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the delicious guide the best places in the city to eat, drink and enjoy

‘Spoilt for choice’ is a bit of a cliché, but it couldn’t be more appropriate when looking for places to eat in Bath, whether we’re grabbing some street food on the go, taking a friend out for coffee and cake, maybe satisfying an impromptu supper urge, or wining and dining our beloved by candlelight. Our famous Delicious Guide has just the right foodie destinations for your mood and pocket. We begin with some great Bath classics, the venues we return to time and again with affection as they reliably deliver great dishes every time. For a quick, tasty bite, make your selection from our menu of cafés, delis and foodie emporia, or relax in one of the local pubs that manage to combine an informal setting with some top quality dining. You might opt for a hotel with an elegant restaurant, or perhaps join colleagues after work in a bar or brasserie, where you can quaff a craft ale or have a glass of fizz and enjoy a plate of seasonal, local produce. All served and prepped for your delectation, we hope you’ll enjoy our celebration of the city’s finest.

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THE CIRCUS RESTAURANT 34 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN Tel: 01225 466020 Web: thecircusrestaurant.co.uk This is one of Bath’s very best and a well-loved entry in our Delicious Guide each year. A small, very busy, much-admired, family-run business, The Circus Restaurant is one of Bath’s sparkling culinary gems, serving seasonal, locally sourced, freshly cooked English food. It has a carefully chosen wine list, and the exceptionally welcoming and charming staff all radiate enthusiasm for working there. Set in a fine Georgian house in a prime position – between The Circus and The Royal Crescent – you will find sensible and honest prices, and you’ll leave feeling that you will want to return very soon. Voted number four in the UK in The Times 20 Secret Restaurants That Foodies Love. Open Monday to Saturday, 10am to midnight (closed Sunday). Booking is advised.

GREEN PARK BRASSERIE Green Park Station, Bath BA1 1JB Tel: 01225 338565 Web: greenparkbrasserie.com Live music, locally sourced produce and a lively atmosphere make this is one of Bath’s most popular restaurants. Independently owned and run for 26 years, Green Park Brasserie is set in the impressive former booking hall of Green Park Station. Hosting live music four nights a week (Wednesday to Saturday) the brasserie is metres from the Bath Farmers’ Market, enabling a fresh, seasonal menu from head chef Steve Derry. Green Park Brasserie has been awarded the title of UK’s most Romantic Restaurant and has had honourable mentions in The Guardian, AOL Travel and Culture Trip. Booking advised. Directly above the restaurant is the sister business Bath Function Rooms, which hosts private events for up to 140 guests.

BATH PIZZA CO Green Park Station, Bath BA1 1JB Tel: 01225 588886 Web: bathpizzaco.com Bath’s favourite wood-fired pizza joint was recently awarded the highly coveted Taste of the West Gold Award and has also been featured on the BBC, Huffington Post and Stylist Magazine. The alfresco, casual dining pizzeria is set under the glass roof canopy at Green Park Station where you can watch your pizza being made in front of you. With outstanding freshly made dough (gluten-free available) the chefs partner with local farmers, beer and cider producers to offer a very popular £10 pizza and a pint or prosecco deal. Family run and owned, Bath Pizza Co also offers discounts to Bath Rugby Supporters’ Club Members and BANES Discovery Card holders. This year it will host alfresco live music evenings (6pm Thursdays, April – September). Private hire available.

THE SCALLOP SHELL 22 Monmouth Place, Bath BA1 2AY Tel: 01225 420928 Web: thescallopshell.co.uk The Scallop Shell on Monmouth Place is a much-loved AA Rosette fish and chip restaurant, serving lightly battered and grilled fish and chips and seasonal seafood. Flying the flag for a fresh, sustainable catch from UK waters, the menu changes daily depending on the coastal landings, with at least 15 species of fish and shellfish displayed for customers to see in an ice-filled roll-top bath. Opt for the daily Fisherman’s Lunch special, with a choice of mains all served with mushy peas, tartare sauce, bread and butter and a mug of proper Yorkshire tea for just £10, or make it more of a foodie experience with shared shellfish plates or the likes of oysters followed by whole lemon sole or skate wing, with a great selection of wines sold by the glass. There’s a covered heated terrace for al fresco dining and a bar area where you can enjoy a drink if you’re waiting for a table.

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WOODS 9 – 13 Alfred Street, Bath BA1 2QX Tel: 01225 314812 Web: woodsrestaurant.com With Georgian elegance and a warm informal atmosphere, Woods has created an enviable reputation as one of Bath’s best independent restaurants. David and his French wife Claude have owned and run Woods since 1979. Stuart Ash, head chef for the past 24 years, leads the team with the owners’ son Gaston, daughter Gabby and son-in-law Joe. This is a family-run business offering personal service, dazzling food, modern British cooking with a classic French influence, and sourcing local and international ingredients to give you a mouthwatering sensation that will leave you coming back for more. Friday is fish day at Woods with fresh produce coming straight from Cornwall and Devon. The wines to accompany the delicious dishes are specially selected and tasted by David. Woods caters for all; the small terrace and bar are great to meet friends for a glass of wine, a dish of olives and a catch-up, the main dining room is ideal for intimate or informal dining and the private room is perfect for corporate entertainment, family celebrations or weddings.

ALLIUM AT THE ABBEY HOTEL

CHEZ DOMINIQUE

1 North Parade, Bath BA1 1LF Tel: 01225 461603 Web: abbeyhotelbath.co.uk

15 Argyle Street, Bath BA2 4BQ Tel: 01225 463482 Web: chezdominique.co.uk

Treat yourself to some culinary indulgence at Allium, with its relaxed ambience, rustic gold drapes and vibrant art collection. Head chef, Rupert Taylor, has 20 years’ experience, an impressive culinary career rooted in Bath, and a Michelin background. Rupert has developed a distinctive style focusing on simple food with brilliant flavours and quality seasonal ingredients. The wine list has been crafted to offer wines to suit the menu and to enable the discovery little-known gems rarely seen on restaurant lists outside London.

