Bath is a city just bursting with brilliant places to eat and drink. From traditional English inns in the heart of the Somerset countryside to exceptional modern British restaurants run by Michelin-trained chefs in the city’s bustling and historic centre, visit this World Heritage site known for its Georgian buildings made from local, golden-coloured Bath Stone and Roman-built baths and you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Whether you’re planning a getaway this spring or summer or you’re a local searching for your new favourite place to dine, our recently released Bath & Somerset Food & Drink Guide is a must-have item, jam-packed with the county’s very best restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs, and hotels (pick up your FREE copy of the guide here or read a digital copy of the guide at this link).
While you’re waiting for your glossy new guide to arrive, check out our picks below of six of our favourite places to eat and drink in Bath and Somerset.
Listed in The Times’ Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, if you’re on the lookout for breathtakingly beautiful food just a short stroll from Bath’s charming city centre, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a restaurant in the South West that’ll impress you as much as Menu Gordon Jones. Headed up by the Michelin-trained and charismatic chef Gordon Jones, eating here is always a memorable experience. A true culinary artist, the restaurant’s open kitchen gives you the opportunity to watch this magician at work, conjuring up simply magical and always surprising plates of food that will leave you salivating.
More an event than just lunch or dinner, Gordon uses as many unusual local ingredients as he possibly can to create his daily changing menu that offers a surprise selection of sensational dishes created for each and every service. Guests won’t know what they’ll be sampling until it’s in front of their eyes, but you can expect innovative dishes which make use of ingredient’s rarely seen on restaurant menus such as duck hearts, seagull eggs, or Dorset wasabi ice cream.
From the unique plates of food and the unique atmosphere to the impeccable service, Menu Gordon Jones excels in every area, making this restaurant a must-visit dining destination whether you’re a local or a foodie visiting from further afield.
Housed in a beautifully restored former Arts and Crafts church house in the centre of the historic city of Bath, if you’re a fan of Italian cuisine and you haven’t dined out at Aqua’s Bath restaurant, you’re truly missing out. With a menu full of contemporary Italian dishes created using only the finest ingredients such as cured meats and Italian produce sourced directly from Italy, this family-run restaurant boasts mouth-watering seasonal menus brimming with big, bold flavours and exudes a cool and elegant atmosphere that will guarantee you keep coming back again and again.
Whether you choose to dine in the large, theatrical main dining area or in one of the other, more intimate dining spaces, you’ll struggle to pick your favourite dish from their extensive à la carte menu showcasing dishes such as lobster served with pomodoro, sundried tomato and mascarpone linguine, and delicious eight-hour-braised pork cheek with mashed potato, black pudding fritter and red wine jus.
Delighting visitors since it opened in 2012, Clayton’s Kitchen is a favourite among foodies all across Bath and the South West due to its menu full of dishes using the very best seasonal, market-fresh British produce. Headed up by chef-patron Robert Clayton, who was previously the head chef at Bath Priory and retained a Michelin star for the duration of his seven-year stay – you’ll be wowed by his inspiring menus that showcase the stunningly executed cuisine that has shaped his impressive career.
Whether you visit for lunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed. Sample scrumptious starters such as crispy fried goat’s cheese with heritage tomato, endive and walnut salad, and mains like the porcini mushroom risotto enhanced by sautéed shimeji and oyster mushrooms, crispy parsnips and truffle oil. Visit in the evening and choose from the impressive and regularly changing a la carte menu featuring dishes the likes of pan-roasted diver-caught scallops with Jerusalem artichoke puree, roasted hazelnuts and crispy pancetta, and honey-roasted Creedy Carver duck breast with celeriac puree, sautéed potatoes, chestnuts, seasonal greens and cassis sauce.
The Wraxall Bar and Brasserie, situated within the elegant Cumberwell Park just outside of Bath in the striking Wiltshire countryside, boasts brilliant menus based around the finest produce available in the area, making this one of Bath’s finest dining destinations. Whether you’re in the mood for traditional British dishes like beer-battered cod and chips and a selection of hearty burgers, or dishes with more of a modern twist, Cumberwell Park is the ideal choice.
During the summer, dine al fresco on the spacious patio area or enjoy a scrumptious Sunday lunch served upstairs where there are simply breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside from Cumberwell Park’s large feature windows. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a venue as beautiful as this one anywhere in the UK. Offering an all-day menu full of must-try meat, fish, and vegetarian dishes, a specials board featuring some exceptional seasonal plates of food, and a snack menu filled with all your favourites from beef burgers and jacket potatoes to sandwiches, panini, and cakes, the charming Cumberwell Park is the perfect spot no matter what the occasion.
Situated in a beautiful, rural setting in Taunton, the inviting York Inn offers the warmest of welcomes to all its guests. Whether you’re on the lookout for the perfect venue to stop off for a hearty lunch after a glorious spring walk exploring the nearby and beautiful Blackdown Hills with your four-legged friend, or you’re searching for a cosy place to catch up with your mates over a couple of pints, this traditional country pub provides the perfect setting for a much-needed break.
Take a seat in the pub’s comfy leather armchair or sit down in the restaurant area and choose from a wide selection of hearty pub classics on the menu. Start with the likes of crisp breaded whitebait or mussels in a deliciously creamy cider sauce before moving onto enticing mains like their healthy halloumi salad with peppers, tomatoes and new potatoes or one of their hearty homemade pies, including their mouth-watering venison, Port and cranberries selection. Make sure you work up an appetite before stopping by for lunch or dinner, as The York Inn doesn’t cut back on its portions, but ensure you’ve left enough room for dessert as their mountain of profiteroles oozing with fresh cream and generously drizzled with chocolate makes for the perfect finish to a fantastic pub feast.
Epitomising everything we simply love about traditional English inns, the charming Dog & Fox in Bath is idyllically located in a prime spot overlooking the beautiful city of Bath, boasting spectacular sunsets over this historic city in the evening. The pub itself is everything you could ever ask for from an English inn; cosy corners, spectacular open fires, and a menu full of comforting and hearty pub classics that certainly won’t disappoint.
Start with the likes of baked Camembert or tempura king prawns before tucking into one of their mouth-watering mains. From sirloin steak or battered cod with chunky chips to sausages or home-made pie with creamy mash potatoes, this is pub food done exactly how it was meant to be. The beef burger with smoked bacon, melted cheese, mustard mayonnaise and gherkins and served with fries and a garden salad is also, for obvious reasons, a favourite.
If you visit on Sunday you’ll be fortunate enough to experience their exceptional Sunday roasts, comprising of heaps of perfectly cooked trimmings accompanied by hearty portions of roast lamb and beef served with jugs of the most delicious gravy. We’re extremely envious of those that call The Dog & Fox their local.