5 Bath eateries you must try

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

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, so here are 5 eateries to get tucked into.

Absurd Bird
Chicken burger

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

Clayton’s Kitchen
Clayton's Kitchen

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

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

16 Royal Cres, Bath BA1 2LS

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

Marlborough Tavern
Roast beef

35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY

If you fancy eating at a well-established, unpretentious gastropub, the Marlborough Tavern is well worth a try. Conveniently located near Royal Crescent, it’s a great place to stop if you’re sightseeing in the area. Popular with tourists and locals alike, this much-loved pub is spacious and upscale yet casual, with seating both indoors and out. It is a perfect spot for home-cooked early evening snacks and drinks, or for a more lavish dinner – and there are some interesting vegetarian options alongside tempting meat and fish dishes. The pub features in the Michelin Guide for 2020 and also holds two AA Rosettes for its dining experience. Sunday lunch at the Marlborough Tavern is hugely popular so booking is advised. Visit website

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