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21st May 2012

Bath Ales add Boutique Accommodation to Bristol Pub

South West independent brewer and pub operator, Bath Ales, has added ‘hotelier’ to its list of credentials, following a refurbishment to extend its B&B offer at The Wellington in Bristol.

Boasting eight boutique-style bedrooms, The Wellington, a popular North Bristol pub, just ten minutes from the city centre, now offers king-size guest bedrooms, some of which can be configured as twin rooms.

Bath Ales retail director, Robin Couling, said: “We felt that there was a great opportunity within the building to develop the hotel side of the business.

“Certainly the location lends itself perfectly to extending our offer – with two of the city’s most popular sporting venues within walking distance and the centre of Bristol just a short taxi ride away.”

Bath Ales called in local agency Simple Simon Design, having worked with them on a number of its pubs, including the recently opened Bristol craft beer bar, Beerd.   Their aim was to deliver bedrooms, broadly traditional in style but with a gently contemporary ambience, particularly in terms of overall style, colour and lighting.  What they have created is a smart, comfortable home from home.

Each room offers full amenities – private, modern bathroom with shower, complimentary tea and coffee making facilities and a flat screen TV.  Full English breakfast can be enjoyed in the pub’s restaurant or outdoors if preferred.

In a vibrant, distinct area of the city, The Wellington is just five minutes’ walk from the Memorial Stadium – home of Bristol Rugby RFC and Bristol Rovers FC – and 10 minutes’ walk to the Gloucestershire County Cricket Ground.

Couling concludes: “The Wellington is one of our most popular pubs – especially on match days!  Visitors to the city, whether it’s for business or leisure, who are looking for great food, a place to stay and a good pint will be made very welcome here.”

Last month Bath Ales opened the doors to its latest pub, The Grapes in Oxford.  It was the ninth pub in the estate which includes seven pubs in and around Bristol and Bath and craft beer venue, Beerd.



Bath Ales

Based between Bath and Bristol, Bath Ales is an independent brewery established in 1995 which uses traditional brewing techniques with cutting-edge technology.   The founders come from a brewing background and combine a range of skills with a shared passion for cask beer.

Bath Ales has recently announced a significant investment plan which will see production volumes double in the next two years and the brewery move to a new, larger site.  It currently produces 18,000 brewers barrels annually.  The business has had its own bottling plant since 2007 and has an on-site brewery shop – both will be enhanced at the new site.


Bath Ales currently operates eight pubs and bars in Bristol and Bath – The Hare on the Hill, The Hop Pole, The Live and Let Live, The Salamander, The Swan, The Wellington, Beerd and Graze Bar & Chophouse and recently opened a new pub, The Grapes, in Oxford.


The Bath Ales range of beers includes Gem, Barnsey, Dark Side, Wild Hare, Golden Hare, S.P.A. and Ginger Hare.