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AFTERNOON TEAS WITH ATMOSPHERE Including Homeward Park, home to this spectacular light display



EDITOR’S LETTER / ISSUE 340 / 26 MAY – 9 JUNE 2017



Bath and afternoon tea go hand-in-hand, but here are a few more reasons to love it...

Time for tea In this issue, we’ve visited seven venues where not only will you be able to enjoy quintessentially English afternoon tea, but you’ll also soak up the most fascinating historic tales and be surrounded by eclectic décor. So turn to page 68 to discover a Jacobean dining spot which used to be a bee colony site and honey meadery; an elegant venue which lies above a newly discovered fourth century mosaic; and a 13th century luxury hotel with its own tea sommelier. Speaking of beautiful spaces in which to enjoy homemade treats, we’ve been asking home design experts in Bath and beyond how to create the ultimate knockout kitchen. Apparently, there are only eight steps to follow, so turn to page 32 to find out more. Elsewhere, we take a look at the new season’s sartorial style statements (page 80); get to grips with our summer gardens (page 94); dine at one of the finest hotels in Bath, Homewood Park (page 58); and chat with the artistic director of the Bath Fringe Festival for a sneak preview on what to expect at the celebration of comedy, dance, music and theatre (page 122). See you next time when we’ll be holding a magnifying glass up to Bath’s most beautiful architectural details… Sweet treats and a view at Homewood Park’s garden

Lisa Evans, Editor Follow us on Twitter: @BathLifeMag Follow us on Instagram:@bathlifemag

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Local experts reveal their top tips for the perfect kitchen, from colours and materials to gadgets and appliances

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We chat to Wendy Matthews, co-artistic director of Bath Fringe

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THE ARTS 41 Arts intro The Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition

42 What’s on Events, comedy, music and more… a full summer of fun


M E ET T H E T EAM Editor Lisa Evans lisa.evans@mediaclash.co.uk Managing editor Deri Robins deri.robins@mediaclash.co.uk Senior art editor Andrew Richmond Graphic design Megan Allison Cover design Trevor Gilham Contributors Jenny Oldaker, Safia Yallaoui, Steve Jarratt, David Flatman, Philippa May, Emma Bond, Angela Mount and Nic Bottomley Group advertising manager Pat White pat.white@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy advertising manager Justine Walker justine.walker@mediaclash.co.uk Sales executive Sophie Speakman sophie.speakman@mediaclash.co.uk Sales executive Michael Stevens michael.stevens@mediaclash.co.uk

52 Petstagram Bath Life readers’ furry friends

57 Bookshelf Our focus turns to lightweight paperbacks for holiday reading

Production and distribution manager Sarah Kingston sarah.kingston@mediaclash.co.uk Deputy production manager Kirstie Howe kirstie.howe@mediaclash.co.uk Production designer Charlie Pinder charlie.pinder@mediaclash.co.uk

FOOD 58 Restaurant We sample the fare at one of Bath’s Two-AA-Rosette venues

67 Wine

Chief executive Jane Ingham jane.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Chief executive Greg Ingham greg.ingham@mediaclash.co.uk Commercial director Steve Hawkins steve.hawkins@mediaclash.co.uk

Angela Mount’s recommended wines for outdoor celebrations

68 Afternoon tea Our selection of the finest – and most fascinating – Bath-based venues for tea and scones

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A new café for Three Ways School and a healthy juice range

SHOPPING 76 Editor’s choice A handpicked haul of masculine merchandise for Father’s Day



80 Fashion

99 Business insider

Bold, colourful and clashy!

News, advice and opinions from the region’s professionals

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90 Health and beauty

112 Showcase

A luxurious overnight stay at the Gainsborough Bath Spa

11 Charlcombe Way: modern living with stunning views

Spotlight Society A man’s world

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On the cover A dramatic light display at Homewood Park, Bath. Photograph by Phil Brownbill. See the full feature on page 68

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Left: Matt Clarke with Casper the lurcher; this pic, clockwise from top left: Jack Walker, Charlie Ewels, Matt Banahan and Zena Jones with Casper


IN THE DOGHOUSE Dog-mad local businesses – from Bath Contract Flooring to Barclays – have been challenged to swap their offices for kennels. They will work together to help Claverton Down-based charity Bath Cats and Dogs Home as it joins forces with Bath Rugby to undertake its biggest and best business fundraiser yet. Back for its sixth year, the charity’s ‘Kennel Break’ event on 9 June will see local people swap their usual place of work for the doghouse. Locked into dog kennels and armed with mobile phones and laptops, the challenge for each is to hound their connections and use their best puppy-dog eyes to raise a minimum of £1,000 to buy their bail and release. The business

to fundraise the most on the day will be crowned ‘Top Dog’. “We hope fellow Bath organisations and businesses will get behind this event and help Bath Cats and Dogs Home to raise much-needed funds at this year’s Kennel Break,” commented Matt Banahan, Bath Rugby’s longest-serving player, who adopted his beagle, Jasper, from the home. “It’s a charity close to many of our hearts and this season is one of the three local charities supported by the club.” Last year, employees from 10 businesses swapped their place of work for a kennel at Bath Cats and Dogs Home, raising more than £15,000. Organisers are hoping to beat that total this year, aiming to raise more

than £20,000 at this year’s event. Money raised during Kennel Break will help to support the work of Bath Cats and Dogs Home, which is now celebrating its 80th year. The charity is one of the biggest and busiest adoption and rehoming centres in the South West, rehoming around 1,300 animals every year. Zena Jones, a fundraiser for Bath Cats and Dogs Home says that people can sign up for the event with a colleague to help share the fundraising task. “It’s a fun day of networking and negotiating,” she explains. “A chance for business folk to encourage colleagues and clients to pledge money for their release.” For more: www.bcdh.co.uk/kennelbreak



FANCY A DIP? The Roman Baths has been recognised as one of the country’s top three large visitor attractions at the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, celebrating the best in British tourism. The award winners were announced on 24 April in London. The other finalist was The Mary Rose Museum, but both these attractions were pipped to the post by Waddesdon Manor, which was the overall winner in the ‘Large Attraction of the Year’ category. The accolade follows two wins for the Roman Baths at the South West Tourism

Awards in February: Gold for ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ and Silver for ‘International Visitor Experience’. Among other new developments at this popular attraction, the East Baths, adjacent to the famous Great Bath, have been updated this year with new projections, soundscapes and CGI reconstructions showing the Baths at the height of their popularity, and enabling visitors to step into the Roman Baths as they would have looked in the first to fourth centuries. For more: www.romanbaths.co.uk

Leonard Pearcey, Peter Child, Letti Prescott and Nathan Filer


A GOOD READ Bath-based charity, the Genesis Trust’s Life Skills project is celebrating the publication of a collection of its creative writing group’s work. The project provides a programme of both practical and creative courses for local people who are vulnerable due to mental health issues. Its creative writing group is coordinated by Letti Prescott, who has a BA in creative writing from Bath Spa University. The book contains poems and short stories, accompanied by illustrations from the group’s members. With themes ranging from reflections on nature to flights of fantasy, it makes for a fascinating read. Local residents Leonard Pearcey and Peter Child have sponsored the publication of the book, and author Nathan Filer, who won the 2013 Costa Book award for his debut novel The Shock of the Fall, has written a foreword. He said, “Genesis Trust does important work to support vulnerable people in Bath, and the creative writing group has been an enormous success, running now for nearly six years, encouraging and supporting people to share stories. As a writer who has also spent many years working in mental health, I know how important this can be.” The writers plan to sell the book during the Bath Fringe Festival. For more: www.genesistrust.org.uk

Adventures in party-going


BIT OF AN EYEFUL Luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross hosted an event on 19 April to launch its new spring/summer 2017 collection. Around 30 guests were exclusively invited to the Cutler and Gross store to try on the new bold and vibrant designs, and they also got the chance to see the premiere of new work by visual artist Michael Daye, in association with the Arnolfini centre for contemporary arts. Abigail Hayhoe, Sally Kinkead and Rebecca Kinkead

Photos by Derryn Vranch www.derrynvranch.com Marie Wilkinson and Christina Rising

Iain R Webb and Sarah Dallas Katie Fishlock and Alena Nicholson

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Natalie Jupp, Paul Cross, Charlotte Jupp and Lesa Cross

A charity music night was held on 2 April at the Chapel Arts Centre on Lower Borough Walls to honour 17-year-old William Cross who passed away unexpectedly last year. The William Cross Foundation organised for several bands to play, including two that William was a part of during his life, to an audience of 170 people. The gig was organised by William’s family in order to raise money for the foundation, which aims to help young people fulfil their potential in music and politics. Photos by Jeni Meade www.jeni-meade-photography.com

Adam Walker, Hannah Golightly and Emmily Sibley

Jacques Rebello, George Rebello and James Warren Rich James and Alex James

Chris Bargars and Cam Thomas

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Dave Burn Dexter Selboy and Jose Pickles

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SAUSAGE PART Y The Clifton Sausage launched its partnership with Bath Rugby player Ben Tapuai on 27 April. The press event showcased the dish that has been named after him, which is made up of Old Spot pork, leek and blue cheese sausages with black pudding mash, onion rings and blue cheese gravy. For every Ben Tapuai Bath Blue Dish sold, ÂŁ1 will be donated to the Bath Rugby Foundation.

Emily McKay and Jack Cruwys

Hannah Bond, Monique Bates, Paul Grant, Stacy Bond, Brook Gibson and Ben Tapuai

Photos by Jeni Meade www.jeni-meade-photography.com

James Crawley, Harry Madley, Alex Ferguson and Ben Corlett


Kirsty Langford, Charissa Sullivan and Ameilia Rolfe

Nigel Locker, Melissa Blease and Ross Double

George Redman, Nick Stone and Jessiy Graham

BA1 Hair and Moovit Fitness collaborated to host an exclusive pamper night recently to celebrate the rebranding of the salon. Many of the 50 guests who were invited to the event were treated to massages and new hairstyles by the BA1 Hair staff. Guests enjoyed food supplied by Cafe Lucca and were invited to continue the celebrations afterwards at the newly refurbished Sub 13 bar. Photos by Jeni Meade www.jeni-meade-photography.com

Emma Hains and Daisy Curling

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Tracy Adlington, Kate Prescott and Katie Gould

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Managing director Annette Dolan and her husband Adrian of Bath Aqua Glass, recently gave a group of invited guests an exclusive behindthe-scenes look at the business, with the opportunity of taking part in glass-blowing to see how the ornaments are made. Flowers were exhibited in Bath Aqua Glass vases by local florist, award-winning Floral Creations by Sandi.

Sandra Flower, Liz Parr and Benice Hampton

Photos by Jeni Meade www.jeni-meade-photography.com

Pam Twohig, Vicky Tucker and Maggie Rae

Adrian Dolan, Annette Dolan and Themis Mikellides


Alison Born Ken Barnes

The Annual Bath Festival Patrons’ Dinner was held at the Allium Restaurant on 31 March. Chris and Denise Rogers, co-chairman and woman of the Bath Festival Patrons, hosted the event and gave an introductory speech to kick off the evening’s festivities. A champagne reception was followed by dinner for all 40 people, and several guest speakers were in attendance including John Cullum, the chairman of Bath Festival. Local Bath businesses also donated 22 prizes to an exclusive raffle. Photos by Clare Jack

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Chris and Denise Rogers, Patrons Co-chair

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DADDY COOL Flats’ perfect Father’s Day would involve sleeping in late, watching telly and eating beef brisket, is that too much to ask?


s it obnoxious to ask that everyone just bugger off and leave me alone on Father’s Day? Just let me sleep in, walk my dogs, and watch car videos on YouTube until I want to drive my car to the local burger and ribs restaurant? Then let me go to bed as late as I please, drifting off with the telly still on? Yes I thought so. I mean, heaven forbid we fathers actually see ‘our’ day pan out as we’d love it to. Or, indeed, that we have any ownership over it whatsoever. My memories of Father’s Day with my father are extremely clear: we woke him up from a deep sleep and gave him cards that we’d hurriedly scribbled so recently that our cereal-laced saliva hadn’t yet had time to become the actual adhesive required by the respective envelopes. He knew we’d rushed it last minute, and we knew he knew. That was it, then; day over. Back to normal. That’s why I’ve taken today as my Father’s Day. It’s a Thursday and the sun is almost battering the golden face of central Bath. Buildings are aglow, passing pugs are panting, and I’m sipping espresso at The Porter. An hour ago I dropped my filthy car off with the lads down by the Odeon for a once-over (my version of a treat), and on the way up here I spent some money. I bought a jacket that I don’t need but that I wanted, and I bought two dress shirts as I attend very many evening events and have, somehow, lost my favourite two (my father – a psychologist – has declared my habit for losing clothes to be subconscious wish fulfilment. He believes I want to return to a naked state, and that I therefore want to be a baby again. Hmm).

Once I’ve hit my word count here, I intend to order a hearty lunch, to follow that up with more espresso, and then to wander back to my gleaming motor. From there I will cruise home, check on the beef brisket I rubbed with fun stuff and lumped into the smoker this morning, hit the button on my coffee machine, and then consider soldering my derrière to my armchair. I have three nerdy car fixer-upper shows saved to my Sky Plus planner that I’ve been thinking about for two weeks now. Watching them on my own, in nothing but a threadbare T-shirt and some roomy boxer shorts will, I feel confident, be the best part of the entire day. Can two mildly annoying men take a crumbling Citroën and rebuild it to such a point that they see a tiny profit? There’s only one way to find out! The suspense is making my hands shake – or maybe that’s my body’s way of asking me to adjust my internal ratio of blood:espresso. My Father’s Day will end around supper time when my family arrives home, and my peace will be annihilated. That’s ok, though, as I rather like my family. In fact, forcing my girls to eat slowroasted beef before hosing them down in the garden sounds like party parenting to me. This evening, once I’ve convinced Mrs F that all of my chores for the day have been completed, I think I might sit down and relax a little. Lord knows I deserve it.


David Flatman is an ex-Bath and England rugby star turned TV pundit and rent-o-mic. Follow him on Twitter @davidflatman

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HUB OF THE HOME After living with floorboards as her temporary worktops for the past year, Philippa finally has the bespoke kitchen of her dreams


may have gone on about it a bit too much, but renovations are harder than you think. When we embarked on ours, we knew it was going to be tough, being a degraded garage literally falling apart at the seams and all. Yet, when it came down to it, the building work wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned. We had great builders who didn’t worry when we discovered caving foundations, and highly skilled engineers, who had seen it all, to deal with the bowing roof. The hardest part in my eyes was trying to work out how this garage could feel like a home while not ruining its character and history. The issues arose when we were trying to decide what the vibe of the house was. It felt modern, but not to the extent that we were incorporating any kind of acetate or white laminate, but it also felt like it had this amazing historic feel too with big wooden beams in the open-plan lounge, so when it came down to finally fitting a kitchen, we were stumped. When I say we had trouble choosing a kitchen, I am not overexaggerating. We lived with floorboards as our worktops (that constantly slid off when chopping) and open cupboard fronts that meant any visiting child had a whale of a time pulling out every pot and pan we owned. To me, the kitchen is the most important room in the house. I love cooking and I love even more to have a full house

Philippa finally has the dream kitchen she’s been waiting for

of guests for big dinners, and so the kitchen must be welcoming and social as well as functional so that I don’t lose my reputation as the best roast potato-maker in the land… challenges welcome. So here was my dilemma, I needed a kitchen that fitted a house that was quirky, but not modern; historic, but not country; and was easy to cook in while entertaining. It was not the easiest task for me, especially as, to my partner’s dismay, I had a design in my head that didn’t actually exist and I’m stubborn when it comes to things like this. We looked high and low but unfortunately so many of the wonderful kitchen retailers concentrate on the obvious choices like Shaker-style fronts and wooden tops, and anything more exciting blows your budget out of the water. This isn’t going to be our ‘forever home’ so we were not keen to spend a fortune on it either. It got to the point where we were considering caving and buying something standard, when one evening I was trawling Instagram only to see an image posted of a piece of ‘art’ that was exactly what I had imagined for our cupboard fronts. It was a wonderful piece that consisted of old scaffolding boards being cut into a pattern reminiscent of a herringbone design but with a twist and painted with a deep colour similar to Railings by Farrow and Ball. I was immediately messaging them to find out if they did bespoke kitchens and whether they would come and have a chat with us. With this, we swiftly got the wonderful young couple – Jamie and Rhiannon from J Smith Woodwork – up to Bath. They got our vision straight away and were enthusiastic and fun, exactly what we were looking for. I also loved the fact that they shared all their work on Instagram, including behind-the-scenes images and beautifully finished pieces that were creative and interesting. In the end, the wait was definitely worth it; almost a year after completing the build, we had a kitchen and it was definitely as unique as the house. With plank-style cabinet fronts, copper hole handle details and a herringbone marble tile splashback from Mandarin Stone (which was a nice challenge for my partner, Guy, to tile…) all topped off with a light and bright quartz marble from Bath Granite and Marble, we couldn’t be more proud of our kitchen. I recommend you try something a little different next time you start the search. As the icing on the cake, J Smith even left us a beautiful Elm cutting board to match their work as a little surprise gift, now that is service with personality! Philippa May is an interiors enthusiast and is the designer and brand creative manager for accessories label Abbott Lyon. Follow her on Instagram @_philippamay_

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KITCHEN SYNC From wonderful walls to flawless floors, local experts say there are eight steps to perfecting your kitchen… w



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This Stephen Graver kitchen pantry radiates cool minimalism


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he kitchen operates as the heart of the home and is well worth investing in. So, whether your interests lie in up-to-the-minute trends, traditional styles or unusual crazes (such as fridges that alert you when you’re about to run out of breakfast goods), here we ask local kitchen designers and experts about the eight elements that comprise the ideal kitchen.


