Restaurant Review: Hall & Woodhouse, Bath

The Pantry, Hall & Woodhouse

The Pantry, Hall & Woodhouse

Hall & Woodhouse seamlessly combines vintage furnishings with modern touches. Once an auction house, it is now one of Bath’s most cherished pubs. Their British take on a classic bistro-brasserie can suit every occasion, from a midday mingle with friends or casual afterwork drinks, to a romantic dinner-for-two or an evening chill out and game of Battleships!

Stocked up with Board Games

Stocked up with Board Games

Dark wood, rustic leather couches, bursting bookshelves and mismatched seating evoke spaces of a country home, while a large central spiral class staircase and elegant hanging chandeliers bring a touch of sophistication and class.

The Pantry, Hall & Woodhouse

The Pantry, Hall & Woodhouse

A Game of Chess

A Game of Chess

The Pantry Menu

The Pantry Menu

Hall & Woodhouse offer a different menu for the laid-back downstairs area, know as The Pantry, and the Dining Room upstairs. The Pantry menu is great for grazing; small bites, sandwiches, topped toast and snacks. Highlights include the homemade Scotch egg (£3.50), a fragrant Asian-style crispy pork belly (£4.50), an all-American mac and cheese (£8) and the Classic Cheddar Ploughman’s sandwich with the nation’s favourite Branston pickle, sliced tart Granny Smith apple, pickled onions and spiced plum tomato (£7.50). On my visit, I had the Fish Finger sandwich; it was hearty, but could have used a lot more tartare sauce and I wasn’t keen on the bread choice.

Fish Finger Sandwich

Fish Finger Sandwich

Fish Finger Sandwich

Fish Finger Sandwich

I also sampled a great brunch choice of thick-cut smokey bacon, Somerset Cheddar and roasted cherry tomatoes on toast, all smothered in a Call beer and cheese sauce (£7.50). This was very tasty; the golden toast retained all of its crunch despite the oozing toppings and the thick-cut bacon packed incredible flavour and saltiness.

Thick-cut Bacon and Roasted Tomatoes and Toast

Thick-cut Bacon and Roasted Tomatoes and Toast

Head to the Dining Room for a ‘proper’ plate of food if you’re feeling hungry. Here you can order classic pub-grub, such as the H&W (Handmade and Wonderful) cheese burger that certainly lives up to its name. A buttery brioche bun is stuffed with a double patty of British chuck beef and topped with their secret burger sauce. For an elevated version of roast chicken and chips, try the whole roasted poussin with roast garlic and anchovy mayonnaise.

Sunday Roast is of course served up, as at any pub worth their salt. Hall & Woodhouse offer a choice of four meats, all with their traditional trimmings for only £12.75.

Dare I say it, Christmas preparations are already underway and we had a sneaky peak at their holiday menu. Expect smoked salmon pate on wholemeal toasts, a warming chestnut, apple and butternut squash soup served with a Cheddar beer bread muffin, lamb Wellington in flaky puff pastry with honey-glazed carrots and a red wine sauce and to round it all off, a traditional figgy pudding and custard, a Christmas classic with a twist; mulled wine trifle, a Hall & Woodhouse’s special Trio of Christmas Treats; white chocolate blondie, stollen bread and butter pudding and a mini winter berry mess.

Cookies and Ale for Sale

Cookies and Ale for Sale

Hall & Woodhouse

1 Old King Street

Bath

Somerset

BA1 2JW

T: +44 (0)1225 469259

hall-woodhousebath.co.uk

Open 08:00-23:00 (Mon-Thurs), 08:00-00:00 (Fri), 09:00-00:00 (Sat), 09:00-22:30 (Sun)

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