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Visting Bath end of June 2013

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Visting Bath end of June 2013

Hi all, My husband & I are visiting Bath for the 2nd time in late June this year. (we previously stayed in the summer of 2011 and loved it!)

I have a few questions to ask as we dont really know the area too well (although we have been to Bristol a few times)

We are staying 4 nights in the Travelodge by the canal. I know it hasn't got great reviews, but we will just use it as a base - somewhere to sleep.

My questions are:

Has anyone stayed in this Travelodge before - is there plenty of car parking available? We know there is a charge, but are happy to pay this as it still works out slightly cheaper than a taxi and train journey from Wales.

Are there any pubs/restaurants which are decently priced? i.e. a Wetherspoons and Pizza Hut?

Can anyone recommend a pub which does nice real ales too?

Finally - we are both keen walkers, are there any nearby walks people can recommend? We'd probably do the canal one day & have heard there is a nice park in Bristol too.

Thank you very much in advance for any help/replies. Fingers crossed for good weather the end of June!

Michelle

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1. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

The Wetherspoons in Bath - The King of Wessex - is dire. I'd avoid it like the plague !

As for pubs that serve real ale, you will be spoilt for choice. Choose from the Raven, Salamander, Old Green Tree, Trinity, Pig & Fiddle, Coeur de Lion, the Star Inn and the Bell on Walcot Street.

Of course, there's plenty of other decent pubs in Bath, in fact too many to mention.

So start with these:

http://www.theravenofbath.co.uk/

www.bathales.com/our-pubs/pid/the-salamander/

thegoodpubguide.co.uk/pub/view/Old-Green-Tre…

http://www.coeur-de-lion.co.uk/

http://www.pigandfiddle.butcombe.com/

http://www.star-inn-bath.co.uk/

http://www.thebellinnbath.co.uk/

The walk along the Kennet & Avon canal to Bathampton is nice, and there's a pub right next to the canal in Bathampton called the George Inn.

chefandbrewer.com/pub/…

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2. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

The food at the George is, sadly, pants. Used to be a great pub, sold out to a chain.

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3. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

If you're staying in the centre would recommend trying the raven for their pies - they're great! plus a selection of real ales so everyone's a winner.

The canal walk is lovely, if you get up to Bradford on Avon there is a very quirky cafe right next to the lock that does nice food. There are also lots of lovely parks to walk around in Bath.

Another nice place to eat which is good value for money pub food is the Crystal Palace (also in the centre).

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4. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

I often put family in that Travelodge. It does what it says on the tin. I think there must be at least 30+ parking spaces there (perhaps you can phone to reserve a spot if you are worried). I'd be surprised if they ran our of parking spaces.

PUBS

If you are feeling lazy, you might like to stagger over to the Royal Oak on Pulteney Road (possibly on the way into town). They usually have Otter and Bath Ales on tap (I am told by he who knows such things).

http://royaloakbath.co.uk/#

You might also like the Ram on Claverton St, but the Ring Of Bells and White Hart area bit more gastro.

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5. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

WALKS:

Bath is a strange city in that it is set in a punchbowl. The plus side for you is that you are minutes away from National Trust land.

One of the most popular walks is the Bath skyline walk. You could start it by walking up Widcombe Hill.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/bath-skyline/

Another fun thing to do is to walk along the newly opened Two Tunnels shared use path. It is fairly quiet during the week and you can access it on foot or bike from Lyncombe Vale (which is a nice walk in itself). Devonshire tunnel leads you back into Bath via Oldfield Park whereas the mile long tunnel under Combe Down takes you to Tucking Mill and onto Midford (Hope & Anchor pub).

Shout if you want a bit more info.

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6. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

Hi all, thanks for the replies. Some excellent suggestions. Sounds pub wise like we will be spoilt for choice!! Looking forward to visiting.

Think we'll take the risk and drive as we are bringing quite a lot with us - dont fancy trekking from the station with a big suitcase!

Thanks again.

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7. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

If cheap and cheerful is what you need then yes, we have a Pizza Hut, KFC, McDonalds and a Burger king. If you have ate in a Weatherspoos before and know what to expect then ours is fine. I have eaten in other Wetherspoons and the food standard is as good as any other.

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8. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

I can recommend The Slug and Lettuce .Good food reasonably priced. Nice roomy restaurant and very pleasant staff. Loved it.

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9. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

Nearly all of the pubs in Bath are good and some get crowded. There are loads to choose from . The best one for price is The King of Wessex ,which is a Wetherspoons pub. Because of the good prices it gets very busy ,but is worth a visit. You are spoilt for choice in Bath.Just see a pub you like and try it.You don't have to stay there if you don't like it.

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10. Re: Visting Bath end of June 2013

If you want some real ale then The Crystal Palace near The Abbey is worth a visit.

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