Sunday, 1 April 2012

Pub Crawl in Bath

Perhaps one of the best things about living in Wales is that England is only a train ride away. Jump on a train at Cardiff Central and in just over an hour you can be in a City free from the tyranny of the Brain's Brewing Company. Anyone smart enough to read a blog does not need too many instructions on how to go on a pub crawl in Bath. We really are talking piss up in brewery here, but below are a few tips.Getting the Train to Bath
Your only public transport option is to get the train. Trains leave Cardiff Central at 9:30, 10:30 & 11:30. The train takes an hour and four minuets to get to Bath. The cheapest tickets is a group of 3 or 4 which will make a ticket cost around a tenner each, obviously you have to travel as a group. Allow at least ten minuets to buy the tickets at Central since the ticket office can be busy. The train normally leaves from platform 2 and gets in about ten minuets before so it's worth getting early if you want to grab your self a table.
Pubs in Bath
Okay, you don't need me to tell you the best pubs in Bath. There's the good beer guide for that. However her are some of my favorite pubs scored using the 2012 pub scoring system (see map). The scoring system is a little flawed here. It is designed for pubs in South Wales and is simply overwhelmed by the quality in Bath. As a result the scores are very high.
This tiny pub's score is somewhat let down by its limited range of beer and cider. However given that the bar is the size of an ironing board this is understandable.
The Raven 92%**
A great pub popular with rugby fans on match day.
The Old Green Tree 93%*
A very small pub with a great range of beer. Visiting in the gent's toilets is like taking a ride on a ghost train: scary but entertainingly so.
A great pub tucked away in a side street that does excellent food. The beefburgers got very good reviews when I visited.
There is an excellent range of beer and ciders in this gig based pub. A sunny drinking area out the back make this stand out from other Bath pubs as does the bar billiards and fuzz-ball tables.
A series of tiny wood paneled rooms make visiting the Star feel like a trip back in time.

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