Lauren Jennings, senior kitchen designer at Closa in Chippenham, says, if you’re a person who likes to make statements, there are two colours topping the charts at the minute. “Ever since Pantone named Greenery their Colour of the Year, it has been the hottest hue around,” she says. “We’re seeing all shades of it – from sage to forest greens – both for painted cabinets and wall colours. “The idea is to bring the outdoors in,” she adds. “The use of houseplants and ferns adds to this natural element. Pastel colours are also very popular, especially blush. As for patterns, geometric and Moroccan tiles are everywhere.” Warm greys and whites are still as popular as ever, too, according to the manager of Devizes Fine Kitchens James Hopkins. And Jonny West – project and design manager at Stephen Graver Ltd in Steeple Ashton – agrees that, depending on what mood you are looking to achieve from your space, grey could be a winner.






“It can help achieve a calm, soothing environment,” he says. “Alternatively, daring blues and reds are the perfect way to add depth.” James Horsfall, designer director at Bath Kitchen Company in Bloomfield, agrees that clients looking for kitchens with an impact should try darker hues like charcoal and midnight blue.”


“Industrial chef-style kitchens are in favour at the moment,” says Bath Kitchen Company’s James Horsfall. “Think large steel fridge freezers and chunky Range cookers – great for large parties or more intimate family dinners.” While some are opting for bulky, dominating appliances – which Stephen Graver argues give a focal point to your kitchen – others want smaller, multi-use options, as Closa’s Lauren Jennings explains. “We are seeing an increased demand for space-saving appliances that multitask, such as the Siemens Single oven with microwave and pulseSteam – a clever innovation that does three jobs in one.” Another time-saving investment which is worth your while according to Kelly-Marie Hicks, the chief designer for Homemaker, Bath, is an instant boiling water tap – the rose gold versions being especially popular at the moment.


If you’re redecorating a smaller area, Jonny West at Stephen Graver advises that mirrored splashbacks and plinths will give the illusion w


The aim at Ben Argent Design, Bath, is to combine functional design with elegant simplicity

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of space when added to walls, but if you’re just focusing on trends, Closa’s Lauren Jennings recommends covering the walls with one large slab of natural stone as a twist on traditional tiles. For something a little different, many customers at Devizes Fine Kitchens opt for the company’s innovative offering of personalised splashbacks, which are printed with images of your choice. And the owner of Ben Argent Design in Bath, Ben Argent, says he has a soft spot for edgy, unusual designs. “My ideal kitchen would be a Dragons’ Den-style room,” he says. “I can just imagine the impact of a cutting-edge floating kitchen display juxtaposed with exposed, weathered brickwork walls,” he says. “I’d also add in wrought iron window frames and rustic oak floor boards to finish the look off.”


One of the most requested flooring updates Tim Wood – the managing director of Tim Wood Ltd in Bradford on Avon – is receiving currently is for underfloor heating. Devizes Fine Kitchens’ James Hopkins has noticed this too, and says that heating can either be installed as an electric or wet system, making more room for unit space on the walls. James Horsfall at Bath Kitchen Company says the warmth (albeit not physical) of a traditional wooden floor can’t be beaten aesthetically, but the practicality of a stone floor is equally appealing, hence the reason stone tiles with a wood-look are becoming a popular choice. Jonny West at Stephen Graver agrees that this is a soft style that is easily maintained.

The trend for everyday items being exhibited like artwork is on the rise, as seen in this design by Closa, Chippenham

Ben Argent of Ben Argent Design believes resin flooring can give a clean, contemporary finish but, at the other end of the spectrum, Lauren Jennings of Closa suggests that tumbled or antiquated flagstones can achieve a textured character and offer a timeless feel.


This Bath Kitchen Company design proves there’s no need to fear bright colours

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Some experts say the days of hiding everything away in cupboards is dwindling and the trend for open displays and shelving in the kitchen seems to be taking over. Whole chilled wine rooms or striking wine displays, for example, are a must for Tim Wood, and Closa’s Lauren Jennings says everyday items are being exhibited like artwork. “Displaying jars of spices and utensils has never been more popular,” she says. “Awkward alcoves can be turned into features with open shelving providing the perfect place to present interesting decorative items.” On the other hand, requests are still coming in thick and fast to Ben Argent Design for pantrystyle larder cupboards which can offer a vast amount of well-organised storage space. “We often design larders with glass-fronted pull-out drawers and additional worktop space concealed from view,” says Ben. w



If space is too limited for a pantry, Stephen Graver’s Jonny West says that the look of uncluttered work surfaces can be achieved by designating specific spaces for all appliances. “For example, a common feature that we incorporate in our design is a bread bin and toaster and an under-counter pull-out.”


When it comes to unit handles, Kelly-Marie Hicks at Homemaker thinks that copper or leather grips make for fantastic finishing touches, and the cabinets themselves are becoming statement pieces according to Lauren Jennings at Closa. “We are seeing a blurring of lines between the kitchen and living room with the same style of cabinets being used throughout the rooms to make it cohesive,” she says. “Sideboards, usually associated with a dining room, are finding their way into the kitchen, too.”


The craze for micro concrete is gaining pace according to Ben Argent Design. “A two millimetre cement coating can be applied to any surface, providing the look and feel of concrete at a fraction of the weight and without any joint lines,” says Ben. “We have recently incorporated this into some of our kitchen designs to offer monolithic concrete slab islands.”

The belief at Homemaker, Bath, is that a kitchen is not a kitchen without wellplaced finishing touches

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While materials used recently at Stephen Graver include ply-bonded rubber and carbon fibre, Tim Wood Ltd’s managing director says unusual natural stone and quartz are on the rise, as are shiny lacquer cabinet and door finishes for minimalist kitchens.


“It’s an exciting time for gadgets in the kitchen,” says Devizes Fine Kitchens’ James Hopkins. “From controlling ovens and dishwashers through Wi-Fi, to an all-in-one tap that gives hot, cold and boiling water, there is so much to choose from.” Homemaker’s Kelly-Marie Hicks adds that built-in sound systems and special sockets for charging your phone can add a modern twist to even the most traditional-looking kitchen. And Bath Kitchen Company’s James Horsfall says appliances have become more interactive with options such as a fridge that reminds you you’re out of bacon, to an Aga that turns on via an app. For Tim Wood, steam ovens, built-in coffee makers with a warming drawer, and sparkling water fountains are at the top of his impressive gadgets list, and, for Ben Argent, a ‘charging surface’ is the ultimate in hi-tech. “It can be hidden within your kitchen worktop and will wirelessly charge your smartphones and tablets when they are placed on top,” he says. “So simple and effective.”




Light, bright and airy kitchen designs have a timeless quality, such as this one by Ben Argent Design, Bath

DIRECTORY Local businesses primed to help with all your kitchen needs

Bath Kitchen Company www.bathkitchencompany.co.uk 01225 312003

Hobsons Choice www.hobsonschoice.uk.com 01225 433511

Westside Design www.westsidedesign.co.uk 01225 330843

Ben Argent Design www.benargentdesign.com 01225 448330

Homemaker www.myhomemaker.co.uk 01225 481881


Closa www.closa.co.uk 01249 448731

Shaker & May www.shakerandmay.co.uk 01373 764345

Devizes Fine Kitchens www.devizesfinekitchens.com 01380 721772

Stephen Graver www.stephengraver.com 01380 871746

Emerson Living www.emersonliving.co.uk 01225 571943

Tim Wood www.timwood.com 0207 385 7228

Hobbs Marble & Granite www.hobbsmarbleandgranite.co.uk 01761 412934 Marble Supreme www.marblesupreme.com 0117 956 3030 The Marble Works of Bath www.marbleworksofbath.com 01225 780062

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We gave Kelly a very awkward room layout to work with but she still managed to design us a stunning kitchen that works fantastically well on a practical level & of very high quality. Every effort was made throughout the process to make sure we were completely happy with the end product & this care still continues even after the project has finished. It is never easy having a constant stream of people in & out of your house but this team almost became part of the family and are now very definitely friends. Sally & Matt W

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For a richly varied showcase of the region’s artistic talent, make your way to the Victoria Art Gallery to marvel at the Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition, which is set to feature a fantastically diverse collection of work by artists from the local area. The Society, founded in 1904, began with 26 members and today enjoys a membership of around 120 talented artists. This exhibition is also open to non-members – anyone aged over 18 has the opportunity to submit their work for possible selection – and attracts up to 1,000 entries, with prizes on offer that total more than £3,000. During the exhibition, members of the public can even vote for their favourite artwork, with the winner receiving £500. Brie Glanville’s A Break in Weather is one of the pieces that has been submitted for the exhibition. Bath Society of Artists Annual Open Exhibition runs until 15 July at Victoria Art Gallery, Bridge Street, Bath; www.victoriagal.org.uk

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27 May – 24 June

Hone your stand-up skills with Jill Edwards’ course at Komedia; Steve Evans stars as the late David Bowie at Bath Forum; the Fringe Festival continues with the likes of spoken word genius Paul Lawless in Applily Ever After – join him as he explores tech addiction, disillusionment and how far we are prepared to go to be fulfilled

Exhibitions UNTIL 4 JUNE

BRUEGEL: DEFINING A DYNASTY This exciting exhibition not only shines a light on the quality of the museum’s Flemish paintings, but also on the great wealth of paintings by the Bruegel (also known as Brueghel) dynasty in the UK. The Holburne Museum; www.holburne.org UNTIL 10 JUNE

THE BATH FIELD KITCHEN Features interactive exhibits with installations from Gayle Chong Kwan and Will Shannon, including the kiln house – for observing and participating in ceramics production – and The Bath Field Kitchen, a series of specially constructed tents for

community activities within the gallery space. Andrew Brownsword Galleries, The Edge; www.edgearts.org UNTIL 11 JUNE

TRANSFER 2 An immersive installation resulting from a collaboration between four artists: Gary Wood, Carole Waller, Fran Landsman and Will Renel. Transfer 2 features projections of images onto non-traditional supports and surfaces, interfaced with innovative soundscapes, generating unfamiliar, rich textures and surprising combinations of light, colour, moving image and music. One Two Five Gallery; www.onetwofivegallery.co.uk UNTIL 11 JUNE

FRINGE ARTS BATH FaB17 offers 17 days of free

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exhibitions and events, while the festival takes over unexpected spaces and transforms empty shops to fire the imagination with artwork and sculpture from every part of the creative spectrum. www.fringeartsbath.co.uk

Chinese artist whose work unites the distinct yet delicate essence of traditional Chinese landscape painting with technical precision, ambitious breadth of scale and subject. Museum of East Asian Art; www.meaa.org.uk


ALTERNATIVE REALITIES A group exhibition of six local artists – Kit Glaisyer, Ellie Preston, Jon Adam, Paul Newman, Kate Genevieve and Dan Bendel – which includes painting, sculpture, installations and video, with each piece evoking mystical visions of alternative realities. Garden Flat Gallery, 48 Great Pulteney Street; www.kitglaisyer.com UNTIL 2 JULY

HONG LING: SELECTED Hong Ling is a contemporary


FIND ANOTHER BATH This diverse collection of works includes music, photography, painting and print, and celebrates Bath’s less wellknown industrial history. Art at the Heart of the RUH; www.artatruh.org UNTIL 12 JULY

SWILL South West Illustrators, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is a group of illustration artists based mainly

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around the Bath and Bristol area. This exhibition features the work of 15 members and includes stamp design, street artworks and printmaking. Art at the Heart of the RUH; www.artatruh.org UNTIL 15 JULY

BATH SOCIETY OF ARTISTS ANNUAL OPEN The popular annual exhibition showcases the region’s best artistic talent. While the artwork is on display, the public can vote for their favourite exhibit, with the overall winner receiving £500. Victoria Art Gallery; www.victoriagal.org.uk UNTIL 5 AUGUST

IFORD ARTS FESTIVAL The internationally renowned Iford Arts Festival takes place in the exquisite Peto Garden of Iford Manor. This year’s opera performances include The Barber of Seville and La bohème, sung in English and staged in-theround in the miniature Italianate cloister. Iford Manor, Bradford on Avon; www.ifordarts.org.uk



LACE IN FASHION From rare, fine luxury garments worn by royals and the aristocracy, to machine-made items for more everyday and practical use, this exhibition showcases over 50 lace pieces, some dating from the time of Shakespeare. Fashion Museum; www.fashionmuseum.co.uk UNTIL 1 JANUARY 2019

A HISTORY OF FASHION IN 100 OBJECTS The Fashion Museum presents 100 ‘star’ objects that illustrate a fascinating history of fashion from the 1600s through to the present day. Fashion Museum; www.fashionmuseum.co.uk 1 – 30 JUNE

TAKING THE HIGH ROAD While travelling around Scotland last autumn, Nick Cudworth was inspired by the magnificent dramatic scenes of mountainous peaks, lakes and seascapes. Here he showcases a collection of paintings and prints from the Highlands. Nick Cudworth Gallery; www.nickcudworth.com


JOYCE PETSCHEK: BREAKING THE PATTERN Bargello needlework features vivid geometric patterns, and the artist Joyce Petschek has created a colourful body of work that is captivating, inspiring and innovative. American Museum; www.americanmuseum.org UNTIL 29 OCTOBER

1920S JAZZ AGE: FASHION & PHOTOGRAPHS With over 150 garments, this stunning selection of sportswear, printed day dresses, fringed flapper dresses, beaded evening wear, velvet capes and silk pyjamas reveals the glamour, excess, frivolity and modernity of the decade. American Museum; www.americanmuseum.org UNTIL 10 DECEMBER

JUBILATE A celebration of music and science in 18th-century Bath, with a fascinating collection exploring the 250th anniversary of William Herschel’s appointment as director of music in Bath. Free, Herschel Museum of Astronomy; www.herschelmuseum.org.uk

2 – 24 JUNE

RICK KIRBY: FACE TO FACE Welded steel figures elegantly convey grace, balance and movement with a watchful, theatrical presence. Sited in the gardens and stately homes of many private collectors, Kirby’s work is internationally renowned and publicly sited across the UK, most notably outside St Thomas’ Hospital opposite the Houses of Parliament in London and on the banks of the River Thames in Fulham Reach. Bath Contemporary; www.bathcontemporary.com 10 – 30 JUNE

POSTCARDS FROM THE ARTIST Acclaimed Royal Academician Barbara Rae CBE RA, will be showcasing her colourful, highly-charged paintings depicting the changing patterns of weather and the landscape. These works, even on a small scale, have a powerful dramatic impact and a distinct style which the artist has developed over many years. Adam Gallery; www.adamgallery.com

Top to bottom: Adam Gallery displays Winter Yellow Shed, Warmston by Barbara Rae CBE RA; Nick Cudworth’s From Morar to Skye depicts Scotland’s beauty


contemporary. 7.30pm, £8/£6. The Mission Theatre; www.missiontheatre.co.uk

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NOVATO DANCE COMPANY PRESENTS ENCORE To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Novato Dance Company – which is comprised of Bath Spa University students – combines energy, innovation and originality, bringing styles from varied cultures, from ballet to Latin, jazz to contemporary. Each dancer brings with them their own unique style, which makes the show fresh and

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY: THE MUSICAL COMEDY Everyone’s favourite kooky family are now on stage in the UK premiere of this spectacular musical comedy from the writers of multi award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys. With music and lyrics by Tony Award-nominated Andrew Lippa, the show stars Samantha Womack as Morticia, comedian w

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be accompanied by an adult. 10.30am-12.30pm, £10. Dyrham Park; www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Les Dennis as Uncle Fester and Carrie Hope Fletcher as their daughter Wednesday. £23-£39. Theatre Royal Bath; www.theatreroyal.org.uk


BRAVE BOLD DRAMA PRESENTS ALF THE HIGHWAYMAN If Alf sees a toy he likes, he takes it. He likes to say, “It’s my way or the highway!” Fortunately, Alf soon learns there are better ways to play. Featuring songs, circuses and sentimental value, this is a show for all ages to enjoy! Devised and performed by Paul Lawless and Gill Simmons, with plenty of chances to join in, lots of live music and no scary bits, this show is also a great way to reflect on the importance of sharing and thinking of others. 11.30am/2.30pm, £7/£5. Suitable for ages 3+. The Mission Theatre; www.missiontheatre.co.uk


