Bath is home to a whole host of places to eat, whatever your taste or budget. Head to the city on a foodie break and enjoy a feast in Bath.
Where to Stay?
There are many unique and renowned restaurants housed within stunning Bath hotels, providing the perfect accommodation option for a foodie break in Bath.
For five-star accommodation and dining, head to Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa with its Michelin starred Restaurant Hywel Jones, or choose The Gainsborough Bath Spa and experience the three AA Rosette-awarded restaurant , headed by Dan Moon.
The Olive Tree at The Queensberry Hotel, also three AA Rosette-awarded, serves delicious fare in a relaxed atmosphere, while THE PIG near Bath offers cosy accommodation alongside a greenhouse restaurant, serving plates based on the finest ingredients foraged daily by the kitchen gardener.
The best way to start your delicious break in Bath is with a foodie tour, taking you on an informative and tasty trip around this beautiful city. Savouring Bath offers a range of walking tours from local delicacies to guilty pleasures, while Bath Edible Adventures offer equally indulgent tours of Bath, featuring British and West Country delights and the popular Dinner with Mr. Darcy, Georgian-inspired food tour.
Cheese lovers can take a Bath Soft Cheese Tour at the local dairy farm and learn how to make a range of cheeses while also satisfying those cheesy cravings!
Take a while to digest before enjoying a quintessential Bath experience, a luxurious afternoon tea. Perhaps the most elegant and historic place to enjoy this treat is at the Pump Room, the picturesque Georgian restaurant attached to the Roman Baths. Local hotels, such as The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa or No. 15 Great Pulteney offer indulgent afternoon tea experiences, while historic tearooms like Hands Tearoom and the Regency Tea Rooms at the Jane Austen Centre offer afternoon tea with a Georgian twist. For a truly unique experience, you can even take afternoon tea onboard a double-decker bus with Brigit’s Bakery Bus Tour.
Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum is also a must visit where you can sample the world-famous Sally Lunn bun, with a range of sweet and savoury toppings. Buns and various toppings can also be purchased from the underground shop and museum to take home with you.
Spend a lazy few hours at Thermae Bath Spa, watching the sun set from the rooftop pool, before tucking into a tasty dinner at one of Bath’s many restaurants serving distinctive international flavours.
For contemporary European cuisine, try Raphael Restaurant and The Circus or for French flavours, head to Café Rouge or Le Bistrot Pierre. Peking Chinese Restaurant offers treats from the East, or you can savour other unique tastes from across the globe at Las Iguanas, Tagine Zhor, Turtle Bay, Yak Yeti Yak or Comptoir Libanais.
Learn to create your own dishes at a cookery class, where you'll master culinary skills to impress guests at home. Learn the art of fine dining with a cookery class at Lucknam Park Hotel and Spa or get stuck into healthy eating at Demuth’s Vegetarian Cookery School. Simi’s Kitchen provides engaging classes celebrating the cuisines of Persia and Azerbaijan, or alternatively, learn to bake with the world-renowned Richard Bertinet at The Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School.
After improving your skills in the kitchen, allow yourself to be waited on once again and enjoy lunch at one of Bath’s cosy and distinctive gastropubs, such as The Locksbrook Inn, The Chequers, The Marlborough Tavern or the Hare & Hounds, with its stunning countryside views. Or, head to The Garrick’s Head or King William Pub & Dining Rooms for a traditional British pub experience with a tasty twist.
There are a variety of bars and pubs in Bath, each with a unique menu featuring local beers, crafty cocktails, fine wines or other specialities. The Bath Brew House and Electric Bear Brewing Co. are the perfect spots for beer lovers with their extensive range of craft beers, alongside postcard-perfect British pubs such as The Crystal Palace, The Huntsman, The Pig and Fiddle and The Boater.
The Bell Inn is home to a range of award-winning ales with an exciting programme of live music, while Circo Bar & Lounge offers a lively venue to dance the night away and an extensive cocktail menu. For a touch of sophistication, head to Vino Vino, an independent wine and cocktail bar with an impressive menu, sure to please any wine connoisseur.
After whetting your appetite at Bath's pubs and bars, finish your foodie break with dinner at one of the city's distinctive and superb local restaurants. Head to Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen for high quality plant-based cuisine, or Menu Gordon Jones for a fun dining experience full of delicious surprises.
Clayton’s Kitchen and The Clifton Sausage offer fine British cuisine in contemporary surroundings, while The Ivy Bath Brasserie brings a touch of sophistication to Bath with incredible interior décor.
If it’s fine Italian food you’re looking for, head to Sotto Sotto, located in cosy underground alcoves, perfect for a romantic evening meal. Or, for traditional Italian fare try Amarone, Aqua, Martini Restaurant, Ponte Vecchio or Rustico Bistro Italiano.
By Ele Kelaher