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    Heading to Bath for a long weekend - suggested pubs and restaurants?

    Morning TZ,

    Heading to Bath in the near future, and knowing nothing of it other than having tasted the thermal baths' water (grim) when I was a nipper, does anyone have any suggestions for good pubs and restaurants? There appear to be no shortage of either, so now to apply a filter of decentness!

    Most fond of old school, traditional pubs with cask ales rather than bars, and fond of any and all foods.

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

    Hugh
    Last edited by hughtrimble; 9th June 2021 at 11:34.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hughtrimble View Post
    Morning TZ,

    Heading to Bath in the near future, and knowing nothing of it other than having tasted the thermal baths' water (grim) when I was a nipper, does anyone have any suggestions for good pubs and restaurants? There appear to be no shortage of either, so now to apply a filter of decentness!

    Most fond of old school, traditional pubs with cask ales rather than bars, and fond of any and all foods.

    Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

    Hugh
    I was in bath recently for a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had dinner one evening in a place called the Marlborough Tavern which was very good I would certainly recommend it.

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    Heading to Bath for a long weekend - suggested pubs and restaurants?

    Coffee at Colonna and smalls.
    Pie and pint in the Raven
    Opium bar for cocktails
    Menu- Gordon Jones for food.

    There is a decent Moroccan by the cathedral/abbey. With a whiskey bar round the corner (the hideout).

    Real ale there are loads of venues, coer de Leon, the Raven, riflemans, Saracens head, salamander.
    Last edited by Middo; 9th June 2021 at 12:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boring_sandwich View Post
    I was in bath recently for a weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had dinner one evening in a place called the Marlborough Tavern which was very good I would certainly recommend it.
    Quote Originally Posted by Middo View Post
    Coffee at Colonna and smalls.
    Pie and pint in the Raven
    Opium bar for cocktails
    Menu- Gordon Jones for food.
    Lovely, thank you both very much

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    Graze is a combined restaurant and micro brewery owned by Bath Ales..right by the train station...well worth a visit..
    https://grazebath.co.uk/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red Steve View Post
    Graze is a combined restaurant and micro brewery owned by Bath Ales..right by the train station...well worth a visit..
    https://grazebath.co.uk/

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    That is a great combination, thank you

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    Good pubs:

    The Raven (also does a superb pie and scores bonus points for the landlord chucking Starmer out on his ear)
    The Crystal Palace (nice beer garden as well)
    The Bath Brew House
    The Salamander (Bath Ales pub,,,lovely beer)
    Coeur De Lion (tiny little pub)
    The Huntsman

    To eat:
    As mentioned above The Raven does great pies
    Sotto Soto is a lovely underground Italian restaurant
    Firehouse Rotisserie (which is next door to the Slamander and a few steps from The Raven)
    The Wife of Bath
    One thing Iíve found about Bath is that you can pretty much walk into an Indian restaurant and have a good meal.
    Thai food - Thaikhun
    Caffe Luca for a drink or light lunch
    And,of course,Sally Lunnís to get a proper Bath Bunn

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    I was there again a couple of weeks ago. Made the mistake of trying the top Italian restaurant on trip advisor (now been bumped down), uninspiring food, disinterested service, could do better. Iíll pm the name so you can avoid as you wish. Still havenít found a show stopper there, must try Sotto Sotto next though.

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    Salamander is great for the beers, love Bath as spent my teenage years there. Family still in the area but tend to go out to out of city places these days.

    Wander about & keep looking up, as a lot of the lovely architecture is up higher than street level.

    And yes spa water is awful.


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    Highly recommend Sotto Sotto for a romantic evening meal. The Crystal Palace for a pre match libation on a Saturday afternoon. Might not be everyone's cup of tea, but 35 years ago as a student, it was the way to go. Nearly all of the pubs off of Milsom Street are fine.

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    Yak Yeti Yak for Tibetan food. Very very good.