THE BOWIE COLLECTIVE Following last year’s sell-out shows The Bowie Collective is back with a full-blown theatrical feast. Starring Steve Evans as David Bowie, you’ll be treated to hits including Space Oddity and Let’s Dance. A 12-piece band, including a string section, puts the muscle behind a charismatic and eerily authentic Bowie performance set against a sparkling multi-media backdrop. The show has even garnered praise from Rick Wakeman, piano player on original Bowie classics such as Life On Mars. 7.30pm, £22. Bath Forum; www.bathforum.co.uk 17 – 18 JUNE

COMEDY COURSE WITH JILL EDWARDS Some of Jill Edwards’ famous students include comedy superstars Jimmy Carr, Shappi Khorsandi, Seann Walsh, Angela Barnes and Romesh Ranganathan. Her weekend comedy course promises to be an inspirational – not to mention pivotal – weekend of learning how to create, write and perform stand-up comedy. It’s a great way to boost confidence, improve current skills, learn new ones or just try something different in a safe environment and have a fun go at stand-up. At the end of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to perform a short stand-up set to an audience of family and friends in Komedia’s intimate Arts Cafe. £130/£145. Komedia; www.komedia.co.uk


MAY HALF-TERM WITH THE ROMAN BATHS, FASHION MUSEUM AND VICTORIA ART GALLERY A huge activity of programmes includes the chance to play a Roman board game, make a fashionable brooch and create canine-inspired art. For all details of venues, times and prices, visit www.bathnes.gov.uk

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The university students of Novato Dance Company light up The Mission Theatre 2 JUNE

SUN BETS MUSIC LIVE FEATURING UB40 Bath Racecourse is hosting one of Bath’s biggest party nights of the summer when chart-topping UB40 performs after the racing as part of Sun Bets Music Live. UB40 is one of the world’s best-selling acts with more than 70 million record sales to their name. Hits such as Red Red Wine, One in Ten, Kingston Town and Can’t Help Falling in Love, are some of the British band’s most-loved hit singles, which have spanned generations. Bath Racecourse; www.bath-racecourse.co.uk 2 JUNE

JUAN MARTÍN FLAMENCO TRIO Dancer Raquel Gonzalez and guitarist Juan Martin invite you to enjoy the power and intense beauty of flamenco. 7.30pm, £17. Wiltshire Music Centre; www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk 18 JUNE


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mainstream multi-million seller, Craig David became one of the UK music scene’s most successful male solo artists following the 2000 release of his critically-acclaimed debut album Born To Do It. The British R&B singer, songwriter and record producer will perform for Forest Live with his band on an outdoor stage. £38.50. Westonbirt Arboretum; www.forestry.gov.uk

Family fun 30 MAY – 3 JUNE

FANTASTIC MR. FOX Boggis, Bunce and Bean – three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers – hate the cunning Mr. Fox. Mr. Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. £8.50/£7.50. the egg; www.theatreroyal.org.uk 2 JUNE

WILD WOODLAND SKILLS Two hours of den building, wild cooking, crafts and woodland skills. Suitable for children aged 5-11 years. All children must

FESTIVAL OF NATURE The UK’s biggest free celebration of the natural world starts in Bristol, winds down the River Avon through Keynsham and ends in Bath. The event features a number of varied and illuminating events including a travelling cinema in a campervan, talks and workshops all over the city, plus an all-day free family wildlife party on 25 June in Parade Gardens. For more information, visit www. festivalofnature.org 17 – 18 JUNE

BATH THAI FESTIVAL This two-day family event showcases the best in Thai crafts, food and culture. The famous I’m British Get Me Out Of Here eating competition will take place along with Thai fashion shows and live dancing. You can stock up on your favourite exotic fruit and veg at the Thai supermarket, relax with a Thai massage, marvel at the Muay Thai Boxing demonstrations, enjoy a beer in the Singha beer garden and keep the children occupied all day with rides and slides. Children under 12 enter free. £4 per adult. Royal Victoria Park; www.magicofthailand.co.uk w


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ONE ITEM ONLY Follow one boy’s journey across continents in search of refuge from his troubled homeland in this eventful and uplifting story of hope and resilience where the human spirit triumphs. Inspired by recent events, and created by Bristol-based Greek artist Margarita Sidirokastriti audiences get a glimpse of the challenges of this adventurous journey as the boy travels towards an uncertain but ultimately optimistic future. 10.30am/1.00pm, £6.50-£8.50. the egg; www.theatreroyal.org. uk


BATH FRINGE 2017 Experimental art, street theatre, poetry, plays, dance and music will be filling the air this summer – including performances at Burdall’s Yard, Kingswood Theatre, St Michael’s Church and St James Wine Vaults. For full programme information, visit www.bathfringe.co.uk


ARTISTS & ESPIONAGE From the Bath Evening Decorative and Fine Arts Society Talk, comes the story of a groundbreaking building, now Grade-I listed, and of the rich and complex lives of its residents. These included some famous artists and writers, as well as a nest of Soviet spies! 7.15pm, £8. Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institution; www.brlsi.org


LANSDOWN OPEN GARDENS Join in with this great fundraising event to raise money for the upkeep of St. Stephen’s Millennium Green on Richmond Road. As well as gardens to visit, there’ll be a plant and bric-a-brac sale, with teas and cakes in the St. Stephen’s Centre. Children enter for free. 2.00pm5.30pm, £5 per adult. For more information see www. millenniumgreen.org.uk 4 JUNE

BATH CATS AND DOGS HOME GARDEN PARTY As well as plants there will be a selection of gardening bits and bobs for sale, and refreshments including cream teas and homemade cakes. Also on sale are aloe products for pets and their owners, plus handmade photo cards and prints. Please be aware that dogs are not allowed at this event. Free. The Home, Claverton Down; www.friendsofbcdh.org


GREEN KITCHEN AT HOME David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl are the faces behind the hugely successful awardwinning vegetarian food and travel blog, Green Kitchen Stories. They are coming to Bath to share their family favourites – from quick, delicious weekday breakfasts and dinners, to more elaborate meals for weekend celebrations. Whether it’s Big-batch Tomato Sauce, Rice Crepe Batter or Cauli ‘Fish’ and Chips, you’ll learn how to make comforting wholesome food suitable for the whole family. 8pm, £10-£25. Topping Bookshop, The Paragon; www.toppingbooks.co.uk 9 – 11 JUNE

BATH BOULES The much-loved Bath Boules is back again this year with its famous boules tournament, food stalls and live music. Teams go head-to-head in this competitive game, but it’s all for fun and to raise money for local charities, including First Steps

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Top to bottom: Family-friendly show Alf The Highwayman comes to The Mission Theatre; Bath Contemporary displays Rick Kirby’s Face to Face steel figure

Bath, Three Ways School and The Forever Friends Appeal. There will be 64 teams playing boules each day, and you can get tickets on the day for the famous Bath Boules raffle. Queen Square; www.bathboules.com 17 – 18 JUNE

THE BATH FESTIVAL OF MOTORING Featuring an eclectic display of classic and vintage cars and motorcycles spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, the festival will be a fun-filled weekend for all the family. This year, money will be raised for two main charities: Freewheelers – motorcyclists who voluntarily transport blood and other essential life-saving products – and Time2Share, an organisation which helps to improve the lives of disabled

children in Bath. Walcot Rugby Ground, Lansdown; www. bathfestivalofmotoring.com 25 JUNE

DOROTHY HOUSE BUBBLE RUSH 5K Get ready to run or walk your way along a 5km route through a sea of colourful bubbles at the Castle Combe Circuit. The fun and foamy course takes you through four ‘bubble stations’ where high-powered cannons blow out 30 cubic metres a minute of bright bubbles. There are no age restrictions and the route is child-friendly. A fun family day out, featuring food, live entertainment and children’s activities. 11.00am-3.00pm. Castle Combe Circuit, Chippenham; www.dorothyhouse.org.uk

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ou may have spotted our last issue of Bath Life which featured Noah the pug – a dog who inspired the creation of the Pug & Puffin shop on Northumberland Place, Bath – on the front cover. In fact, the issue showcased 25 pets in total, all of whom go to work with their business-owner humans. From a puppy in toilet training at Gold & Platinum Studio, to a therapy rabbit who visits nursing homes in Wiltshire, all of these pets are responsible for boosting their owners’ businesses, increasing morale and reminding everyone not to take life too seriously. The response we had to the issue went well beyond expectation, with readers across the city sending us pictures of their pets with the magazine. Here we share just a few of them…

Pippi the rabbit who you’ll find at Rustic Rabbit Retreat in Trowbridge

Lemmy the miniature dachshund who you’ll find at Tallulah Rose Flower School on Milsom Street (via @tallulahroseflowerschool on Instagram)

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Murphy, a customer at Pug & Puffin on Northumberland Place (via @newson_lorraine on Twitter)

Enzo the shop dog at Magalleria on Broad Street (via @MagalleriaBath on Twitter)

Dexter the miniature dachshund at The Thief hotel on Monmouth Place (via @thethiefbath on Twitter)

Woody the Bath Cats and Dogs Home-rescued pointer-cross at Gold & Platinum Studio on Northumberland Place (via @goldplatstudio on Twitter)

Luna the German shepherd of Not Just Pets on St James Parade (via @NotJustPets on Twitter)

Charlie the schnoodle on the doorstep of Grace & Ted, Kingsmead Square (via @graceandted on Instagram)


Boo the cockapoo (via @boothecockapoo1 on Instagram)

Nikita the Doberman, the office dog at Incognito Social in Limpley Stoke (via @incognitosocial on Twitter)

Suki the French bulldog of Blue Women’s Clothing at The Loft on Bartlett Street (via @bluewomensclothing on Instagram)

The doggie daycare crew at Houndbound Bath (via @houndound.bath on Instagram) Noah the pug (who featured on the front cover of Bath Life’s last issue) who you’ll often find at Pug & Puffin on Northumberland Place (via @pugandpuffin on Twitter)

Dill the cockapoo who comes to work with her owners at Rossiters of Bath on Broad Street (via @rossitersofbath on Instagram)

Freddie and Lola at Dovetail Properties on Margaret’s Buildings

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SUNNY SUGGESTIONS The focus this week, as we ease our way into the first month of summer, is on lightweight paperbacks for holiday reading By N IC BO T T OM L E Y


s the summer months appear tantalisingly on the horizon, so the rush of paperback releases begin, ready to entertain us without impacting on our luggage allowance. For the next few columns I’ll make sure I stick to new paperbacks so that by the time we’re properly into that long, warm endless summer (who am I kidding?) you’ll have a list of recommendations the length of a baggage carousel from which to choose your holiday reads. Another thing that just precedes the summer is the cricket season, so where better to start than Emma John’s odd mix of memoir and nostalgia for bad cricket, Following On (Bloomsbury, £9.99). Back in the 1990s, the now award-winning journalist author of this hilarious book was just a regular teenager with an irregular hobby. Like many of her peers she was a sports team super-fan – collecting scorecards, crafting

oversized posters and making scrap books. It’s just that the team at the root of her obsession was awful. Spectacularly awful at times. You see Emma John had made the mistake of becoming an ardent follower of the England cricket team. In the early 1990s, when John’s heroworship kicked-in, England were in the early phases of what would soon accumulate into a particularly appalling spell of form. Twenty plus years later John just couldn’t understand how and why she had shown such dedication to her beloved Michael Atherton and his ever-changing array of team-mates. We follow her as she tracks down her erstwhile heroes to discuss the (few) successes and (many) epic failures of the era with them, and as she hilariously recounts her uniquely geeky, over-optimistic coming-of-age journey. For a more literal journey that also combines recent history and contemporary experience, join Tim Moore in his more than 9,000km cycle ride along the line of


the former Iron Curtain. The Cyclist Who Went Out in the Cold (Vintage, £8.99) sees Moore pedal his way from a -22C start in the Finnish Arctic down to a far balmier Bulgarian Black Sea coast, passing through a total of 21 countries in all. Like John’s book the pleasure for the reader is twofold: first you have Moore’s unique brand of humour, born out of self-deprecation and the chaos that tends to reign supreme during his journeys; and secondly there’s the layer of history that underpins his trip – the ghosts of the Soviet era are ever-present in the tanks, brutalist monuments and watchtowers that he passes. Of course the journey itself is an ambitious one by any measure and Moore’s choice of bike makes it even more challenging. Ever a stickler for detail, he decides that the only appropriate vehicle is a MIFA900, the gearless East German ‘Trabant on two wheels’ designed more as a shopper than a long-distance adventure bike. Gamely Moore propels his cumbersome steed along every road surface you can imagine from packed snow, loose gravel tracks, rutted rural roads and even the occasional splash of tarmac, entertaining and informing us all along the way. If your holiday plans are closer to home this year – perhaps taking a cottage in some idyllic fishing village nestled on benign Cornish shores – then take Gavin Knight’s new book to give you an insight into the unfathomably tough lives of the Cornish fisherman. The Swordfish and the Star (Vintage, £8.99) turns the Penwith Peninsula fishing industry into a high octane adventure story, thanks to simmering rivalries between fishing dynasties and perilous rescues on the high seas. The two pubs that make up the title of Knight’s book are located in Newlyn, an economically troubled town that is one of the few in Cornwall not to have been gentrified for tourists and second-home owners. Knight spends much research time in the pubs talking with the locals and listening to them in full storytelling flow as they recount tales of risks taken, quotas dodged and violence inflicted. Be prepared, this immersive book will paint an altogether more tumultuous picture of life on this coast than you’ll get on your August fortnight.

Nic Bottomley is the general manager of Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 14/15 John Street, Bath; 01225 331155; www.mrbsemporium.com

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Homewood Park With a new chef, a lively fine dining menu and idyllic countryside views, if you haven’t visited this award-winning hotel and restaurant lately, we urge you to make your booking now By L I SA E VA NS   


cott Galloway may be a newcomer to Homewood Park’s The Restaurant, but he’s far from a novice when it comes to getting creative in award-winning kitchens. Having worked all over the UK in show-stopping venues such as Michael Caines’ ABode, as well as local restaurants such as the Royal Crescent Hotel, Tracy Park Golf and Country Club, and The Chequers, he’s gained a wealth of understanding of British fine dining and modern gastro pub dining. His aim at Homewood? To use his background to create new, modern menus at The Restaurant which has held its two-Rosette status for over a decade. Among many other elements, Scott’s imaginative, individual stamp involves adding in fresh, foraged ingredients to dishes to enliven them. This is evident even before we order when the bread board arrives. Along with still-warm baked buns comes a brave, punchy forestgreen garlic and wild rice pesto which is strewn with foraged edible garlic flowers. The garden freshness of this powerful concoction instantly makes you feel at one with nature and, as if choreographed, wild rabbits hop across the lawn just outside the window we’re sitting next to, to further hammer home that you’re certainly not in the city anymore. Having said that, Homewood is only a mere 15 minutes from the city centre, but its 10 acres of mature parklands, and gorgeous views over Limpley Stoke valley, make it a delightfully rural and peaceful spot. So, on to the menu at this classic country-house hotel, and my dining partner and I are presented with two separate six-course tasting menus: a vegetarian one for me, and a meaty one for him. First up are starters of Wye Valley asparagus soup which are presented with just the dry ingredients on show – the crunchy spears, a dollop of hollandaise and softboiled quails’ eggs – before the charming waiter pours on





the steaming, verdant liquid. Next are the golden-crumbed beignets filled with molten blue cheese, which are paired with a wedge of charred, sweet hispi cabbage – the rock god of the vegetable world right now – and dusted with leek ash, the smokiness of which lingers on the palette for some time. For my comrade, it’s a similar dish, but with the addition of delectable honey-glazed lamb sweetbreads. Next for him is the pearly-fleshed stone bass which is offset perfectly by cherry tomatoes – their skins wrinkled from the application of heat and their insides glistening with sweet, sharp nectar – green olives and salsa verde. And the star ingredient of my dish is celeriac – the best I’ve ever tasted. Of this gnarly root vegetable, I was expecting the delicately nutty, subtle flavours that I’m used to, but these dice-sized, salt-baked chunks are deeply savoury – their miniature proportions allowing the salt to penetrate every surface. The finely acidulated slivers of onions, and the thicket of cured fennel and watercress cut through the bold richness of the celeriac while the caramelised-at-the-edges goats’ cheese and sprinkling of sesame seeds add extra dimensions of depth and bite. The vegetarian main course is a light and crisp vegetable pie accompanied by crushed peas, broad beans and sundried tomatoes, and the meaty main is a sirloin of beef and tongue which swoon acquiescence at the very sight of a fork. It comes with wild mushrooms, baby onions and purple carrots, but its talking-point accompaniment is the bed of cheesy dauphinoise potatoes on to which the meat leaks its glorious juices. Both our portions are light enough not to be overwhelming after the previous courses, but still manage to offer robust, satiating flavours. To end are two desserts: an elderflower parfait with a delicious green apple sorbet – the sweetness and cleanness playing a neat game of tag – and a chocolate delice which is so rich you have to put serious pressure on your spoon to get through it, and so good that you’ll have to stop yourself from licking the plate clean – with salted caramel sauce and aerated praline ice cream. With all of this in such a charming, elegant dining room – so charming, in fact, that this is where they host wedding breakfasts – which has been given a contemporary style and radiates a relaxing, intimate atmosphere, we’d earnestly recommend you give this fine dining spot a try.

