King William

Address: 36 Thomas Street, Bath, BA1 5NN, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01225 428096

- Mid-range

4.9

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
4.9
90%
Service
4.6
90%
Food and drink
4.9
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.8
90%
Location
3.8
90%

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Celebrity spotting
  • People watching
  • Trendiness

Details