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    Salamander for beer, great pub. Circus restaurant for food - I try and go there every time I visit Bath. The Ivy for Breakfast is good aswell.

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    Scallop Shell for grub. Very nice!
    Hare and Hounds to have brunch and take in the views on a summers day

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    Olive Tree is very good. You may be lucky and get a table if booking far enough in advance. Enjoy!

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    The Bell is a bit grungy, but used to do great beer.

    Easton Eye is great for curry.

    Boston Tea Party does a great breakfast. The one near the Royal Crescent is nicest.

    Swartz Burgers are superb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andy tims View Post
    The Bell is a bit grungy, but used to do great beer.

    Easton Eye is great for curry.

    Boston Tea Party does a great breakfast. The one near the Royal Crescent is nicest.

    Swartz Burgers are superb.
    Another yes for the burger, chatting to the in-laws who have lived in the area years, he used to eat there as a young lad, so it has been about 50+ years it seems. Garlic blue cheese burger was my childhood favourite.

    Eastern Eye has been rebranded to Grand Eastern from memory. Lovely old bank building, but my view is that itís quite a long way past itís best, by some many years.

    Not rebranded, but was liquidated & a name change.


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    We had a really lovely meal in the Herd Steakhouse a couple of weeks back. Good value too. Highly ranked on TA.

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    We were in Bath last weekend and really enjoyed a meal at the morrocan restaurant mentioned earlier https://www.taginezhor.co.uk/

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    Another vote for The Scallop Shell, superb high end quality fish and chips. Heading there myself for about the 10th time this weekend!


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    Iíve lived in Bath for the last 30 years. I donít see Bath as a Mecca for pubs & restaurants Iím afraid. Iím generally more disappointed than not. Mrs T-7 ate at the Ivy last week & was underwhelmed. The day before yesterday we ate in Salathai & it was quite good. Iíve never had a decent pint in BathÖbut then I was weaned on a good pint of Yorkshire Ale, complete with head. The beer down hereís flat.

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    Wow - so many recommendations and suggestions! Thank you all very much indeed.

    This is a lovely list to go through, and I must admit that there's a very tempting area now marked on the map with a lot of recommended pubs within a few staggered paces of one another. And rather fortunately no booking needed if just boozing, so that's great.

    I also had Sotto Sotto recommended to me last night by two people, and tried to book in a dinner...all three evenings they're fully booked when we're there! Speaks volumes. Looks like there's another couple of Italians suggested here too, so one of those will be visited.

    Thank you all again for your recommendations. So much better to hear from people than rely on Google reviews and Tip Advisor!

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    Load up with a steak slice and Yum Yums from Greggs, pop into Bargain Booze and grab a six pack of Special Brew then sprawl out on the grass in front of the Crescent, plenty of bushes there to relive yourself too..

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Iíve lived in Bath for the last 30 years. I donít see Bath as a Mecca for pubs & restaurants Iím afraid. Iím generally more disappointed than not. Mrs T-7 ate at the Ivy last week & was underwhelmed. The day before yesterday we ate in Salathai & it was quite good. Iíve never had a decent pint in BathÖbut then I was weaned on a good pint of Yorkshire Ale, complete with head. The beer down hereís flat.
    The meal at The Ivy wouldíve basically been a ready meal. No wonder it wasnít great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chinese_Alan View Post
    The meal at The Ivy wouldíve basically been a ready meal. No wonder it wasnít great.
    Why, I appreciate the menu is pretty standard across restaurants and not that exciting but I thought everything was freshly cooked

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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Iíve lived in Bath for the last 30 years. I donít see Bath as a Mecca for pubs & restaurants Iím afraid. Iím generally more disappointed than not. Mrs T-7 ate at the Ivy last week & was underwhelmed. The day before yesterday we ate in Salathai & it was quite good. Iíve never had a decent pint in BathÖbut then I was weaned on a good pint of Yorkshire Ale, complete with head. The beer down hereís flat.
    The last 30 years must have been really miserable. 😉

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