DINING DETAILS Homewood Park, Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath, BA2 7TB; 01225 723731; www.homewoodpark.co.uk Prices Tasting menu £65 per person; special menu starters £7 – £8.95, mains £12.50 – £26, desserts £5.50 – 12.50 Drinks A concise list of wines along with an extensive cocktail offering Service/atmosphere A traditional and classical approach with contemporary flourishes

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DINING in BATH Bath Life’s selection of the best places to eat out in Bath and the surrounding area



THE BATH PRIORY Weston Rd, Bath; 01225 331922; www.thebathpriory.co.uk Michelin starred fine dining overlooking hotels award-winning gardens

CAFÉ LUCCA 1-2 Bartlett Street, Bath; 01225 335394; www.cafelucca.co.uk Stylish contemporary café situated at The Loft on Bartlett Street offering a Mediterranean inspired menu with barista coffee and sumptuous homemade cakes

THE BEAUFORT 1 Beaufort, London Road, Bath; 01225 422033; www.thebeaufortbath.com Family run restaurant in the heart of Larkhall cooking creative, seasonal food CIRCUS RESTAURANT 34 Brock Street, Bath; 01225 466020; www.thecircusrestaurant.co.uk Voted number four in the UK in The Times “20 secret restaurants that foodies love” CLIFTON SAUSAGE 5 Bladud Buildings, Bath; 01225 433633; www.cliftonsausage.co.uk Upmarket sausage and mash restaurant and bar newly opened in Bath THE DOWER HOUSE, ROYAL CRESCENT HOTEL 16 Royal Crescent, Bath; 01225 823333; www.royalcrescent.co.uk/dining AA 3 rosette fine dining at one of Bath’s most iconic locations HENRYS 4 Saville Row, Bath; 01225 780055; www.henrysrestaurantbath.com Imaginative modern dining offering a classic menu and also full vegetarian and vegan menus JOHANN LAFER, THE GAINSBOROUGH Beau St, Bath; 01225 358888; www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk Menus inspired by Johann Lafer’s “Dining Without Borders” philosophy MENU GORDON JONES 2 Wellsway, Bath; 01225 480871; www.menugordonjones.co.uk Multi award winning fine dining with constantly changing surprise tasting menu THE OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT, THE QUEENSBERRY HOTEL Russell St, Bath; 01225 447928; www.thequeensberry.co.uk One of Bath’s longest established restaurants, overseen by Chris Cleghorn with 3 AA rosettes 60 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

GREEN BIRD CAFÉ 11 Margaret's Buildings, Bath; 01225 487846; www.greenbirdcafe.co.uk Independently run cafe located between the Circus & Royal Crescent THE KINGSMEAD KITCHEN 1 Kingsmead St, Kingsmead Square, Bath; 01225 329002; www.fieldfireandfeast.co.uk Laid-back, modern cafe-bar open daily from 8am until 6pm for breakfast, brunch, lunch and tea using own farm produce

CALIFORNIAN THE FIREHOUSE ROTISSERIE 2 John St, Bath; 01225 482070; www.firehouserotisserie.co.uk Californian and Tex-Mex dishes, prepared over a wood-fired grill in a rustic setting

FRENCH CHEZ DOMINIQUE 15 Argyle St, Bath; 01225 463482; www.chezdominique.co.uk Great modern French dining

GASTROPUBS GPT SMOKEHOUSE 44-45 Lower Bristol Rd, Bath; 01225 429509; www.gptbath.com “Dude Food” menu cooked with authentic handmade American hot smoker KING WILLIAM 36 Thomas St, Bath; 01225 428096; www.kingwilliampub.com Pub with an upstairs dining room serving a modern British menu based on west country produce THE CHEQUERS 50 Rivers St, Bath; 01225 360017; www.thechequersbath.com Inventive British food served in a welcoming

pub atmosphere close to the Royal Crescent THE GARRICKS HEAD 7-8 St John's Rd, City Centre, Bath; 01225 318368; www.garricksheadpub.com City centre pub and dining room next to Theatre Royal THE HARE AND HOUNDS Lansdown Rd, Avon, Bath; 01225 482682; www.hareandhoundsbath.com Airy, relaxed spot with modern British gastropub menu, extensive wine list and scenic outdoor area THE LOCKSBROOK INN 103 Locksbrook Rd, Bath; 01225 427119; www.thelocksbrookinn.com Recently opened canal side gastropub in Bath, open every day for drinks, brunch, coffee, lunch, evening meals and grazing in between THE MARLBOROUGH TAVERN 35 Marlborough Buildings; 01225 423731; www.marlborough-tavern.com Award winning gastropub using seasonal local produce THE NEW INN 24 Monmouth Place, Bath; 01225 442944; www.newinnbath.co.uk Burgers and bar snacks with cask and craft ale and beers THE RICHMOND ARMS 7 Richmond Place, Bath; 01225 316725; www.therichmondarmsbath.com Hearty dishes with menu changing on a daily basis

INDIAN THE EASTERN EYE 8a Quiet St, Bath; 01225 422323; www.easterneye.com Classic traditional Bengali cuisine in grand Georgian interior space THE MINT ROOM Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Rd, Bath; 01225 446656; www.themintroom.co.uk Award winning contemporary Indian fine dining

ITALIAN MARTINI RESTAURANT 8-9 George St, Bath; 01225 460818; www.martinirestaurant.co.uk


Traditional Italian food served in a cosy atmosphere


SOTTO SOTTO 10 N Parade, Bath; 01225 330236; www.sottosotto.co.uk Classic Italian menu with a contemporary twist in candlelit vaulted cellars

THE HERD 12a Argyle St, Bath; 01225 316583; www.theherdrestaurant.co.uk Locally sourced meat of the finest provenance alongside a simple, seasonal menu


HUDSON STEAKHOUSE 14 London St, Bath; 01225 332323; www.hudsonsteakhouse.co.uk Award winning steakhouse in listed building specialising in prime aged steaks and delicious starters with a fusion twist

THE OVEN 21 Westgate St, Bath; 01225 311181; www.theovenpizzeria.co.uk Neapolitan artisan pizza using local and Italian imported produce REAL ITALIAN PIZZA CO 16 York St, Bath; 01225 330121; www.realitalianpizza.co.uk Family owned pizzeria. Wood fired pizza with fresh authentic ingredients

TAPAS MADRID 5 Chapel Row, Bath; 01225 423417; www.madrid-tapas-bath.com Bringing a taste of Madrid to Bath – traditional

Spanish tapas with a modern twist OLÉ TAPAS 1 John Street, Bath; 01225 466440; www.oletapas.co.uk Charming, authentic Spanish tapas – one of Bath’s best kept secrets

THAI KOH THAI TAPAS 36 Broad St, Bath; 01225 311232; www.koh-thai.co.uk Award winning small Thai tapas plates and cocktails THAI BY THE WEIR 16 Argyle St, Bath; 01225 444834; www.thaibytheweir.co.uk Restaurant overlooking the weir, serving a classic Thai menu

OUTSIDE of BATH BRITISH THE GREENHOUSE RESTAURANT The Pavilion, Wadswick Green, Corsham SN13 9RD; 01225 585880; www.thegreenhousewg.co.uk Smart, stylish and relaxed new dining destination

COUNTRY HOUSE HOTELS LUCKNAM PARK Colerne, Wilts, SN14 8AZ; 01225 742777; www.lucknampark.co.uk Michelin Star fine dining at the renowned Park restaurant and more informal dining at the stylish contemporary brasserie at 5 star country house hotel WIDBROOK GRANGE HOTEL Trowbridge Rd, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1UH; 01225 864750; www.widbrookgrange.co.uk Modern farmhouse cuisine, locally sourced and freshly prepared


BIDDESTONE ARMS Biddestone, Wilts SN14 7DG; 01249 714377; www.biddestonearms.co.uk Whitewashed country pub with upmarket, robust British fare in a beautiful Cotswold stone village BUNCH OF GRAPES 14 Silver St, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JY; 01225 938088; www.thebunchofgrapes.com Bar and restaurant inspired by the village bistros of South West France THE GEORGE AT WOOLLEY 67 Woolley St, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1AQ; 01225 865650; www.thegeorgebradfordonavon.co.uk Recently refurbished gastropub from award winning team HOMEWOOD PARK Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath BA2 7TB 01225 723731; www.homewoodpark.co.uk Luxury hotel with two rosette restaurant and spa THE LONGS ARMS Upper South Wraxall, Wilts, BA15 2SB;

01225 864450; www.thelongsarms.com Award winning modern British food and cask ales in country inn THE PEAR TREE INN Top Lane, Whitely, Wilts, SN12 8QX; 01225 704966; www.peartreewhitley.co.uk An elegant revamped country inn with an acclaimed restaurant and contemporary rustic-chic bedrooms THE WHEELWRIGHTS ARMS Church Lane, Monkton Combe, BA2 7HB; 01225 722287; www.wheelwrightsarms.co.uk Pub featuring modern takes on British classics, plus understated, individually decorated guestrooms

FARM SHOPS ALLINGTON FARM SHOP Allington Bar Farm, Allington, Chippenham SN14 6LJ; 01249 658112; www.allingtonfarmshop.co.uk Shop and Café selling local produce

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Award Winning, Family Run Farm Shop Selling Quality Local Produce Established for over 30 years Open Daily 9am-6pm (10am-5pm on Sundays) HOME & LOCALLY REARED FRESH MEAT, POULTRY & GAME. HOMEMADE SAUSAGES, BURGERS & FAGGOTS







Allington Bar Farm, Chippenham SN14 6LJ

Quality food • Great location • Free delivery

Order your sushi takeaway online and get it delivered* www.bathsushi.co.uk 01225 330508 3 Victoria Buildings, Bath BA2 3EH *minimum order £25

TEL: 01249 658112


Classical Thai cuisine in a relaxed and friendly authentic Thai environment Party bookings are welcome

the home of rice and noodles New Hot Pot Menu Traditional East Asian cuisine, consisting of a simmering metal pot of stock at the centre of the dining table with ingredients placed in the pot, cooked at the table and served with a dipping sauce

01225 444 834

16 Argyle Street, Bath BA2 4BQ info@thaibytheweir.com | www.thaibytheweir.com


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SUMMER SIPPING Inspired by the Bath Boules, Angela Mount recommends celebratory wines which are best enjoyed outdoors in the sunshine


here’s something special about June in Bath as we kick into summer, with a more laid-back, languid vibe, ‘al fresco’ being the mot du jour. There’s also lots going on, not least the legendary Bath Boules weekend (9-11 June), a fiercely contested competition held in the historic Queen Square – if you want to see accountants, solicitors and wine merchants et al at their most competitive, get down there! But it’s also a great big party, with street food, pop-ups and music – all in all, a fabulous family day out. If you fancy a more sedate afternoon, head for one of Bath’s numerous al fresco spots (weather permitting) to enjoy the sunshine and an indulgent afternoon tea, and, of course, a glass of wine. But what vinous delights work for daytime sipping? Champagne is ‘le best’. Jacquart Champagne has been a proud sponsor of Bath Boules alongside Great Western Wine for a number of years, so pop along and try a chilled glass of the Jacquart Brut Mosaique NV (£32.50), with its delicate, fresh flavours. But if you’re indulging in afternoon tea, I’d suggest you opt for Jacquart Demi-sec NV (£35). Don’t be put off because it’s off dry – this is actually a far better match with the sweet richness of scones, jam, strawberries and cakes than a traditional brut Champagne. It’s all about the balance. With its moreish creaminess and ripe peach and apricot flavours, it’s also the perfect fizz for light summer desserts. If you’re looking for fizz for an afternoon party but don’t want to break the bank, look no further than Domaine de Brize Saumur Rose Brut NV (£14.50), an award-winning fizz from the Loire valley, and the epitome of summer with its dry but exuberant strawberry and raspberry flavours. Fabulous value. Red summer fizz? Why not? I like to surprise my guests with a glass of the highly

moreish Birbet Brachetto 2015 (£11.95). Serve it chilled with a bowl of strawberries – it’s truly summer pudding in a glass – gently sweet, but light, with delicious freshness; even better, it’s low in alcohol, so the perfect, if eclectic, afternoon wine. Back to les Boules, and since the event celebrates the most traditional of French sports, it would be impertinent not to suggest a few summery delights from La belle France. In sleepy southern village squares dappled with golden sunlight, the locals can be seen with glasses of Pastis, but I’d suggest a glass of something lighter, especially for competitors intent on victory, to keep their focus sharp. Just as we change wardrobes and adapt to le fashion du moment, our drinking styles change for the season also. What I look for in a glass of wine at this time of year is liveliness and clean, crisp fruit – and yes, I often chill my red wines, it brings out the fruit and stops them tasting heavy. Rosé is a summer classic, but more of that to come next month. For a vibrant white which begs for a plate of seafood, go for Picpoul de Pinet, Domaine de Belle Mare 2016 (£9.95). Picpoul is on trend right now and provides a refreshing alternative to the ubiquitous Sauvignon blanc or Pinot Grigio. From vineyards close to the Languedoc coast, it has a lovely lemony freshness and a hint of wild herbs.

Want to impress your friends and look knowledgeable with a little known and great value red? Look no further than Braucol Vigne Lourac, Cotes de Tarn 2014 (£8.95), my go-to picnic and BBQ red. Braucol is the grape (not many people know that), and it hails from the South West of France. Juicy, fruity, and on the lighter spectrum of reds, it’s a bouncy delight, crammed to the brim with sweet raspberry and cherry fruit with a brush of wild herbs. I love to serve it chilled, it brings out the fruit and the brightness; perfect with charcuterie for al fresco lunches, and also spot-on with lamb chops and spicy sausages. Zut alors! Time to go. Take the family to les boules and support this event which is fantastique for local charities. Bonne chance to all the teams.

Angela Mount is a Bath-based wine writer, presenter and international judge who had her taste buds insured for £10 million during her tenure as one of the country’s leading supermarket wine buyers. She works with wine producers, chefs and distributors, including local wine merchant Great Western Wine. Wells Road, Bath; www.greatwesternwine.co.uk

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Team your sweet treats with Homewood Park’s specially created house blend of tea

TEA-TIME STORIES Because oolong and macarons aren’t the be-alland-end-all of a great afternoon tea experience, we’ve searched for venues with the most fascinating backgrounds, atmospheres and histories. From a mansion with roots dating back to 1066, to a Georgian townhouse which was once a hotel for the warwounded, read on to discover more… By L I SA E VA NS

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fternoon tea has long been the preserve of the fashionable society in Bath, but what happens when you look beyond the scones and delve deeper into the places that serve them? Here we do just that and discover that they all have fascinating tales to tell.


Afternoon tea is so intrinsic to this 13th century hotel’s offering that they’ve added their own blend to the menu. General manager Ian Griebenow tells us more What makes your offering unique? We select fine teas from around the world and our tea sommelier, William Cartwright – of Iford Manor Teas – has brought together a range to suit all palates, including our very own Homewood Park house blend. Tell us about the venue’s past… Built in the 13th century, Homewood Park is surrounded by 10 acres of gardens and grounds, just 15 minutes outside Bath city centre. Homewood still has many of its original features including wooden floors, antique paintings and roaring log fires.


Where do guests take tea? Outside in our award-winning gardens, in our luxury bedrooms, at the bar, in our comfy lounges, or in front of our roaring log fire. We also pack it up as a picnic for you to take out with you to enjoy while exploring. Share an afternoon tea etiquette tip... The common misconception is that outstretching one’s little finger helps to balance your cup – this is almost certainly not the case and it has rapidly become a common faux pas. Abbey Lane, Freshford, Bath; www.homewoodpark.co.uk


Expect Grade-I luxury at this boutique hotel, says managing director Jonathan Walker Tell us more about the venue… The corner stone of Laura Place was laid in 1788, and the day after the ceremonial start of building, Henrietta Pulteney signed the first leases for building plots on what was to become Great Pulteney Street. No.15 is made up of three Georgian townhouses, and it’s been everything from a lodgings house to a temperance hotel for injured soldiers after World War II and was run by the Salvation Army until 2013. It didn’t have an alcohol license until it opened as a new business last year.


