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Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms, Bath

Posted on 30. Aug, 2011 by in Pubs

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Volunteer Rifleman's Arms, Bath

The Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms is a freehouse located in the centre of Bath, just off New Bond Street.

Exterior and Brief History

The pubs situated in a typical Bath stone terraced building just off some of the main shopping streets in central Bath. Located directly off the pavement, the frontage features a handsome oriel window.

It dates back to the mid 1800s and records of the landlords can be traced back as far as 1864. Back then the pub was known as just the Rifleman’s Arms. It was was known as the Volunteer Arms in the first half of the 20th century and then known as the Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms.


The pub is split over two floors with the bar area downstairs and a restaurant on the first floor. The bar area is fairly small and probably not a great deal bigger in terms of space and seating than Bath’s smallest pub, the Coeur de Lion.

Like the Coeur de Lion, the Rifleman’s also has small number of seats available outside the pub.

The small mahogany bar is well stocked with four hand pumps plus the usual ciders and lagers and on a Saturday afternoon will usually be full of friendly locals.

The walls are decorated with a lot of war memorabilia such as illustrations of planes, old war-era movie posters and trading cards.


4 ales available – Butcombe Bitter, Exmoor Gold, Bass and Moles Mole Catcher. Others that have been here include Otter Ale, Bays Brewery and their own Best Bitter.

Leffe, Duvel and Hoegaarden were available in bottles as well as Bath Ales Bounders cider, Heineken, Peroni, Amstel.

Other Reviews

The pub has had quite a few mixed reviews on sites such as Beer in the Evening and View Bath and most centre around the landlord. He has a very dry sense of humour and you could either warm to his wit or find him offensive. During the hour that I was there I found him being helpful to some customers and abrupt with others.

It’s unfortunate that the pub attracts bad reviews for this reason as it’s a nice little pub featuring a good selection of beer.

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Venue Location

Volunteer Riflemans Arms

3 New Bond Street Place



Tel: 01225 425 210

(Twitter: @awv)

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2 Responses to “Volunteer Rifleman’s Arms, Bath”

  1. Beerisme 13 March 2013 at 9:51 am #

    the landlord is odd…… but the locals lovely, baths best pub

  2. Old Fat Prop 24 January 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    Great pub. Small though. Always get abuse from the landlord and staff. And always with a smile. The place does excellent food. It is always rammed so I don’t think he is suffering much from the bad press from the trolls. Only problem to me is that tourist types taking up valuable drinking space when they would be much happier in Burger King. Bring back the Black Rat and ditch the perry.

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