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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Published March 15th 2018
The Griffin - Fierce sign but friendly place
Outside photo
The Griffin, approaching from the direction of Sawmill Close

At one corner of the heart of Theatre Land in Bath is The Griffin. It is a beautiful, quirky mix of traditional pub and boutique accommodation and serves hearty meals. Tucked just around the corner from Kingsmead Square and the world famous Theatre Royal, it offers some cosy peace and quiet in what is one of the most bustling areas of Bath. Although lovely at all times, I most enjoy The Griffin on quiet afternoons when I go for a Pre Theatre pint.

Real Ale
A pint of stout- one of many, many choices behind the bar.

Bars and eateries
The street between The Griffin and the theatres, which is packed with pubs, bars and places to eat.

There is a special ambience to The Griffin. I would describe it as cosy and clean, with a quirky twist of Art and maritime themes. There are some beautiful Renaissance murals throughout the place, and a decidedly blue, sea-like ambience to the place. In fact climbing up the stairs feels like climbing the rigging of a ship, only to arrive at the rooms upstairs. With eight rooms on offer there will be something for every traveller her, but it is worth booking well in advance, because this place is justifiably well known, and very popular.

One of the upstairs rooms- stylish and serene.

Stairway to comfort
The stairway leading from the bar area, yet still very quiet.

The clientele here range from locals who come to enjoy a chat and a drink, to theatre goers who come to Bath to see a show. The Griffin is just metres from three superb theatre venues and there is always an exciting mix of drama, music and live performance at all three. The most well known is the newly refurbished Bath Theatre Royal in Sawmill Close, but there is also the superb Ustinov annexe just behind this (and next door to The Griffin), and The Egg Theatre, very popular with children's entertainment.

Bath Theatre Royal
The newly refurbished Bath Theatre Royal, in afternoon sun

The Ustinov
The Ustinov theatre, which is an intimate performance space immediately behind the Bath Theatre Royal.

If visiting Bath for the first time, The Griffin is an ideal place to have as a base of exploration around the city. The Inn lies at the edge of many winding Georgian streets that leads uphill to what is known as 'Regency Bath', with its renowned buildings like the Royal Crescent and The Circus. However, striking out in the opposite direction leads down to the river Avon and the more modern, commercial areas of the city. There are great advantages to seeing both of these areas, and The Griffin is ideally placed right in the middle.

Have a look at the Griffin Inn website for more information.

For Ale and Beer enthusiasts, this pub has a great deal to offer. Just like the performance venues around the corner, there is always an array of entertaining beverages that have their run in the pub. With a whole bank of locally brewed Real Ales as well as the more mainstream beers and lagers, there is an unusually wide range of drinks available. For those folks not so keen on the brewed stuff, there are all sorts of other drinks on offer here.

Real Ale and Lagers
Part of the wide selection of beverages available.

Lounge area, next to the bar
My favouite part of The Griffin, which is perfect for an hour or so of reading or chatting with friends.

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Why? Quirky and Beautiful Pub and Accomodation
When: Long and generous opening hours
Phone: 01225420919
Where: Heart of Bath- Near to the Theatres
Cost: Relatively cheap for Bath, but of bery high quality
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