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“First visit, will return!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Salamander

The Salamander
Ranked #57 of 567 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $26
Cuisines: Bar, British, Pub
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Salamander is great city-centre pub. 'The Sally' serves good food and a fine choice of beers from Bath Ales and beyond, and welcomes a friendly, eclectic audience. It's small, it's snug but it's oh so special! The Salamander is tucked neatly away just off Queen Square in the heart of the Georgian city of Bath. Historically a 'steak and chop house', it now consists of a well-stocked bar on the ground floor and an impressive dining room complete with galley kitchen upstairs. Using the finest produce from local suppliers, 'The Sally' is renowned for its imaginative and varied menu, available both downstairs in the bar and upstairs.
Bath, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“First visit, will return!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2013

Very pleasant upstairs room, liked the decor, and location very central, just at the back of Jollys.
Went for a Sunday lunch. Two extremely nice waitresses, excellent bottle of soft Sicilian red to go with our pork. Food itself was excellent, too, roast with decent potatoes, red cabbage, parsnips, carrots, kale, all cooked enough to still be ever-so-slightly crisp, just as they should be. Pork belly was good, too, although if I had to be really picky, I'd say it could have been warmer. But for £12 you can't quite expect perfection and it was certainly crackingly (or possibly cracklingly) good value. Bit of a shame the girls' aprons weren't clean at the start of the shift, though.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank johnwiththewind47
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JoeF2255, Manager at The Salamander, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
So good to hear your crackling review of our roasts! So glad you enjoyed our meals and the wine, the Sicilian is a great choice!

Apologies for the young ladies aprons. I have been working them to the bone throughout December so Ill take the rap for that one!
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Bath, United Kingdom
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369 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 292 helpful votes
“Not bad but not great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2013

Went with a group of 8 people, pre-ordered the menu options only to be told on arrival that they had "run out" of some of them so re-ordering had to be done. My own starter of duck terrine was very good. Main course of belly of pork with scallops was OK, but served virtually cold which detracted from the quality of the food. Orange creme brulee was good (sugar grainy - not all caramelised) but a little too sweet for my taste. For all of the reasons above, I gave the title of this review as good but not great. Somewhere to try again on another night.

Visited December 2013
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Thank rotterdam0892
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JoeF2255, Manager at The Salamander, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
I can only apologise once more for failing to reserve the food you had pre ordered. Unfortunately, and this is no excuse as we should be well accustomed, we we're incredibly busy the week and day of your meal and we simply were not prepared for the amount of covers we had served that day!

I would love for you to come back and take advantage of our fantastic 25% off offer that were running through January and February and let us take care of you properly!
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doverkent
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4 restaurant reviews
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“A terrific local for residents and tourists alike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

Just back from a quick trip to my favourite English town and its best pub. Staff warm and friendly as usual - the manager's really settling in now - and the food scrumptious. Thank you guys for a great meal.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank shiraz111
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JoeF2255, Manager at The Salamander, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
A pleasure to see you again Ms Shiraz and wonderful to read yet another glowing report from you!

All the best and hope to see you once again in February!
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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Near Park”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2013

The small bar serves local and regional beer. There are distinct rooms for sitting at tables, the bar area is not very big, and bar staff was friendly and helpful.

Visited October 2013
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JoeF2255, Manager at The Salamander, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Distinct rooms? What about our distinct beers?!

Thank you for your nice review but I would love to hear what you thought about us in a little more detail! Salamander@bathales.co.uk is how you can get hold of us!

As for near a park, I'm not too sure which park you mean. Do you mean our sister pub The Hop Pole near Victoria park?
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Congleton
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Disappointing for the price”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2013

Ate here with husband and son on a Saturday evening. Surroundings and ambience pleasant and both members of waiting on staff were helpful. Food disappointing. Meat pie in specials board was dried out down the edges ( a small wedge of pie from a larger one) but flavour good. Fish and chips had a laughable portion of mushy peas. Charged a large amount for 3 slices of extra bed for the moules juices. Can only think we went on a bad night as other reviews good and table next to us were not impressed with their meal having eaten there many times before.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Jackie K
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JoeF2255, Manager at The Salamander, responded to this review, January 1, 2014
Hi Jackie,

I'm sorry Its taken me so long to get back to you. It does indeed seem that you caught us on a bad night! Our home made pies have been really well received until now, I can only apologise that on this occasion we let you down.

I urge you to come back and try us once more!
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