This Thai restaurant looks pretty good when you walk past. They've got a pretty orchid display on their window as well as a table right next to it. So far so good...
The rest is a bit of a let down. I actually thought the food wasn't that bad, but my companion was utterly disappointed with his meal.
I eat here pretty much every time I go to Bath! It's got a great atmosphere, the food is good, and it's pretty cheap, even by pub food standards. They do jacket potatoes for £3.50, and burgers for £5-6 with a variety of different meats and extras, and they even do a veggie burger - the most recent one I had was a sun-dried tomato and mozzarella, with garlic mayo, yum!
They do have sports on the TV, which is usually a turn-off for me, but in this pub it doesn't seem to detract from the ambience! They serve a variety of lagers, traditional ales and ciders, and the service is quick and friendly.
Martini's was not very good unless you like microwaved calamari, grey looking prawns in filo and a manky 'cod fritter' washed down with a bad Chardonnay and water from a jug the waiter has just sneezed all over,all served up with a dose of major attitude in a room full of kids.Still the bottled water was fizzy - well the one they opened in front of us was, the pre-opened one was very flat... Coke was flat as well. Oh and the med salad seemed to miss most of the advertised content (just had a load of peppers). And they forgot to tell us what was not available until after we'd chosen it and then seemed to want to predict what I was having instead (clearly too busy to let me decide). Still we got home for the end of the footy which was the only good thing I can really say. The pasta main course I had was ok but nothing more and something I could have got cheaper elsewhere. Oh and the Filo pastry prawns were down on the menu as whitebait but the whole dish was so bad I didn't realise until I got home and thought about it. Loads of nice restaurants in Bath including some Italian ones - give this one a miss as it is poor quality, overpriced and served by a team with a real attitude problem!
Favorite Dish: Wouldn't recommend anything but I guess if you end up there try a pizza. Not expensive but for the quality you may as well go somewhere cheaper and more friendly!
As you would expect there are a lot of places to eat in Bath and you will be spoilt for choice. The link below is for a really good website that will help you choose the places you want to eat. They are all members of The Bath Restaurants Association.
You can use the inter active map or download printable guides.
Some may think that the local mini fast-food chain of Schwartz Bros (established 1977) was set up to compete with the likes of McDonalds but there's just no competition. These burgers are a different animal - 100% beef, cooked fresh to order, decent buns and fries and various interesting and tasty variations. There's even vegetarian options but these aren't made of beef LOL ;)
Service too doesn't compete. Here you are a valued customer - they want your money and are happy to be pleasant about taking it!
Favorite Dish: Has to be the Cheeseburger with Bacon and Chilli - everything a burger should be, moist and flavoursome in a bun that actually has texture: Delish! A little more expensive than the mass-produced stuff but hey they're not competing on price either!
We called in The Huntsman for a drink and Vicki had a sticky toffee pudding and custard (or something like that)
It's a nice pub that looks like it is usualy frequented by Bath's students. There is a dance floor upstairs so it is probably quite busy at weekends.
the menu and the food looked nice and not to expensive.
It is located just across from one of the City Tour bus stops and not far from all the major attractions which make it an ideal place to call in.
It is the Starting point for The Bizarre Bath Comedy walk ( now in it's 16th year) which is on every night at 20:00 from 30th March 2010 to the 30th October 2010 for further info visit their website http://www.bizarrebath.co.uk
A huge thanks to VTer Sue-Stone for this tip!!! I probably wouldn't have found this place if I hadn't read her tip before my Bath trip, and her description inspired me to check it out!
Well I wasn't disappointed! Bright exterior/interior.
Limited seating (bar stools around small high tables)
Display cabinets of their milkshake cartons decorated in a variety of styles.
Chose your milkshake from blackboard menu, 126 choices!!
Theeennnnn....chose a topping and/ or bottom for 25p extra (marshmallows, maltesers, nuts, custard, flake,smarties, maltesers, parma violets etc!),
Extra flavour (70p) whipped cream (35p) and even more..
'attitude' (70p)...bran, wheatgerm, musclebuilder!, malt, protein, energy!!
After all that, there's then the decision of size!
Regular £2.35 Large £3.25, and even then, there's the option of organic soya milk, and soya ice cream for an extra 99p reg, £1.49 lge
Limited snacks too, sandwiches, cakes etc.
Appears to cater to students etc (it was freshers week tho', so there were student promotions advertised)
Branches in Bournmouth, Southampton, Brighton, Reading, Croyden
Web site, with fan club, news, games etc.
Shaker Cow card....buy so many shakes, get one free!
Favorite Dish: Well out of 126 shakes, I was a bit spoiled for choice, but eventually narrowed it down to Chocolate and peanut butter, turkish delight and parma violet.
The choc/peanut butter won, with a topping of nuts..Mmmmmmm!!!
As I hadn't eaten breakfast, and it was around 11am, I was a bit peckish, the menu advertised sandwiches and cakes, but there was a very poor selection, I ended up with a small square of pre wrapped carrot cake, which was quite expensive. Otherwise, a must do!
If fresh fish and seafood is your thing then this is the plaice (HeHe!).
