If Dry January’s not your thing, Tryanuary may be just the ticket. A nationwide campaign founded in 2015 to champion local beer, you’ll find plenty of that – plus other West Country tipples – in Bath, the perfect place to settle down with a pint or two. Here are some of our recommendations…
Crazy for Craft
Crazy for craft beer? You’re in the right place. There are several renowned spots in and around the city to treat yourself to a pint of locally brewed beer, Electric Bear being one of them. Unassumingly located on the western edge of Bath, on a Brassmill Lane trading estate, their drinks, from easy-drinking ales to highly hopped, high-strength beers, are brewed on-site in the taproom.
Look out for their quirkily designed cans and bottles in BeerCraft of Bath too, Pulteney Bridge’s independent taproom and bar, where you’ll find the shelves stocked with over 500 different beers from both local producers and breweries from around the world – a craft beer-lover’s heaven!
Premium, authentic and inventive beers are the name of the game for Bath Ales, a brewery with its roots firmly in the West Country. With their Hare Brewery based in Warmley, nine miles north-west of Bath and offering guided tours, Graze, their chophouse and microbrewery, is the place to be for great food and a selection of their drinks.
Take your pick from their classic amber ale, Gem, to their tropical and zesty pale ale, Prophecy, and, new for 2020, their seasonal cask ale White Rabbit, inspired by Alice in Wonderland. As well as a restaurant, you’ll also find several Bath Ales pubs in the city – The Griffin Inn, The Hop Pole and The Salamander, plus The Swan just outside Bath in Swineford.
West Country Roots
There’s nowhere better to enjoy a pint of cider than the West Country, with over 25 producers in Somerset alone. With a range of small, often family-run businesses based in and around Bath, from Harry’s to Honey’s and Iford to Lilley’s, you’re spoilt for choice – you’ll often see some of them at Bath Christmas Market too.
Enjoy your pint with a pizza or pie at The Stable, on the corner of Kingsmead Square. Sourcing local ingredients for their West Country-inspired dishes, order a £10 cider tasting board to find your perfect style through five 1/3 pints, ranging from still to sparkling.
Gin-dulge in Bath
With gin having undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years, and Bath historically linked to the Georgian era’s gin craze, when hundreds of gin palaces sprung up across the country, it’s no surprise that you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy the spirit in the city. For a brilliantly botanical distillery experience, head to Bath Gin’s Canary Gin Bar on Queen Street, indulge in Gin High Tea at Circo, and sip on an inventive gin cocktail at Sub 13.
We couldn’t write a blog post about local tipples without mentioning some of the brilliant Bath pubs where you can enjoy them. The Bath Brew House boasts their own microbrewery, which you can explore with tours and experience days; Abbey Ales’ Bath-brewed beers can be supped at the Coeur de Lion, The Star Inn, The Trinity and The Assembly Inn; expect a friendly welcome at community-owned The Bell Inn; and The Raven’s selection of beers, ales and ciders are perfect with one of their handmade pies!