Trends may come and go, but The Peasant proves that the old formula – ‘pub downstairs, restaurant upstairs’ – still has legs. On the ground floor, the focus of this one-time gin palace is now beer, served from a curvaceous horseshoe bar that attracts locals, students and creatives. The excellent, regularly changing line-up features hip urban brews such as Meantime’s Bohemian Dark alongside Bath Ales Gem, Brewers Gold and populist Stella Black, while vintage band posters, scratched tables and ripped upholstery lend the place a bohemian air. Upstairs is more grown-up, with a menu that runs the gamut from posh to comfort: try French onion soup or Welsh rarebit, followed by wild sea bass with lemon risotto and sorrel emulsion, then rhubarb-and-orange custard tart. Stay downstairs if you fancy something casual like a ploughman’s.
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