Bathonians and fans of Bath from all over: we’ve shortlisted our top ‘favourites’ of the city: tried and tested eateries both tourists and locals adore. Try any of these and you’ll find yourself planning your next visit as soon as you’re out the door. Menus to please all, friendly staff, great views, new experiences and groundbreaking dishes all feature in this pick of the very best Bath has to offer.
If you’re looking for something different and friendly, with character and fantastic food, look no further than Yak Yeti Yak. Colourful Tibetan prayer flags and artefacts make up an exciting yet totally relaxed atmosphere at this Nepalese restaurant. First opened in 2004, the team – previously guides and chefs in Nepal – were the first to open a Nepalese restaurant in the UK. Now held close to the hearts of Bathonians, it’s no wonder they’ve gained recognition from the Good Food Guide and more. Try the momos, fragrant steamed and spiced dumplings for the ultimate Himalayan comfort food.
Standing high on Lansdown Hill, the Hare & Hounds has the advantage of offering diners a stunning view over the Bath countryside, whilst only being a mile from the city centre. Enjoy this in the garden in summer, or in the winter warm yourself by the open fire. The seasonal menu offers great locally-sourced food be it breakfast, lunch or dinner time.
The Chequers: the most well-established pub on this list… having served customers since 1776! Having featured in the Michelin guide, as well as gaining two AA rosettes for its food, this is a must-visit Bath restaurant. Showing off its award winning flair as well as staying true to its roots, you can expect everything from saddle of venison with girolles, broccoli and blackberries, to Bath Gem ale-battered haddock. The staff are welcoming and helpful when it comes to choosing a drink from the well-stocked bar!
Acorn’s mission is simple: to serve creative, delicious vegetarian food. Great for your body and great for the planet, why not indulge in some plant-based goodness? Located centrally, yet out of the way of the crowd, this cosy, modern bistro creates contemporary dishes with ingredients from local artisans made with true skill. For a real indulgence, try the contemporary twist on the classic pairing of leek and potato: Charred leeks with melusine cheese dauphinoise, leek and garlic sauce and smoked potato brik pastry. Don’t forget to check out the suggested wine match for each dish!
On the canal, a serene setting and chilled-out atmosphere make this pub a worthwhile place to tick off your list. Visit with the family – you’ll find something for everyone, aided by the delicious vegetarian options and hand-stretched pizzas with gourmet toppings to tempt your taste buds. Don’t miss out on the fabulous desserts, save room for the apple, raspberry and pear crumble with ice cream or the classic crème brûlée.
Bath’s oldest Chinese restaurant, Peking has plenty of expertise to shout about. But innovation has continued to shine through on the menu – lobster and crab dishes feature, a result of the head chef enjoying a challenge or two, keen not to let predictable dishes take over. All the classics are there too, of course, coming together with more unexpected dishes to make up a menu that’s both authentic and boundary-pushing. Originally from Hong Kong, the team enjoy their status as Bath’s best-loved Chinese restaurant.
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