We had lunch at the Crystal Palace Pub, sitting out in the pretty beer garden (under an umbrella as the weather was a bit dodgy).
It is a great place for a relaxing meal and was very popular the day we were there.
You order and pay at the bar, and your food is bought out to your table.
One good thing to note - since June 2004 the Crystal Palace has been a non-smoking pub, except in the beer garden.
Favorite Dish: We had fish & chips and a Shepherds Pie. A half pint of beer completed the meal.
The food was average, but the atmosphere of the pub was good.
Shakeaway is a small shop that sells 101 flavours of milk shake!!!
They blend up all sorts of things into their shakes to create amazing taste sensations!
You can have a look at the huge menu board behind the counter and make your selection....but it could take a while - they all sound soooooooo good!
Favorite Dish: Too many good ones, but some examples are:
Kit Kat Chunky Shake
Chocolate & Peanut Butter Shake
Aero Mint Shake
I came here for dinner with a friend and we were both impressed with Jamie Oliver’s latest venture. The restaurant is tucked away in a small shopping mall off Milsom Street and is surprisingly large. We were shown to a table at the farthest end, where the initial modern décor gives way to something far more traditional and in keeping with the general atmosphere of Bath. In fact I realised later that we were in the old Circulating Library which on its exterior still bears the old sign (see photo 2).
Favorite Dish: To start with I chose squid which was served with a delicious red pepper mayonnaise dip, while my friend had a dish of baked mushrooms. We both chose pasta for our mains – he enjoyed a traditional lasagne and I had an excellent ravioli filled with ricotta cheese and served in a rosemary and pumpkin sauce. Despite being full we decided that we owed it to Jamie to check out the desserts, so he had lemon sorbet and I selected three flavours from the tempting ice cream menu – vanilla, hazelnut and dark chocolate, of which the last was definitely the star! With a bottle of merlot, the bill was a very reasonable £51 (without service), which we thought very good value for the quality of the food.
Service was brisk but friendly, and the place was buzzing even quite early on a Tuesday evening. You can’t reserve a table here, so I would say come early, as we did, or be prepared to wait in the bar area.
The Pump Room is so integral to the novels written by Jane Austen that were set in Bath that it was a real pleasure to stop here after having the Jane Austen tour earlier in the day and have afternoon tea. The Pump Room is elegant and formal without being stuffy.
Afternoon tea starts at 2:30pm, reservations are taken for weekdays but not on weekends. We only had to wait a few minutes but I imagine in the peak season that the queue is rather long.
Favorite Dish: We had eaten lunch earlier so we opted for a light afternoon tea with just tea and scones with clotted cream and jam (L7.20 per person). The scones were delicious, I think the best I've ever had.
There's also the traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and pastries for L15 per person, we saw it on another table and it all looked delicious. I think if I go back to Bath that I would stop here for the full tea. They also have breakfast and lunch, you can see the menu on the attached website.
And while certain unbelievers say that it's just a waiter, I swear there is a ghost of a Victorian lady in a lovely long dress in my main photo....
Tucked away in Queen Street. I found this attractive restaurant which offered a light lunch menu – just what I needed. There is also a set menu (£10.95 for 2 courses, £13.50 for 3 at lunchtime and before 7.30 in the evening) if you’re looking for a more substantial meal. I liked the warm colours and fresh flowers, and settled into a corner table
My Eggs Royale (£7.95) consisted of muffins with smoked salmon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. The dish was very tasty though I felt it could have been warmer. Service was friendly but quite slow, especially with only four tables occupied. I didn’t bother with dessert but a couple near me were making very appreciative noises about their apple crumble, which was just as well given how long they’d waited for it.
We were looking for an outside area for a nice light lunch on a warm day, but for 8 people in peak season you can spend a long time looking. We decided to go off the main cobbled streets of Bath & we succesfully found this little sun trap.
Unfortunately there was no table available for 8 in the shade but the garden did look rather lovely. We chose to sit by the door getting the benefit of the sun & the breeze. The decor is very tasteful with artworks on the walls.
The menu was a bit limited for lunch but they had a few daily specials. The vegetarian in the group chose the omlette whilst we chose the carpaccio platter which was med veg & cold cuts of meat - this was a bit small though but very tasty. On the whole the meal was probably a bit more pricey then we wished to spend for a light lunch but then again for the excellent taste, good wine, setting and service it made it a bargin.
I would come back here on a hot summers evening or perhaps for breakfast.
We stopped at a pub, Sam Wellers, to get something to eat before hitting the Roman Baths. The atmosphere is typical of what you would find in a pub, we placed our order at the bar and they brought the food to our table. They had a menu of casual fare such as sandwiches, burgers and fish and chips and since it was Sunday, they also ordered several choices for roasts. The staff was very friendly and everyone enjoyed their meals.
