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Local Specialities

On your visit to Bath be sure to sample at least one unique local delicacy… and experience a taste of history at the same time!

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Sally Lunn Bun
According to legend, Sally Lunn, a Huguenot refugee, arrived in Bath in 1680 and started work with a baker in Lilliput Alley (now North Parade Passage). Sally introduced the baker to her light, airy, brioche-style bun, which soon became popular at the public breakfasts and afternoon teas that were fashionable at the time. The recipe for the bun is still a closely guarded secret today and is mentioned in the deeds of Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum, one of the oldest houses in Bath that features a kitchen museum in the basement and a characterful restaurant on three floors. The Sally Lunn bun is famous across the world and incredibly popular with visitors. You simply can't leave Bath without sampling a taste of Sally's wares!

Bath Bun
The Bath Bun (not to be confused with the Sally Lunn bun!) was invented by eighteenth-century physician Dr William Oliver. The doctor's buns were originally made from a rich, sweet egg and butter dough topped with crushed caraway seed comfits. However, they were so tasty his patients’ waistlines expanded at an alarming rate and had to quickly be replaced with the far plainer, savoury Bath Oliver biscuit; you have been warned! Today's Bath bun is still made from sweet yeast dough (often with a whole sugar lump in the centre). To try a Bath Bun for yourself, visit the Bath Bun Tea Shoppe or Hands Tearoom.

Bath Olivers
The biscuits known as Bath Olivers are a popular accompaniment for cheese and can be found on the shelves of most supermarkets in the UK. They were originally designed by Dr William Oliver, a successful eighteenth-century physician who helped to treat the sick visiting Bath for the curative properties of the thermal waters. When Dr Oliver died he left £100, a sack of flour and his secret formula to his coachman, who subsequently set up a shop on Green Street and became rich on the proceeds. In tandem with architect John Wood and Master of Ceremonies, Beau Nash, Dr. Oliver was instrumental in founding the Royal Mineral Water Hospital to look after the less fortunate.

Bath Chaps
This local speciality is made from the lower part of pig cheeks, often cured like bacon. They can be served hot or cold but are rather fatty, which might account for their decline in popularity. If you fancy trying Bath Chaps, you can find them on the menu at the Garrick’s Head.

Bath Soft Cheese
Made just outside of the city from an ancient recipe, the Bath Soft Cheese range includes Wyfe of Bath, Kelston Park, Bath Blue and the original Bath Soft. To sample and purchase these delicious cheeses, visit Bath Farmer's Market, held in Green Park Station every Saturday morning or take a tour of their dairy farm in Kelston to learn more about the cheese-making process.

Bath Gin
Alongside a well-stocked bar packed full of different gins, don't miss the unique Bath Gin at the Canary Gin Bar, the recipe for which was created here in the city using local ingredients. If it tickles your taste buds, why not buy a bottle to take home from the Visitor Information Centre Gift Shop or book onto a gin making masterclass to create a gin with your own flavour profile?

Our interactive map is kindly sponsored by Bath Business Improvement District.

Green Park Brasserie Live music, local produce and a buzzing restaurant atmosphere. /listings/single/green-park-brasserie-bar
Bath Soft Cheese Award-winning artisan cheese made with organic milk, from the farm's herd. /listings/single/bath-soft-cheese
BeerCraft of Bath A craft beer bottle shop, tap room and bar. /listings/single/beercraft-of-bath
The San Francisco Fudge Factory Offering fresh fudge and sweet treats. /listings/single/the-san-francisco-fudge-factory
The Brasserie at Lucknam Park Enjoy a seasonal dining experience within the Lucknam Park estate. /listings/single/the-brasserie
Bath Gin Company Producers of Bath Gin and owners of The Canary Gin Bar. /listings/single/bath-gin-company
Electric Bear Brewing Co. Craft beer for the bold and the curious. /listings/single/electric-bear-brewing-co
Century Casino Bar, Lounge and Kitchen City-centre bar serving delicious food and drinks across three floors. /listings/single/century-casino-bar-lounge
Aqua Restaurant Aqua delivers a memorable experience through impeccable service and fresh food. /listings/single/aqua-restaurant
Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House A taste of history at the oldest house in Bath, serving the ... /listings/single/sally-lunns-historic-eating-house-museum1
The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe A totally traditional British tea shop. /listings/single/the-bath-bun-tea-shoppe
The Bath Brew House Specialising in craft beers, delicious fresh food and a microbrewery. /listings/single/the-bath-brew-house
Cafe Retro An independent café in the centre of Bath, popular with locals and ... /listings/single/cafe-retro
Somerset Lavender Farm This family-run working lavender farm offers its visitors spectacular views across its ... /listings/single/somerset-lavender1-farm
Corkage Walcot Street Local and independent restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop. /listings/single/corkage-walcot-street
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Bath Soft Cheese