Chez Dominique is a family-run restaurant serving local and seasonal French and European food. Included in The Good Food Guide 2018, they received Best French and Best Steak awards at the Bath Good Food Awards 2017. Located on the beautiful Argyle Street just over Pulteney Bridge, the private dining room, comfortably seating eight, overlooks Pulteney Weir. They offer an á la carte menu, specials, Sunday roast, a carefully chosen wine list and a prix fixe menu at lunchtimes and in the early evenings. Enjoy great food and drink in a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.

ROMAN BATHS KITCHEN Abbey Churchyard, Bath BA1 1LY Tel: 01225 477877 Web: romanbathkitchen.co.uk Nestled in Bath’s iconic Abbey Churchyard, The Roman Baths Kitchen is perfectly positioned for a stop-off between sightseeing and shopping. Enjoy alfresco dining all day with unrivalled views of some of Bath’s iconic landmarks including Bath Abbey, The Roman Baths and the Pump Room. The 2018 menus, created by head chef Ross Shaw, feature a fantastic selection of feel-good dishes, using the very best in locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. The restaurant’s central location and proximity to Bath’s main attractions makes it the perfect spot for dining, whether it’s a morning coffee stop, a light lunch or dinner following a busy day’s shopping and sightseeing. Enjoy breakfast, coffee, lunch, dinner, drinks or maybe some after-work cocktails.

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DAN MOON AT THE GAINSBOROUGH The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, Beau Street, Bath BA1 1QY Tel: 01225 358888 Web: thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk Dan Moon at The Gainsborough restaurant is destined for great things, and is already delivering with its inspiring fine-dining menus and sophisticated yet relaxed décor and atmosphere. The moment you step through the doors, you will be personally looked after by the friendly restaurant manager, expert sommelier and the lovely waiting staff. Award-winning head chef Dan Moon sources the ingredients for his dishes locally, then creatively fashions them into classically flavoured works of art. Little touches like freshly baked breads, hand-churned butter and optional wine pairing will put the final garnish on your dining experience. Check out the excellent lunches including a wonderful Sunday roast, or, for a special treat, the ultimate of tasting menus.

DOWER HOUSE RESTAURANT & AFTERNOON TEA GARDEN AT THE ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL 16 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LS Tel: 01225 823 333 Web: royalcrescent.co.uk What can be better than relaxing in the beautiful location of the iconic Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa and catching up with friends over a chilled glass of Champagne and a delectable selection of scones and sandwiches? The hotel’s unique selection of five afternoon teas include beautiful finger sandwiches, delicate cakes and savouries, the finest world teas and some of Bath’s best scones and buns. Sit down and relax in the hotel’s breath-taking one acre of secluded gardens or enjoy the elegant surroundings of the awardwinning Dower House Restaurant. Afternoon tea is served daily between 1.30pm and 6pm. Afternoon tea is £37.50 per person, or with a glass of Champagne it is £50 per person. Afternoon tea with a drinks flight is £55 per person, and children’s afternoon tea is £19.50 per child.

THE OLIVE TREE Queensberry Hotel, Russel Street, Bath BA1 2QF Tel: 01225 447928 Web: olivetreebath.co.uk Beneath The Queensberry Hotel is the 3 AA rosette Olive Tree, one of Bath’s longest established independent restaurants, offering relaxed fine dining in a contemporary British style. Head chef Chris Cleghorn honed his skills under world-renowned Michelin Star chefs, and is tipped for one himself by The Times. His unique style – which showcases the finest seasonal ingredients from high-quality local producers – has won many awards, most recently the Crumbs Award for Fine Dining 2017: “Faultless service, serious cooking of prime ingredients and consistently high quality. This is as good as it gets.” The wine list, also awardwinning, eclectically balances traditional and new, and the restaurant’s warm opulence perfectly complements the quality and style of food.

THE BRASSERIE AT LUCKNAM PARK Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, Colerne, SN14 8AZ Tel: 01225 742777 Web: lucknampark.co.uk Set among the 500-acre Lucknam Park estate, The Brasserie at Lucknam Park is a contemporary and stylish restaurant perfect for morning coffee and pastries, light lunches, alfresco dining and informal dinners. With a light and airy interior, this restaurant makes an ideal place to while away the hours in relaxed surroundings. Take a stroll through the elegant walled gardens, soak in the scenic views and choose from a full seasonal a la carte menu. Head Chef, Thomas Westerland, recently awarded National Chef of Wales 2018, creates a varied menu using fine, local produce wherever possible. Open daily from 7am to 10pm, and, located adjoining the fabulous ESPA spa, you can stop off as you enjoy a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

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AMARONE RESTAURANT

THE PUMP ROOM

Beau Nash House, Saw Close, Bath BA1 1EU Tel: 01225 330030 Email: reservations@ameroneristorante.co.uk

Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ Tel: 01225 444477 Web: pumproombath.co.uk

Amarone is a unique independent Italian restaurant situated in the elegant Georgian building that was once home to Richard ‘Beau’ Nash, the renowned socialite. The atmosphere is relaxed and inviting. This, combined with the thoughtfully created menus and impressive décor, ensures a memorable experience. Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared pasta dishes, locally sourced steaks and fish fresh from the Dorset coast, as well as stonebaked pizzas and delectable desserts. The wine list has been carefully compiled from primarily quality Italian family estates to perfectly complement the traditional yet innovative Italian cuisine. Amarone is the only restaurant in the south west to offer the delicious wine of its namesake by the glass as well as the bottle. The upper level at Amarone can be exclusively hired and offers a beautiful space in which to hold celebratory lunches and dinners with family and friends as well as business meetings, with menus created to suit personal requirements. Booking is advised as Amarone has an excellent reputation and is popular with both tourists and regular clientele.

