Pub of the Month October 2019

Hidden away off the bustle of Glossop Road and behind the former swimming baths is a gem of a traditional pub, the Bath Hotel on the corner of Victoria Street and Convent Walk. Formed from two cottages built in the late 1860’s, part was a grocers shop granted a licence in 1895, despite the ground lease stating that the site should not be used for the business of innkeeper, publican or beer house keeper. It acquired its present name in 1908 and was purchased by the Ind Coope Brewery during the Great War. The pub was remodelled to form its present layout in 1931, and has been virtually unaltered since, hence its inclusion in CAMRA’s national inventory of historic pub interiors. In the corner of the pub there is a cosy snug served through a small hatch. A corridor drinking area leads from the Convent Walk entrance to the main room which also has an entrance on Victoria Street. With the formation of Allied Breweries in 1964, the Bath became a Tetley house and was declared their first heritage pub in Sheffield in 1985. After a spell being run by one of the pubcos in the 90’s it became a freehouse, and since 2012 it has been operated by Thornbridge Brewery. The knowledgeable and friendly staff make this a welcoming watering hole The six handpumps usually dispense three Thornbridge beers and three guest beers selected from the more interesting independent brewers around the country. There’s also a good range of keg and bottled beers together with around 30 malt whiskies. Food is limited to pork pies and sausage rolls, supplemented with hot roast pork sandwiches on Friday and Saturday. There’s a weekly pub quiz, regular live music including acoustic blues, American folk and gypsy jazz, and a monthly writers’ group. The Bath is open daily from 12 to 11pm (midnight Fri/Sat), closed Sunday. Join us for the well-deserved Pub of the Month presentation on Tuesday 8th October from 8pm. Buses 51,52,120; tram to West St or University.

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