When I first came to England, I was excited to discover and experience one of the best features of British culture: the pub.

A Pub is an establishment where people can meet, discuss, watch sports, listen to music, play pool, snooker, darts etc.

For many, going to the pub is one of the best ways to approach the English language. It is easy to be immersed in the culture, as the way people speak is familiar - and not rude - so you'll hear various accents, jokes, new words, and you'll develop a better general comprehension – while meeting new people.

The Welsh actor Rhys Ifans said “I come from a culture where the pub is the centre of the community. The pub is the Internet. It's where information is gathered, collated and addressed.” To many English people, the pub is the ‘pillar of the community, and acts as a place to have a good time, alone or with friends, after work or on the weekends. Here are a few examples of Pubs in Bath.

The Bell Inn is a historic free house and music pub on the edge of Bath city centre: it is owned by 536 of its customers, fans, and workers. If you like music, this pub is great! They have bands playing there three times a week, from jazz to blues to folk to other things. They also have open mic nights on Thursdays, and vinyl DJ nights at the weekend. Every performance is also free, so it’s very easy to go inside and enjoy yourself! As soon as you open the door, you enter into a completely different world: the warm atmosphere, hubub, and the music will make you feel completely at ease.

If you would like to check it out for yourself, the Bell Inn is at 103 Walcot Street!

Another pub that I would recommend is The Assembly Inn. This pub is at 16 Alfred Street. Here, you can relax in a large and comfortable lounge, or play pool on one of the two pool tables they have. There are several big screens with Sky and BT sports so you can watch most of the rugby or football games, and much more - always in good company.

The Assembly Inn also has food if you’re hungry. The kitchens are always open for lunch from noon to 3PM and in the evening from 5PM to 10PM, serving several dishes and authentic Thai Food.

I played pool for the first time ever there and I found the people very friendly and eager to teach me and help me improve. I had the pleasure of greeting them every time I walked in and out of the pub, and chatting with them made me feel at home, as well as much more comfortable with the English language.

In this pub, I realised that home is where the heart is.