A trip to Bath wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Georgian splendour of the Pump Room, with its Corinthian columns and crystal chandelier. Live music is played daily by the Pump Room Trio and resident pianist to create an enchanting atmosphere. Enjoy a selection of delicious seasonal dishes for breakfast or lunch, or why not try one of the afternoon tea options and really indulge? In the summer, the Pump Room is open for evening dining when you can enjoy the dinner menu and summer cocktails. Visitors and residents can enjoy long balmy summer evenings with mouth-watering seasonal dishes – the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family.

HUDSON STEAKHOUSE 14 London Street, Bath BA1 5BU Tel: 01225 332323 Web: hudsonsteakhouse.co.uk Hudson Steakhouse has been serving the people of Bath the best steaks for a decade now, offering its diners prime dryaged steaks, starters with a fusion influence and classic dishes, all served in a sympathetic conversion of a once notorious Victorian pub. Owner Richard Fenton took on this run-down building and has created a destination that has consistently won best-restaurant awards locally and nationally. The bar serves cocktails, premium beers and world wines under sparkling chandeliers and the upstairs grill room has an open kitchen and looks out over Hedgemead Park. Top local hotels like to send their customers to Hudson, so it’s advisable to book. We recommend the Monday to Friday early evening special from 5pm to 7pm, which features an eight ounce Flat Iron steak with frites and a glass of wine for £16.95.

LANSDOWNE STRAND The Strand, Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0EH Te: 01249 812488 Web: lansdownestrand.co.uk Refurbished and refreshed, the Lansdowne Strand boasts 2 AA rosettes and a selection of fabulously comfy and cosy bedrooms. Within reach of the best of the South West and the Cotswolds, this historic coaching inn is perfect for a stay away or perhaps a pit stop for a change of scenery. The menu consists of the finest of local produce to enjoy with local ales or local gins. Interesting flavours are celebrated with carefully considered presentation and textures. A handful of the rooms accept polite dogs by request and excellent walks are not far from the inn’s doorstep, including landmarks such as the Cherhill Monument and Wiltshire’s white horses. The UNESCO listed Avebury stone circle and the towering neolithic Silbury Hill are a short drive away. For fantastic high street (but high-end!) shopping pop to Marlborough, the charming old market town known for being the second broadest high street in the UK.

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THE HOLBURNE GARDEN CAFÉ The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB Tel: 01225 388572 Web: holburne.org The Holburne Garden Café is only a 10-minute walk from the city centre and is one of the most beautiful contemporary spaces in Bath. Set within the grounds of the museum there is a seasonal menu offering light lunches and delicious cakes. The garden café is open from 5 – 9pm on the last Friday in the month and is a great place to relax with friends and enjoy the museum’s galleries out of hours. Currently there is a special offer running with the exhibition Anthony Fry: a retrospective – you can enjoy admission to the exhibition and coffee and cake for £12.50.

THE COLOMBIAN COMPANY 6 Abbeygate Street, Bath BA1 1NP Tel: 07534 391992 Web: thecolombiancompany.com Owner Jhampoll Gutierrez opened the lively and welcoming coffee shop The Colombian Company in November but his passion for coffee started during his childhood. Today he imports the best speciality green coffee from Colombia, buying only from small farmers giving him direct contact with producers who struggle to compete with big farms selling to large companies. The company is based on quality, traceability and a direct relationship with the farmer. As well as ethically sourced and expertly made coffees, including the specially created Bombon (espresso and condensed milk), the range available also includes Colombian chocolate and Panela (sugar cane) as well as delicious cakes and savouries. Ground coffees are also available to buy from the coffee shop and online.

DARCY’S NEWS CAFE OLD STABLES COFFEE SHOP The Estate Yard, Castle Combe SN14 7HU Tel: 01249 783872 Web: oldstablesdeli.co.uk Yasmin and Philippa started their coffee shop venture in 2013, moving to the Cotswold village of Castle Combe in 2017. Their team of friendly staff and the cosy atmosphere they have created has made it a popular spot for both visitors and locals. Inside awaits a delicious choice of homemade cakes, locally roasted coffee, light bites and their renowned heartshaped scones, all of which can be enjoyed either snuggled up in front of the wood burner or outside soaking up the sun and the tranquil atmosphere. Walkers and dogs are welcome as are cyclists and groups. For dog lovers without dogs Twiglet and Bumble are sometimes in residence and are more than happy for you to make a fuss of them. Open Tuesday – Sunday from 10am.

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34 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2LT Tel: 01225 425308 Web: darcysofbath.com At Bath’s only news café you can pick up your daily newspaper and enjoy it over a freshly prepared cooked breakfast or lunch. Darcy’s News Cafe is a family-run, independent business and its focus is on providing great quality food and excellent customer service. Breakfast starts at 7.30am and is served all day; lunch begins at noon. All meals are available to eat in or take away. Darcy’s caters to a wide range of dietary preferences including gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. It has a large hot drinks menu which includes Lavazza coffee, a wide selection of Novus Loose Leaf Teas and a luxurious hot chocolate menu that includes a choice of milk, dark, white and sugar-free chocolate. Based on Gay Street, it is just a few doors up from the Jane Austen Centre and is en route to popular tourist destinations The Circus and The Royal Crescent. The newsagents side of the business still delivers newspapers and magazines to more than 600 customers throughout Bath daily and it specialises in sourcing foreign titles on request. Darcy’s News Cafe is also the only Pass My Parcel (Amazon) drop-off and collection point in Bath. It also offers free WiFi and is fully licensed.


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CAFÉ LUCCA 1 – 2 Bartlett Street, Bath BA1 2QZ Tel: 01225 938282 Web: cafelucca.co.uk Café Lucca revives and relaxes in equal measure. It serves wonderful food in a welcoming environment, offering freshly ground coffee and a light breakfast in the mornings, lunch from a selection of brightly coloured salads and bruschetta and panini, or for afternoon tea, an array of tempting cakes. This is the perfect place for catching up with friends, or as a respite from shopping and is one of Bath’s favourite places to see people and be seen. Deliciously fresh, modern Italian style/mediterranean food is served in the elegant and spacious surroundings of The Loft. All the fresh produce and Italian products are from small local family suppliers. Situated in a traffic-free street in Bath’s boutique quarter, the restaurant is just two minutes’ walk from Milsom Street and the Fashion Museum. And when the sun shines there are tables outside from where one can watch the world stroll by.

