It’s finally here folks – the biggest event in Bath’s calendar, the legendary Christmas Market! It’s such a huge event that it can be hard to know where to start – so as your friendly local experts on all things Bath, we’re delighted to bring you the ultimate Taste of Bath guide to the market. Don’t forget to visit Taste of Bath’s own chalet, number 134, on Bath St!
Naturally, since the market features some of the brightest and best small businesses from the local area, you’ll come across plenty of talented producers from the Taste of Bath family – it’s the perfect opportunity to meet them in person, and discover just what makes them so special and why we’ve chosen their products to include in our hampers. Follow our trail to find all our fabulous producers at this year’s market…
Start on Union St, where you’ll find Somerset Charcuterie – the perfect place to pick up delicious cured meats to spice up your festive cheeseboard. From there, stroll down to the heart of the city, the Abbey, where in the Abbey Churchyard you’ll find Bath Soft Cheese (to finish off the aforementioned cheeseboard), Seven Hills Chocolate (who have all sorts of beautiful festive creations, perfect for stocking fillers), Friary Drinks (pick up a bottle of one their delicious infused liqueurs, just the thing for a winter warmer) and Honey’s Cider – as well as bottles to take home, Honey’s will also be selling mugs of mulled cider, so this is the perfect spot to stop for a little refreshment.
Suitably warmed up, you can wander on to Abbey Green, a beautiful little square that’s one of the city’s most picturesque spots, not to mention one of the oldest parts of Bath. Here you’ll come across Wild Flour Bath (utterly scrumptious bakes, including outstanding mince pies), Choc on Choc (fabulously creative chocolatiers – look out for their famous chocolate brussels sprouts), Fussels Fine Foods (delicious dressings and sauces), In A Pickle (their chutneys are another must-have for the cheeseboard) and Bath Gin – who surely need no introduction as the city’s original and legendary gin distillery.
Finally, it’s time to hit Bath Street, which is the real centre of the market this year with loads of brilliant chalets. This is where you’ll find Taste of Bath, with our special Christmas Market hamper collection starting from just £12 – how can you possibly resist popping in to find out more? As well as Taste of Bath, on Bath St you’ll find Kettlesmith and Electric Bear, both expert local brewers with gorgeous gift sets for the beer fans in your life, and Wraxall Vineyard for anyone who prefers a glass of wine (their Somerset Sparkling Wine is the perfect tipple to for a toast on Christmas Day). You’ll also discover Meg’s Cottage Fudge (another great stocking filler – look out for their limited edition Christmas Pudding Fudge), Pistachio Provenance (would it be Christmas without nuts to nibble on with your drinks?), Bath Harvest (pick up some of their rapeseed oil to make the perfect Christmas day roasties) and The Leafy Tea Company, where you can stock up for the perfect cuppa on a cold day.
If you’re local, don’t forget to bring along your Residents’ Discovery Card for absolutely loads of brilliant offers at this year’s market, including a free Taste of Bath branded jute bag when you spend over £30 with us. And remember that if you can’t make it to the market (or you forget to pick something up while you’re here) you can also find the entirety of our fabulous Christmas hamper collection in our online Christmas shop – click here to explore!