January is typically a quiet time in Bath, but it’s perfect for hiding out in a cosy, warm spot with a hot drink whilst catching up with friends or getting lost in a good book, taking time to step out of life’s busy schedule. Here are Jules Mittra from Around and About Bath’s hunker-down spots across Bath…
1. The Dispensary at No.15 Great Pulteney
A real refuge from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No.15 Great Pulteney’s hotel restaurant doubles as The Dispensary during the day, and is a gem of a spot to while away hours. Set in the former Georgian townhouse’s basement, it is cosy, unique (with the feel of a Victorian chemist’s store) and serves fabulous pastries as well as coffees. Absolutely perfect for a cold, wet day!
2. Cafe Lucca
Make for Bartlett Street, at the top of town, and duck into Cafe Lucca if the heavens open. Even if the skies are grey, the café’s floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the street and mean it’s still light and airy inside, ideal for people watching! Their quiches, panini and bruschetta are great for lunch, and their selection of homemade cakes are the perfect pairing with a tea or coffee.
3. St Michael’s Café
If unusual settings are your thing, this is definitely worth a try. St Michael’s Café is located inside one of Bath’s most impressive churches in the heart of Bath, just across from Waitrose. Called ‘St Michael’s Without’ due to it being just outside the city’s medieval walls way back when, most of the church you see today is Georgian. Enjoy a peaceful cup of coffee and tuck into any number of tempting treats and lunch options surrounded by arches, domes and columns and, possibly, the sound of the church’s pipe organ.
4. Chapel Arts Café
Even if you’re not vegan or vegetarian, the meat-free Chapel Arts Café is a great spot to escape the hubbub of daily life. Tucked downstairs in the Chapel Arts Centre, an independent arts venue hosting a great range of gigs and performances, soak up the creative vibes and tuck into a plate (or glass) of plant-based goodness.
Around and About Bath offer small-group, immersive tours of the city and beyond. Perfect for exploring authentic England, whether that be via cosy country pubs or must-sees like Stonehenge and National Trust sites, you can be sure of an off-the-beaten-track, memorable experience.