THE ITALIAN FOOD HALL

CASTLE FARM CAFE

8 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath BA1 2EE Tel: 01225 334127 Web: theitalianfoodhall.com

Midford Road, Midford, Bath BA2 7BU Tel: 07564 783307 Web: castlefarmcafe.co.uk

The Italian Food Hall is a speciality food store and deli that brings the very best foods from small producers in Italy straight to the centre of Bath. From Italian delicacies to traditional family favourites it has delicious fresh cheeses, cured meats, wonderful wines and liqueurs, the very best pasta sauces and pasta plus gluten-free and vegan options too. Go and grab a bite to eat or take away a fresh panini and coffee – discover a little piece of Italy here in Bath.

Castle Farm Café nestles in the glorious Midford countryside on a charming organic farm amongst fresh herbs and sweet-smelling flowers. The café and open kitchen serves only vegetarian dishes with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options to boot. There’s nothing quite like their delicious fresh-from-the-oven pizza and a sparkling cider enjoyed outside on a warm day while admiring the breathtaking surrounding views. The suppliers list reads like a roll call of the best local producers for miles around – so there are lovely fresh salads, hot dishes and daily specials to choose from. As well as opening daily for lunch and tea, the café serves supper on Friday and Saturday evenings. Keep an eye on the website for a programme of events and supper clubs as they tend to fill up quickly.

CAFE 15 AT NO. 15 GREAT PULTENEY 15 Great Pulteney Street Bath BA2 4BR Tel: 01225 807015 Email: no15greatpulteney.co.uk Downstairs in Cafe 15, the food is simple yet refined. This is the relaxed restaurant of the No. 15 Great Pulteney hotel and it’s open every day for breakfast, from Tuesday to Saturday for dinner, along with weekend offerings of Saturday lunch and Sunday brunch. Each dish is carefully created to let the quality of the ingredients shine and to complement the unique setting. Expect to see the likes of rump of lamb, lamb ragu, Lyonnaise potato, morels, asparagus and wild garlic; and duck egg custard tart with textures of forced Yorkshire rhubarb on the menu.

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PEKING RESTAURANT 1–2 New Street, Kingsmead Square, Bath BA1 2AF Tel: 01225 466377 Web: pekingrestaurantbath.co.uk Peking Restaurant opened in Bath in 1985. A family-run, independent restaurant it is the number-one choice for local, authentic Chinese food. The team at Peking put their customers at the forefront of everything they do. The master chef has created an extensive menu of fresh, healthy and innovative dishes selected from Cantonese, Szechuan and Peking cuisines, using local ingredients wherever possible. As well as the traditional flavours of sweet and sour, ginger and spring onion, Peking also offers much-loved lobster and crab dishes. The chef relishes a challenge and will also prepare special dishes on request. The friendly, experienced staff at Peking strive to provide a genuine Chinese experience with a promise to put their hearts and souls into everything they do and with the belief that their customers deserve the best.

LA PERLA

FIREHOUSE ROTISSERIE

12A North Parade, Bath BA2 4AL Tel: 01225 463626 Web: la-perla.co.uk

2 St John Street, Bath BA1 2JL Tel: 01225 482070 Web: firehouserotisserie.co.uk

La Perla Restaurante Y Tapas offers a small Spanish enclave in the heart of Bath. The tapas or tapeo experience is an Andalucian mentality, an Iberian way of life. At its essence is the art of living simply and without pretence. The key to it all is pure ingredients and simplicity, with amazing flavours created from minimal processes. “Vamos de tapeo” and “vamos a tapear”, it’s time to hang out and share some time with friends as you help yourself to delicious bites of food. The tapas lifestyle is joyful, casual, and about living in the moment. Tapas and sangria might be holiday staples but when looking for somewhere for dinner, Spanish food hasn’t always been the first thing that springs to mind. La Perla has changed all that, and in doing so has leaped right to the top of the list of must-visit places in Bath. All through your visit you’re sure to enjoy unparalleled tapas, paella and sangria. La Perla celebrates the romance of real Iberian dining, and the whole team love what they do and openly invite everyone to come along and discover this unique taste of Spain.

Firehouse Rotisserie has been one of the most popular independent restaurants in Bath for 20 years. Voted by Channel 4 as one of the top five American restaurants in the UK, it has been recommended by GQ, Tatler, and The Daily Mail. It is the only genuine rotisserie restaurant in this part of the country, boasting a blend of authentic Californian and south western American flavours using ancho, guajillo, chipotle and pasilla chiles as well as more familiar herbs and spices. In addition to its delicious free-range rotisserie chicken, the Firehouse is known for its range of exciting and luxurious gourmet brick fired pizzas, and classic American Deli burgers. Located on a quiet street just off the main shopping area, the buzzy, cosy and relaxed atmosphere has a bustling open kitchen where diners can watch the food being cooked to order.

OLÉ TAPAS First Floor, 1 John Street, Bath BA1 2JL & 1 Saw Close, Bath BA1 1EY Tel: 01225 424274 Web: oletapas.co.uk Olé Tapas is an informal, bijou place in the centre of the city. It is inspired by the many small tapas bars in Spain, where people often eat standing up or at small tables. Tapas is a very personal style of dining and its simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. If you like an eating style to share with friends and family that encourages conversation and laughter, then head to Olé Tapas. Olé is convivial and noisy so if you like for a relaxed, buzzing atmosphere with genuine Spanish food and drink and great service, it’s an experience that you will enjoy. Come and create your own individual lunch or dinner while enjoying the authentic vibe of Spain.

