Bath travel guide: best things to do for a city break, hotels, restaurants, attractions


The Olive Tree, located in the Queensberry Hotel, is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city of Bath. Talented head chef Chris Cleghorn brings an “innovative and personalized approach to cooking” with colors, textures and flavors “used to full effect”, says the Michelin Guide.

There’s a “bumper crop” of independent places to eat and drink, Olive Magazine said. For vegetarian dishes, head to OAK; for the “high-end fish and chips” The St Jacques; and for wild game and sophisticated Sunday roasts The Elder. Other restaurants to add to your must-visit list include Clayton’s Kitchen, Cafe Lucca and Comptoir+Cuisine, according to The Telegraph.

As well as being a “magnificent city of irresistible charms”, Bath’s best restaurants prove it’s also “a foodie’s paradise”, Rosemary Waugh told Time Out. The “favorite spot” for afternoon tea is the Pump Room restaurant, a perfect spot for “Austen-inspired daydreaming.”

Pubs and wine bars

There may be “more beautiful pubs” in Bath, but the “slightly run-down” Pulteney Arms is a locals favourite, BBC Good Food has said. The Pulteney Arms offers a wide range of real draft ales and even has its own gin, Old Tom Cat Gin.

The Boater, a “cozy and intimate” pub, celebrates “the splendor of a well-poured pint”, Total Guide to Bath said. Other must-drinkers include The Grapes, a public house since 1792; The Raven, which specializes in real ales, fine wines and delicious pies; and The Canon, one of Bath’s most popular pubs.

Offering casual dining and inexpensive eats, the cozy Corkage Wine Bar is a “great place” to try some interesting wines, BBC Good Food says. Beckford Bottle Shop, a “trendy wine cellar-bistro”, offers food “designed to accompany wines” rather than, as usual, “the other way around”, added The Telegraph.

Bath Bun or Sally Lunn?

If you fancy getting ‘stuck in all things local’ then why not try a Bath Bun or Sally Lunn – two of ‘the most well-known treats in town’, says Lorna Doran in the Bath Chronicle. The Bath Bun is “small and sweet and is mixed with sugar and fruit”, while the Sally Lunn is “much bigger” than a Bath Bun and looks more like a regular French brioche or French festival bread . “It is cooked according to a secret recipe.”

Sally Lunn’s Historic Restaurant

For a taste of one of Bath’s specialties, head to Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House. Open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and pre-theatre meals, Sally Lunn’s building is one of Bath’s oldest houses and also houses a museum.

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