Any special guests? With our close proximity to The Rec, we’re a popular choice for Bath Rugby and we’d like to think Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte or Jane Austen might have passed through our doors back in the day – they both spent a fair bit of time on Great Pulteney Street. Describe your offering… Afternoon tea here is a grand affair, as befits the historic Grade-I surrounds. It’s served on pretty stands topped with hand-blown glass fruit, so it has real wow factor. We keep it classical while also having fun with novel flavour pairings; we aim to turn traditional ideas on their head. Your signature treat? Our chef Dan Miles’ selection of light cakes and sweet treats. He worked as a pastry chef under Alan Murchison at the Michelin-starred L’Ortolan, so he has a great love and talent for pastry. What are you recommending right now? The piña colada gateaux, and the strawberry and champagne jelly with strawberry and basil salad. Any other special touches? With a tagline of ‘luxury for the curious’ No.15 Great Pulteney was always going to offer lots to look at: a model of Big Ben, modern art, giant w





BACK IN THE DAY No.15 Great Pulteney aims to turn traditional ideas on their head

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Tea at Lucknam Park, an 18th century Palladian mansion, is a luxury affair

antique mirrors and hundreds of collections – from vintage handbags to musical instruments. 15 Great Pulteney Street, Bath; www.no15greatpulteney.co.uk


At this 18th century Palladian mansion, you’ll find 500 acres of grounds to admire while you enjoy tea and cakes, says head pastry chef Matthew Peters Describe the venue… Our guests can expect beautiful antique furniture, historic paintings and luxury at every turn. The ‘ham’ ending to the venue’s name suggests that it was a Saxon settlement dating from before the Norman invasion in 1066. For a short time during the war, the house was transformed into a bustling informal headquarters for airmen from the neighbouring aerodrome. The mile-long beech and lime tree driveway made the perfect camouflage and was used to park Spitfire and Hurricane planes. What’s special about your menu? The strawberries and raspberries are freshly picked from our very own kitchen garden. We offer a strawberry martini cocktail to complement your afternoon tea, too. For special occasions, we also personalise the plates by piping edible writing on. What do you recommend right now? Our guests rave about our salted caramel choux bun, and our rhubarb, ginger and lychee dome is very popular too. Where’s your afternoon tea served? In our library or drawing room overlooking the gardens, or, if it’s fine weather, on the terrace. Colerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire; www.lucknampark.co.uk


It’s a Jacobean manor house which, over the years, has been used as everything from a bee colony site to an antenatal hostel. Marketing manager Caroline Mackay tells us more Tell some interesting facts about the venue… It was built in 1665 and was a sheep farmer’s house before becoming a wool merchants and clothiers house. A large colony of bees was kept here and there was a meadery where the honey was distilled. In more recent years, it served as an antenatal hostel, serving expectant mums evacuated from London so that the capital’s hospitals could concentrate on the warwounded. In 1948, the Coach House, where the Children’s Club is now located, was one of the first ambulance stations serviced under the National Health Service. It finally became a hotel in 1989. 70 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

What makes Woolley Grange stand out? The 14 acres of beautiful gardens, and the food which is freshly made by our talented pastry chef.




What specialism should guests look out for? The elderflower verrine, or the Champagne afternoon tea if you’re celebrating. Our menus use produce from our Victorian walled kitchen garden, and, when possible, we use edible flowers as garnishes. You can enjoy tea in the main dining room, on the sunny terrace, or in one of our comfy lounges with open fires. Are there any afternoon tea options for children to enjoy? Yes, the children’s options consist of finger sandwiches, healthy carrot and cucumber sticks along with flat bread fingers and hummus, a chocolate brownie, and jelly and ice cream. This is all served with either a babyccino, a milkshake or hot chocolate. Woolley Green, Bradford on Avon; www.woolleygrangehotel.co.uk


Expect intriguing sweet and savoury delights at this beguiling historic coaching inn, says Tom Nicholas, partner in business Tell us more about the venue… Built in 1480, it was a traditional coaching inn, and our passageway and garden still has a right of way for horses. The venue has now been restored and renovated to suit modern-day guests but it is still very much focused on what an inn should do: provide great-tasting food and drink in front of large open fires with warm, homely rooms for those staying overnight. w

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Are you organising a small intimate wedding or a large family affair? Homewood Park Hotel & Spa is the ideal venue. Set in ten acres of wonderful gardens and parklands, we have the perfect setting for your special day. Contact our wedding planner on 01225 723731 or email weddings@homewoodpark.co.uk to arrange a personal viewing.



What makes your afternoon tea special? Our beautiful setting in Lacock and our 15th century venue. Tea can be taken inside the inn, or to the cottage garden. What do you recommend from the menu? The Champagne cream tea – best served in the garden under the apple trees next to the running stream, or the savoury cream tea which consists of cheese scones, apple conserve and West Country cheese and chive cottage cream. The aim of the menu overall is to fill it with homemade flavours which aren’t over complicated. Share a fun fact about afternoon tea… Cream Tea is a West Country invention. The Devon tradition is cream first with jam spread on top, whilst the Cornish tradition is to slather on the jam and top it off with clotted cream. In Wiltshire it remains a matter of preference… Church Street, Lacock; www.signoftheangel.co.uk

The Montagu Room at the Royal Crescent Hotel makes for an elegant afternoon tea spot


At the hotel – where Roman and fourth century artefacts were discovered recently – expect a 1920s flair and possibly a famous face or two. Restaurant manager Attila M. Tornyi tells us more What was discovered when the building was being transformed into The Gainsborough Bath Spa in 2015? A hoard of Roman coins, some of which are on display in the lobby of the hotel, and the rest of which reside at the British Museum. Builders also discovered a rare fourth century mosaic beneath the foundations; this is now protected beneath a sheet of glass and covered by a replica mosaic. Tell us more about the venue... It occupies two Grade-II listed buildings, and features distinguished Georgian and Victorian façades. It started out in the 1800s as a hospital, then later became a college. Why are the Gainsborough’s afternoon tea experiences different? Everything is homemade, including the seasonal fruit jam, and we serve it all in a sleek box with soft rope handles. We recommend you try the individual miniature cakes formed by our talented head chef Dan Moon. Where do guests take tea? In The Canvas Room which features beautiful Gatsby-esque strip mirrors with a gold lining, giving the whole room a warm rich glow. Any special guests? We were delighted to recently welcome Sophie Dahl and her musician husband Jamie Cullum (who has his roots in Bath) to the hotel. Beau Street, Bath; www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk 72 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk








To celebrate the Royal Crescent’s 250th anniversary, the hotel has created a special treat, says marketing manager Sarah Moon Special recommendations from the menu? The RC250 Afternoon Tea. With 2017 being the Royal Crescent’s 250th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate throughout the period of May to October. So as part of the celebration, our executive head chef, David Campbell, and our head pastry chef, Catherine Locke, have created an afternoon tea that pays homage to the past 250 years of the Royal Crescent and of British food traditions through the times. Ever since the first stone of the crescent was laid, the building has not only survived war bombings but has grown to be one of the UK’s most iconic landmarks. What makes your offering stand out above the rest? The fact that we offer so much choice is the obvious point to mention. We have six different afternoon tea options and there’s the choice to upgrade to a flight of Taittinger Champagne or a Grey Goose martini flight. What’s the inspiration behind the menu? The wonderful historic heritage of beautiful Bath is our biggest influencer. We utilise ingredients that were relevant in the past and still hold authentic relevance today. Tell us an interesting fact about the Royal Crescent Hotel… The centre house, 16 Royal Crescent, was used to host Blue Stockings Society events by Elizabeth Montagu – a social influencer after whom one of our afternoon teas is named. 16 Royal Crescent, Bath; www.royalcrescent.co.uk


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“A great venue for an after dinner party! ” Great friendly atmosphere! We open at 8pm and stay open until 3am Thursday – Saturday! See our facebook page for events.


Three new Mission Juices have just been launched Three Ways School have opened their own café

ON A MISSION “With grants and donations from companies, foundations and charities, along with some great fundraising from parents, pupils and friends, we have managed to raise over £450,000 for this amazing project.” The café is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm and Saturday mornings from 8am to 12pm, with a breakfast, light lunch and high tea menu, with free parking and a meeting room that can be hired. “We’re also planning a secure garden and outdoor seating area,” adds Julie.

Bath-based entrepreneur Tom Tigwell has recently launched a brand new range of juices, with the aim of raising money to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. Mission Juice is leading the fight against sugary drinks with a range of three cold pressed juices that are 80 per cent vegetable and 20 per cent fruit. Purées, pulps and additives are avoided, in favour of wholesome raw ingredients. For every bottle sold, a donation is made to tackle world hunger and climate change, and to aid cancer research. Since founding the concept, Tom reached the top 80 from more than 10,000 entrants in the Virgin VOOM 2016 competition, and has just launched the juices exclusively at Combe Grove hotel in Bath for a retail price of £2.99.

For more: www.threeways.co.uk

For more: www.missionjuice.co.uk

SCHOOL DINNERS After seven years of fundraising, Three Ways School, the community special needs academy based in Odd Down in Bath, is celebrating the opening of their purposebuilt café and training centre, The 3 Café & Kitchen. Head teacher Julie Dyer explains, “I wanted a community-based training centre, which would provide pupils with the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in a café setting, but also the means to gain an accredited qualification in such things as food hygiene and hospitality.

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Vinyl card, £9 This is not only a card, it’s a vinyl fridge magnet which can also be played on a record player. Choose from a variety of titles including Cliff Richard’s Daddy’s Home and Kiki Dee’s Star From Leak, 3 Larkhall Square, Bath

Eton loafers, from £170 Available in olive, plum, navy, brown and black, this classic slip-on style comes in both suede and polished leather From Loake Bath, 15 Green Street Bath; www.thebroguetrader.com

Gents’ Bath Box, £65 Containing everything from Bath Blue Cheese to Somerset Hot Sauce, these Bath boxes are crammed with artisan produce sourced from in and around the city From Taste of Bath, The Paragon, Bath; www.taste-of.co.uk

Hugo by Hugo Boss belt, £55 Accentuate his style with this calf leather, polished metal pin-buckle belt From John Anthony, 26-28 High Street, Bath; www.john-anthony.com

‘Destination’ print, £45 From a design-led independent shop come personalisable local artworks – this one focuses on Bath Rugby pubs in the team colours From Flamingo, 7 Widcombe Parade, Bath; www.flamingobath.co.uk

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Bonpland Rum Blanc VSOP, £39.95 Treat your dad to a unique blend of rums – including rum from the French Antilles – with notes of vanilla, dried fruit and orange From Independent Spirit of Bath, 7 Terrace walk, Bath; www.independentspiritofbath. co.uk

Burroughs Beard Oil, £22 The woodsy scent of this product brings together the solitary notes of nature and craftsmanship, and its oil combination moisturises the skin and conditions follicles From Little Lab, 20 Broad Street, Bath; www.littlelab.co.uk

Simon Carter acorn cufflinks, £85 These beautifully crafted tiger’s eye accessories, which are liberally studded with Swarovski clear crystals, combine the ideas of Britishness and heritage From The Roman Baths shop, Stall Street, Bath; www.romanbaths.co.uk/shop

Chopard 1000 Miglia Eau de Toilette, £53 Taking inspiration from the label’s racing-inspired watch collection, this heady fragrance combines oriental notes with herbaceous freshness From Mallory, 1-5 Bridge Street, Bath; www.mallory-jewellers.com

Radford Bright Cheese Knife Set, £70 This three-piece hollowhandled cheese knife set has a mirror-polished finish and is presented in a sturdy, sophisticated oak box From Robert Welch, 6 Broad Street, Bath; www.robertwelch.com

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“It’s nice if glasses can be sexy and mysterious. People who need glasses don’t have to feel separated from glamour” Tony Gross

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DECADES OF CRAFTSMANSHIP A combination of British design and traditional Italian craftsmanship makes cutler and gross eyewear a rich fusion of fashion and function, to be admired and aspired to…


ounded in 1969, luxury eyewear brand Cutler and Gross creates sunglasses and optical frames that are a perfect blend of handcrafted heritage and bold design. Since its establishment in fashion’s halcyon days, Cutler and Gross has been synonymous with quintessential British style, creativity and craftsmanship. The brand’s eyewear was initially hand made by legendary frame maker George Smith, who had a workshop above Cutler and Gross’s first boutique in Knightsbridge, London. Smith’s wife, Frances, hand-dyed all the lenses. By the 1980s, Cutler and Gross’s popularity had outgrown the small Knightsbridge workshop so part of the production was moved to Cadore, Italy. Nestled among the mountains not far from Austria, the region is known not only for its stunning jagged peaks and north Italian scenery, but also for its longstanding tradition of manufacturing glasses of the highest quality.

To this day, Cutler and Gross remains independent and produces all its frames in a dedicated facility in Cadore, where highly skilled craftsmen take pride in preserving and developing the artisanal tradition in eyewear manufacture. Only the highest quality Italian acetate, lenses, rivets and accessories are used to make the company’s frames. The artisanal creation of each pair of glasses is the essence of the brand, with each frame taking four to six weeks to produce. The process undergoes 42 tailored steps – design, cutting, barrelling, bending, hinge insertion, polishing and quality control – with every step completed by hand. The charm of this traditional approach and the passion and dedication of the craftsmen lies in every pair of Cutler and Gross frames, creating a unique and timeless product. Visit Cutler and Gross at 9 Bridge St, Bath, BA2 4AS

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TASTE the RAINBOW By L I SA E VA NS The cheerful, arresting shades saturating this season’s colourways certainly aren’t for the shy or retiring type


his summer’s fashion colour palette is the most energetic we’ve seen for a long time – think amethyst, chartreuse, azure and, the colour of the moment, fuschia – and joy is oozing from every stitch and seam. If you’re generally a fan of the darker or more simplistic side of life, then experimenting with brights can be a little intimidating, but if you aim to wear more colour this season, the comforting message is, there are no rules – you can’t go wrong. The only colour guidance from the S/S 17 collections seems to be: wear lots of it, and don’t be afraid to radically clash it. Bold blues and scarlet? Definitely! Sunshine yellow and utilitarian khaki? Of course! Powerful pink and eye-popping purple? If it’s good enough for Balenciaga… These unexpected pairings will look vibrant and fresh and are bound to brighten your mood. And don’t hold back on patterns or shapes either. There is no escaping florals at this time of the year, and you won’t be surprised that they’re back yet again – although this time they come in exciting head-to-toe wallpaper styles – and also on the agenda are graphic stripes, pretty and punky ruffles, exaggerated shoulders and oversized fits. So, however you wear them – whether you go block brights all over, layer them, clash them, go for a detailed pattern or just add a little vibrancy to your otherwise mono outfit with a vivid bag or pair of heels – this season’s rainbow of hues can look seriously striking and is an excellent way to tap into the 1980s party look. 80 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

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1. Baum und Pferdgarten maribel top, £219, Grace & Mabel, 7 Broad Street, Bath; www.graceandmabel.co.uk 2. Pranella silver boho bag, £190, Green Street House, 14 Green Street, Bath; www.greenstreethouse.co.uk 3. Miracle Short Sleeve Dress, £99, Rossiters of Bath; 38-41 Broad Street, Bath; www.rossitersofbath.com 4. Roma shoes, £169.95, Franchetti Bond, 5 Upper Borough Walls, Bath; www.franchettibond.co.uk 5. 1960s jersey top, £48; Vintage to Vogue, 28 Milsom Street, Bath; www.vintagetovoguebath.co.uk 6. Linen cropped trousers, £119, Brora, 6 Bridge Street, Bath; www.brora.co.uk 7. Appliqué slip-on dress, £89, Cos, Union Street, Bath; www.cosstores.com 8. Reversible ice cream skirt, £39.99, Mistral, 20 New Bond Street, Bath; www.mistral-online.com 9. Diane von Fürstenberg mini tote, £190, Grace & Ted, 10 Kingsmead Square, Bath; www.graceandted.co.uk 10. Strawberry plimsolls, £35, Bibico, 9A Bartlett Street, Bath; www.bibico.co.uk www.mediaclash.co.uk I BATH LIFE I 81

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We pride ourselves on our creativity, attention to detail and dedication Reymond Langton Design was established in 2001 by the talented design duo of Pascale Reymond and Andrew Langton, both of whom already had more than a decade’s experience in the superyacht industry

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esigner Pascale Reymond graduated with a master’s degree in Art History from La Sorbonne in Paris before moving to London to study Interior Design. Andrew Langton and Jason Macaree – who joined the team as a director in 2002 – both graduated with a BA (Hons) in Transport Design. The talented trio’s individual blend of skills and professional expertise are nicely complementary, resulting in a remarkable and much sought-after design team delivering unquestionable quality with superb attention to detail. Pascale and Andrew chose to live and work in Bath because of its beautiful Georgian architecture, with great examples of new and old buildings throughout the city that thrives on both the past and present. At Reymond Langton Design we feel that bringing such innovative design to the city provides an extra edge. We are always looking at ways to change and move forward as a company, as the city around us does. At Reymond Langton we have started exploring the world of social media, and are now on both LinkedIn and Instagram.

