With its excellent reputation for food and a huge choice of places to eat out Bath is a ‘foodie’ heaven! There are so many reasons to explore the city’s culinary delights, Jamie Oliver recently added his name to Bath’s food map, The Bertinet Kitchen, was recently awarded ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards.
If you are looking for somewhere to eat during your stay in Bath, you will certainly not be disappointed. The city is renowned for great hospitality, Bath’s streets are covered with wonderful award winning restaurants, quaint tearooms and welcoming cosy pubs. Bath is the food and drink lovers paradise with a diverse range of cuisines from all parts of the world including renowned celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver ‘s restaurant “Jamies Italian” located in Milsom Place, the famous Pump Rooms which is located above the Roman Baths, Firehouse Rotisserie, Woods, The Eastern Eye, Gascoyne Place and many more excellent restaurants! All tastes really are catered for, with British and international food in all price ranges served in restaurants in Bath.
For people who really love food, a selection of food and drink events run throughout the year, and you will find local produce and tasty treats at local farmers’ markets in Bath and the surrounding towns.
Tip: Either get to Jamie’s Italian early or Reserve a table at the Pump Rooms to avoid the long queues
Please see below for some of the best places to visit when in Bath for food and drink:
Price Guide: Rough cost (excluding any service charge) per person for 3 course á la carte dinner ££: under £22, £££: £22 – £25, ££££: £26 – £30, £££££: £31 +
Yak Yeti Yak – NEPALESE CUISINE
Nepalese home cooking in this cosy, stone walled basement. Celebrated by The Good Food Guide amongst others for food that is not only delicious but actually authentic too! Open every day. Last orders 22.30 (22.00 Sun).
Amex accepted. Service discretionary except groups of 6+.
TILLEY’S BISTRO – FRENCH/MEDITERRANEAN CUISINE
French-biased but varied menu with a wide choice of hot and cold dishes mostly in appetizer-size portions including a good vegetarian selection. Centrally located and family run. Bookings advisable. Closed Sunday lunch.
Last orders 22.30. Service discretionary except groups of 6+. ££££
Acorn – VEGETARIAN & VEGAN
Probably the best exclusively vegetarian restaurant in the south west of England. Innovative and delicious dishes are complemented by a carefully chosen organic wine list in relaxed and intimate surroundings.
Open every day. Last orders 21.30. Service discretionary. ££££
CAFE DU GLOBE – MOROCCAN
An authentic Morroccan restaurant offers a genuine warm hospitality in opulent surroundings. The owner takes pride in his cuisine which is based on recipes handed down from his Fez born grandmother. Open every day. Last orders 22.30. Amex accepted. Service discretionary except groups of 5+. £££
YUM YUM THAI – THAI CUISINE
Free range chicken, organic wines, coffees, ice cream Free of MSG. Casual Thai dining takeaway available. Open every day. Last orders 22.30. Service on groups of 5+. ££
LIME LOUNGE BATH – Contemporary English
Vibrant independent restaurant, serving hearty breakfasts through to fantastic dinners. Giving thoughtful service and fresh seasonal menus at reasonable prices. The perfect location whatever the occasion; from a romantic meal to casual dining with a group of friends. Open every day. Last orders 21.00. Service on groups of 8+. £££
BISTRO LA BARRIQUE – FRENCH / MEDITERRANEAN
Experience ‘Petit Plats’ (small dishes with lots of variety) from award winning local chef Michel Lemoine, ideal for sharing or enjoying individually. Relaxing and informal. Floral courtyard for ‘Al Fresco’ dining. Open every day. Last orders 22.00 (22.30 Fri, Sat). Service discretionary except groups of 6+. £££
THE BATHWICK BOATMAN – ENGLISH / MEDITERRANEAN
A hidden gem overlooking the prettiest reach of the River Avon. Rosy and Ben offer a terrific menu and a warm welcome. Lovely Terrace. Car park. closed Sunday eve & Mondays. Last orders 21.00. Service discretionary except groups of 10+. £££
AQUA – ITALIAN CUISINE
