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Have a Feast in Bath

Bath’s exceptional food and drink scene has gained the city a reputation as a delicious destination for a foodie break.

Take your pick from pioneering Michelin star or AA Rosette-winning restaurants, welcoming gastropubs, cosy cafés, chilled out bars, thriving local producers and passionate artisans. Feast in Bath and you will discover a wealth of culinary talent serving up tantalising gastronomic delights.

Be sure to sample some Bath originals, such as the Sally Lunn bun, and don’t miss out on the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea served at elegant restaurants and hotels in the city. Feast your eyes on all the memorable dining experiences you can have in Bath below.

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Restaurants and Gastropubs

Whether you’re looking for lunch after a busy morning exploring or somewhere to celebrate a special occasion, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a restaurant in Bath.

Keen foodies who appreciate fine-dining and a carefully curated wine list can book a coveted table at one of Bath’s Michelin-starred or AA Rosette restaurants. Or for a more relaxed evening, choose from a wide selection of gastropubs serving hearty homemade dishes using local produce.  

From contemporary British, European and American to Nepalese, Thai, Chinese and Indian, be transported across the globe by restaurants offering international cuisines. Vegetarians and vegans have plenty of options too, with several restaurants specialising in flavoursome and inventive plant-based food.  

Browse the full list of restaurants and gastropubs to find a truly unique dining experience; familiar chains or quirky independents, traditional or contemporary menus, fancy or casual dining, you’ll be sure to find something to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Cafés and Tearooms

There’s no shortage of places to go for a bite to eat or cup of tea in Bath. After a busy day shopping or sightseeing in the city, there are plenty of welcoming retreats in which to rest your feet and refuel.

With many delightful cafés and tearooms serving freshly-made sandwiches, homemade cakes and refreshing drinks, you’re never far from somewhere to stop for a light lunch or sweet treat. Watch the world go by and sip on artisan coffee or catch up with friends over brunch at idyllic locations across the city.

From historic tearooms to cosy cafés, you’ll find peaceful corners to do some work, friendly delis for a tasty takeaway and comfy spots to sit and while away an afternoon.

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Afternoon Tea

Afternoon tea has long been a popular pastime in Bath and the tradition is still very much alive in the city today. Consisting of delicate sandwiches, mouthwatering cakes, fluffy scones and not to mention a selection of fine loose-leaf teas, it’s hard to resist an afternoon tea!     

Perfect for celebrating a special occasion or enjoying as a sweet pick-me-up after a long day shopping, Bath is the ideal setting to indulge in a quintessentially English afternoon tea. Take tea at the Pump Room where you can marvel at the grand interior whilst listening to live classical music or be transported to Georgian Bath at The Regency Tea Rooms above the Jane Austen Centre.

Whether you’re looking for a traditional afternoon tea in quaint surroundings or one with a contemporary twist, you will find plenty of tearooms offering tempting treats across the city.

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Pubs, Bars and Breweries

Bath has a vibrant nightlife with many hidden gems to seek out after hours. From bars and breweries to pubs and distilleries, the mix of chains and independents means there’s something for everyone.

Grab a quick drink with friends at one of Bath’s characterful pubs or sophisticated bars serving crafts beers, Somerset ciders and classy cocktails. Bath’s pubs aren’t just lively watering holes though - if you’re looking for hearty British food made from local sourced ingredients, then you’re in the right place!

For midweek entertainment, look out for live music and quizzes held at pubs and bars across the city. Or visit the home of your favourite tipple at breweries and distilleries where you can take a tour to learn how they make their beers and spirits and of course, sample them!    

If you’re hungry for tasty pub grub or in the mood for dancing the night away, Bath has you covered.

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Cookery Schools

Pick up a new skill or improve your culinary ability by booking onto a course at one of Bath’s top-quality cookery schools in the heart of the city.  

Budding chefs can get to grips with the basics whilst accomplished cooks can master complicated techniques at a wide range of courses for all levels of experience. From baking bread at the award-winning Bertinet Kitchen Cookery School to preparing meat-free menus at the country’s leading vegetarian cookery school run by professional chef Rachel Demuth and discovering Persian flavours with Simi's Kitchen, you’ll find a course for you.

Foraging, brewing and butchery are just some of the useful skills you can learn at cookery schools in Bath. A perfect gift for the foodie in your life or a practical present to yourself, browse Bath’s cookery schools to book a course and get in the kitchen!

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Local Specialities

Take your taste buds back in time and learn about Bath’s rich history by trying some local specialities.

If you have a sweet tooth, you can’t visit Bath without sampling a Sally Lunn bun. According to legend, the recipe was brought to Bath by Sally Lunn, a Huguenot refugee, in 1680 and her brioche-style buns soon became fashionable.

Not to be confused with Sally Lunn’s, the Bath Bun was invented in the eighteenth century by Dr William Oliver and they are still enjoyed as a traditional treat at tearooms. He was also the creator of the savoury biscuits Bath Olivers, which you may have spotted in your local supermarket. Try them with creamy Bath Soft Cheese made from an ancient recipe just outside the city.

From Bath Chaps, a local speciality made from pig cheeks, to Bath’s very own gin, eat and drink your way around the city and discover the flavours that put Bath on the culinary map. 

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