect place to set the world to rights over a pint or two in winter.
The Old Green Tree, 12 Green Street, Bath
This tiny unspoilt 18th century local boasts three oak-panelled lounges clustered around its central bar. Patrons can choose from a generous selection of real ales and enjoy the historic surroundings which have led to the pub being listed on the CAMRA National Inventory of Historic Pub Interiors.
The Griffin Inn, Monmouth Street, Bath
Established in 1730, The Griffin Inn offers a wide variety of handpicked ales and ciders, a wonderful wine list, great food and overnight accommodation. There is archaeological evidence of the site being in use before 1600 and it is thought to have been the ‘Inn’ on Bristol Road described in late medieval accounts. Purchased by Cornish beer makers St Austell Brewery in 2018, the pub retains its independent charm and rich heritage.
The Bath Brew House, 14 James Street West, Bath
With a large bar and extensive seating spread across a spacious wooden interior, the Bath Brew House has a microbewery located within the same building. The bar presents a fantastic selection of local and international craft beers while the kitchen cooks up fabulous food with its charcoal spit and smokehouse.
The Bell Inn, 103 Walcot Street, Bath
One of the most loved boozers in Bath, this award-winning real ale pub and live music venue is owned by a cooperative of 518 of its customers, fans and staff. The historic pub hosts live music three times a week while serving up several real ales and has a very loyal following.
Coeur De Lion, 17 Northumberland Place, Bath
Bath’s smallest pub, with its colourful stained glass window overlooking a pedestrian alley, is a great place to get snug around the log-effect gas fire. Owned by local brewery Abbey Ales, the Victorian pub serves ales and pies in an atmosphere of candle-lit cosiness.
Crystal Palace, 10-11 Abbey Street, Bath
The spacious Georgian pub on a cobbled square in the city centre is renowned as where Nelson once stayed. Now owned by Fullers Brewery, the traditional pub is a great place to enjoy an ale or treat yourself to their Somerset cheese and port menu while warming up next to the log fire.
The Garricks Head, 7-8 St John’s Road, Bath
Sometimes described as a country pub in the centre of the city, this gastropub offers roaring fires, real ales, draught ciders and an extensive wine list as well as good food. The pub occupies the former home of famous Georgian socialite Beau Nash which adjoins Bath’s beautiful Georgian playhouse, the Theatre Royal. The pub’s house ale is exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen.
The King William, 36 Thomas Street, Bath
All the family, including dogs, are made to feel welcome at this cosy corner pub which has welcomed visitors for more than 150 years. The pub focused on real ales, fine wines and a mouth-watering menu. With a stylish rustic interior, this is a very pleasant spot to pass an afternoon.
The Pig and Fiddle, 2 Saracen Street, Bath
Despite being only 22 years old, The Pig and Fiddle is a Bath institution. This no frills boozer is a friendly place to enjoy a pint while soaking up warmth from the fire. It is a top choice for sports fans with live rugby and football games shown on big screens throughout the year.
The Salamander, 3 John Street, Bath
Bath Ales cask beer and comfort food is served up in this intimate former chophouse. A large bay window adorned with flower baskets fronts the pretty Georgian building whose interior is a mix of pared down wooden floor boards, church pew style seating and mahogany shelves packed with wine and beer bottles. For those whose conversation has run dry, the pub offers a wide selection of games piled high in the old fireplace.
So, as you can see, there is no shortage of warming pubs in Bath to shelter from the January weather and refuel. No winter break in Bath would be complete without a visit to one of these fantastic city centre pubs – cheers!