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The West Country has a well-earned reputation for serving up superb food, and Bath is one of the region’s key gastronomic hubs. There’s certainly no shortage of eating out options to suit every appetite and budget and here are some of the best places to eat. For British – and European – inspired fine dining, the award-winning Menu Gordon Jones is an unmissable experience while you’re in Bath. If you love wine as much as (or more than) your food, make your way to Le Vignoble, which was awarded IWC South West Merchant of the Year in 2019.
For diners who would prefer to indulge in a fine dining experience without the formality, The Olive Tree is the only Michelin-star restaurant in Bath, with an award-winning wine list and a reasonably-priced, contemporary Mediterranean-influenced menu. Meat-lovers can enjoy succulent steaks of the finest provenance and delicious sides at The Herd Steak Restaurant. And if you fancy eating at a well-established, unpretentious gastropub, the Marlborough Tavern is well worth a try. Californian and Tex-Mex flavours dominate at Firehouse Rotisserie, an independent restaurant that has been a landmark on the Bath restaurant scene for two decades. Other international cuisine is also well-represented in Bath. A popular little place to eat fantastic Greek food, for example, is Jars Meze, a friendly place located just around the corner from Victoria Art Gallery.
20 St Lawrence Street, Bath BA1 1AN
Absurd Bird is a hungry person’s paradise, and it’s a safe place for funky town music fans too. Chomp on something sweet yet savoury, with a little kick or more comforting than your mum’s own home cooking – absurd we know – but Absurd Bird is about to take off. Think crispy-fried bird with waffles, creamy house slaw, peanut butter cheesecake and the likes for pudding – as far as food crushes go, the stakes are high with Absurd Bird on the scene. Visit website
4, Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath BA1 2ED
Bistrot Pierre offer Anglo-French dishes, freshly-prepared by talented chefs daily, using carefully-sourced ingredients from local producers and artisan French producers and suppliers. Classic bistrot favourites feature across the restaurant’s menus alongside seasonal dishes. Visit website
15A George Street, Bath BA1 2EN
Clayton’s Kitchen is a perennial favourite for local foodies and discerning travellers. Robert Clayton, the restaurant’s Chef Patron since its inception in 2012, creates uncomplicated dishes that explore and showcase the freshest and very best ingredients. He is inspired by Mediterranean and modern French cuisine. Robert ensures that every dish is prepared, cooked and presented to perfection. Visit website
3 N Parade, Passage, Bath BA1 1NX
Tucked away on North Parade, this restaurant with rooms is a hotchpotch of history dating back to the 1400s. Where else can you sit on the site of a medieval refectory, moments from the Roman Baths, drinking vintage wine while eating this morning’s catch? Eight serves eight dishes that change with the seasons. All plates are a medium size so you can choose two or three each and savour the best ingredients available right now from coast, field and forest. Pair your selections with a glass or bottle from an extensive wine list – or ask for a recommendation. Visit website
No visit at The Royal Crescent Hotel would be complete without the ultimate indulgence – afternoon tea in the perfect English gardens. Enjoy a selection of delicious sandwiches, cut to mouth-watering perfection. Then there’s the freshly-baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry preserve along with a range of exquisite pastries and cakes – each one dainty enough to eat in one delicious mouthful. Visit website
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