Bath is the perfect weekend getaway city with its romantic thermal spas, rolling hills and Georgian architecture. Once a city reliant on restaurant chains, Bath has seen somewhat of a food overhaul in recent years, with independent restaurants, cafes and bars continuing to crop up. Knowledge Recycled founder and Bath local, Julia Kemp, shares her favourite spots to eat in Bath.
An upmarket but laidback and unpretentious fish and chip restaurant that is a long way from a seaside bolthole where fish is wrapped carelessly with old newspaper. A menu so delicious and fresh it’s hard to stop yourself from over ordering. Arrive hungry so you can sample their small plates (think scallops, oysters and crab) and still devour their signature fish and chips. It’s usually packed so book ahead. If you can’t get a table, they have a sister restaurant ‘The Oyster Shell’ - it isn’t central but still worth the taxi fare. A badly kept secret is their newish roof terrace, which is a treat in a city that has few outdoor dining options.
Flickering candlelight, wooden tables and velvet couches welcome you into this wine shop, restaurant and charcuterie. It feels like a hidden gem when found, as it’s tucked away between some of Bath’s most beautiful streets.The perfect spot to take cover in on a dreary English day where you can sip on carefully selected wines and nibble on delicious small plates.
Popular with both tourists and locals thanks to its central location, this romantic and chic independent restaurant serves a menu of (you guessed it) eight seasonally-changing dishes in a modern but intimate space. Book well in advance as it’s hard to get a table on the weekend. Visit the bar after dinner and enjoy a cocktail surrounded by flickering candlelight and atmospheric stone walls.
As the name suggests, Cortado Café offers up delicious coffee as well as lots of sweet treats. If you’re in need of a mid-day pick me up try their Argentinian empanadas, a speciality that are home-made by the cafe's Argentinean owner. The perfect place to refuel before watching the rugby or continuing an afternoon shopping.
Family-run and authentic, Jars Meze is an authentic Greek restaurant located on a charming side street in the centre of Bath. It’s a great place to grab a heavier-than-normal lunch, or evening meal, after wandering all the small boutiques Bath is famous for. Try to snag a table outside if the weather permits and failing that opt for a space on the ground floor. The staff are warm and friendly and the food is delicious, especially the Moussaka.
A homage to the saying ‘less is more’, Henry’s is a true delight and everything you want from an independent, upscale restaurant. Small, simple, unfussy and delicious. They have a wonderful selection of wines by the glass that accompany their modern European menu that focuses on seasonal flavours. Henry’s also offer a full vegan menu which attracts vegans and meat-eaters alike.
You won’t miss this artisan bakery and café due to the heavenly freshly-made bread smell that wafts from the premises. Aside from their takeout delights, Thoughtful Bakery homes a laidback café that’s hard to beat for breakfast or brunch. If you’re staying in the city longer, they also offer cookery classes. Don’t leave without sampling the croissants or hot cross buns.
It’s hard to find decent tapas outside of Spain, but Pintxo really does the cuisine justice. Enjoy Basque-style tapas in their garden or atmospheric dining room and sip on sherry from their dedicated sherry menu. After filling up on sardines, gambas al ajillo and boquerones, try their churros con chocolate. Although more Spanish breakfast than Spanish dessert, you won’t be disappointed.
Clayton's Kitchen is an unpretentious but ever-so-slightly formal restaurant in the centre of Bath, with a sophisticated but cosy atmosphere that suits family gatherings, special lunches and date nights. Michelin-starred Rob Clayton is at the helm offering modern British seasonal dishes. Their Sunday roast leaves you wondering where you ate a better one. If you are full after dinner, ignore your stomach and order the sticky toffee pudding, if it's on the seasonally-changing menu.