Fishworks was formerly the Green Street Seafood Cafe which was simply a fishmongers shop with half a dozen or so dining tables in an upstairs room and a little kitchen. It's still got the fishmongers shop and the upstairs room but has now expanded downstairs to become quite a substantial restaurant which has also grown tentacles with outlets in London and Richmond.
I kinda miss the intimacy of the previous incarnation which really did have a cafe feel to it but at least the product remains the same; fish and seafood delivered daily from the port of Newlyn down in Cornwall.
Favorite Dish: There is quite an attractive looking menu with some interesting looking dishes but me I just ask for the day's specials. The problem with this sort of place having a menu is that they then have to order their stock for the menu which may, or may not, be sold on the day and so sticking to the day's specials usually ensures that you are getting the freshest of the fresh.
On my last lunchtime visit I opted for the Steamed Hake with Lemon and Vanilla, accompanied by their excellent bread, which comes with Salsa Verde and Aioli, a nicely dressed green salad, and washed down with a glass of the House White.
No complaints whatsoever. The hake was cut as a meaty darne and cooked until just and no more coming off the bone. The Lemon and Vanilla dressing was nicely subtle, letting the fish speak for itself. The accompaniements of bread and salad were all the fish needed as a supporting act and the house wine crisp and refreshing.
Personally I found the service a little off-hand but was swift and professional. My only gripe is that it is slightly pricey (my single course lunch coming to about 25 Pounds) but good fish is expensive and so I shouldn't really grumble.
Woods is pretty much everything a restaurant should be. It's stylish and sophisticated but not at all snobby. The eclectic seasonally-changing menues offer a perfect fusion of classical and modern European dishes with some zingy exotic touches and most of the main ingredients are sourced locally. The wine list too has a worldly balance with something to suit all tastes and budgets. Service is professional and knowledgeable yet informal and friendly.
As befits a family-owned business the decor is characterful, the walls covered with the male half of the partnership's horse racing picures whilst the smartly-attired dining room has some definitely graceful feminine touches. Despite being quite a large restaurant (140 seats in total) it manages to maintain an intimate feel and is as equally suited for a romantic tete-a-tete as for a birthday celebration.
Woods celebrates its 30th anniversary this year (2009), a fact that speaks volumes of itself.
Favorite Dish: On my last visit I opted for the Pork Terrine starter which came as a satisfyingly meaty slab accompanied by a complementary home-made chutney. For my main course Calves Liver with a Port and Shallot Jus. The liver was perfectly pink and the sauce reduced to just the right degree of stickiness. Locally-baked bread, potatoes and vegetables of the day come included and washing the whole lot down with a couple of glasses of the house red still left the bill under 30 Pounds.
Definitely a Bath Insitution and for the overall quality and ambience not a particularly pricey one!
A small note - if eating at lunchtime or early evening the set menues at under 15 Pounds are great value for money.
There's listed buildings and preservation orders abound in the City of Bath and to my mind The Waverley should also be included amongst the stately ornate Georgian edifices. This little cafe is a Bath institution, occupying an ever-shrinking niche in the great British traditional culinary scene.
Yep, there's not many of these left and this one should be regarded as a National Treasure. No pancetta on ciabatta here - streaky bacon on white is the order of the day (in fact I'm not even sure if they offer the option of brown bread!). Fry-ups are the mainstay, served all day, and if it's lunchtime you can replace the fried bread and hash browns with chips, go upmarket and use the ketchup instead of the HP.
As well as the fry-ups there's a simple pie/roast lunch menu with decent portions, and for the healthy eaters the choice of omelettes can be served with salad instead of chips.
Cheap, cheerful (except sometimes first thing in the mornings when the cook's got a head on) and definitely atmospheric. Whether a builder or a professor, gourmet or gourmand, when the windows are steamed up on a frosty winter morning this is the egalitarian place to nosh!
Favorite Dish: It has to be the all-day "Builder's Breakfast" - sausages, bacon, egg, beans, mushrooms, fried bread and hash browns. Washed down with a mug of sugary tea, just the thing to set you up for the day's sightseeing (or pub crawling in my case!).
This is Bath's smallest and one of its most characterful pubs. Situated in the lively narrow alley of Northumberland Place, almost opposite the High Street's Guildhall, this little gem is definitely worth seeking out if you appreciate a proper pub. The downstairs bar is certainly cosy, maybe seating about a dozen slim people and with standing room for the same again, and usually attracts an eclectic mix of locals and visitors. There is an upstairs dining room as well the bar but it being a sunny (ish) day I opted to eat at one of the outside tables and watch the world go by.
The Coeur is owned by the local Bath brewery, Abbey Ales, and of course stocks a range of its beers, all in perfect nick and reasonably-priced. Service is friendly and chatty whilst the food offering from the smallish menu sticks to nice simple pub classics - not a sun-blushed tomato in sight!
Favorite Dish: The Steak and Ale Pie was the definitive classic, tender beef cooked in the company's signature "Bellringer Ale" with a few veggie bits, topped with flaky puff pastry, served with fries (not home-made but good quality nevertheless) and green beans. Washed down with a couple of pints of the excellent, malty, "Chorister Ale" was exactly what I was after for lunch. Just the job!