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YAK YETI YAK 12 Pierrepont Street, Bath BA1 1LA Tel: 01225 442299 Web: yakyetiyak.co.uk Yak Yeti Yak is a one-of-a-kind restaurant, family run with an eclectic mix of artefacts and old memorabilia from the owners’ home village. In addition to conventional tables and chairs there’s also a cushioned area where you can sit on the floor to eat your meal – very traditional and very popular. The food is as unique as the décor, and with one of the longest running listings in the Good Food guide you know it’s something special. Light fragrant curries cooked to order and Tibetan-style momos – steamed stuffed dumplings – are among the specialities. There are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options including wines.

RAPHAEL RESTAURANT

GIGGLING SQUID

Gascoyne House, Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RN Tel: 01225 480042 Email: reservations@raphaelrestaurant.co.uk

Bluecoat House, Saw Close, Bath BA1 1EY Tel: 01225 331486 Web: gigglingsquid.com

Raphael is a well-established independent restaurant renowned for serving exquisite food and excellent wines in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The head chef and his team create imaginative menus inspired by fresh, seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy beautifully presented dishes such as roast rump of lamb with a hazelnut and rosemary crust, celeriac and potato dauphinoise with seasonal greens, and mouth-watering desserts such as spiced fruit steamed sponge pudding, with toffee sauce and homemade vanilla ice-cream or iced white chocolate and Baileys parfait with dark chocolate sauce and fresh strawberries. The wine list regularly changes and a good selection of bottles at reasonable prices are thoughtfully chosen to complement the food. Catering for visitors to the city and the restaurant’s loyal customers, Raphael offers leisurely lunches, pre-theatre dining or romantic meals for two – this is the perfect place for any occasion.

New to Bath and proving very popular, Giggling Squid lends itself to the distinct sharing culture of Thailand. The menu lunchtime tapas and delicious curries, salads, rice and noodles – there is even a dedicated ‘little tapas for little people’ to ensure there are smiles all round. Street-foodstyle snacks and artfully balanced cocktails are also available in the separate lounge and bar.

NOYA’S KITCHEN 7 St James’s Parade, Bath BA1 1UL Tel: 01225 684439 Web: noyaskitchen.co.uk Noya’s Vietnamese Supper Clubs have long been one of the hottest dining tickets in Bath, and we just love its new home on St James’s Parade. The stylishly beautiful décor and relaxed, welcoming atmosphere from Noya’s friendly team complement her delicious Vietnamese home cooking. Her ethos on menus is refreshingly different, posting the weekly lunchtime menu on social media, and keeping her wonderful five-course Supper Club menu a secret until she personally introduces the dishes on the night. For serious foodies, Noya’s fortnightly Vietnamese cooking classes are a must. Classes are hands-on, informal and fun, creating three delicious dishes from a choice of street-food-inspired menus, eating them communally in Vietnamese style around Noya’s Kitchen’s tables.

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SIGN OF THE ANGEL Church Street, Lacock SN15 2LB Tel: 01249 730230 Web: signoftheangel.co.uk Sign of the Angel is a 15th-century coaching inn that encompasses the key elements of a traditional inn. It provides great tasting food and drink in front of large open fires with warm, homely rooms for those staying overnight. Located in the National Trust village of Lacock, on the edge of the Cotswolds, this pub is only a short distance from Bath. The kitchen uses fresh, seasonal ingredients in order to serve stand-out dishes from honest foods. Sign of the Angel sources produce from local suppliers in the west country to ensure that the food process is traceable, and from sustainable farmers, growers and butchers. In the summer months, there is a beautiful garden where you can enjoy a cream tea next to the stream, along with a paddock, which will in time subsidise the produce for the kitchen. Sign of the Angel has received two AA rosettes and is considered a 4* AA accommodation.

PACKHORSE INN

THE PEAR TREE INN

Old School Hill, South Stoke, Bath BA2 7DU Tel: 01225 830300 Web: packhorsebath.co.uk

Top Lane, Whitley, Melksham SN12 8QX Tel: 01225 704966 Web: peartreewhitley.co.uk

The recently refurbished Packhorse is now open for bookings. Located in the picturesque village of South Stoke a few miles outside the city centre, this 17th-century pub boasts spectacular views across the Cam Valley and is a favourite with walkers and cyclists. The garden provides a relaxing space away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Head chef Dan Vosper aims to deliver high-quality pub classics, as well as daily specials – keeping to his philosophy of simple cooking done really well, using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Rob Clayton (of Clayton’s Kitchen fame) is the Operations Director, so expect some synergy between venues. Food is served daily. Please check the website for details. Sign up to receive a free walking guide for the local area.

The Pear Tree Inn’s unique concept centres around a rustic Farmhouse Kitchen with a bar and rooms tucked away in rural Whitley, 25 minutes from Bath. Enjoy modern, imaginative cooking, showcasing the best in locally sourced produce. With a menu guided by the seasons and vegetable beds bursting with fresh produce, the chefs make the most of the fresh crops and local specialities. The Pear Tree Inn has sensitively restored the former 17th century farmhouse, returning it to its original character and charm. There are eight rooms split between the inn and a beautifully converted barn leading onto the garden. All of the rooms are named after varieties of pears and the garden are dog friendly. Beyond the flagstoned bar are two dining areas, the garden room, adjacent to a secluded courtyard, and a large open sunroom with exposed beams and a sun terrace.

THE INN AT FRESHFORD The Hill, Freshford, Bath BA2 7WG Tel: 01225 722250 Web: theinnatfreshford.com Spend time at The Inn at Freshford and enjoy a rural escape. This traditional 16th-century village pub is tucked away in the pretty village of Freshford, near Bath, and has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Set in an idyllic location by the river, it has stunning countryside surroundings and easy access to river walks. With old beams, open fires and antique curiosities, the inn is full of historic charm but has been updated with a modern flavour. At the rear is a flower-decked garden with outside bar and elevated views across the valley – a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The owners are passionate about food, serving home-cooked dishes using quality ingredients and local and seasonal produce where possible. Open seven days a week, food is served every day and there’s a superb roast on Sundays. Separate children’s menu. Real ales, craft beers and an excellent wine list. Private dining available. Dogs welcome.