Favorite Dish: I was tempted to try the roast but since I hadn't had any fish and chips on this trip I figured this was as good of a place as any to have it. The fish was good as were the chips, the peas went uneaten.
I did not actually get to have tea in the Pump room which was a bit disappointing.
The decor is quite opulent and a pianist plays soothing music while you enjoy your tea.
Lunch is served 12-2.30pm, Tea is served from 2.30pm onwards.
The traditional Pumproom tea is GBP15.50 for 1 or GBP30 for 2 includes a variety of tea or coffee, a selection of sandwiches, tea & scones, soft cheese tarts & dessert shots.
Otherwise the bakery does scones, spicy orange & cranberry cake, classic choclate cake, coffe & walnut cake, traditional bath bun as well as a selection of cream pastries.
Doesn't this just make your mouth water. Prices seem fairly reasonable for what you get so go on treat yourself.
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!
I highly recommend visiting The Walrus and Carpenter restaurant for its homemade food. The restaurant name came from a Lewis Carroll poem also the restaurant's purpose is somewhat different to the poet's! I loved the contemporary decor inside the restaurant with its memorabilia and candles in bottles on the tables! The only negative thing I can say about the restaurant is that it's expensive but worth it for a great meal out and atmosphere.
*Please note the restaurant has closed down. It was disappointing to see especially that it has been very popular since it opened in 1974. Here's an article relating to the closure (Please click onto the link)*
Favorite Dish: The Vegetable Chilli - Fresh, homemade and delicious
The Cheesecake - Ditto
THE MOON & SIXPENCE is easily overlooked, half-hidden as it is in a courtyard off Broad Street. Visitors to Bath regularly wander past it and its low profile silver sign. As a VT community service I offer this suggestion: find your way to the corner of Green and Broad Streets and look north (uphill). The Saracen's Head sign should be clearly visible. Go to it and stride up the street another good 6 - 10 paces. Look to the west side of Broad St. and you should be able to locate the 'secret archway' that leads to this fine cafe.
Favorite Dish: A comfortable, contemporary bistro and winebar, the MOON & SIXPENCE seems to attract the young business set. The menu changes daily. All the dishes are eclectic - a sort of Euro-Oriental fusion. Menu items are mainly a la carte, with dinners typically beginning at L 25 (excluding drinks). The waiter was helpful in pairing wine to the meal. With unrushed service and a pleasant view over the wishing well in the courtyard, it is easy to linger the hours away in this cafe.
Weeknights are not too busy, but reservations are strongly suggested on the weekends.
These are a few restaurant suggestions I've picked up from other websites for my upcoming trip
www.popjoys.co.uk Closed Sundays. Other days serves lunch and dinner, dinner from 6pm. ”
Pimpernel’s: Royal Crescent Hotel, 16 Royal Crescent, www.royalcrescent.co.uk Open 7 days, serves afternoon tea.
The Bath Priory, Weston Road, www.thebathpriory.co.uk hotel and restaurant
Fishworks Seafood Café, 6 Green St, www.fishworks.co.uk Open Tues-Saturday, and Sunday lunch during the summer.
Sally Lunn’s: 9 North Parade Passage, a block south of the Abbey. Also in an historic house (1482) Many tourists go there, but the quality is high and it is not a tourist trap. You can have lunch, dessert, afternoon tea, or candlelight dinner. Open 7 days. http://www.sallylunns.co.uk/
Woods, 9-13 Alfred St. Open Mon-Sat and Sunday lunch. Modern British/French cooking.
An Old English Village Inn with 11 rooms, one with a four-poster. Really nice feel to it.
I know it's not exactly in Bath, 12 miles away, but all the Bath restaurants seemed to be new wave cuisine. This place did real food but in a modern way, the best of both worlds.
Favorite Dish: Orange soaked in grenadine and ginger with honey ginger ice cream. The best desert I have ever tasted.
Also had their spicy home-made sausages which were nice and the next night home-made steak and ale pie to die for.
The Thai chicken and noodles was excellent as was the roasted rump of lamb.
I think everything on the menu was a winner. They do cater for vegetarians too.
The feeling is of a funky, family-run cafe. The food is cosy family fare. Lamb stew and a pot of tea for under L 10 was just the thing to drive the chill away on a rainy evening.
The location is convenient to Great Pulteney Street and its neighboring parks.
POPJOYS is fine dining indeed. An elegant Georgian room, crisp linens and a fresh rose on each table set the stage for a luxurious meal. With the strains of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto playing softly in the background, the diner is transported to 18th Century Bath - and Beau Nash himself might walk through the door at any moment.
The Steak Diane was perfection.
Favorite Dish: The freshest ingredients of the day go into the set course menus that begin at L16.50 for lunch, L 23.50 for dinner. A la carte items are also available.
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