October 26 2013

Curtain up on a new era for the Crystal Palace pub

Like many of Bath’s ancient, long-established inns, pubs and hostelries, the characterful Crystal Palace (originally calledThe Three Tuns before being renamed to commemorate the Grand Exhibition of 1851) boasts a fascinating history. Built by architect Thomas Baldwin circa 1780, the massive plane tree – a Bath landmark in its own right – that dominates Abbey Green was planted around a decade later, making it one of the oldest platanaceaes (don’cha know!) in the Heritage City. But hey-ho, that was then and this is now – and history, as we all know, has a marvellous way of reinventing itself.


The Crystal Palace is currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment and will reopen to the public on Tuesday 5 November (having been officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Bath the evening before) to reveal a spruced up, country inn-style pub right in the centre of Bath, complete with roaring log fires, “proper” pub grub, an extensive bar and, of course, easy access to that wonderful covered, heated garden out back. Whether Horatio Nelson will be revisiting his former lodging site to party with the modern-day locals has yet to be confirmed…

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