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The best pub grub

Whether you are hankering after a Sunday roast, suffering from hangover munchies or simply hunting for some nourishment to fill your empty stomach, sometimes nothing satisfies more than some good pub grub.

Happily Bath excels in this department, with a huge range of pubs offering great food. In Bath, the problem is not finding good pub grub, but simply choosing which pub to go for.

This is a far from inexhaustible list but, to help you out, we’ve listed some of our favourites spots to find some really delicious pub food:

The Chequers

With a AA Rosette to its name, The Chequers is one of the Bath’s finest gastro-pubs serving top quality fresh seasonal dishes. Downstairs, visitors can choose from a range of top quality food in the warm and friendly pub surroundings, while the upstairs restaurant offers mouth-watering dishes from head chef Leigh Evans’ exquisite modern British menu.

The Beaufort

Located 20 minutes’ walk out of the city centre (and only 10 minutes’ walk from Toll Keeper’s House), this friendly neighbourhood pub won best newcomer at this year’s Bath Good Food Awards thanks to its creative, seasonal menus. It’s daily specials and sharing plates are worth the walk. Try the scallops!

The Marlborough Tavern

This multi award winning gastro-pub, which is listed in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide, never disappoints. Lead by head chef Richard Knighting, the Marlborough Tavern team produce an array of great tasting dishes which showcase top quality British produce.

Hop Pole

Owned and run by local brewery Bath Ales, the Hop Pole also offers wonderful food using the finest local ingredients. Its menu offers a range of warming modern British dishes, done to perfection, which can now be enjoyed in the beautifully restored beer garden.

G.P.T. Smokehouse

If you are craving a dirty burger or stack of ribs topped up with mac ‘n’ cheese, then look no further than the Green Park Tavern – or GPT to the locals. Best known for their wonderfully over indulgent burgers, the team at the GPT also produce a fantastic Sunday roast. Best of all it is literally a stones throw from Henge House & Avebury House!

Victoria Pub and Kitchen

On the edge of Bath’s beautiful Victoria park, this pub offers a fantastic menu freshly prepared meals, along with an excellent selection of ales, ciders, wine and more, in its light and airy bar and dining room.

Gascoyne Place

Situated in a historic building in the city centre, Gascoyne Place offers an imaginative but affordable menu. Split over three levels, visitors can choose the elegant first floor Georgian dining rooms, a cosy corner next to the busy street-level bar, a sunny mezzanine and a downstairs lounge featuring an exposed Medieval city wall.

Hare & Hounds

Here you can enjoy fabulous food while overlooking stunning landscape views across the green Somerset hills. All food is home-cooked seasonal fare and the pub opens at 9am so you could even pop in for breakfast.

King William Pub and Dining Room

One of the first on Bath’s gastro-pub scene, this cosy haunt has been serving up great food ever since it opened. Head chef Dan Vosper and his team offer complex dishes which make the best use of the South West’s many amazing local suppliers. One food writer claimed their slow cooked lamb “can be cut with a spoon”. Plus after your spectacular meal its only about 200 metres to roll back to your accommodation at Toll Keeper’s House.

Garricks Head

Located next to the Theatre Royal, this is an ideal pre-show dinner spot. The kitchen uses seasonal ingredients to make everything except the bread, butter and cheese fresh on site. Those wanting simple pub fare can opt for the bar menu while the a la carte offers more sophisticated dishes.

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