For today’s post, I’ll be sharing some of the places that we ate and drank during our time visiting Bath last month. In my opinion, one of the best things about being away from home is the fact that you have to eat out for almost every meal – which is a treat in itself – and not even having to worry about anything like washing up or making a mess.
With the wedding coming up next year, we knew that we didn’t want to go crazy on the restaurant front whilst we were in Bath, and I did a lot of research before we went to scope out the best places to go. We also decided to make food in our apartment on the first night in order to take advantage of having an actual kitchen – but more about that in the last instalment of my Bath City Guides.
This post is dedicated to all of the places that we managed to cram in for the 3 days that we were there.
Breakfast – the most important meal of the day!
If you read my post on where to go in Bath, I mentioned a little square that we stumbled upon, Milsom Street, which was full of restaurant and bars but set away from the busy streets. We visited Hunter & Sons on the Saturday morning we were there, and although it was busy, we were seated and ordering within about 15 minutes. The food was all locally sourced and really tasty – I went for the poached eggs with smoked salmon and a side of avocado on sourdough (because obvs…) and the portion was huge!
On our second morning in Bath, we were torn between a couple of places to go for breakfast but settled on the Courtyard Cafe because the sun was shining and they had a little sun trap with heaters (needed in February!) outside. I went for the veggie breakfast as it came with halloumi, and I wasn’t disappointed at all!
We were drawn towards Wild Cafe because of the colours and fairy lights on the outside, and the welcoming vibe as soon as stepped in. We found out that the whole cafe is run on renewable electricity and they try and use as much recycled produce as possible, which is pretty cool!
I went for the olive and mozzarella focaccia, and Jordan opted for the cheddar and chutney sandwich, and they both were lovely. Wild Cafe use all local ingredients too, and you can really tell because everything is so tasty.
As I mentioned, the first night we were in Bath, we wanted to make the most of the apartment and decided to nip to the supermarket. The second night, however, we made the most of being on a stay-cation (how much do you hate me for using that word…) and headed out for some tapas, which is hands-down one of my favourite cuisines: I’d been googling restaurants for a couple of weeks before we went and we nailed it down to two – Tapas Revolution and Ole Tapas.
We decided to go to Ole Tapas as it seemed much more quaint and traditional, and it did not disappoint at all – it was literally one of the best meals I have ever had. The restaurant itself was up a flight of stairs, and although it only fit 25 in, we were really lucky to grab a seat at the bar which meant that we could watch everything being prepared.
We shared 6 dishes between the two of us and had a couple of jugs of sangria to share, and it was one of my favourite memories of the whole trip! One you HAVE to visit if you’re ever in Bath.
Those who know me well will know that I can rarely visit a new city without picking up a bag of fudge – I don’t know what it is, but it’s always my go-to souvenir. The San Francisco fudge factory was located opposite the abbey, so if you get the chance, I’d recommend having a coffee and sitting outside watching the world go by.
We initially saw this place on our first evening, but it was just closing so we made sure we went back the next day. The staff were really friendly and let us try a few different flavours before we settled on rocky road and chocolate orange.
We stopped at Society Cafe for a bit of tea and cake but ended up spending over an hour here because it was so lovely and chilled and away from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets.
There’s a couple of society cafes in Bath (and more in Oxford and Bristol) and their selection of cakes was amazing – I ended up going for a vegan salted caramel brownie which was delicious (and we may have shared a scone afterwards).
If there’s a gin bar in town, I’m there, and this one was no exception. We visited the bar after our meal at Ole Tapas, so we didn’t want much to drink, but still ended up having a couple each. I sampled their house gin with a strawberry tonic and mint, and also my favourite Edinburgh rhubarb and ginger gin with ginger beer – both delish!
Although we didn’t get a chance to visit Boston Tea Party, I wanted to mention it on here as it looked lovely from what we did see. There are a couple in the city and are rated highly on Trip Advisor as a good place for a brew and the interiors are a dream!
Before we went to Bath, Mokoko Coffee was recommended by a few different people as a good place to stop and grab a drink. The one we visited was right next to the Roman baths, and although it was quite busy inside, we found a table overlooking the courtyard which was a lovely place to refuel.
And there you have my recommendations for the beautiful Bath. Writing all of them up has made me want to go back so much and sample all of the places that we didn’t get time to go to.
Have you been to Bath for food and drink? Where were your favourites?