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“A great place to eat in Bath”
Review of The Curfew

The Curfew
Ranked #196 of 583 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Pub
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Description: The Curfew is a building that has seen many changes over its' near 200 years of standing. It was built in the 1820s by accomplished local architect Henry Edmund Goodridge who also built The Dispensary opposite, the nearby Cleveland Bridge, The Corridor in town and the stunning Beckford's Tower at Lansdown. In fact the novelist William Thomas Beckford appears on the original property deeds. The building was originally a bookshop before becoming a wine merchants in 1837 and eventually a public house named The Curfew Inn around 1960. The ground floor was extensively refurbished in August 2016, and whilst uniquely modern and stylish, has re-introduced the traditional high ceilings and pays tribute to the building's original features. You will find a selection of beer and ale from the Wadworth Brewery (based just a few miles away in Devizes), as well as a fine offering of carefully selected wines and spirits. On the first floor, (also extensively refurbished in August 2016, including the introduction of an additional bar) you will find a beautiful lounge to enjoy and soak up the natural atmosphere created by the high ceilings, original sash windows and imaginative decor (the huge bookshelf and 'chesterfield-esque' sofa are particularly popular features). For those wishing to spend time with friends and family in welcoming and informal surroundings, The Curfew's upstairs lounge is also available for group bookings as well as exclusive hire! And finally, a rare treat for Bathonians and visitors alike is our south facing garden, complete with terrace, to enjoy some drinks and food, al fresco style.
Bath, United Kingdom
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“A great place to eat in Bath”
Reviewed February 1, 2013

The friendly reservation taken over the phone set the tone. The slightly understated exterior belies a charming old-world pub interior, and a relaxed and very tasteful restaurant area on the first floor. Great service (thanks Adam), interesting beers, a good range of fairly-priced wines, and a nice choice of high quality cooking for both starters (Cornish squid, Jerusalem artichoke soup,...) and mains. Three courses including drinks ran to £30/head before tips. We'll add The Curfew to a select list of Bath restaurants that we'll come back to.

  • Visited February 2013
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“Sunday Roast”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

This is one of the best pubs I have ever been to for a Sunday Roast!!! The service is outstanding and the chef is excellent - a real chef in my opinion as he can always be flexible and meet all requests. I am a vegetarian and I've had the veggie roast option 3 times and it is delicious!

We are really lucky to have such a great pub on our doorstep - fantastic food and people.

I would recommend the Curfew to anyone!

  • Visited January 2013
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Great food at this welcoming pub”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Having been meaning to visit the Curfew after its change of owership for a while we made a visit on a cold winters evening.

The bar had a small selection of beers which based on the one I tried were well kept with the Barman giving good advice. The guest perry was very good as well.

The food was excellent. Simple hearty ( big portions) food was realy well cooked. The small attentions to detail making a real difference. From the succulent duck in the sharring platter to the creme anglaise with the pudding. It is food like this which is realy memorable.

An excellent addition to Bath this rewards the short trip out of the town centre.

  • Visited January 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Lovely Place”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

Popped in for lunch last week. I was visiting Bath for the day and had read a good review so thought I'd try it out. I'm very glad i did. I had a 2 course lunch of pigeon and steak. Food is very well presented and very tasty. Downstairs the interior is cosy and upstairs is smart and tastefully done. I'm sure 2013 will be a fantastic year for Rob and the Curfew.

Visited January 2013
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“Great relaxed birthday celebration with friends”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

A December birthday means it's often tricky to get a group booking with friends that doesn't force you to pre-order and eat from a Christmas menu - this was not the case at The Curfew. We'd heard the bar had been revamped and was getting good reviews for it's food so decided to take a chance & we were very pleased we did.

Our group arrived at the bar and were made to feel very welcome - the barman recommended a very tasty English Sauvignon Blanc, when we asked for some wine recommendations which went down very well. We waited in the bar area until the whole party had arrived and we made our way up to the dining room at our own leisure - there was no sense of pressure from the staff at any point during the evening.

We had plenty of time to choose from a tantalising menu. I choose the wild mushroom salad which was delicious, all of the starters and especially the terrine & the pate were very generous.
The venison proved a popular choice with a lot of the group for main course and it melted in our mouths. I can't comment on dessert as we were all too full to try.

Service was attentive but not overwhelming, there were a few other smaller parties in on the same evening but I would definitely recommend trying this bar & dining room before too many other people discover it & you can't get a booking.

  • Visited December 2012
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