For our latest blog post, we asked Taste of Bath, a hamper company specialising in the very best local produce, to give us their top five not-to-be-missed recommendations from Bath’s brilliant food & drink scene…
Bath Soft Cheese
Bath Soft Cheese is one of Bath’s most venerable foodie treats, dating all the way back to the 1790's, and is said to have been one of Admiral Lord Nelson’s favourites! It’s a gorgeously creamy brie-style cheese with a soft white rind and the perfect gooey centre for slathering on crackers – try the famous Bath Oliver biscuits for a double-whammy of foodie history. Find Bath Soft Cheese (and several other fabulous cheeses from the same company – we recommend the Bath Blue too) at The Fine Cheese Co or Nibbles Cheese in the Guildhall Market.
Bath Gin is the must-have tipple to toast your visit to Bath. Made with ten carefully blended botanicals, it’s smooth and well-balanced, perfect in a martini. Book yourself in for a fabulous distillery tour and gin-making class in the Bath Gin laboratory, or simply relax in the Canary Gin Bar and enjoy one or two of their fabulous gin cocktails. Be sure to order a BGT (that’s a Bath Gin & Tonic, of course), made with their own special brand of pink Navaisha tonic and garnished with kaffir lime leaves.
Colonna & Smalls
Colonna & Smalls is the number one place to visit if you’re a coffee fiend. Their selection changes regularly according to what’s best in each season, and they use a range of different processes and apparatus to create their coffee according to the particular requirements of each type of bean – this is proper coffee theatre, always fascinating to watch. Colonna & Smalls have a mantelpiece positively groaning with awards for every member of the team and are always happy to chat about what they love best. They also now produce their own coffee capsules, so you can make incredible coffee at home with ease.
Electric Bear are one of Bath’s great independent success stories – originally homebrewers making beer in their garage, they now have a fantastic brewery producing a range of 20 different beers. As well as supplying plenty of Bath’s best bars and pubs, they also run their own shop and taproom where you can pop in and try their experimental small-batch nano-brews (weird and wonderful creations that aren’t available anywhere else), chat to the guys, and of course, buy plenty of beer to take home with you. Look out for events too, like their regular Friday Night Knees Up, with beer, music and great local food.
Seven Hills Chocolate
Seven Hills Chocolate brings to Bath the same exceptionally high standard of confectionary found in France & Belgium’s best chocolateries – whilst at the same time keeping it local, with organic local cream and butter amongst their ingredients, and a name that recalls the seven hills surrounding Bath, which are said to have reminded our Roman ancestors of their beloved home city. Seven Hills’ range of hand-moulded bars features all sorts of wonderful flavour combinations (one of our favourites is their Milk Chocolate with Cinnamon & Pistachios) and they also produce a regularly-changing selection of fresh, handmade individual chocolates, experimenting with flavours, textures and fillings. You can buy their bars in several Bath shops, including Made by Ben and the Widcombe Deli, but for the full selection of fresh chocolates, seek out Seven Hills owner Nick at Bath Farmers' Market every Saturday morning.
If you’re planning a visit to Bath, you simply have to put these five food and drink champions on your hit list – but if you don’t have time to fit them all in, or you’re craving a little reminder of Bath after your visit, check out Taste of Bath’s beautiful hampers and Bath Boxes (featuring all of the above) to get all the best local produce sent straight to you at home.