Known for its gorgeous Georgian architecture built from Bath stone, historic Roman-built baths, and the simply breathtaking Bath Abbey, the captivating city of Bath makes the ideal backdrop when looking for an unforgettable eating out experience and there are plenty of fine restaurants here to choose from.
Situated in Somerset, one of the most stunning counties in the country famous for its rural rolling hills and large flat expanses of land, if you’re visiting this beautiful countryside setting and are searching for first-class food and drink in the region, or you’re a local looking to add to your list of favourite eateries, we’ve made it easy for you with our pick of five of the best places to eat out in Bath and Somerset.
Nestled in the heart of Ditcheat and surrounded by the beautiful Mendip Hills, this charming pub-restaurant operates out of a Grade II listed 17th-century building. Featuring dark wooden beams, arched windows and a large and inviting fireplace, this is a place full of warmth and character.
Whether you’ve come for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or their traditional Sunday lunches, you won’t be disappointed by the dishes on the menu. Featuring classics such as reasonably-priced steak with mouth-watering duck-fat chips, eggs Benedict and omelettes with a variety of fillings and English asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto ham with poached duck egg, you’re guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy.
The Clifton Sausage believes that when British food is done well, it can compete with the most popular cuisines in the world in terms of taste and satisfaction, and it aims to prove that. Located in the beautiful city of Bath within a gorgeous Grade II listed with countryside views that are guaranteed to take your breath away, if you’re looking for comfort and class combined with fantastic food and attentive service, Clifton Sausage is the restaurant for you.
Of the many varieties of sausages on offer, at least six usually appear on the menu at one time. Served with either mash or champ (mash with chopped spring onion) and onion gravy, try the classic Gloucester Old Spot pork, lamb, mint and apricot, or the beef and Butcombe ale. There are even homemade vegetarian options available.
Located within The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel, is the little Italian restaurant Rugantinos. Right on the cathedral green, enjoy delicious Italian dishes in the clean and contemporary interior. Set within the magnificent backdrop of Wells’ captivating cathedral, this comfortable and stylish restaurant showcases fine Italian cuisine made from first-class ingredients and the kitchen staff are passionate sourcing the best produce, whether that’s steak from a local butcher or fresh fish from the Devonshire coast.
Start with the antipasto platter comprising of Italian charcuterie, smoked salmon, arancini, olives, artichokes and whitebait, and follow this with one of their fantastic mains including their popular spaghetti del mare, made with mouth-watering scallops, king prawns and mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and shallots.
Set within 36 acres of picturesque parkland and situated in the heart of the Somerset countryside between Bath and Wells, Ston Easton Park is the epitome of luxury. Truly a sight to behold, this mansion is home to the stunning two AA rosette awarded Sorrel Restaurant run by head chef Ashley Lewis. With a constantly changing menu to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients available, including produce right from the hotel’s Victorian kitchen garden, you’ll be stunned by the sensational tastes and perfect presentation.
The restaurant’s cellar is famous for its fantastic selection of fine wine, and an expert sommelier is always on-hand to recommend you the top tipple to tie to your food, showing an innate understanding of individual palates.
Serving fantastic top-notch Thai food and situated in the small village of Cotford St Luke just outside Taunton, The Chapel is worth a trip for its spectacular venue alone. Set within a Grade II listed former chapel, this bar and restaurant’s interior boasts magnificent high ceilings, ornate windows and images of Thai culture that reflect the cuisine served by The Chapel’s Thai chefs. There’s even a tuk-tuk complete with a table and banquette seating, providing diners with a unique setting in which to enjoy their meal. Add to this the delicious Thai food, terrific atmosphere, regular events and live entertainment and you’ve got more than enough reasons to book a visit.
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