The illustrious trio is enthralling the international scene with designs that are as beautiful as they are functional, while ensuring that their clients’ experience is memorable and enjoyable. Looking towards the future, the main focus of the firm has been bespoke yacht projects. However we are always looking forward to new challenges and one such opportunity is our commission to design the interior of the first in Amels’ newest semi-custom production superyacht, the LE188 series. Additionally, Andrew Langton is hoping to expand his portfolio of exterior designs with new forwardthinking concepts. “The project interested us as it hopefully means we can be involved over time with a series of designs on a similar platform, for many different clients,” said Andrew.

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Lady Lara in Amsterdam Photography by Tom van Oossanen

History repeats itself After 16 years and 33 yachts, REYMOND LANGtON DESIGN has just delivered its latest superyacht to its new owner


en years ago Reymond Langton Design celebrated the launch of the Aviva, which, at 68m, was the largest yacht launched by the German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen at the time. It also featured a number of innovative design features, such as the vertical bow and contrasting grey coloured hull. Now the same team has collaborated to bring a successor to that yacht in every way – the biggest yacht from Abeking & Rasmussen at a huge 98m. This yacht features a fresh and dynamic contemporary exterior design, unique, highly personalised layout for its interior and a cutting-edge technical platform. The client has pushed the team to create a yacht that takes these innovative concepts yet still forms a personal, welcoming environment in which to live and work aboard, rather than simply produce a showcase of features. The layout emphasises the use of space, with open social lounges alongside more intimate and discreet areas for dining, working and relaxation. The interior uses a rich combination of fabric and leathers in light, warm tones to create a bright and relaxing atmosphere. This vessel also boosts a remarkable full-sized Padel tennis court, 20m x 10m x 6m high, which has never been done before. Attention to detail is key to Reymond Langton’s success and this can clearly been seen in the team’s most recent delivery, A&R’s Aviva, along with other recent deliveries including Lürssen’s Lady Lara and Kismet, Heesen’s Ann G and Nobiskrug’s Mogambo.

In November 2015 Reymond Langton delivered Lady Lara built by Lürssen. Stunning by day or night from a distance, the sweeping curves and elegant proportions give the vessel a feminine beauty, while moving closer allows the strong, masculine details to emerge. Sharp lines define the strong, sculptural surfaces that have been carefully styled to create a sharp contrast of highlight and shadow, lending the superstructure a unique form that subtly changes in different light as the sun moves across the sky. Because Reymond Langton was solely responsible for the complete interior and exterior design of the yacht, this provided for a high level of integration and completeness, enabling the character of the design to be expressed in every area. This is certainly

shown by night, as the lighting brings the yacht to a whole new level. The lighting consultants for Lady Lara were Lighting Design International. We were invited by Amels to pitch for their Limited Edition range; a tough competition against many other key designers in the industry. Pascale Reymond’s design proved successful and the company is now working on the first of the 188 series due to launch in 2018. The design concept maximises guest enjoyment, from open decks with generous outdoor spaces to the lure of the 30m2 Beach Club and the Wellness Centre’s gym, sauna and Turkish steam shower. The fullbeam Owner’s Suite covers almost 80m2 and features a large folding balcony and midbeam sliding doors for privacy.

Stunning views are matched by sumptuous interior design on board Mogambo

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LISA EVANS visits The Gainsborough Bath Spa – the only hotel in Britain with access to natural thermal waters – to experience a blissful all-day pampering session

ike many people who work in an office, I hunch. My shoulders ache and my posture embarrasses, and so do my desk-bound partner’s. So the mere thought of having a relaxing, muscle-manipulating couple’s massage at a five-star hotel and spa is, of course, a true luxury. The Gainsborough Bath Spa leave no room for improvement when it comes to pampering its guests, and what ensues for us is a beyond blissful day in a place which has created a new way of tending to body and soul, which is rejuvenating and restorative, and uses methods that actually work. So, after a complimentary probiotic fruit juice, my partner and I are shown to a spacious room ready for our side-by-side, 60-minute Swedish couple’s massage. I’m expecting us both to receive the same treatment, but so personalised are the massages that we don’t just experience different pressures and techniques, but different focal points on the body and different aromatherapy products suited to what we wanted to get out of the massage – his aim was to feel tranquil and comfortable, while I wanted to leave invigorated and energised. I enjoyed scents such as mists of neroli water as my feet were rubbed with rosemary and pine essences, and warm lavender-infused towels were placed on me to impart comfort before a wincingly-good deep-tissue, full body massage ensued. Initially I feared it may be style over substance, but how wrong was I? As well as the bells and whistles of the multisensory experience which transports the mind, you’re also expertly pummeled by someone who is highly trained and who really knows what they’re doing. Once the hour was sadly over, we dressed in the fluffy robes provided and drifted to the relaxation area which overlooks the main pool. There, we were served loose-leaf tea and macarons while we reclined on comfy loungers and awaited to be reminded when lunch was being served (nobody has watches or phones with them in the spa areas, so helpful spa staff are your guides).

The two-course lunch – which bears its spa customers in mind who are likely to receive more treatments or go for a swim postmeal – was indulgent but not at all heavy. Appetisers include ham hock terrine, smoked mackerel, and artichoke velouté, while main courses range from curried tofu with paneer and roasted cauliflower, to roast breast of chicken with stuffed courgette flower and spring vegetables. And the choice of desserts, if you choose to have one instead of a starter, include buttermilk panna cotta and Valrhona chocolate ganache. Back poolside, I began my revisit with the recommended spa circuit that includes dipping in three pools of varying temperatures before relaxing in traditional and infrared saunas, an aromatic steam room and an ice alcove. The main draw of The Gainsborough, though, is that it’s the only hotel in the UK which taps into the earth’s natural thermal spring waters, and that certainly is something to be celebrated. Bathed in natural light from the four-storey glass atrium perched above the Bath House, and located over two levels, the spa is the ultimate sanctuary which features 11 treatment rooms, two tatami rooms designed especially for the award-winning Asian therapies, a beauty salon and a 24-hour fitness room. And what’s so refreshing about the spa is that it offers a contemporary perspective on the city’s thermal water heritage while, coupled with the historic use of aromatherapy in Great Britain, gently supports a philosophy of honouring the healing traditions of the region. Luckily for us, we’d booked an overnight stay, and what a pleasure it was. The stylish, custom-furnished room – created by awardwinning Champalimaud Design – was modern while also subtly referencing period details. And the ‘little touches’ went above and beyond: there was a complimentary mini bar, luxurious bedding, black-out window coverings, a flat screen HD television, heated floors, pillows which could be chosen from an entire menu of styles, and a divine and extensive range of Asprey toiletries to be used while you experience the earth’s natural thermal waters in the roll-top bathtub. They really do think of everything.


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Clematis from the pavilion display at the Malvern Flower Show

They inspire people to take food production back into their own hands, rather like our own Vegmead project here in Bath

Grow Your knowledge Back from her visit to RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Bath’s Emma Bond debriefs us on the vibrant line-up and provides a few tips on getting the most from your future horticultural show visits Wor d s a nd i ma ge s by E M M A BON D 66 I CLIFTON LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk


SURVIVING AN RHS SHOW There are, of course, lots of places to eat and drink as well as live music, lectures and events over the course of the three-day show. Here’s my survival guide to the RHS shows and how to get the most of out them… 1. Dress for comfort. Even though you’ll see celebrities at RHS Chelsea on the BBC in pretty summer dresses and high heels, it’s highly advisable to wear removable layers, waterproofs and the most comfortable shoes you can lay your hands on as there’s a lot of walking and not always somewhere to sit. 2. Bring your own drinks and snacks as the queues for the food stalls can be very long and, as to be expected, prices are high. 3. Make a priority list of the things you most want to see. It’s often difficult to see absolutely everything as the shows can spread over several acres, so get a map and pinpoint your must-sees for the day. 4. Be prepared to buy plants, you might swear that you won’t, but temptation is on every corner. However, there are porters and plant crèches at the shows, so you can indulge your whims and not have to lug everything about with you all day. 5. Use a camera or phone to document plants or items you want to remember – or, as I do, take notes so that when you see things you want to use again, or tell someone about, you have a record of it. 6. Get to the show early, preferably at opening time, because they are extremely well attended and getting into the showground and parking can take ages and bites into valuable plant-viewing time.

Above: Anchusa azurea ‘Lodden Royalist’ – a spring favourite, perfect for the early summer border; below top: olive trees from www.villaggioverde.co.uk; below bottom: the garden from Incredible Edible Bristol


f the thought of trying to get tickets for Chelsea Flower Show or even attending the show makes you feel faint, there are alternative royal horticultural shows throughout the year that are a little easier to get to. Even though I’ve had a 30-year love affair with Chelsea, this year I decided to pay a visit to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival which is slightly more accessible from Bath and an easy day out. If you need to get your annual horticultural show fix, this is the place to go. However, do not despair that Malvern has been and gone, because the RHS has a number of other shows on this year, including a new one at Chatsworth House in June and the famous Hampton Court Show in July, as well as other locations featured on their website. All of the shows feature a plethora of growers and nurseries selling a huge array of every conceivable garden plant, every kind of garden ornament, tools, sheds, greenhouses and furniture as well as show gardens, floral displays and an enormous pavilion full of incredible plants from specialist growers. There is a mind-boggling array, and wherever you look there are people carrying around armfuls of plants or, at Malvern, wheeling them around in portable crates. I generally tend to gravitate towards the specialist growers in the pavilions as the displays are awe-inspiring, and although I’ve been to dozens of shows over the years, this is one element that never wears thin. If you’re looking for a particular kind of plant, be it ferns, cactus, acers, roses, sweet peas or cottage garden plants, the pavilions are full of inspiration. Their displays are also judged by the RHS and the growers go all-out to create wonderful plant combinations. Depending on the season, as the shows are held in spring, summer and autumn, there’s a definite trend towards certain plants and the Malvern Show this year was no exception. One of the standout

plants for me this time was Veronica gentianoides, a stunning pale blue delicate perennial that was for sale at many of the stalls. I also fell in love with Salvias again this year and will be recommending some of them to my clients, including Salvia Amistad, an incredible long-flowering and glamorous plant that attracts bees, and Salvia Nachtvlinder, another dark purple flowering perennial that can flower for up to six months. Both perform extremely well in containers as well as in the ground in a sheltered position. The people from Mud Mountain, a local company to Bath, were selling their incredible terracotta pots. These are such an asset to a garden, and will last for years, they are particularly suited to larger gardens and can be planted with anything from olive trees to perennials and annual plants. Another stunning display at the show was from a company called Villaggio Verde, a Worcester-based company who are specialist olive tree growers and suppliers. They had a forest of olive trees and bay trees, as well as wonderful Mediterranean plants for sale, and will deliver to the Bath area. These look particularly wonderful on a sunny terrace and I’ve used these in my designs for clients in Bath for many years. This year, the Bristol-based food project Incredible Edible was promoting its work at the Malvern Show with raised beds featuring herbs, vegetables and flowers for pollinating insects. The project inspires people to take food production back into their own hands, rather like our own Vegmead project here in Bath, and encourages people to grow food in any spare areas in parks, gardens and urban areas. Further information is available at: rhs.org.uk Emma Bond, Bath Garden Design and Landscaping, Orchard Studio, Old Orchard, 88a Walcot Street, Bath; 07968 727415; bathgardendesign.com Photos © Emma Bond

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If you are planning on taking your dog, cat or ferret on holiday abroad it is important to plan ahead and ensure that your pet has a valid pet passport which is issued by a vet


he team at Bath Vets will be more than happy to advise and walk you through the process of getting your pet's passport. In 2012 the pet travel scheme rules were relaxed for travel to EU member states.


Any pets entering or returning to the United Kingdom must have the following: ● a valid pet passport ● a microchip implanted ● at least 15 weeks old at time of travelling ● vaccination against rabies ● been treated for tapeworm (dogs only) Treatment against ticks is no longer compulsory although it is recommended as ticks in mainland Europe can potentially carry life-threatening diseases. You may also wish to protect your pet against other diseases, parasites and insects. All of this can be discussed with your vet. If you're planning to travel to countries outside of the European Union, you will need to contact DEFRA prior to leaving the country to find out about any specific requirements as these will vary for each country. Our vets can then ensure that these particular requirements are fulfilled.

We stress that it is the owners’ responsibility to ensure that their pets’ rabies vaccination is up to date and their microchip is readable. We are happy to check this free of charge prior to any travel arrangements. To enquire or book an appointment please call Bath Vets on 01225 832521.

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Nick Blofeld, former CEO of Bath Rugby and now the new chairman of Bath City FC

Almost two years after fans launched the Big Bath City Bid to raise funds to buy the city’s football club, the Supporters Society has at last become the club’s majority shareholder Having raised over £350,000 in the autumn and following an extensive legal process, the Supporters Society has bought £300,000 of new shares issued by the city’s football club, lent a further £50,000 and opened a new line of credit for working capital to underwrite operations for the next three to five years. The process was ably supported by lawyers from Royds Withy King who advised on all aspects of the deal. A new board has now been formed, headed by Nick Blofeld, former CEO at Bath Rugby, with Paul Williams remaining from the previous board as football chairman. Commenting on the completion of the deal, Nick Blofeld said, “We’re delighted that, after over two years of hard work, fundraising and negotiation we’ve completed this refinancing and that the people of Bath and the wider community now hold a majority stake in Bath City Football Club. “With a firm financial footing and citywide engagement, we’re already seeing a burst of creative energy that is invigorating the club. The possibilities are

L-R: The Royds Withy King team – Katharine Mortimer, James Worrall and James Barratt – with Chairman of Football at Bath City, Paul Williams (second right)


huge for this football club at the heart of our community and we’re excited to get things moving.” Following the success of the fundraising efforts, the new structure has already been running in parallel with the previous board, notching up a number of developments including the appointment of full-time general manager, Carole Banwell, the launch of an online shop for merchandise, event and ticket sales, and the birth of a new Bath City FC Sponsors Club. Ben Howlett, prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Bath, commented on the success, “Bath FC being community-owned will mean that everyone in Bath will have even more pride in our football club. I hope even more people attend and enjoy the games, supporting the team to those all-important wins.” On 9 June the club is due to celebrate this momentous event with Bidfest. The event is being held at Twerton Park and will feature food stalls, a bar, and performances from live bands. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased from the Bath FC online shop. For more: www.bathcityfc.com | www.bigbathcitybid.org.uk

“SHOPPERS SHOULD HAVE THEIR SELFIE STICKS AT THE READY!” Which popular colourful street display is back? Turn to page 103 to find out


The amount of patients seen by Circle Bath Hospital every year. See page 103 for more information.

