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For the last two years I have had the pleasure of running the Instagram account Bath Eats. What started off as procrastination for my university exams turned into a wonderful community of foodies all over Bath and I have been lucky enough to be invited to an array of local restaurants, bars and cafés. Today, I would like to share a few of them with you. Enjoy!
Noya’s Kitchen is one of the most exciting Vietnamese restaurants in Bath with the loveliest owner, Noya. Having fled Vietnam when she was only 7 years old, Noya stays true to her roots by using simple, fresh ingredients. Noya actually started by running pop-up supper clubs, but eventually opened her own restaurant last year (thankfully)! Her food is absolutely incredible and aromatic with layers of flavour, with the menu changing weekly to keep things interesting.
Noya’s Kitchen: chicken chilli and ginger stew (top), chilli and ginger aubergine (bottom)
The Scallop shell is an award-winning fish and chip restaurant in Bath. The food isn’t limited to fish and chips though – they have some of the best seafood in Bath too! The menu changes daily and all of the ingredients are incredibly fresh. You can get a fisherman’s lunch (fish and chips, a mug of Yorkshire tea and buttered bread) for £10 which is a bargain. They also have a terrace to sit on in the summer months so that you can enjoy your fresh seafood outside in the sunshine – a must for seafood lovers!
The Scallop Shell: Fish & Chips (cod, Fisherman’s Lunch menu size) with a side of seasonal greens
Clayton’s Kitchen is a firm favourite for Bathonians and tourists alike. The menu is simple, yet showcases the freshest and very best seasonal ingredients, creating uncomplicated but delicious meals. The restaurant is inspired by Mediterranean and modern French cuisine and the décor is very calming and light. It’s a little more expensive, however it’s perfect for a special occasion or a romantic evening.
Clayton’s Kitchen: fish of the day (seabass) with leek, butternut squash and a crab sauce
Although not what you would probably expect to find on this list, Franco Manca is hands-down my favourite pizzeria in Bath. After spending six months in Italy on my year abroad, I have unfortunately become a pizza snob (once you’ve experienced the best you can never go back)! Franco Manca uses sourdough as their base, letting it rise for enough time. Simple, fresh ingredients and well-priced pizzas makes it my favourite and if you’re a student (or work in the forces), you can get a free drink when you use the buzzword “Brixton 2008” on a Monday or Tuesday when you buy any pizza (as long as you show your student/forces card).
Franco Manca: margherita pizzas (right), burrata (left)
As someone who doesn’t eat a lot of meat, I had always wanted to go to Acorn Vegetarian Restaurant. When I did, I understood why it was known for its award-winning, innovative vegan food. Everything on the menu stems from modern cooking and can be paired with curated fine wines. The dining room itself is relaxed and peaceful, the perfect place for a gastronomic experience. Those who think that vegan food is bland or boring need to come here – every mouthful is an explosion of flavour.
Acorn Vegetarian Restaurant: the amuse-bouche
This little gem hidden away in Green Park Station is perfect for all vegans, veggies and anyone who enjoys plant-based food. The place is super small, however serves up lovely home-cooked vegan food with specials that change daily. It’s the only place in Bath where you can get an açaí bowl (pictured below), a trendy breakfast based on the berry with antioxidant properties, which originally comes from South America. What’s more, Beyond the Kale is very reasonably priced. The bowl below is only £6.50!
Beyond The Kale: Açaí bowls
Another one for plant-based food lovers is Nourish, a restaurant which recently transformed itself into a vegan haven. The menu is incredibly inventive, with a range of dishes inspired by all different parts of the world: Mexican tacos, Indian pakoras, Italian risotto and Thai laksa just to name a few. Everything is honestly so so delicious and it’s definitely worth the wee walk from Bath’s city centre. Most excitingly: they have Booja-Booja ice cream on their dessert menu (aka the most delicious vegan ice cream made from all-natural ingredients).
Nourish Plant-Based eating: Thai coconut tofu laksa (top), buddha bowl (bottom), ginger kombucha (right)
The Hare & Hounds is one of my favourite pubs in Bath. It’s part of the same group as the Chequers and Marlborough Tavern so you may have heard of it, however this one has the most stunning views. It’s the perfect place to either have a meal or just a drink, particularly in the summer months when you can sit outside and enjoy the sunshine. It’s also dog-friendly!
The Hare & Hounds
This is a more recent addition to Bath, a new wine bar in Milsom place with wine on tap! Le Vignoble has an extensive wine list with lots of different ones to try. They do tasters as well, so it’s perfect if you want to try out a bunch of them before making a decision. Le Vignoble also does delicious charcuterie and cheese boards as well as nibbles such as popcorn and olives – a definite favourite of mine!
This café is no secret for anyone living in Bath. They now have two locations (one in the Corridor and one in Kingsmead Square) and they are clearly very popular because both are always full of people. Although they don’t do actual dishes, they have a range of delicious cakes (my favourite is the banana peanut butter one – amazing) and great coffee. They have oat milk too which is great for vegans and those who are lactose intolerant, I would recommend it in the iced latte!
Society Café: Iced oat milk latte (top) and chocolate banana cake (right)