Bath is a handsome city at any time of year but in autumn it positively glows. Great food and drink is just one of many reasons to visit this golden Georgian gem. This is a city that attracts ambitious young chefs, drawn not just by the beauty of the place and the countryside that surrounds it, but by the provenance of the south-west. Typically, chefs work hand in hand with their suppliers to create menus that are both seasonal and locally sourced.
So for October, expect game and big wines; warming root veg and pumpkin soup; traditional puddings like apple and blackberry crumble; hearty pasta dishes. From beautifully sweet figs and crisp apples to earthy wild mushrooms and full-flavoured lamb and beef, October boasts a bumper crop of seasonal ingredients. This is soul food, so celebrate October’s rich bounty and make it your Great Bath Feast.
The Great Bath Feast is a melting pot of wonderful flavours and lively personalities; of cakes and ale; of great gourmets and warm gastro pubs; of buns and cook books; of gastro gadgets and wine and food matching… a month long Food Festival where all of the participants are keen to share their enthusiasm for fine food and drink with you.
The Great Bath Feast gets chefs showing off and championing local produce. Look forward to some great gastro performances by visiting celebrities Angela Hartnett, Nathan Outlaw, Michael Caines and Raymond Blanc, Prue Leith and Mary Berry, one of the city’s most famous residents. Having grown up in Bath she is returning to talk about her brand new autobiography and share memories of a fascinating life.
This is a festival about indulgence and enjoyment; tasting fine wines and locally brewed beers and ciders; gourmet evenings and tasting menus; street food and farmer’s markets. Meet some of the nation’s top artisan cheese makers brought to Milsom Place by the Fine Cheese Co. or hone your skills with inspiration from the Bertinet Kitchen, Demuth’s Vegetarian Cookery School or the new kids on the block, The Lucknam Park Cookery School. You can even learn how the Georgian’s did their feasting at the newly re-opened No 1 Royal Crescent!
If you want to eat more for less this is the month to indulge. The businesses of Bath are extending a warm invitation with some great deals, promotions and special menus.
Walk your taste buds through the city on the Bath Taste Trail and sample flavours sweet and savoury, chocolate to cheese. Bath has specialist food shops and superb delis, so seek out some treats to take home. There is nothing mundane about shopping in Bath; it’s a day spent exploring independents and finding treasures, set against an exquisite, historic backdrop. And if you feel like a break, treat yourself to a home-made cake or cream tea. Take tea in the grand and glorious Pump Room or a treat at Sally Lunn’s, both steeped in history, or chill in Sam’s Kitchen or Café Lucca, chic and contemporary independents. This is a city that has made hospitality its business for more than 200 years.
Hotels and B&Bs will be cooking up the Great Bath Breakfast for the guests before they venture out to explore the World Heritage city. This is a ‘full English’ packed with the freshest ingredients; tasty and satisfying and locally sourced.
Autumn is a time for comfort food that brings a smile to your face and makes you feel good. So make time to wine and dine with friends and family, and explore new flavours with the menu of opportunities presented by the Great Bath Feast.
If you require somewhere to stay during this event, visit the Accommodation section of our website. This will provide you with an online booking service for accommodation in Bath and the surrounding area. Alternatively, contact our personal accommodation booking service: + 44 (0) 844 847 5256.