King William

Price guide: Mid-range

36 Thomas Street, Bath, BA1 5NN

Price guide: Mid-range

Interior

By Amy Watkins, your Bath expert

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Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
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Expert review of King William

Upscale nationally-known gastro pub on outskirts of Bath

Popular with Guardian readers and Londoners on weekends away, the King William could easily have disappeared up itself by now, but thankfully it firmly stays the right side of pretentious and serves up truly delicious grub that makes it worthy of all the hyperbole heaped on it by the nation’s newspapers.

Food and drink: 

Cornish seafood, local meats and vegetables all make an appearance – although the menu veers into fancy territory at times, dishes are hearty and there’s a solid bar menu of favourites like burgers, mussels and sandwiches to fill you up. There’s a good range of Somerset ciders, real ales, beers, soft drinks and wines (especially French) to wash it all down.

Recommended dishes: 

Menus change daily, but the pork belly is always a gut-busting favourite and the decadent triple-cooked chips are the best way to ruin a diet.

Ambience: 

Run by husband and wife team Charlie and Amanda, the atmosphere is buzzy, but relaxed. I find the decor reminds me of a slightly eccentric urban hunting-lodge – book a table upstairs for a more sophisticated and intimate experience.

Service: 

Casual, but friendly – there’s a bar downstairs where you order yourself and a dining room upstairs with waiter service.

Location: 

On the less-than-salubrious traffic-choked London Road, the King William is not in the prettiest location by a long shot. Take a 13 bus from the centre, or walk up through Walcot Street if you fancy a stroll.

Price advice: 

Look out for the exceptionally good value Wed-Sat lunch offers when two courses are only £15.50 and three courses are £19.50.

Tables to book: 

Ask for a table upstairs if you want a restaurant experience and downstairs if you want to be in the bar.

More information on King William:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Pub, Restaurant
Food:
British, Traditional
Address:
36 Thomas Street, Bath, BA1 5NN
Telephone:
01225 428096
Website:
http://www.kingwilliampub.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Wed-Sun noon-3pm, Mon-Sat 6-10pm, Sun 6-9pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
gastropub

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