“ Address: 66 Victoria Street / City Centre / Sheffield / S3 7QL / South Yorkshire / England „
I can't believe it is nearly the 8th anniversary of my arrival in Sheffield and I have only just discovered this place yesterday!!
Having been out for a meal in town, our friend's suggestion that we go for a drink filled me with dread-if you've ever been out on West Street in Sheffield on a Saturday night you'll know what I mean. It's crowded, nowhere has seats and conversation is impossible. I realise I sound incredibly old at this point but we were having a good chinwag and I didn't want to stop that and be forced to listen to some hideous gatecrasher tunes instead. My friend assured us he knew just the place and led us just around the corner to The Bath. You can see it from West street if you look hard enough but I've never even noticed it.
Now, trying not to be too harsh but if I had noticed it, I may well have stayed clear anyway-it has that old bloke pub look about it. I wondered if we would step inside and be greeted with swirly carpet and sticky seats. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Although traditional, it is far from dingy and uninviting. The pub is split into two sections, one is a small snug area with a little hatch to the main bar and then there's the main room. We came in at 9pm and had no problem finding seats for 6 of us, despite its cosy size.
Food is a no go, it's nuts or crisps and that's your lot. There is a great range of alcohol, even something for a wimpy malibu drinker like myself.
I'm trying to remember if there was music on while we were there and can't remember. Now, I wasn't too far gone so either there was none or it was quiet and unobtrusive. Either way we were able to continue our conversation from the restaurant and swap gossip to our hearts' content. We stayed until the bell rang for last orders, such was the lovely atmosphere and reasonable drink prices.
I'd definitely recommend this place if you're looking for an escape from the norm, and a cosy place to meet friends and chat over a pint :)
The Bath Hotel is tucked away off West Street just outside the city centre. It's one of the most popular areas of Sheffield for bars and pubs but if you didn't know that the Bath Hotel was there you could easily miss it and if you're looking for loud music and a lively crowd then you probably wouldn't want to find it anyway.
This is one of the smallest pubs in Sheffield and its also one of the most traditional. Dating from Victorian times its easy to assume that this place has hardly changed at all. There are ceramic tiles on the wall that date from before the Second World War and as you step through the door there really is a feeling of stepping back in time.
Each of the two rooms are tiny, capable of holding no more than a dozen people comfortably in each. The same bar serves both rooms and although one room is described as the snug and the other the lounge they are pretty much alike.
What draws people like myself to a place like this is its charm. The bar staff are very friendly and within only a couple of visits they will be talking to you like an old friend. Its also a welcome respite from the suffocating crowds of West Street nearby. The beer quality is always consistently good and there are usually up to five guest Real Ales available too. It is mentioned in the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) good pub guide and in my opinion quite deservedly too.
Overall this is a great little place and a welcome change from the faceless chain pubs nearby. No food is available other than crisps and similar snacks and despite its name there's no accommodation available either.
The Bath Hotel
66 Victoria Street
Tel: 0114 2495151
Traditional pub fare and plenty of beer on tap!