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.
A pint of stout- one of many, many choices behind the bar.
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.
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.
The newly refurbished Bath Theatre Royal, in afternoon sun
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.
Part of the wide selection of beverages available.