Bath has long been a tourist favourite due to its stunning Georgian architecture and thermal springs, with an abundance of things to see and do. After a long day’s sightseeing, relax over a delicious meal. We look at 10 of the best restaurants that the city has to offer.
Situated in central Bath and surrounded by rival eateries of every kind, the Jazz Café more than holds its own against the chain restaurants dotted around it. It is a reliable stop for breakfast, lunch or a light evening meal; the regular menu runs from the highly traditional to the fairly colourful, and is complimented by a frequent rotation of inventive specials. Vegetarians are particularly well catered for, and a cosy inside space combined with rows of tables outside mean visitors can be sure of comfort in whatever weather.
The Peking Restaurant is the city’s oldest Chinese restaurant. This venue offers a variety of Chinese regional cuisines: Cantonese, Sichuan and Peking dishes are all to be found on the menu, including a variety of special seafood dishes and the Peking duck, which diners are asked to order 24 hours in advance.
If you haven’t tried Nepalese cuisine, there is no better place to start than at Yak Yeti Yak. A quiet, family-run establishment, the restaurant is tucked out of sight in a basement space a stone’s throw from Bath Spa station. One safe option for newcomers is the set menu, which comes in vegetarian and non-vegetarian varieties with a choice of black or yellow dahl.
Sotto Sotto gets the fundamentals right: a strong, traditional menu with a dash of modernism, all set in a cool subterranean environment near to the historic Roman Baths. Highlights from the menu include the vitello alla sorrentina, tender veal topped with aubergine, parma ham and mozzarella in a white wine and tomato sauce.
Thai Basil’s modest exterior hides a lavish interior dining space complete with Thai art and decorations. Diners can choose from a vast range of individual dishes and good-value set menus, with vegetarian options and levels of spiciness clearly indicated. The vast range of dishes on offer makes Thai Basil perfect for those who want to take the next step in their exploration of an enormously varied national cuisine.
Bath is notable for bringing together a cosmopolitan atmosphere and West Country charm, and the Bathwick Boatman showcases the latter at a lovely riverside location. With a pleasant rustic décor and an outside terrace area overlooking the riverbank, the Boatman lends itself well to a range of formal or informal occasions, from a wedding party to a quiet lunch.
More than just a restaurant, the Tagine Zhor aims to give visitors a genuine dose of Moroccan culture. While choosing from a variety of authentic hot and cold meals, guests can seat themselves in the outside shisha area and sample a pipe of traditional tobacco. Tagine Zhor takes an evident pride in its rendering of a rich and often surprising national cuisine.
Near to Bath’s scenic Parade Gardens lies Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen, a must for vegans, vegetarians, and organic food enthusiasts of all kinds. Ingredients are locally sourced and seasonality is emphasised, with the preparation undertaken with skill and affection. Even long-time aficionados of vegetarian cuisine will likely find something new on the menu.
Overlooking a majestic weir section of the River Avon, the Riverside Café occupies a truly enviable location in Bath city centre. It lies adjacent to Pulteney Bridge, a Grade-1 listed building built in the 18th century and still one of only a handful of bridges worldwide to accommodate two full rows of functioning shops.
Focussed, as its name would imply, on creating an authentic range of Italian pizzas, the Real Italian Pizza Company has established itself as a go-to alternative to larger chains. The restaurant’s easy-going exterior disguises a heightened efficiency in service and preparation, but even so the swarms of customers mean that casual diners would be wise to book beforehand.