Menu Gordon Jones
2 Wellsway, Bath, BA2 3AQ
There are only two things you really need to know about Menu Gordon Jones – firstly, it’s listed in The Times’ Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, and secondly, there’s a long waiting list. Pre-booking is essential at this 22-cover restaurant, which can be found just a short stroll from Bath’s city centre. The food, cooked by Michelin-trained Gordon, is breathtakingly beautiful and the incredible set menus are a delight. There’s always an element of surprise; eating here is certainly more of an event than just lunch or dinner, but it’s grounded in the chef’s honest, Scottish culinary roots. As Mr Jones says, ‘come with an open mind and enjoy the experience’. Gordon himself is clearly one of the main attractions at his eponymous restaurant. The open kitchen allows diners to watch him at work, and when he’s not cooking he’s in the restaurant chatting and occasionally showing off the huge gun that normally lives on the wall. Gordon’s a born showman, but when it comes to the food, he’s an artist. The menu changes daily and a surprise selection of dishes are created for each service, so guests never know what they’ll be sampling until it’s in front of them. This element of surprise keeps the offering fresh and exciting, and ensures that dining here is a memorable experience. Gordon uses as many unusual local ingredients as he can, so you might find the likes of Dorset wasabi ice cream, seagull eggs or duck hearts on his innovative menus. Ever original, his wine flights are designed to dispel outdated, preconceived notions about wine pairings. As much emphasis is placed on the wine as the food, with the team endeavouring to ensure that the potable offering is just as exceptional as Gordon’s cuisine. Each tipple is hand-picked to complement the food offering, and every one is organic and biodynamic. All the while, impeccable service ensures that this one-of-a-kind establishment excels in every area. There’s every reason for epicureans to add Menu Gordon Jones to their foodie hit list.