Italian cuisine – thoughtfully tailored menus featuring local organic produce, an extensive wine list & cocktails. 2 for 1 Bellinis every day till 7. Open every day. Last orders 22.00 – Fri & Sat 22.30. ££££
CASANIS RESTAURANT – FRENCH CUISINE
Receive a warm welcome from chef Laurent Couvreur and his wife Jill. With deliciously authentic Provençale cuisine and a cosily upbeat ambience. The award winning Casanis is quite simply a delight. Closed Sundays and Mondays. Last orders 22.00. Discretionary service included. ££££
THE OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT – MODERN BRITISH
A creative blend of modern British cuisine using local produce. Owners Laurence and Helen Beere have created a stylish atmosphere that retains warmth and friendliness. Closed Monday to Thursday lunchtimes. Last orders 22.00. 10% service charge added. £££££
AIÓ RESTAURANT – ITALIAN/SARDINIAN
Aió is the only restaurant in Bath specialising in Sardinian Cuisine. Near the Circus & Assembly Rooms. Aió serves the freshest seafood, chargrilled meats, homemade pastas & the unique Sardinian fregola. Last orders 22.30 (22:00 Sun). Service on groups of 5+. ££££
CIRCUS CAFE & RESTAURANT – MODERN ENGLISH
Small, very busy, much admired, family-run restaurant; serving seasonal, locally sourced, freshly cooked, English food; carefully chosen wines; charming staff; honest prices. In Bath’s most beautiful setting – between The
Circus and The Royal Crescent. Closed Sundays. Last orders 22.30. Service voluntary, bookings advised. ££££
HUDSON STEAK HOUSE – STEAK HOUSE
Hudson steak house has carved a great reputation among Bath diners,serving delicious 28 day aged beef and fresh seafood with a fusion twist in a casual glamorous restaurant. Open Monday-Friday evening, Saturday all day,
Closed Sundays. Last orders 22.30. £££££
MARTINI RESTAURANT – ITALIAN & PIZZA CUISINE
An authentic Italian experience. Franco and Nunzio will provide the warm welcome whilst Luigi prepares fresh pasta, pizzas, risotto, fish and salads, as well as à la carte specials. Open every day. Last orders 22.30. Service discretionary except groups of 5+. ££££
The Firehouse Rotisserie
The Firehouse Rotisserie is one of the most stylish dining rooms in the city and comes highly recommended by Tatler, GQ, The Observer and The Daily Mail. Located in a Georgian building that once was a wool traders warehouse, The Firehouse has an ambience of its own with the open kitchen the focal point. You see exactly what is going on in this lively yet rustic restaurant. The Firehouse is famous for its pizzas and Californian cuisine – flame roasted meats, pacific south western grills and vegetarian dishes. The opening day dishes are still available such as Chinese chicken salad, pacific crab cakes and the mouth-watering rotisserie herb chicken. Only the best ingredients are used ensuring strong flavours and bold presentation. Eating-out should be a pleasure and an evening at the Firehouse will not disappoint.
The Pump Rooms
Situated at the heart of the World Heritage Site since 1795. One of the most elegant and stylish buildings in the country. Spa water still flows from the fountain overlooking the natural hot spring. The magnificent domed Reception Hall is perhaps the best Victorian interior in Bath. Regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries, the Pump Room is a striking neo-classical salon where hot Spa water is drawn for drinking.
The Pump Room is open daily for morning coffee from 9.30am until 12.00, and lunch from 12.00 – 2.30pm. Afternoon tea is served between 2.30pm and 5pm.
Please ring 01225 444477 to make a reservation for lunch or tea Mondays -Friday. Please note, the Pump Rooms has a queuing system on Saturdays and Sundays. The Pump Room Trio plays every day throughout the year to add to your enjoyment while having morning coffee or afternoon tea in the Pump Room. The permanent members of the Pump Room Trio are: Violin: Lorna Osbon and Robert Hyman (playing alternate days), Cello: Keith Tempest, Piano: Derek Stuart-Clark
The Pump Room is closed 25 & 26 December. A pianist plays every lunchtime from 12.45 to 14.15 and in the afternoons when the Trio is not playing.
