Bursting with quirky and varied independent businesses, Bath is the perfect destination, whether you’re a keen foodie, shopaholic or coffee connoisseur. Here, Sarah Baker from Bath Boutique Stays – themselves a proudly independent self-catering accommodation provider – reveals her favourites.
With no shortage of appetite-satisfying eateries – from cosy pubs to stylish restaurants – it’s worth taking time to explore Bath’s independent food scene if stomachs start to rumble. George Street, at the top of town, is home to some recommended places – for fresh gastro takes on pub classics, try Clayton’s Kitchen, and hop across the road to high-concept bar/interiors store Comptoir+Cuisine for an after-dinner glass of Champagne and a cheese board. If it’s world flavours you’re after, you’d do worse than Nepalese at Yak Yeti Yak, or Thai at Salathai, or for a special occasion, why not try Henry’s?
For Wine Lovers
Red, white or rosé, if you’re a wine fan you must visit Beckford Bottle Shop on Saville Row, or Le Vignoble in Milsom Place (their enomatic self-service machines are a novel approach to the bottle, and their regular tasting events can help you learn more). If cocktails are more your thing, hot-foot it to Sub 13 and Circo Bar for late-night tipples and expert mixology knowledge.
For Brunch Regulars
Pancakes, eggs Benedict, avocado on toast, the list is never-ending when it comes to tasty brunch options nowadays, and Bath’s independents are certainly ready to satisfy whatever you’re craving. Framptons, in the majestic Empire Building standing tall above Pulteney Weir, comes recommended, as does The Dispensary at No.15 Great Pulteney. Sky Blue Café is great for vegan options, and Good Day Cafe and Cafe Walcot are both very Insta-friendly!
For Serious Shoppers
If you’re a shopping fan, you’ve struck gold. For interiors inspo, Verve Living have wonderful homewares; pop into Graham & Green and Katherine Fraser on Walcot Street too. Rossiters is also a wonderful family-run department store, an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures. For fashion, visit the boutiques Grace & Mabel, Sisi & May, Bibico and Blue Women’s Clothing (inside Cafe Lucca), and look out for Portman Bath and DuoBoots. Grace & Ted on Kingsmead Square are also fab for pre-loved vintage pieces.
For Coffee Connoisseurs
You can’t beat Bath for a caffeine kick. Society Café, who have two premises in the city, Kingsmead Square and The Corridor, is friendly and inclusive, and Mokoko Coffee and The Colombian Company really know their beans. Colonna & Small's, tucked away on the edge of Queen Square, is another gem, where the expert staff are on hand with recommendations, and if you fancy something sweet, Cafe Lucca and Sweet Little Things’ handmade cakes are ready and waiting!
Bath Boutique Stays have five unique and stylish Georgian properties spread across the city. Specialising in large groups, they are family, corporate and hen and stag party specialists, plus are partners of Bath Rugby and Thermae Bath Spa, meaning if you have any questions about either, or Bath in general, they can help!