Whether you’re visiting the beautiful Roman city of Bath, or you’re a local Bathonian, you can’t miss the picturesque 18th century Pulteney Bridge.
Once you’ve crossed the bridge and explored its boutique shops, stop off at one of our Bath restaurants close to Pulteney Bridge, and treat yourself to an appetising classic pub meal made with fresh local produce, plus a pint of proper beer from our extensive selection of Butcombe beers and real ales, for good measure.
Places To Eat Near Pulteney Bridge in Bath
Enjoy a delicious, locally-sourced, home-cooked meal at one of our restaurants near Pulteney Bridge in Bath, close to other popular attractions like Bath Abbey, the Roman Baths, Thermae Bath Spa, and the Royal Crescent.
The Methuen Arms
A former nunnery-turned-coaching inn, The Methuen Arms gastropub is a cosy country pub and restaurant dripping with character.
Based in Corsham, foodies flock here after visiting Bath and the delightful Pulteney Bridge to taste the pub restaurant’s modern, seasonal dishes, crafted by a team of talented chefs who are dedicated to sourcing the finest local ingredients, and making everything on-site from scratch where possible.
The Crown Inn
From steamed mussels steeped in cider to Butcombe Original beer-battered fish and chips, you’ll find something you love at The Crown restaurant.
Fancy something sweet after visiting Pulteney Bridge? Try the decadent warm chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice cream, or a New York-style cheesecake with maple-roasted figs and blackberry sorbet.
The food and drink menu at The Crown is the perfect blend of pub classics with exciting modern touches.
The George Inn
If you’re in the mood for a classic British pub meal in an atmospheric, historic setting, you won’t find anywhere like The George Inn in Norton St. Philip.
This Grade II-listed inn, close to the Roman city of Bath and the eye-catching Pulteney Bridge, dates back to 1397, and is one of Britain’s oldest taverns, serving locally-sourced, modern twists on classic pub food and an array of proper Butcombe beers behind the bar.
From decadent baked camembert to classic beer-battered fish and chips, and indulgent roast dinners, you’ll find something you love at The George Inn.
The King’s Arms
Steeped in history, The King’s Arms restaurant is a cracking 18th-century pub located in the historic market town of Melksham.
Serving delicious seasonal dishes, the gastropub is renowned for its great food, alongside its excellent offering of beers, ales and wines – the perfect place to relax after spending the day in Bath at Pulteney Bridge.
The Northey Arms
The Northey Arms is a stunning pub and inn steeped in history, with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We’re passionate about great food and drink, with an all-day food offer focused on seasonal, locally sourced produce and hearty pub classics. After spending the day exploring Bath and the wonderful Pulteney Bridge, you’ll find plenty of award-winning Butcombe beer and cider and a wide range of wine and cocktails behind the bar to quench your thirst.
The Pig & Fiddle
An iconic pub, beloved by locals, The Pig & Fiddle gastropub in the centre of Bath is a popular stop for both Bathonians and tourists alike – especially after taking in the stunning sights of Pulteney Bridge. Catch the latest big game on the flatscreen TVs, or chill in the atmospheric sun-trap beer garden – and you can’t miss the unique, delicious Piggy sharing roast dinners on Sundays! For a beautiful and boutique place to stay, check out the sister venue next door, Broad Street Townhouse hotel.
The Quarrymans Arms
Boasting incredible views across the Box Valley, the family-friendly Quarryman’s Arms gastropub in Box Hill has great food at its heart.
The country pub and restaurant is renowned for its award-winning pies, sausage rolls and delicious Sunday roast, all of which can be enjoyed in the pub’s cosy dining area, or outside in its covered, heated beer garden. What’s more, it just a few miles to the centre of Bath and the world-famous attractions like Pulteney Bridge.
HISTORY OF PULTENEY BRIDGE
Pulteney Bridge was the brainchild of William Johnstone, an important man during Bath’s Georgian era.
William and his wife, Francis Pulteney (after whom the bridge takes its name), had inherited a 600 acre rural estate which was separated from the main city of Bath by the River Avon. With grand plans to transform the estate into a spectacular new suburb of Bath, William called upon his friend and renowned architect Robert Adam to design a magnificent bridge to connect his land with the city.
Inspired by the shop-lined bridges of Ponte Vecchio and Rialto Bridge during his travels to Florence and Venice, Adam proposed a similar design for Pulteney, and the bridge was successfully constructed between 1770 and 1774.
PULTENEY BRIDGE TODAY
Today, Pulteney Bridge is designated as a Grade I listed building.
Predominantly pedestrian-only, buses, taxis and bicycles are still able to cross this famous landmark.
As one of the most photographed attractions in the area, a visit to Pulteney Bridge is essential when visiting Bath.
PULTENEY BRIDGE PALLADIAN STYLE
Pulteney Bridge was constructed in a Palladian style, which was made famous by the Italian architect Andrea Palladio in the 16th century.
The architect responsible for Pulteney Bridge, Robert Adam, took inspiration from Palladio’s designs when he visited the Ponte Vecchio bridge which spans the river Arno in Florence, Italy.
While the Palladian style is modest in comparison to other styles from the same era, Pulteney Bridge is a remarkable structure that is one of Bath’s most visited attractions.
PULTENEY BRIDGE IN FILM & BOOKS
Featuring an all-star cast, the Oscar-winning musical film Les Misérables shot scenes in Bath, with Pulteney Bridge and its horseshow weir used as the location where Javert, played by Russell Crowe, takes his own life by dramatically plunging into the River Seine.
Pulteney Bridge has also featured in many novels including ‘Bleed for Me’ by award-winning crime fiction writer Michael Robotham, ‘Spring Music’ by best-selling novelist Elvi Rhodes and ‘Missing You’ by romance author Louise Douglas.
THINGS TO DO AT PULTENEY BRIDGE
As mentioned, Pulteney Bridge is one of Bath’s most popular landmarks, with plenty of locals and tourists around at all times. When visiting, ensure that you:
TAKE PLENTY OF PHOTOS
The bridge, weir and shops are all snapped regularly by visitors to Pulteney Bridge. With no shortage of opportunities, you should get plenty of shots for your photo album and social media accounts.
WALK BACK AND FORTH TO SEE THE SHOPS
With shops on either side of the bridge, it can be easy to miss them. Take the time to walk back and forth to explore each shop and the local gifts on offer.
ENJOY SOME COFFEE & CAKE
Whether you are on the bridge, next to the bridge or near the bridge, there are plenty of opportunities to indulge in a hot drink and a sweet treat. With many independent coffee shops and larger chains nearby, there will be something to satisfy your cravings.