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The Bell (Freehouse)

Beer (sort)Average Score (sort)No. Samples (sort)
Abbey Ales - BellringerGood1
Bath Ales - Gem BitterGood1
Butcombe - BlondeGood1
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Bleddyn 1075Good1
Bristol Beer Factory - Southville HopAcceptable1
Wickwar - Old ArnoldAcceptable1
Stroud - Five ValleysAcceptable1
Hop Back - Summer LightningNot Tried0
Otter - BitterNot Tried0
RCH - PitchforkNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Sign of SpringNot Tried0
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)Not Tried0
Cotleigh - OspreyNot Tried0
Otter - AleNot Tried0
Stonehenge - Danish DynamiteNot Tried0
Picture 1. The Bell, Bath, Somerset

Visits Details

01 Sep 2014 (Archie14)
Owned by the local community, a very busy evening visit with such a mix of customers from well dressed gentlemen to a few goths.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Abbey Ales - Bellringer4.20Good
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Good
Celt Experience (now brands are owned by Evans Evans) - Bleddyn 10755.60Good
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Butcombe - Bitter (or Original Beer)4.00Not Tried
Cotleigh - Osprey5.00Not Tried
Otter - Ale4.50Not Tried
Stonehenge - Danish Dynamite5.00Not Tried
14 Dec 2011 (Martin the Mildman)
Quiet on a December Wednesday lunchtime.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Bristol Beer Factory - Southville Hop6.50AcceptableStrong amber bitter with a strong citrus hop bitterness. Just a little too strong flavoured for my taste. My score 14/20.
30 Jan 2010 (Martin the Mildman)
Very quiet early on a Saturday afternoon.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Stroud - Five Valleys5.00AcceptableStrong dark brown bitter with a bitter, hoppy character with a little malt presence. Short, dry finish. My score 14/20.
14 Apr 2007 (Andrew)
This was an odd pub. Imagine a small village hall but full of assorted drinkers, both social and hardcore. The main hall-like room is raised up a foot or so by what looks like a stage platform. It's all a bit odd but somehow works well.
BeerABVScoreNotes
Wickwar - Old Arnold4.60AcceptableBrown with a mild malt flavour and a bit of woodiness
Butcombe - Blonde5.00Not Tried
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Otter - Bitter3.60Not Tried
RCH - Pitchfork4.30Not Tried
Abbey Ales - Bellringer4.20Not Tried
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried
14 Apr 2007 (Tony)
Ramshackle!. Friendly bar staff and an amazing array of customers. The clientele is an eclectic mix of solo and social drinkers. One slightly crazy looking lone guzzler (don't make eye contact) 2 Spanish ladies knocking back pints of butcombe blonde, an elderly gent making constant trips to the bar for cups of tea with large Vodka chasers and a hippy chick skipping through the pub on her way back from the toilet. Fanstastic place with a real buzz, even at 5:30 on a saturday evening. Andy says "This is the type of place the Vikings would have drunk at before going out to fight battles. This is a drinking hall". I say "Local brews for local people" (see list of beers).
BeerABVScoreNotes
Butcombe - Blonde5.00Good
Hop Back - Summer Lightning5.00Not Tried
Otter - Bitter3.60Not Tried
RCH - Pitchfork4.30Not Tried
Stonehenge - Sign of Spring4.60Not Tried
Bath Ales - Gem Bitter4.10Not Tried
Wickwar - Old Arnold4.60Not Tried

About The Bell

The pub sign. The Bell, Bath, Somerset

Summary of Beer Scores

 Total
Exceptional-
Excellent-
Good4
Acceptable3
Poor-

Website.

The pub is found in Bath, Somerset, BA1 5BW.

Set out like a drinking hall. Long single split-level room with a garden out the back.

We have visited this pub 5 times, seen 14 different beers and tried 7 of them.

Map location

Postcode: BA1 5BW