The Jazz Café
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.
1 Kingsmead Street, Bath BA1 2AA, United Kingdom, +44 1225 329002
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.
1-2 New Street, Bath BA1 2AF, United Kingdom, +44 1225 466377
Yak Yeti Yak
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.
12 Pierrepont Street, Bath BA1 1LA, United Kingdom, +44 1225 442299
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.
10 N Parade, Bath BA2 4AL, United Kingdom, +44 1225 330236
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.
Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BG, United Kingdom, +44 1225 462463
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.
Forester Road, Somerset, United Kingdom, +44 1225 428844
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.
1a North Parade, Bath, United Kingdom, +44 1225 466437
Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen
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.
2 North Parade Passage, Bath, United Kingdom, +44 1225 446059
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.
17 Argyle Street, Bath, United Kingdom, +44 1225 480532
The Real Italian Pizza Company
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.
16 York Street, Bath, United Kingdom, +44 1225 330121