The Eastern Eye
The Eastern Eye is Bath’s premier unique 3 Domed Indian Restaurant – Top 10 UK and the best in the South West by many top food critics. The Mahal of exquisite Indian cuisine with one of the City’s most impressive Georgian interiors. This family Business has been established and run by Mr Abdul Choudhury and his family in Bath since 1984 and has earned a national and international reputation for its high standard of cuisine and first class service. The traditional dishes are rooted from Bengal, Southern and Northern India
The ‘extremely warm but cool Gascoyne Place’ (Venue Magazine) offers five distinct spaces to enjoy. Classic elegance in the first floor Georgian dining rooms, a cosy corner snug, a public bar, a stylish mezzanine and the atmospheric buzz of the long downstairs lounge with it’s exposed original Medieval city wall.
Gascoyne Place offers unpretentious style with a laid-back and friendly service environment. Table service for both food and drink can be enjoyed throughout. Private functions can be readily accommodated on request
Sally Lunn’s Refreshment House and Museum
Sally Lunn’s is the oldest house in Bath (c.1482) and serves the most famous local delicacy; the Original Sally Lunn Bun. Sally Lunn, arrived 1680 and established her bakery. Today Sally Lunn’s serve a menu based on the world famous Sally Lunn Bun during the day and are open for fine English food in the evening. Museum open daily, showing the original kitchen she used.
Bath is home to The Bertinet Kitchen, a superb cookery school where enthusiasts can learn from experienced chefs. Set up in 2005 by French baker, Richard Bertinet, the purpose-built school runs a range of relaxed and fun demonstrations and hands-on classes for food lovers of all abilities. The Bertinet Kitchen recently won the ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’ gold award in the prestigious South West Tourism Excellence Awards 2008/09. The Excellence Awards celebrate ‘The Best in the South West’ and aim to promote and reward the very best in the tourism industry. Richard Bertinet says, “We have the most fantastic team working here at the school so I am just so proud of what we have achieved. This is a very prestigious award and by continuing to work together with local businesses it will really put The Bertinet Kitchen and our beautiful city of Bath on the map.
Opium Bar Bath
A 3 minute walk from the Edgar townhouse this Wine Bar and gallery An eclectic bar unique in Bath for the 25 and over, with fantastic wine list, many by the glass, as well as huge range of quality spirits and bottle beers from around the world.. The items of jewellery and furniture displayed and used in the bar are all for sale. The bar also has the only Roman well within a commercial property in Bath, which you can also stand upon the glass covering.
The Earl of Manvers
Bath’s fusion bar, next door to the second bridge the stunning new cocktail lounge promises to be one of the best places to start your evening. The new venue offers a range of tantalising cocktails with table service to guest seated in the lounge or terrace. You can party to the early hours with priority access to the second bridge nightclub or just enjoy a glass of wine before catching the train home.
SALATHAI – THAI CUISINE
Traditional Thai treats with warm, friendly and traditionally dressed service. Just a short walk from the centre to this surprisingly bright and breezy location. Open every day. Last orders 22.30. 10% service on groups of 5+.
WOODS – MODERN BRITISH
A true family restaurant run by David and Claude Price since 1979 now helped by their children. Head of the kitchen is enthusiastic Stuart Ash who uses local, seasonal produce in menus. Closed Sundays, Last orders 22.00. Service discretionary. ££££
GREEN PARK BRASSERIE – MODERN BRITISH
Free live jazz for diners and “just drinkers”, Wednesday-Saturday. Award winning, fresh, local food served by friendly staff in the vibrant ambience of the old station. Al fresco terrace, Sunday Roast Lunch. Groups welcome. Closed Sunday and Monday evenings. Last orders 22.00. Service discretionary. ££££