If you go expecting Jamie to be working in the kitchen you're in for a disappointment. But he has visited a couple of times and his mentor Gennaro (Contaldo) is a more frequent visitor - at least according to the excellent waitress that serves us.
Sited right in the heart of Bath in an upmarket shopping centre this is the second of Jamie's Italian restaurants to open in the UK. There are now five and two more on the way. It's a lot bigger than the Oxford one and seats 250 people.
Jamie's recipe of casual dining Italian style with fresh flavoursome ingredients seems to have hit the mark with both locals and visitors to Bath. It's not possible to book a table. When we turn up on a Saturday on a warm summer's evening we join a long queue snaking out of the shopping centre. When told by staff that we face an hour and a half’s wait we decide to scout out the alternatives - of which there are many - but make a mental note to return at a less busy hour to see what all the fuss is about.
Returning early Sunday evening at about six o'clock - no queue. We are shown straight into the waiting area cum bar. One of my companions is handed a device rather like a doctor's pager from the 1980s. It would vibrate when our table was ready - in the meantime would we like drinks? We sit down and ask whether it’s possible to dine on the roof terrace. Impossible - it’s full. Within minutes the pager is vibrating and we are shown past the kitchen and prep areas where all the action is going on to a window table. This proves a blessing. It can get very hot in the restaurant. Even sitting next to an open window two of my companions complain about the heat as the evening progresses and the restaurant gets busy.
Our waitress introduces herself in a friendly and businesslike way. Menus are handed around. It’s time to ponder and savour the possibilities.
Bruschetta and the seasonal meat plank are ordered as starters. Amongst the main courses: a dish of the day - a pork chop - and a bucatini carbonara.
Two tins of canned tomatoes are placed on the table. Bemused I wonder aloud whether we have ordered the "DIY" bruschetta. But the purpose of the tin cans becomes clear once the meat plank arrives. They form the pedestals upon which the plank - a fat cricket bat with cured meats, Italian cheeses, olives and pickles - sits. Both dishes are excellent and of a quality that you do not find in the other chain Italian restaurants that grace our high streets in the UK. American visitors to Bath may wish to note that we are talking quality here rather than quantity. Portions are small but the mixture of flavours is exquisite.
Onto the main course. I'm thoroughly enjoying my dish of the day - the pork chop with apple sauce and a side order of garlicky green beans with tomatoes. Excellent - perhaps the best pork chop I've had in a restaurant. Not underdone (a common and worrying problem with pork) but not overdone. Juicy and tender with a poignant seasoning. My companions seem happy but I must admit by this time I'm concentrating on my own dish not theirs.
The lean but satisfying portions mean that there is room for dessert. Clever - it's all about taste not quantity. One of my companions recommends the Italian Bakewell tart. An almond cake with a mixed fruit jam base served with lemon and orange crème fraîche. Very much a signature dish. It’s a traditional English treat given a new Italian twist through the citrus fruit.
We while away the early evening in conversation and shared admiration for the food in front of us. I guess this is the draw of Jamie's Italian (and the reason for the queues) - informal relaxed enjoyable dining at a reasonable price (at least for the UK). But best not to queue.
The Queen Street Deli is a pretty traditional cheese shop with lots of local Somerset cheeses and all the necessary accompaniments for a nice picnic. The young people on staff there were very cordial and helpful, letting me sample several in the selection process. We left with some Green’s cheddar from nearby Glastonbury, olives, 3 seed biscuits and some fruit drinks for a picnic. Lunch for 2 for less than £8 - a pretty good deal! We found a bench in front of the Parish Church of St. Cuthbert and the company of several hungry pigeons.
I had read in Rick Steves about The Cheese and Grain Company here and am certain that it has now changed its name to the Queen Street Delicatessen.
The Old Green Tree Pub struck me as exactly what a pub should be: small, limited menu and friendly barman. We stopped in for a light lunch and found a very cordial welcome in one of the very small rooms. I was interested in a local ale and was given a taste of Portland Porter which is brewed in Somerset. Very nice. Both my wife and I had beef and aubergine soup and half a cheddar and chutney sandwich. She had a St. Helier Pear Cider which she liked. A very nice lunch in a lovely spot for about 20 GBP for both of us.
Tilley’s boasts that all their food is made on the premises except the bread which comes from Delice de France and the ice cream which comes from Salcombe Dairy of Devon. From our dinner, I do not question this at all as it was all delicious. One nice thing about their menu is that it has a large selection of small, medium and large dishes so you don’t fall victim to overly large portions like you find in so many places. We appreciate smaller portions and being able to choose our own combinations.
Favorite Dish: I had a very nice chicken liver and cognac pate with melba toast and a small salad and French onion soup topped with nice toasted flutes and Gruyere cheese. My wife had warm asparagus with parmesan shavings and a small salad accompanied by red cabbage braised in cider with onions and Bramley apples. Everything was excellent and we washed it down with a glass each of the house red wine but finished by sharing a bread and butter pudding with hot double cream and coffee. An outstanding meal from start to finish.
Reservations are wise.
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