From Friday 7th June until Friday 14th June we will be opening at 12pm

Due to essential maintenance work, we will be opening at 12pm from Friday 7th June until Friday 14th June. We apologise for any inconvenience.


The Architect encompasses part of the ground floor and basement of The Empire Hotel in Bath. This beautiful Grade 2 listed building was designed by the Bath City Architect Major Charles Edward Davis for the hotelier Alfred Holland and built from Bath Stone, on the site of the Athenaeum in 1901. It was described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as a ‘monstrosity and an unbelievable piece of pompous architecture’ – we rather like it and wanted to celebrate the boldness of its design by naming it in Major Charles Edward Davis’ honour – but that would have been rather a mouthful, so we will all know who we mean with a simple ‘the Architect’!

It is situated on Orange Grove, overlooking Pulteney Bridge with a small terrace that looks out onto the Abbey. You will find a bar stocked to the brim with wines, spirits and local ales as you enter through the grand entrance and then a large high-ceilinged room full of booths to nestle into and a mixture of sized tables for large or intimate visits. There is also a more private table if you’d like a special occasion away from the hubbub.

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Sunday Best

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Join us every Sunday from 12 noon for one of the best roasts in Bath… (even if we do say so ourselves!) Roast beef, Roast pork, Roast Shoulder of Lamb, or Roast Chicken se...

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Father's Day - Sunday 16th June

Sunday 16th June

What better way to spoil Dad this Father’s Day then a delicious Sunday roast and a couple of pints at the pub? If you’d like to join us for lunch or dinner with the famil...

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Rathfinny Wine Tasting

Thursday 20th June

Join us on Thursday 20th June at 6...

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June Pub Walk

Tuesday 25th June

Our next pub walk is on Sunday, the 23th of June will be lead by Ffi, who will be taking us on our usual circular stroll around Bath Canal and Sydney Gardens...

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Bath Graduations

Tuesday 16th to Wednesday 24th July

From Tuesday 16th July until Wednesday 24th July, Bath will be hosting the graduations for both University of Bath and Bath Spa University...

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Our passion lies in finding quality fresh ingredients and preparing, cooking and presenting them in a modern but unpretentious way. Our menus have a spine of classic British dishes complemented by more exotic influences from other parts of the world. We upload them to our web site each day so that you may peruse them at your leisure.

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Love pubs? Like walking? Read on...

AllTrails have kindly created a circular walk from the pub to help you work up that thirst/appetite. You can view the walk details via any of the routes below. (varying levels of tech savviness required -Ed)

The Architect, Kennet and Avon Canal and Bathampton Down an AllTrails walk

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