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THE OLD CROWN KELSTON

CROSS GUNS

Kelston, Bath BA1 9AQ Tel: 01225 423032 Web: oldcrownkelston.com

Avoncliff, Near Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire BA15 2HB Tel: 01225 862335 Web: crossgunsavoncliff.com

The Old Crown Inn in Kelston is a traditional 15th-century country inn nestled in the Cotswolds countryside a few miles from the centre of Bath. This cosy, friendly, welcoming pub is full of historic charm and character, with old beams, polished flagstones and open fires and has been updated with a contemporary craft flavour. Open seven days a week, great food is served every day and seasonal menus use quality ingredients and support local suppliers where possible. Separate children’s menu. Roast served on Sundays. Real ales and fine wines. The large pub garden with covered deck and outside bar is a popular destination on warm, sunny days and is available for exclusive hire throughout the year. Surrounded by stunning countryside, this is the perfect location for walks with easy access to Kelston Roundhill, the Cotswold Way and the river. Dogs welcome.

The Cross Guns is a stunning 16th-century inn full of historic character with original beams and low ceilings. Located in the idyllic and tranquil village of Avoncliff, it nestles on the canal towpath between Bath and Bradford on Avon. The Cross Guns has a breathtaking setting with panoramic views of the river, the aqueduct and weir. The large decked and terraced garden set on the river bank is a perfect location on sunny days and is a popular destination for walkers, cyclists, boaters, canoeists, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Dogs welcome. Open seven days a week, serving home-cooked food every day using seasonal and local produce where possible. Open for breakfast daily. Vegetarian and vegan dishes feature on the menu and a delicious roast is served on Sundays. Sumptuous feasts are cooked over an open fire from the outdoor kitchen on the first Sunday of every month.

GARRICK’S HEAD 7 – 8 St John’s Place, Bath BA1 1ET Tel: 01225 318368 Web: garricksheadpub.com The Garrick’s Head pub and dining room was the former home to Beau Nash and is a grand building with stately proportions. Its location next to the Theatre Royal always makes for an interesting and colourful crowd. Open every day from noon onwards, lunch and dinner are served in the bar, on the terrace or in the dining room. Menus are full of fresh seasonal ingredients and the style is modern British. The bar menu features pub classics prepared with respect and using the best regional ingredients, while the pre-theatre and à la carte menus are more fine dining in style. Sunday roasts are served in the traditional style with all the trimmings and children are occupied with complimentary gifts to keep them busy at the table. Booking is always advisable, especially at the weekend. Renowned for having the best fish and chips in Bath, the Garrick’s Head is also known for serving Bath chaps. Outside the spectacular floral displays from the hanging baskets and window boxes catch the sun – this is the perfect location to sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of Bath go by.

KING WILLIAM

PUB AND DINING ROOMS 36 Thomas Street, Bath BA1 5NN Tel: 01225 428096 Web: kingwilliampub.com King William Pub and Dining Rooms is just 15 minutes walk from Bath Abbey and is a destination for lovers of great food. Independently owned for over 13 years, it’s a good idea to book as this cosy little Georgian eatery is a favourite for locals and visitors. The huge picture windows are the perfect spot for people watching along the bustling street. The bar is well stocked with locally brewed cask ales, 30 craft beers, Somerset ciders and an extensive and excellent wine list. The King William’s eponymous house ale is exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen. Cooking at the King William is about respect for the ingredients, which are sourced from the wealth of artisan producers found in and around Bath and the south west. Modern British in style, menus are fresh, seasonal and local. Two first-floor dining rooms offer a more intimate setting for private dining, special occasions or as one of Bath’s most romantic dining venues.

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THE HARE & HOUNDS Lansdown Road, Bath BA1 5TJ Tel: 01225 482682 Web: hareandhoundsbath.com The Hare & Hounds enjoys a stunning location high on Lansdown Hill with glorious views over the Bath countryside. Open from 8.30am every day for breakfast, The Hare & Hounds serves home-cooked seasonal food all day and every day. The smart interior features wooden floors, panels, tables and chairs – and food is very much the focus. You might start with chargrilled asparagus, prosciutto ham, mozzarella and rocket, followed by slow-cooked pork belly with ham hock croquette, celeriac, apple and pickled fennel. A dark chocolate brownie, salted caramel sauce and chocolate ice cream makes a tempting finale. On summer days, customers can enjoy lunch on the large terrace and on winter evenings the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere and the attentive but relaxed service really shines. There’s a separate menu for children and a large garden that’s a big draw in the summertime. The Hare & Hounds sits only a mile from town but feels like a world away in beautiful countryside. Its location is perfect for visitors heading to or from the M4 motorway to the north of Bath. It’s well worth a visit for the views, but certainly stay for the friendly service and fabulous food.

THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN

THE CHEQUERS

35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY Tel: 01225 423731 Web: marlborough-tavern.com

50 Rivers Street, Bath BA1 2QA Tel: 01225 360017 Web: thechequersbath.com

Located a stone’s throw from The Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the food quality of a top restaurant, making it a firm favourite for locals and visitors to Bath. The menu is essentially English in character, and uses local produce to create great tasting, simple dishes where the quality of the produce speaks for itself. The Marlborough has held 2 AA rosettes for food quality since 2009, and the pub features in both The Good Food Guide and the Michelin Guide. Sundays are especially busy, with groups of friends and families enjoying the friendly pub atmosphere and the legendary roasts. The Marlborough Tavern’s reputation for good food is matched by the service: friendly and attentive without ever being intrusive. The wine list is extensive, as is the selection of local ales – and the bar staff mix a mean cocktail, too. Outside, The Marlborough boasts what is arguably Bath’s finest pub garden – a walled courtyard space that’s just perfect for summertime lunching and drinking with good friends.

