Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant
The exquisitely beautiful Gainsborough Bath Spa is a stunning Grade II listed hotel, situated in the very heart of Bath’s city centre. Its reputation for sensational ﬁne dining precedes itself, and the six-course tasting menu exceeded our expectations.
We began with an expertly crafted aperitif of bespoke cocktails in the Gainsborough Bar, which were mixed to suit our individual preferences. Both my dining partner and I stated our penchant for gin, yet our cocktails were distinctly unique – one with ﬂoral notes and the other a deliciously fruity creation. Palates cleansed, we made our way to the restaurant, which is a vision of elegance and modernity with comfortable seating and atmospheric lighting. Our feast of six divine courses commenced in style with a smoked salmon amuse bouche, revealed from beneath a smoke-ﬁlled cloche. Next came the chicken liver parfait, topped with a vibrant rhubarb sorbet, followed by wild mushroom risotto. For the ﬁsh course we were served a glass of diver scallops, complemented by king prawns, yuzu caviar and pickled radish. My favourite dish followed: Creedy Carver duck breast paired with conﬁt spring rolls. The meat was succulent and the plum sauce matched perfectly. The meal concluded with a wonderful surprise: the Verona chocolate dome, which melted to reveal orange mousse once drizzled with warm chocolate. This innovative and beautifully presented feast was unlike anything we had ever sampled before, but we would enjoy it again in a heartbeat.