Clayton’s Kitchen is the jewel in the crown of Bath’s dining scene, and has been delighting visitors since 2012. Offering an intimate ambience and relaxed service, this contemporary restaurant puts food at the forefront, making it a favourite among foodies and those devoted to seasonal, market-fresh British produce. With its burgeoning culinary scene, historic Bath is the perfect setting for this charming venue headed by chef-patron Robert Clayton. Robert – who previously headed up the kitchen at Bath Priory and retained a Michelin star for the duration of his seven-year stay – curates inspiring menus that showcase the stunningly executed cuisine that has shaped his impressive career.
Visit for lunch and you might sample starters such as crispy fried goat’s cheese with heritage tomato, endive and walnut salad, and mains such as porcini mushroom risotto enhanced by sautéed shimeji and oyster mushrooms, crispy parsnips and truffle oil. An evening dining from the regularly changing à la carte might start with pan-roasted diver-caught scallops with Jerusalem artichoke purée, roasted hazelnuts and crispy pancetta. Follow with the likes of honey-roasted Creedy Carver duck breast with celeriac purée, sautéed potatoes, chestnuts, seasonal greens and cassis sauce, and indulge in a heavenly dessert such as salted caramel chocolate mousse. Each starter, main and dessert is so overwhelmingly enticing that you’ll want to return time and again to work your way through the menu.
The wine list is befittingly extensive and thoughtfully put together, with sparkling options offsetting crisp whites and the organic, vegan Rioja, full-bodied Chianti and Argentine malbec providing robust accompaniments to Robert’s more rich, umami dishes. On Sundays there’s no shortage of hearty flavours, as the likes of roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, caramelised onion purée and red wine sauce grace the menu, with vegetarian options and seafood providing enviable alternatives.
A family man himself, Robert – along with his dedicated team – accommodates little ones with a menu of proper food for smaller appetites. It’s the perfect way to get your kids excited about good food and introduce them to restaurant-quality dishes in a relaxed and friendly space.