Situated a short walk from The Circus and The Royal Crescent, The Chequers is a beautiful little gastropub that serves seriously good food. It delivers top-quality restaurant standard dishes in the convivial atmosphere of a friendly pub. The quality of the cooking has put The Chequers firmly on the map for serious foodies, attracted by the imaginative menu and friendly service. Traditionalists will also be glad to hear that the pub caters for them with a selection of beautifully crafted down-to-earth pub classics. Diners can choose to eat either downstairs in the traditional bar area or in the upstairs restaurant – this features a window into the kitchen where they can see the chefs hard at work. The Chequers offers a tasting menu experience and has private dining and meeting room facilities available. There’s an impressive and accessible list of well-kept wines and local ales and ciders.

THE LOCKSBROOK INN 103 Locksbrook Road, Bath BA1 3EN Tel: 01225 427119 Web: thelocksbrookinn.com The Locksbrook Inn is a beautiful, contemporary gastropub located beside the canal with extensive outside garden space. With plenty of decking and an outdoor bar, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a glass of prosecco or a pint on a warm summer’s evening. The menu comprises high-quality modern gastropub cooking, including homemade burgers, sharing platters and classic pub dishes. Enjoy salt and pepper squid and pan-fried scallops to start, or share a charcuterie board before tucking into a crisp, hand-stretched pizza with spicy salami and cherry tomatoes. You won’t be able to say no to a dessert with the likes of hot chocolate fondant and sticky toffee pudding gracing the menu. Weekends are busy with brunch and Sunday lunch a speciality. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Locksbrook Inn is family friendly with a separate children’s menu. Dogs are welcome.

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VINO VINO WINE AND COCKTAIL BAR 5-6 Saw Close, Bath BA1 1EN Tel: 01225 312341 Email: enquiries@vinovinowinebar.co.uk Located a short distance from the Theatre Royal, Vino Vino is a sophisticated wine and cocktail bar with an informal, convivial atmosphere. There is an extraordinary array of choice from the carefully chosen wine list, with wines to suit all palates, many available by the glass. The unique cocktail list retains the balance between classic and signature concoctions, with the emphasis on creativity. Vino Vino offers a seasonally changing selection of cheeses, charcuterie and bar plates, all of which lend themselves perfectly to sharing with friends, continental style. Many of the cheeses are sourced locally in Somerset, with the Thoughtful Bread Company in Bath supplying the fantastic bread and scrumptious desserts. Outside there is a large alfresco terrace, part of which catches the sun beautifully, furnished with cosy blankets and heated parasols, making Vino Vino the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine and some good food while watching the world go by.

GREAT WESTERN WINE Wells Road, Bath BA2 3AP Tel: 01225 322810 Web: greatwesternwine.co.uk Great Western Wine is an Aladdin’s Cave of over 1,000 of the world’s best wines, and 450 small batch spirits – including 150 gins at the last count. Beer lovers are well catered for with bottles from the best of the west country local brewers, and in the last year there is the welcome addition of artisan cheeses on sale with a Pong Cheese concession. We love its modern, friendly approach backed up by old-fashioned service and advice. GWW is an award-winner, having scooped the Best Wine Merchant in south west England for the last four years in the wine industry Oscars, the International Wine Challenge Awards. Wines and spirits are always open to taste and experienced staff are great at finding the perfect wine for you at any budget. Prices at every level are competitive and there’s always a good selection of special offers. Watch out for the bin-ends for the best bargains. The website and mail-order service is just as good for those further afield. Wine-tasting events, dinners and The Great Wine School are worth checking out – but get in quickly as they’re very popular and sell fast. You’ll find many of Great Western Wine’s wares in Bath’s best restaurants, hotels and pubs, as well as at Bath Rugby.

INDEPENDENT SPIRIT OF BATH 7 Terrace Walk, Bath BA1 1LN Tel: 01225 340636 Web: independentspiritofbath.co.uk Established in 2013, Independent spirit of Bath is an independent specialist off-sales venue in the heart of Bath. Specialising in single malt whisky, artisan gins, the best UK and world craft beers. A dedicated whisky room houses a large range single malt whiskies from Scotland and others from around the world. Private and scheduled events such as whisky tastings, gin masterclasses and cocktail masterclasses are hosted downstairs in the custombuilt tasting room which can be hired out for exclusive events for up to 20 people.

TASTING ROOM 6 Green Street, Bath BA1 2JY Tel: 01225 483070 Web: tastingroom.co.uk Located in the heart of Bath, Tasting Room offers up a selection of fine wines and spirits. Specialising in wines from around Europe including the historic regions of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Rhone Valley and with a passion for the wines of Italy and California. There are a large selection of boutique gins and whiskies as well as an array of older Armagnac and Cognac. If you’re looking for a present, choose from the range of vintage ports and Madeira or an unusual white port. If you are a group of eight people or above treat yourself to a private tasting or alternatively book a tasting event for gin, whisky or wine. If you like quality wines and spirits visit Tasting Room Wine and Spirits and have a look around.

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DOUGH PIZZA 14 – 16 The Corridor, Bath BA1 5AP Tel: 01225 443686 Web: doughpizzarestaurant.co.uk A proudly independent, family-run business, Dough brings together years of expertise and the best ingredients to bring you first-rate pizza and Italian food, every time. With a focus on ‘pizza for everyone’, Dough offers eight alternative health-giving bases, from turmeric to hemp, grano arso, multigrain and more, alongside traditional sourdough. Gluten-free and vegan pizzas are a particular speciality. You’ll find all the classics from margheritas to marinaras alongside pizza parcels, star-shaped pizzas and gourmet specials such as The King with mozzarella, sautéed porcini mushrooms in white wine, Argentinian king prawns slow-cooked in smoked paprika, rocket pesto, truffle oil, pink pepper, parsley and lime zest, based on seaweed dough. Warm, family-friendly service, dough-spinning entertainment and plenty of Italian charm ensures that any visit to Dough is memorable.