Outskirts of Bath

Café, Coffee Shop, Family Friendly, Independent, Local Specialities, Tea Room

Award-winning artisan cheese made with organic milk, from the farm's herd.

TripAdvisor® Rating 37 Reviews
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Cafe Retro

Bath

Café, Coffee Shop, Dog Friendly, Family Friendly, Independent, Local Specialities, Quick Bites

An independent café in the centre of Bath, popular with locals and ...

TripAdvisor® Rating 493 Reviews
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Aqua Restaurant

Bath

Bar, Café, Family Friendly, Independent, Local Specialities, Quick Bites, Restaurant

Aqua delivers a memorable experience through impeccable service and fresh food.

TripAdvisor® Rating 1326 Reviews
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Bath Function Rooms

Bath

Bar, Independent, Local Specialities, Restaurant

Stunning event space directly above Green Park Brasserie. Flexible layout and catering, ...

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Bath Gin Company

Central Bath

Bar, Local Specialities

Producers of Bath Gin and owners of The Canary Gin Bar.

TripAdvisor® Rating 604 Reviews
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Century Casino Bar, Lounge and Kitchen

Central Bath

Bar, Local Specialities, Quick Bites, Restaurant

City-centre bar serving delicious food and drinks across three floors.

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Green Park Brasserie

Central Bath

Bar, Beer Garden / Alfresco, Café, Family Friendly, Farmers’ Market, Independent, Local Specialities, Restaurant

Live music, local produce and a buzzing restaurant atmosphere.

TripAdvisor® Rating 740 Reviews
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Electric Bear Brewing Co.

Bath

Bar, Beer Garden / Alfresco, Dog Friendly, Family Friendly, Independent, Local Specialities

Craft beer for the bold and the curious.

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The Bath Brew House

Central Bath

Bar, Beer Garden / Alfresco, Coffee Shop, Local Specialities, Pub, Quick Bites, Restaurant

Specialising in craft beers, delicious fresh food and a microbrewery.

TripAdvisor® Rating 801 Reviews
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The San Francisco Fudge Factory

Central Bath

Café, Independent, Local Specialities

Offering fresh fudge and sweet treats.

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Corkage Walcot Street

Bath

Bar, Foodie Activities, Independent, Local Specialities, Quick Bites, Restaurant

Local and independent restaurant, wine bar and bottle shop.

TripAdvisor® Rating 175 Reviews
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Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House

Central Bath

Café, Coffee Shop, Family Friendly, Independent, Local Specialities, Restaurant, Tea Room

A taste of history at the oldest house in Bath, serving the ...

TripAdvisor® Rating 4254 Reviews
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The Brasserie at Lucknam Park

Colerne

Bar, Beer Garden / Alfresco, Family Friendly, Local Specialities, Restaurant

Enjoy a seasonal dining experience within the Lucknam Park estate.

TripAdvisor® Rating 60 Reviews
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The Bath Bun Tea Shoppe

Central Bath

Café, Family Friendly, Local Specialities, Tea Room

A totally traditional British tea shop.

TripAdvisor® Rating 551 Reviews
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BeerCraft of Bath

Bath

Bar, Beer Garden / Alfresco, Dog Friendly, Independent, Local Specialities

A craft beer bottle shop, tap room and bar.

TripAdvisor® Rating 29 Reviews
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