NEST – BATH

Nest
Bladud Buildings
Bath
BA1 5LS

FIRST VISIT: SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2014

The Nest is a multi-purpose arts entertainment venue. I think it’s the place I saw Stereolab back in 1993 but it was the Hub Club in those days. It appears to be a bit of a hipster hangout – a bit grimy and basic but with comfy looking sofas and quirky artwork on the walls complimented by a pile of board games. Most of the clientele had a beard and thick rimmed glasses and a woolly hat on their head. The beer list was pretty poor. One cask ale which at my time of visiting was Bath Gem. The fridge was home to cans of Red Stripe. The upstairs space is pretty small but downstairs is massive. I had a look around when I went down to use the toilet but as there was nobody else around I felt a bit dodgy so cut short my exploration and headed back upstairs.

I had a Gem. The barmaid struggled to pour a full pint for me. She said the barrel had finished so if it didn’t taste quite right she’d replace it when the new one was on. It tasted as about as exciting as Gem always does. The there was a dude in the corner playing acoustic guitar. He was pretty fucking good. In fact he was so fucking good that he made me stay for another pint of Gem. Crazy shit!

Despite the crap beer – actually, I’m quite happy knocking back a few cans of Red Stripe – and the achingly-coolness customers I do believe I’d like to revisit the Nest and explore it a little further.

SAM WELLER’S – BATH

Sam Weller’s
Upper Borough Walls
Bath
BA1 1 RH

FIRST VISIT: SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2014

I can’t really remember much about this place. I managed to get a seat but there was a load of people congregated round the bar. I’m sure the barmaid was nice and friendly and very possibly called me love – ‘welcome to the west county’. I had a pint of Forest Hare from Bath Ales – I think the other choices were Doom Bar or Gem or Spa. Ummm… yeah.

RAVEN – BATH

Raven
Queen Street
Bath
BA1 1HE

FIRST VISIT: SATURDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2014

The Raven is one of Bath’s pre-eminent ale houses. It’s a small space but there is a larger area upstairs. There were quite a few cask beers up for grabs but most of them were a bit trad for my trendy tastebuds so I ordered pint of St Austell’s Korev. It’s a decent stab at a lager but not the most exciting of brews. I had a beer-related chat with some old geezer who was sitting at the bar. I’ve no idea what we discussed but he smiled and laughed a lot so I can only assume we were in agreement. There were no seats downstairs or upstairs so we had to stand. It was very hot so we decided to take our drinks outside. We encountered a sign that said no drinks were allowed outside. We stood in the doorway and quickly downed our beers. We could no reason to hang around any longer than necessary.