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ZAC FENNELL The director of BA1 Hair shares his love of hairdressing, plans for the business, and his work to help those less fortunate in other countries… Tell us a bit about your background... I’m originally from Frome. My mum is a photographer and is extremely creative and arty – I have her to thank for my creative skills. Cheers, Mum! How did you progress into working with BA1 Hair? I started at BA1 Hair (formally known as Artizan Bartlett Street) when I was 15, working as a Saturday boy. I used to cut my friends’ hair at school. On my lunch break we used to nip over the fence to my house and in return they’d buy me lunch. A friend’s sister worked for Artizan and said there was a job going so I went for it – who’d have known that 19 years later I’d be a director, doing what I love. Who has inspired and/or influenced you throughout your career? I’ve been so lucky through my career to work with so many inspiring hairdressers and other people. It’s such a creative job and I love to watch the team around me, but it has to be Philip Thompson, my co-director who founded Artizan back in 1986. He’s the best guy to work with. He loves what he does and still pushes himself to learn new skills and be creative. We’ve done so many great shows together and have such a great team I hope that when I’m his age I still have the drive and passion for hairdressing as he does. Just a few less wrinkles than him! What has been your proudest moment professionally? I’ve been fortunate to work on some top shows, educate people in Europe and America, act as lead stylist for London Fashion Week… but my proudest moment was giving back my skill and sharing my craft in India. To be able to help people turn their lives around is the proudest and most humbling moment. I visited Mumbai back in February and it really shocked me. I’m setting up two training centres to teach hairdressing to disadvantaged people which in turn will give them the confidence to pursue their dreams of a normal life. The stories I heard and what I experienced broke me, but to know you can do something to help is such a proud moment. What makes your business stand out from your competitors? I believe our business is very different to many others; we’d be nothing without the amazing team that we have. We believe in constant training and pushing our staff to be the best they can be. We have an amazing training programme which has seen so many 100 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

homegrown talents blossom. This provides the best team who, I trust, will deliver the best service to our guests. Regular visits to major hairdressing events are essential to motivate and inspire the team. Artizan doesn’t hold to a definite corporate way of cutting hair; as our clients have individual taste, we cherrypick what we regard as the finest ideas from current trends and translate then into beautiful, wearable looks for our clients. The BA1 Hair service is professional, unpretentious and personal. What advice do you have for would-be hairdressers? You have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Don’t cut corners. Open your mind to learning and be inspired by everything around you. Just practice, practice, practice. Hairdressing is one of the most creative and rewarding professions. I’m lucky my job is also my hobby. How does BA1 Hair intend to grow? Our team is forever growing and we’ve recently just expanded and made the salon even bigger. We intend to push everything that we’re already doing and strive to create the best experience for our guests and staff. We have some great shows and events coming up, keeping us inspired and challenged. Who cuts your hair? Are you fussy? You’d think I was fussy but I love to sit in the chair and let someone cut my hair and create a shape that they think will complement me. If I have the time, there’s nothing better than a nice beard shape-up followed by a relaxing hot towel. Describe your ideal day in Bath… My best day in Bath is me and my family enjoying a chilled breakfast at Cafe Lucca then a stroll through the shops. Chilled quality time together. For more: www.ba1hair.co.uk




Gearing up for a 500-mile ride

Bringing you the latest from the Bath Rugby headquarters

Calvin knows his tax

COUNTING THE COST Bath accountancy firm Richardson Swift has boosted its senior management team with the appointment of new director Calvin Healy. The Laura Place practice has promoted Healy to director following a record year, which saw its turnover grow by 25 per cent. www.richardsonswift.co.uk

MUSICAL CHAIRS Maeve England of Mogers Drewett has been appointed as the new chair of the Bath Business Improvement District (BID) board. She replaces Nigel Huxley of Waitrose. www.bathbid.co.uk

PRIVATE PROPERTY Law firm Mowbray Woodwards has strengthened its Dispute Resolution offering, with the appointment of Edward Thompson. Edward brings with him a wealth of experience in civil and commercial litigation. His major practice area is property litigation, with additional expertise in contractual disputes, construction and land disputes, professional negligence and banking litigation. www.mowbraywoodwards.co.uk

Bath Rugby Foundation has opened applications for the next French 400 cycling event – three spectacular days of cycling with riders taking to the Normandy coastline on 4 October. Starting at Quineville, the course takes in Caen, the picturesque port of Honfleur, Beaumont en Auge with its chocolate box buildings, before a celebratory Gala reception and dinner in Rouen. Halena Coury, Bath Rugby Foundation’s events manager said, “We are so excited to launch this trip and hope to sign up more cyclists than ever before. Even if you’ve never cycled before, this event is for you. We make everything as simple as possible with all transport and food included in the cost. All we ask of you is that you train, turn up on the day, and of course fundraise to help us help the most vulnerable people in our society.”

The bike ride is part of the Foundation’s Six Nations Bike Ride series which saw the team head to Ireland in 2016 for the Giant Cause Bike Ride, which attracted 65 cyclists taking on a 500-mile ride from Cork to Giant’s Causeway over six days. For Bath Rugby fans, the cycle offers a unique opportunity to cycle with ex Bath and England players and even some British and Irish Lions. Nigel Redman, Richard Webster, David Egerton, John Hall, Steve Ojomo and Club President David Trick are all signed up. For more: www.bathrugbyfoundation.com

BUSINESS MATTERS DIARY Xxxxx From city centre conferences to networking breakfasts, make a note of these dates and make them work for you 7 JUNE

The Women’s Business Club aims to support and connect businesswomen via conferences, networking lunches and ‘Mastermind Boardroom’ sessions. The next lunch is being held at Bailbrook House Hotel and includes a 30 minute talk. 11.30am – 2.00pm, £30. www.womensbusiness.club 8 JUNE

Creative Bath Awards highlight exceptional creative quality

throughout this diverse sector. To get involved and to discuss sponsorship opportunities, email info@creativebath.org

Crescent Hotel & Spa. 12.00am – 2.30pm, £50. www.bathlifebusinessclub.com 27 JUNE


Simon Wear, founder and CEO of Shift Active Media, will be sharing his experience of launching and growing a worldleading sports digital media group. Enjoy a fine lunch and enjoy mingling with some of Bath’s smartest entrepreneurs and business people. Royal

Business coach Peter Rolliston will be hosting a workshop entitled Get your Business Working. The two-hour session will cover all manner of strategies for improving your marketing, sales promotion and profit building.. 10.00am – 12.00am, Free. Abbey Hotel, North Parade.



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The colourful installation makes its return

SouthGate’s popular umbrella street is back, as a thousand umbrellas are suspended in the air above the shopping quarters. Work was completed on 15 May and it’s the biggest yet, with three times as many umbrellas and the introduction of artificial lawns and decorative trees lining the streets.

Kirsty Whiting, marketing manager at SouthGate said, “Our umbrella installation in 2016 was one of the city’s most iconic events last year. It gave SouthGate a real buzz and was admired both by local shoppers and tourists visiting Bath. This year we’ve gone even bigger and I can’t wait to see the reaction on shoppers’ faces when they see the installation for the first time. Shoppers should have their selfie sticks at the ready!” The display, which is co-owned by Aviva and British Land, is inspired by the Ágitagueda urban art and music festival, which takes place in the Portuguese city of Águeda every year. The success of the 2016 spectacle saw it nominated for several regional and national awards.


to our patients’ changing needs.” The hospital delivers complex surgery, diagnostic and screening procedures to over 50,000 patients every year across a range of specialities including cosmetics, ENT, gastroenterology and neurosurgery.

The Bath Boules in Queen Square 9 – 11 June is set to surpass all previous years with more sponsors, partners and raffle prizes than ever before. Known as Bath’s summer party, this much-loved event is free to everyone to attend, whether residents, businesses, visitors, adults or kids. “So many businesses and organisations in Bath have backed the Bath Boules – it’s just incredible!” said event organiser Stephanie Dodd. “When Bath comes together like this, truly brilliant things can happen. To all – thank you. We are determined to make this the best party Bath has ever had, so do come along!” Sponsored once more by Royds Withy King, the event takes place in Queen Square from 9.00am Friday 9 June until late on Sunday 11 June. Attractions include a street food market, an enhanced marquee with Boules Bar, Pimms and Champagne garden area, a barbecue, face painting, more than 50 raffle prizes to be won, music (not all French, allegedly), kids’ games and activities, sundry bars… and there might even be the odd game of boules. The event raises huge sums for local charities, with over £300k to date. Eating, drinking, taking part in the raffle, playing and face painting throughout the weekend helps support local causes. So all are encouraged to come along, take part and help raise a record amount.

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CIRCLE HOSPITAL RATED OUTSTANDING Circle Bath Hospital has been rated Outstanding in the Caring domain, one of five that are assessed by national regulators the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The CQC praised the quality of care provided to patients, with staff going above and beyond their duties to ensure patients experienced a high level of care. The regulators praised a strong personcentred culture where staff members are encouraged and empowered to drive improvement, consistently exceeding patient expectations. Paul McGaughey, hospital director said, “I am incredibly proud of the fantastic staff and consultants we have here at Circle Bath. All of us at the hospital want to use this report to continuously improve and to adapt

Hands up if you’re ready for boules!

Patient care is a priority


Moss of Bath celebrate their win

Independent TV and hi-fi retailer and installer Moss of Bath won three national industry awards at the 2017 Innovative Electrical Retailer (IER) Awards. The company picked up awards for Best Independent Consumer Electronics Retailer, Best Website and Highly Commended for Outstanding Customer Service.

Tim Moss, director at Moss of Bath, said, “To be recognised as the UK’s Best Independent Consumer Electronics Retailer is a fantastic achievement, not only for us but for the city of Bath too. “There is no denying that the last few years have been challenging for the consumer electrical retail industry but

one thing is certain: the businesses that are surviving are those that are able to deliver an exceptional level of service and expertise for their customers, and those who continue to innovate will remain relevant in today’s everchanging retail environment.” For more: www.mossofbath.co.uk

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BATH CAKE COMPANY Celia Adams, managing director of Bath Cake Company, tells us how she got started in the cake business, who her foodie idols are and her favourite cake to eat when she’s not in the kitchen… So how did it feel to win a Bath Life Award? How did you celebrate? It feels amazing! We’re all so pleased to have won and it’s really set the tone for 2017 and given everyone motivation. As soon as we found out we won, we were messaging everyone on our work group chat to let them know – the rest of the night is a bit of a blur after winning and not because of the Champagne! There was no after-party for us with a 6.30am start the next day! What do you think are Bath Cake Company’s strengths? We find having a shop front where customers can pop in or call us to chat about their cake orders makes us stand out, because then they get a personal service from the moment they enquire to when they receive their cake. How did you get into the cake business? I’ve always been artistic and started with a wedding planning business, but was looking for something more creative, so I started a cake decorating course with my mum. I got the bug from there and started baking and decorating cakes for friends and family before creating the Bath Cake Company. Has it exceeded your expectations? Definitely – I never expected to become such a household name within Bath so soon. So many of our customers say they’ve been recommended to us by friends and family, which is lovely to hear. Our cake decorating school has also taken off in the last three years, and we have people coming from half way across the world to do our classes. Do you think being an active part of the community is important in business? We love getting involved with local events and have been working very closely with 104 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

Celia Adams, managing director, and Zulekhá Afzal, sales and marketing manager, celebrate their Bath Life award

our charity of the year, The Forever Friends Appeal, over the last 12 months. From running charity cupcake decorating classes to judging their in-house bake sales, and producing cakes for their charity events, it’s been great working with a local charity. We also produce cakes for a lot of local businesses and corporate events, including Bath Business Club and Bristol Business Club, and recently made biscuits for an Independent Bath walking tour event run by The Foodie Bugle. What do you love most about your job? There’s so much variation in what we do each day, whether it’s putting on a new class or creating a bespoke celebration cake or wedding cake. It’s the perfect job for me because I was looking for something creative and there’s always the opportunity for that here. We also get to work with some wonderful people! What advice would you give someone looking to go into this sector? Always give it a go. There are so many recipes online and cookery schools to help you perfect your baking, and our cake decorating school offers classes for all levels of ability so there’s something for everyone to help them smooth out those edges or stack a tiered cake with confidence. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given? Probably to ‘know your numbers’. We’re a really hands-on and creative business which means it could be easy for us to get caught up in making beautiful cakes, but in order for a business to be successful the numbers have to work. Who are your business heroes? Obviously Bath-born Mary Berry is up there. We’re always recommending her recipes to

our customers because they never fail and are deeelicious! We’re also big fans of Paul Bradford, and last year he taught his Jeep class at our school as a guest teacher and it was great to see his Jeep cake design come to life in the class. Any exciting projects in the pipeline? One of our main focuses for the next few years is to introduce more cake decorating classes. This year we’re running our first business class – Taking Your Cake Business to the Next Level – which is proving hugely popular as many of our students have gone on to open their own cake businesses since doing classes with us. We don’t just want to teach students how to make and decorate cakes, but how to run a successful cake business and how to grow it. What has been your own personal favourite cake creation? Last year we had an enquiry to turn a family dog, Boris, into cake. It was so much fun and Boris featured in three separate designs for the customer. In one he was driving a race car, and in another we carved a cake to look like Boris wearing a princess dress with his ears pierced, as the birthday girl was getting her ears pierced for her birthday. What is your preferred cake? You can’t beat a classic victoria sponge. It’s the perfect cake for all seasons and ages, and is lovely for a wedding cake. Vanilla sponge is also easy to carve, so is our preference when we’re carving car cakes and animal cakes. When I fancy some cake to eat, I love a good slice of carrot cake. Surprise us… We get through over 300 free-range eggs a week – that’s a lot of cake! For more: www.bathcakecompany.co.uk

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The importance of legal representation in ensuring a level playing field for separating couples The cost of legal representation for separating or divorcing couples does not have to be eye-wateringly expensive, Goughs solicitors explain how...


egal representation is often a vital investment in ensuring a fair share of assets, worth many times the level of legal fees. Reassuringly, there are a number of funding options available. Although we live in an age of greater gender equality than ever before, it remains the case that when couples separate and divorce, wives are often left in a financially vulnerable position. This often arises because the couple have children and the wife adopts the traditional role of caring for the family, perhaps sacrificing a career, giving up work for a period of time, or working part time. While the couple are together these arrangements work well, with the husband concentrating on providing the family with financial security and the wife looking after the children. When the marriage comes to an end, however, the wife may feel greatly disadvantaged, particularly when it comes to affording legal representation. Unfortunately many wives (and of course

plenty of husbands) may be unable to afford even modest legal fees. If one party is represented and the other not, the latter can face a significant disadvantage, not only in terms of the likely outcome, but in the daunting task of having to deal with sometimes complex negotiations and analysis without any effective legal support. Reassuringly, there are a number of options available for people who do not have the necessary income or savings from which to pay a lawyer.


Many who may not have access to savings will nonetheless have access to a credit card, or can set up a new credit card account with a zero interest period. Most firms of solicitors will accept card payments. If further funds are required over a longer period of time, it would probably be more economical to take out a personal loan.

Matthew Drew Head of the Family Department : 01249 717877 D T: 01249 712193 E: mattdrew@goughs.co.uk

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Credit cards or personal loans


Litigation Loan


Bank of Mum and Dad


Legal Services Order

There are a number of reputable financial institutions who will lend money to help people fund their case. Very often these lenders will make a quick decision and the solicitors can then draw down on the funds, as and when the client approves an invoice. These loans are flexible and transparent. The amount available to borrow will depend upon the client’s circumstances, and the time to repay the money borrowed will often be linked to a specific event, such as the sale of a property. As this is a commercial arrangement, the loan will of course carry interest, paid at the end of the case when the loan is repaid. In a great number of cases people will turn to their parents or other family members for financial support. If a client is lucky enough to have such financial support, the benefit over a commercial loan is often the absence of any interest on funds loaned. The potential disadvantage might be an argument that the financial support represents a gift, rather than a loan that needs to be repaid – or at least that it is a ‘soft’ arrangement which might not need repayment for many years, if at all. If it is a genuine loan then it is always wise to have this recorded in a signed agreement, ideally at the outset, between the client and the family member providing the financial support.

If the financial circumstances of the parties are very different, it may be possible for the spouse without funds to apply to

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the court for an order that requires their spouse to make a payment in respect of their legal fees. This can be a lump sum of money or a monthly payment. This requires an application to the court, and the judge will consider the parties’ income and other financial resources. The judge would also need to be satisfied that no other sources of funding, such as a loan, were available. Such orders are particularly useful when only one spouse has a high income, or has access to considerable capital. Stating an intention to apply for a Legal Services Order can also be useful to persuade the better-off spouse to pay both parties’ fees without having to go to court.


‘Sears Tooth’ Agreement

This approach involves the client entering into a binding agreement with the solicitor so that they will be paid from the assets recovered by the client. These agreements are no longer popular with most firms of solicitors, as it may mean that they don’t get paid for many months or even years – or, in some cases, not paid at all if the outcome is not what was expected, or if the couple reconcile. There is also an additional cost to the client in that the hourly rates charged are higher than normal in order to compensate the solicitor for the risk being taken.

At Goughs we can help you to decide which option is best for you, depending on your particular circumstances. Many clients who have the funds to do so simply pay their legal fees each month or set up a monthly standing order to help manage the costs over a period of time. Whichever approach may be right for you, it is important to remember this: the cost of legal representation does not have to be high, but the financial cost to a party who is unrepresented may be extremely high if they do not receive a fair entitlement to the family’s collective assets and income.

Giving you the choice to avoid court • Retain control over the outcome • Save precious time and money • Amicable solutions for a fair settlement

We offer a free consultation at a time that suits you. We have six offices across Wiltshire in Calne, Chippenham, Corsham, Devizes, Melksham and Trowbridge. www.goughs.co.uk

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F ROM E MPT Y SHELL TO THEMED EV E NT We work closely with our clients to adapt any work space and turn it into a unique themed experience. From large warehouses to tiny offices, we’ll create an occasion to reflect your ideas and budget. Always achieving agreed deadlines, we make your event come to life so that you can relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of by our professional team.




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Meet the Event planner Whether it’s a wedding, themed party or corporate ceremony you need, Bath’s expert event planners can transform your ideas into reality.

Rachel Thorp Brief2Event Solutions 0845 303 7400 www.brief2event.com

What are the misconceptions of event management? That event managers know it all! Every single event and client is a learning curve and an opportunity to learn something new. The key is not to panic when you’re asked to do something you’ve never done before, instead make the most of your supplier network, ask for advice and listen to it! Where is your favourite venue? I have just confirmed MC Motors in Hackney for a summer event this year. The unique industrial venue is stuffed with charm, vintage props, beautiful skylight windows and is the most adaptable venue I’ve come across in years. The events team at MC Motors are a delight to work with and encourage you to use the venue however you wish – I’m yet to come across any red tape!   Do you like organising your own events? I’m sadly totally over organised in every aspect of my life. My diary is booked up three months in advance and if a free date comes up then I will always schedule in an over the top dinner party with friends... any excuse to make a spreadsheet.

