Bath Independents: Champions of local produce

Bath may be a small city, but it really punches above its weight in foodie terms – not only are there plenty of fabulous local producers creating all sorts of goodies, but there are also loads of delicious places to eat, and one of the nicest things about Bath’s community is that a lot of independent delis, cafes and restaurants make a great effort to support local artisans. When we’re not busy creating hampers, we like nothing better than to go out in Bath to eat, drink and be merry – it’s always nice to see our own Taste of Bath producers popping up on the menu, and sometimes we even discover something new and exciting too! Here are a few of our favourite Bath eateries that champion local produce…

Widcombe Deli is a wonderful treasure trove of edible treats, including plenty of ingredient inspiration for cooking at home – their deli reminds us of a cosy farmhouse kitchen with shelves stacked with interesting finds. They also have a brilliant buzzing café and we can highly recommend their lunches, particularly their legendary salad bar – forget boring green leaves, Widcombe Deli are rewriting the salad rules with all sorts of delicious flavour combinations.

Hunter & Sons is another favourite of ours – tucked away in the middle of Milsom Place, they serve excellent coffee, an ever-changing selection of craft beers from local microbreweries and further afield, and a wonderful breakfast and lunch menu which features absolutely loads of fresh, local produce – vegetables from Eades Greengrocer’s, meat from Larkhall Butchers, eggs from New MacDonald Farm. Plans are afoot to extend their menu into the evening as well, with food and beer carefully paired to bring out the best in each, so watch this space. My personal favourite is the ancient grain porridge!!!

Hunter and sons

The Green Bird Café is a hidden gem at the top of town, on the lovely pedestrian Margaret’s Buildings (which is a brilliant hotspot for indie businesses, by the way – well worth a visit). Their breakfast and brunch are particularly excellent, starring Bertinet Bakery bread and croissants and more of New Macdonald Farm’s beautiful Quattro-coloured eggs (we can’t recommend these highly enough), and they also use our own Henny & Joe’s chai to make some of Bath’s best chai lattes.

Last but most certainly not least, a pub that’s worth taking just a little trip outside Bath for: The Longs Arms, in South Wraxall, has an absolutely incredible ethos when it comes to supporting seasonal British produce. While they range over the south west and further afield in the UK to get the very best, they feature plenty of super local producers on their menu, including Teeny Greeny Farm for fabulous microgreens and Ivy House Farm for delicious dairy. Chef Rob says they love to help small start-ups get a foothold and their philosophy is, if you support the locals, they’ll support you. We couldn’t agree more!

What’s your favourite local food champion? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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