With the winter theatre-season in full swing, we have the perfect place (and a mouth-watering deal) for pre-theatre dining in the historic city of Bath…
The Garricks Head is situated in the centre of Bath, and has a lovely outdoor seating area where, in the summer, you can sit and enjoy the great quality food and wine and watch the world go by. But in winter it’s just the ticket for pre-theatre dining. Not only is the food and service exceptional, but also it’s situated right next door to the Theatre Royal, so you won’t have to venture into the winter’s chill when dining before a show.
What’s more The Garricks Head have got an amazing two- or three-course offer for pre-theatre diners:
Pre Theatre Lunch menu – available noon-2.30pm
2 courses £15, 3 courses £16.50
Pre Theatre dinner menu – available from 5.30pm
1 course £13.95, 2 courses £17.95, 3 courses £20.95
The Garricks Head is a charming pub and dining room with bags of character: they carefully select top-quality local suppliers to provide them with the produce to create their dishes. Meat from Newton St. Loe Farm Shop; bread from the Bertinet Bakery and vegetables from Lovejoys of Melksham.
My wife and myself arrived for lunch and were pleased to see a vast array of options, all seasonally inspired with a creative spin on each dish. After much contemplation, I plumped to start with the chargrilled king prawns, bloody Mary gel, pickled fennel, charred baby gem and melba toast. My wife opted for the soup of the day, which was a rich and flavourful roasted pepper and tomato. Both choices more than lived up to expectations and piqued our appetites for the main course. I had decided upon the Dorset jugged hare, clapshot rich onion gravy and seasonal vegetables, while she had the Gloucester Old Spot ham hock, champ, parsley sauce and crispy hen’s egg. We were recommended to try a glass of the sauvignon blanc and it was so crisp and delicious, we decided to enjoy the rest of the bottle with our meal, and it seamlessly took us from starters through to dessert.
I admit, we were really quite full, but the food was so delicious that we couldn’t help but order one of their amazing sounding desserts. I am cursed with a sweet-tooth so when I saw the indulgent chocolate brownie accompanied by chocolate ice cream and chocolate sauce I simply had to try it. It was truly was a chocoholics dream dessert and utterly delicious. My wife has traditional tastes and was equally pleased with her sticky toffee pudding: as with everything here, it was beautifully presented.
The standard of the food combined with the helpful and knowledgeable staff, and a perfect location in central Bath, makes the Garricks Head a must-return venue. Our compliments go to the chef Simon Mealing and the rest of the team at the Garricks Head.