Chimene Roberts

Cahoots Events 01225 571787 www.cahoots.events What are the misconceptions of event management? That it’s a glamorous job. It can be, but you also need to be ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in. What are you favourite aspects of the job? Meeting clients and evolving their initial ideas into an event that will be enjoyable and memorable for their guests. Working at a wide range of beautiful and often historic venues across the city and beyond, is also a fabulous perk. What’s your favourite event you have organised? Styling is a big part of our specialism so we relish events with a strong theme. One of my favourites was an olympic themed corporate day. There were a variety of activities involved, from outdoor entertainment in the day, an evening conference, dinner and presentations. Our hot pink athletics track dance floor was a big hit! Where is your favourite venue in Bath? It has to be the classic Assembly Rooms for their romance, central location and capacity. Our favourite hotel is the Macdonald Bath Spa.

Thea Wise

Ruth Brookman

Melt Productions 07752 610810 www.meltproductions.co.uk What’s the hardest part about being an events organiser? Learning to juggle... from creating the initial concept and design, working to strict budgets, venue sourcing, licensing, building bespoke creations as well as managing the entire process of getting everything there is a great skill, but also great fun. What’s the most interesting event you’ve worked on? There are so many, but one that springs to mind was a private 50th birthday party. We transformed their entire back garden into a tropical island with real palm trees and its very own beach. It looked incredible. What’s the most unusual request you’ve ever had? Real life flamingos in a paddling pool! Do you like organising your own events? I absolutely love it. We actually produce our own multi-sport and music festival in Bristol (South West 7s), where we have free reign to inflict our own production skills and creativity. It’s a great sense of achievement seeing people enjoy our event and watching it grow year upon year.

Brookman Greene 01249 782906 www.brookmangreene.co.uk What’s your favourite event you have organised? There have been so many favourites but I particularly loved a Venetian party we did where we made huge Venetian masks out of plaster and everyone was in costume, including our waiters dressed as gondoliers. What are the misconceptions of event management? People believe that when they use an event management company, they lose the control and individuality of their event. This is far removed from how we operate, as we love to work with our clients to produce something truly unique, that reflects their personality. Any event mishaps? There was one slight mishap that turned into genius, when the choreographed music for a firework display, didn’t work. The fireworks continued, and suddenly, half way through, Adele’s Skyfall started to play with the lyrics “this is the end”. The timing was amazing! Have you always been good at planning and organising? Yes, since a young age I have made to-do lists and spreadsheets. It’s lovely to be able to use them now in a creative way.

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Chris Smart & Alan Smith Event Exchange Ltd 01225 484884 www.eventexchange.co.uk

What sets Event Exchange apart from other agencies? Our client base is diverse whereas our competitors specialise in one or two sectors. Working internationally with associations, business schools, road infrastructure, IT, fashion, cosmetics and optical, enables us to utilise our knowledge and experience to cross pollinate ideas between sectors. Our scope ranges from one to one meetings, to over 1000 people congresses. No event is too small or too large to execute. Event Exchange celebrates 20 years in business in November and so can draw on an unrivalled level of experience to provide a bespoke and emphatic solution for any meeting or event. What are the benefits of using an agent? Using an agency can take the pressure off venue finding and logistics management, allowing the client freedom to execute other duties, without losing control. In addition to the time savings, event agencies work closely with many venues and hotels, enabling access to preferential rates – saving clients money and time. What aspects are most exciting or challenging when working on an event? Often these come together. When presented with a challenge the exciting part is solving it. No two events are ever the same and we love the challenge!

Josh Tully

Josh Tully Management 07786 651915 joshtullymanagement.co.uk What’s your favourite event you have organised? One that stands out from the crowd is the wedding of Sam and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. It was an amazing event to manage as the guest list included A-List celebrities such as Daniel Craig and Elton John! What’s the most bizarre request you’ve ever had? A client asking me to source Russian cossack dancers on horseback for their private party – it was quite the spectacle! What would be your dream event to organise? A destination wedding somewhere abroad like the Caribbean. I would love to decorate a beach front wedding where it goes from day to night. Do you like organising your own events? I have to because otherwise I can’t relax. I’m very organised and love hosting my own parties – maybe one day someone will throw me a party but I wish them luck!   What do your clients say about you and your service? I would hope only nice things! Nearly all of my clients stay in my life in some way. I build natural relationships with everyone I meet and work with and make the process of planning something like a wedding, seamless and fun. I would hope that the lifestyle clients would appreciate my energy and can do attitude!

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Radhika Nathwani

Perfect Occasions UK 07929 280541 www.perfectoccasionsuk.com What makes you different from other event planners? We provide event planning and management services as well as venue styling and design. What sets us apart is that we specialise in Asian and English weddings and events. What is the difference between traditional English weddings and Asian weddings? The key difference would be the size of the wedding and guest numbers. Asian wedding numbers commonly exceed the 500+ mark. This isn’t to say English weddings are any less lavish. It means that clients allocate their wedding budget differently during planning. We love the variation and creating unique weddings! What’s the largest event you’ve had to organise? We recently organised a Sikh wedding which touched just over 600 people – it was huge! We planned everything from A to Z including suppliers, venue design, timings, logistics and everything else in between. Thorough planning and organisation was key! Why should a prospective client book you? We have built a great reputation in a short space of time and pride ourselves on providing creative and unique ideas from the planning through to execution. This was recognised when we won the highly commended award for Venue Styling at the Bristol and Somerset Wedding Awards ’17.

Helen Godfrey & Claire Hardy You are SO invited 07896 287432 www.youaresoinvited.com

What types of events do you specialise in? We have really honed the art of creating and organising parties at our clients’ homes to celebrate milestone birthdays and special occasions. We are very proud of the relationships we have built with local suppliers who have enabled us to achieve this. For our customers who don’t have the budget for the ‘dream team’, our sister company www.unleashtheparty.com provides an online service with our Original Party Box and recommended suppliers. What is your biggest challenge? As every event we plan is completely bespoke and has to reflect the aspirations and personalities of our clients, our biggest challenge is to ensure that we have fully delivered the brief. These days everyone has access to Pinterest, Instagram, etc, and we find this definitely raises our clients’ expectations! What has been your favourite event? We are so lucky to have met and worked with some lovely people. One event that really springs to mind is Ann-Marie James’s (co-owner of Rossiters of Bath) stunning boho secret garden party – and her testimonial is one of our favourites too! “You are a true styling talent and a joy to work with. It was heaven to see my little seed of a secret garden party evolve into something so beautiful.”

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Axis Events 01225 436590 www.axisevents.co.uk Describe your business Axis specialise in tailor made events from the smallest meeting to the largest awards ceremony and everything in between. Our experienced team are well versed in organisation, co-ordination and delivery of excellent events always exceeding clients’ expectations. What makes you different from other event planners? Alongside event management we are the franchisee for Table Art in the South West. We transform your room into a visual spectacle, with table centre lighting changing subtly to create the effect that you want. What is your favourite venue in Bath? Without hesitation, the Roman Baths. It never fails to wow the client because of its beauty and uniqueness. What’s your favourite event you have organised? I was a board member of Eventia, the events industry association and headed and produced the prestigious Eventia Awards for 15 years, a firm favourite, delivering an event to our industry peers. Do you like organising your own events or is it a bit like busman’s holiday? To be an event organiser you have to be a party animal. I never tire of organising events whether it’s for a client or myself.

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Deluxe Hospitality 01225 302275 www.deluxehospitality.co.uk

Frog Events 0800 0146 366 franco@frogevents.co.uk

Enlightened Lighting 01179 727123 www.enlx.co.uk

Where’s your favourite venue? We are lucky to work with private residences, country Estates, museums, stately homes but our favourite Wiltshire venue is The Lost Orangery near Colerne. Since 2015, the Deluxe team have been working with the owner and team developing the venue and with lots of exciting bookings over the next two years we are confident it will become a leading UK event venue.  

What’s your favourite event you have organised? The Hot Air Balloon Glow on Solisbury Hill was pretty special as was Notting Hill Carnival! It’s difficult to single one out so probably the ones involving my favourite things: Fun people, yachts, vintage cars, amazing food & wines in extraordinary settings.

What’s your favourite event you have organised? That’s a tough one? I think the best thing about working for Enlightened is the sheer variety. I absolutely love my job I never know what the next job will be, lighting a stunning National Trust property or throwing an incredible party. I keep my dinner jacket ready to go.

What was the quickest turnaround for an event? With 24 hours’ notice, we catered for the Aston Martin race team on Easter Sunday this year, after their 6-hour endurance race at Silverstone. Quick transformation of two houses in the Cotswolds, enabled us to create a quintessential British dining experience for the podium team. Working with Bollinger for the event, it was a huge success and a great celebration. What’s your favourite event? Of all the corporate and private events, a Christmas tale stands out. Transforming a private Estate for an American family’s dream British Christmas – (real) reindeer guests, grottos and a festive party for 150 in the property’s cellar nightclub provided a magical end to the year.

What’s the most bizarre request you’ve ever had? I can’t disclose specifics as confidentiality is key to my clients, but there have been few interesting ones such as “Please hire the entire Island for my party” or “Franco, please could you carve some ice off that iceberg for our drinks?”. What would be your dream event to organise? A multi-day extravaganza with the following brief: “Make it amazing, exclusive and an incredible experience for all my guests” … and a healthy budget. Why did you set up the Event Organisers Network? When I moved to Bath, I needed to meet event professionals. Now in its 4th year, EON works brilliantly, with over 1000 members, pooling our expertise. It’s a great community and a fantastic free resource for people needing help and advice to plan their events.

What misconceptions are there about event management? Planning an events look is actually the easy part, the crucial work is all timing and logistics. Enlightened have been doing this a long time and we know getting the little things squared away equates to the best events. Where’s your favourite venue? I don’t think I have one they all elicit different challenges. I love lighting Bath’s historic buildings though, there’s nothing more satisfying than showing off this beautiful city. What’s the most bizarre/ memorable/ interesting request you’ve ever had? Someone once asked for an elephant in the room and before you ask everybody was talking about it. Any event mishaps? Digging trenches at last years Glastonbury Festival!

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There’s something pretty special about 11 Charlcombe Way – and it’s not just the jaw-dropping views that make this contemporary home a thoroughly enticing property prospect By J E N N Y OL DA K E R

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ccupying an enviable position on the northern slopes of Bath, 11 Charlcombe Way may well be just a hop, skip and jump from the attractions of the city, but it retains a magical tranquility that belies the convenience of its location. The property’s generous gardens (both front and rear), not to mention the fantastic views across verdant countryside, make this a wonderful spot for enjoying a slice of peace and natural beauty. And as you pop that Prosecco on the terrace (which is, incidentally, an ideal spot for summer entertaining), it could easily slip your mind that you’re a mere 20-minute walk from Bath’s vibrant city centre and its wealth of cafés, shops and attractions. If that sounds a bit too much of a trek, you’ll find the charms of Lansdown and Larkhall even closer to hand. Step inside the house to explore further and you’ll soon discover that there’s more to love about this unusual property than its prime location. Designed entirely on one level (with the exception of a handy undercroft store room), 11 Charlcombe Way has recently been extended and offers a well-conceived and eminently pleasing layout that’s utterly conducive to relaxed family living. The heart of the home can be found in the interconnected sitting/dining room and kitchen/ breakfast room – a breathtaking open space that gives out onto the terrace and, beyond that, to those wonderful views. Huge glass doors make the most of the wonderful panorama and provide an enviable outdoorindoor vibe in the warmer months, while a woodburning stove keeps things cosy in the winter. 114 I BATH LIFE I www.mediaclash.co.uk

Clockwise, from top left: The light, bright sitting/dining room invites the outdoors in; a modern kitchen occupies the heart of the home; style and comfort go hand in hand at this property; those fabulous views



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The open-plan nature of this portion of the house ensures that you can make the most of the views and natural light in all these reception areas, whether you’re entertaining or simply enjoying a spot of quiet family time. Meanwhile, the contemporary finish of the living space oozes effortless style, but doesn’t once detract from the property’s innate comfort. Looking for more? You’re in luck: a utility room and cloakroom complete the line-up for this half of the house, while that lovely terrace also provides a suitably sturdy structure to shelter the large wood store – an invaluable addition when you need to keep those stove flames flickering on chilly nights. The sleeping quarters of the property are separated from the living space by a small corridor. Make your way through here to take a look at the five bedrooms, which offer yet more to admire. The master features a handy en-suite, while the others share a decent-sized family bathroom. Some of the bedrooms are graced by those lovely views too. Bedroom five would also work well as a study or office space, and even has enough room to double up as both a bedroom and study space in one, adding a great element of flexibility to the accommodation. There is a great deal to admire about this charming modern house on the outskirts of Bath, and for those who want to enjoy some of the region’s prettiest countryside without compromising on the luxuries of city living, 11 Charlcombe Way could be exactly what you’ve been looking for. Pritchards, 11 Quiet Street, Bath BA1 2LB; 01225 466225; www.pritchards-bath.co.uk

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ne of the driving forces behind the Bath Fringe Festival, Wendy originally came to Bath as a student during the 1970s, after living in Manchester and Leeds. Today, in her role as co-artistic director of the Fringe she is responsible for putting together the fantastically varied programme for this popular annual event, which is currently gearing up for its 2017 season. Here she tells us a little about what we can expect from this year’s proceedings… My role involves pretty much everything from fund-raising to project management… Bath Fringe is directed by me and my colleague Steve Henwood. We organise some events – particular interests are street theatre and music – but the festival is a co-operative and an umbrella for other venues and performers to showcase what they do themselves. I’ve had a rich professional life… I’ve been involved in the arts scene in Bath for many years, going right back to the Walcot festivals in the 1970s, but I have also worked as a vegetarian cook. The best thing about my job is… Watching people enjoy the brilliant acts we have worked all year to bring to the city – especially over Bedlam Fair weekend (3 and 4 June this year). Plus, I love going to other festivals to check out what’s happening. I’d say the most challenging aspect of my work is… Raising the money to do all this. We have support from some very generous local benefactors and also get project grants from the Arts Council and others, but it takes time and hard work. For those who haven’t been before, the Bath Fringe is a 17-day festival covering myriad art forms, with something for everyone, indoors and out, in and around the city of Bath… There will be theatre, music, comedy and exhibitions with up to 200 events in 40 venues in and around the city, featuring local, national and international talent. It’s very accessible and there are lots of free events. There are so many highlights this year... We have an expanded programme of Fringe theatre – both professional and student work at venues such as The Mission, Burdall’s Yard and Rondo Theatre. There are quirky outdoor events

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WENDY MATTHEWS The co-artistic director of the Bath Fringe shares her thoughts on festivals, France and bringing the Spiegeltent back to Bath… and trails that will show you a different side of Bath including Looking after No.1 (with The Natural Theatre Company) on 29 May and Romantic Botanic on 2 and 3 June. There will be Fringe Arts Bath exhibitions and installations in empty shops, plus Bedlam Fair street weekend – with Rajasthani Heritage Brass Band on 3 June at Green Park Station, as well as great comedy at Widcombe Social Club, and music at Old Theatre Royal and The Bell. My biggest professional achievement is the fact that Bath Fringe is still going – and thriving – in spite of funding cuts… I’m also particularly proud of our projects that encourage participation from young people such as Looking after No.1, and that nurture new talent, like New Work Works at Bedlam Fair. Bringing the Spiegeltent to Bath for nine years was brilliant: we had some great music and cabaret from around the world, and we know people miss it. We hope to bring it back – when we can find a perfect site for it. Bath has a thriving festival scene for the size of the city though I think it misses opportunities to support smaller events… The ones that are put on for and by local people and which add an edge to a city that otherwise can seem too staid or trading on the past. It’s always been difficult to persuade the city that these events should be supported and celebrated. I love going to Brighton in May as there is a real buzz around both its Festival and Fringe.

The best thing about living and working in Bath is… I can get wherever I want on foot and don’t have a car. I have a standout favourite pub in Bath… Our office is at the rear of The Bell Inn Co-operative Pub on Walcot Street and I’m also a shareholder so there’s no contest there (apart from The Star, of course!). My current favourite restaurant is Jars Meze – I love Greece but haven’t managed to visit recently, so this fills the gap. My favourite spot in the city is Walcot Street... I spend a lot of my time working and socialising there and I love the atmosphere. It will be the 20th anniversary of the first Walcot Nation Day this year – and although we’re not closing the street this time, there will be a weekend of free music and family activities at various stops along the street over the weekend of 10 and 11 June. If I could live anywhere else in the world it would be somewhere in France… They have amazing street theatre and circus festivals and I love the language, culture, food, wine, and so on. My perfect idea of relaxation is… Scandi noir and a bottle of wine. Bath Fringe 2017 takes place from 26 May until 11 June. For more information, visit www.bathfringe.co.uk

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