THE OVEN PIZZERIA

PHAT YAKS

3 and 4 Seven Dials, Saw Close, Bath BA1 1EN Tel: 01225 311181 Email: enquiries@theovenpizzeria.co.uk

3 New Street, Bath BA1 2AF Tel: 01225 571 057 Web: phatyaks.com

As one of the original artisan pizzerias in Bath, The Oven has established an outstanding reputation, specialising in authentic Neapolitan pizza. At the heart of its stripped-back interior, the team at The Oven, led by head chef Fabrizio Mancinetti – winner of Pizza chef of the year 2016 – create their delicious pizzas in the open kitchen, which are then baked in the traditional wood-fired oven. The dough is made using Fabrizios’ secret recipe, and then proved for between 36-40 hours. The pizzas are baked for no more than 90 seconds giving a beautifully puffy, slightly singed crust and a unique flavour. Good-quality ingredients are essential for the toppings and are sourced from simple fresh seasonal and imported Italian foods, such as the renowned San Marzano tomatoes and Fior di latte mozzarella. The Oven also offers a selection of starters, freshly prepared salads and mouthwatering desserts. All of these can be complemented by an Italian wine from the reasonably priced wine list, or by craft beers or cider. Set in a prime position in Bath, with a heated, covered terrace, The Oven offers authentic artisan pizza in a vibrant, friendly atmosphere.

With freshly cooked food and the use of subtle spices, Phat Yaks has brought all the passion that makes its older sibling Yak Yeti Yak so popular to a café in Kingsmead Square. Here it’s all about street food, with curries, pakoras, crispy spiced vegetable fritters and sumptuous salads washed down with speciality coffees or house lassis – yoghurt milkshakes that are every bit as decadent as their ice-cream counterparts, but a whole lot healthier. Pakoras and little meat kebabs are cooked to order in the open kitchen where there is countertop seating, or head to the first floor for a table overlooking Kingsmead Square. You can even relax on cushioned seating with low-level tables. Ever popular is the takeaway option where your food is wrapped carefully for you to take to your favourite sun spot to eat picnic style.

SMASHBURGER 8 – 9 Southgate Street, Bath BA1 1AQ Web: smashburger.co.uk Launched in May 2017, Smashburger has been making waves in the heart of Bath and is guaranteed to show you a smashing time. What makes it different? The secret is in the ‘smash’, a unique method of cooking a burger, where 100% British Red Tractor Assured beef is hand-formed into a meatball and then smashed onto a hot buttered grill, searing in all the juices and flavour for a must-try, explosive taste sensation. Other tasty options include grilled and crispy chicken breast sandwiches, garlic-grilled Portobello cap mushroom burger, freshly prepared salads and irresistible sides like the garlic and rosemary Smash fries. Smashburger’s list of libations does not disappoint. Try the local beer offering – Werrrd!, a 4.2% APA by Electric Bear Brewing Co., alongside a choice of red, white and rosé wines and prosecco. Or indulge in a creamy handspun shake made with Häagen–Dazs® ice cream in chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and Oreo flavours. Enjoy your feast in the casual environment while kicking back in curved banquettes, perfect for large groups and gatherings.

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LE CHEF PRIVE

MA CUISINE

Email: info@lechefprive.co.uk Web: lechefprive.co.uk

3 – 4 St Saviour's Road, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RT Tel: 01225 312959 Web: macuisine.co.uk

Since retiring from Casanis, Chef Laurent Couvreur offers personal chef services for special occasions. From cheffing on board “Northabout” in the Arctic for Adventurer David Hempleman-Adams to recreating favourite restaurant dishes in local homes, Laurent uses wonderful local produce to recreate his Southern French style of cooking with a twist. Le Chef Privé takes all the stress out of your dinner parties presenting award-winning restaurant quality food in the comfort of your own home. "Thankyou for a truly wonderful evening, I cannot imagine a better way to have celebrated my birthday. The food was, (unsurprisingly), marvellous and the entire evening flowed beautifully, from canapés to dessert. All our guests have expressed their delight at the dinner" We look forward to bringing incredible flavours and a ray of French sunshine to your home.

Brigitte and Christophe Lacroix, who have run this family business since 2012, will welcome you into their store in the heart of Larkhall, a friendly neighbourhood in Bath where locals pop into the shop for a coffee and chat about food, ingredients and French cooking. From Ma Cuisine's kitchen, respected chef Christophe creates healthy, gourmet ready meals using local British ingredients wherever possible, with no additives, no preservatives, no colourings. All meals, including all stocks and sauces, are handmade in small batches in Ma Cuisine's beloved kitchen and then fast-frozen to retain all of their freshness, goodness and flavour. As they are frozen, they are ready to pop in the oven or microwave so you can enjoy all the classic flavours of France without all the effort. Ma Cuisine’s Gourmet French Meals are also available to buy online for free local delivery and national shipping.

RIVERFORD HOME DELIVERY

PASTA STATION

Tel: 01225 437438 Web: riverford.co.uk

Pasta Station may well be the single answer to every express lunch dilemma you've ever had. An exceptional range of its own artisan pasta is offered to 'grab and go' or eat in for a shockingly good £4.50 or less. These guys have also nailed 'healthy options' with vegan, wholegrain and the best gluten free pasta we've ever tried! The impressive Italian Delicatessen range of artisan Italian charcuterie and cheeses wins our hearts over. Wiltshire’s De Luca Organics Mozzarella and Ricotta products are stunning. Pasta Station go to great lengths to make everything amazing the prices literally blow our minds. Oh they also sell cannoli and sfoglietelle italian sweet pastries so if you’ve never tried these pop along and taste for yourself.

Alan and Vicki, Riverford’s local vegteam, deliver organic vegboxes and recipe boxes to households in the Bath area. Veg has been grown organically on the farm in Devon for over 30 years, and is delivered to a loyal band of customers in and around Bath who share the Riverford commitment to fresh, seasonal food, produced with respect to customers, staff, farmers and the environment. From the start, the business has minimised its environmental impact, from the way food is grown through to how it is packed and delivered. You won’t find crazy supermarket-style cosmetic specifications, just beautiful, often wonky veg, that’s grown for flavour. Vegboxes start at £11.45, you can change or stop your orders whenever you like, delivery’s free and you don’t have to be at home when the box is delivered.

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