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“Twice Bitten”
Review of Flan O'Briens

Flan O'Briens
Ranked #382 of 638 Restaurants in Bath
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

I've been to this place but once many years ago and thought never again. I remember it being dirty, with fading posters on the wall, in need of a paint job throughout, desperately overdue for a cleaner who can do the job (a team) and the disgusting loo's needed a major refit. But the Guiness was quite good, if horrendously overpriced.

But then it pops up as a new venue on the Cask-Marque Ale Trail. Incredible!!
Out of about 50,800 licensed pubs in the British Isles (figures @ 2015) only 8,300 (so far) qualify for this accolade.

Unlike lager and much of the fluid coming from brass 'T' bar contraptions, cask ale requires the right conditions and lot of work to be served at it's best. The publican needs an in depth knowledge on how to keep ale - temperature, clarity, taste and smell - all that stuff. Not every publican can be bothered with the effort (nor stump up the £200+ yearly stipend)

To gain accreditation and be able to display The Plaque, a licensee must pass two unannounced inspections from an assessor and afterwards a further inspection every six months.

This means that whatever the beer sold in these premises (and there are over 1,500 possible different brews) you can be assured it will be in the finest possible condition.

I had to go, perhaps they had cleaned the place up, organised a decent cellar instead of just serving Guinness.

It was a big disappointment (as I suspected) The barmaid knew nothing of Cask Marque, there was no certificate on display and the ale? The one beer being served (I thought to qualify more was required) from one of two pumps, hardly got past my nose and a mere sip condemned even that small sample to the sink.

How they got accreditation I just do not know. As for the state of the place, see as above - no change

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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Stopping by this central Bath pub after dark is unnerving. The atmosphere has an aggressive edge and the bar staff knew the locals and ignored the rest at least on our visit.

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Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Flan's is the go to pub for us when we want a late night drinking session. The staff are hardworking, fun and the selection isn't bad.
Music is always great here and lots of sports on TV.

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Reviewed March 18, 2018 via mobile

We popped in here for a pint or two of Guinness
Managed to squeeze in and met some lovely people. Took ages to get a pint first time round so doubled up our order - 3 staff behind the bar on the busiest day of the year
Enjoyed the rugby and great atmosphere
Second visit to the bar - 4 deep waited 1/2 hour and gave up
Poor planning on staffing

Thank LAD63
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Reviewed March 17, 2018 via mobile

Nice pub to watch Celtic beat Sevco again in. Friendly set up and service, nice Guinness. Match on TV. It was quiet for the game but I imagine it'd be jumping and lively for the 6 nations rugby the day before.

Recommended.

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