We’re often asked where to stay, eat, drink and shop in Bath and although we love to give shout outs to our favourite places people like to plan. So, if you’re short on time or have 36 hours in Bath here’s our recommendations for our home city. We’ll try to keep updating too!
Where to Stay
Berdoulat B & B
Patrick and Neri have created an incredible space in the middle of the city. Their Bed and Breakfast is housed in a space designed by John Wood the Elder, otherwise known for designing Bath’s Circus, Royal Crescent and Queen Square, but that’s merely the beginning. In fact, it’s the couple’s touches from a Turkish or English breakfast option to interior details such as a circular bath and original deeds that adorn the hallway wall.
A boutique B & B that we can attest has a great breakfast. Nestled behind Henrietta Park the hotel is minutes away from the shop on foot but for those traveling from afar there is parking.
This recommendation comes from a customer that’s visited the store since we opened our doors six years ago and rest assured this lady has class. The plush interiors include velvet sofas, ornate wallpaper and print-adorned walls.
An independent hotel that sits in close proximity to the Circus and Saville Row, the Queensbury that also houses the pretty plush Olive Tree restaurant.
Where to Eat
The Scallop Shell
Although you can’t book a table, it’s worth the queue for their freshly caught fish that arrives in the restaurant daily. Available to take-away too if it’s a sunny day plus it’s close to Queen Square too.
A Bath institution with an ever-changing menu and pitch perfect desserts. The lunch deal is worth seeking out but fear not, the dinner menu is a gem.
Nestled in the vaults by Bath Spa station the Bristol BBQ specialists are all about meat and the perfect speedy eat.
The Foodie Bugle
More than an eatery, Silvana and her team create wonderful salads, coffee and cakes alongside beautiful locally-made ceramics and an impressive assortment of Amaretti biscuits.
As recommended by Ping Coombes of Masterchef fame, this Thai restaurant delivers consistently tasty and spicy food every time.
Boston Tea Party
Their second joint is fantastic for brunch and we can wholeheartedly recommend Sweetcorn Fritters and a scone for afters.
Where to Drink
Adrian and Jane created a perfect meeting of great and coffee and tea in a chilled environment with tasty treats.
Colonna & Smalls
One of the top Baristas in the UK no less, Colonna is the place for true coffee lovers.
Hunter & Sons
Focusing on coffee and craft beer their food menu is not missed either.
Comins Tea House
New to Bath and an alternative to the coffee scene, Comins is a tranquil place to sample their well-sourced teas.
Mokoko (or Jacob’s Coffee House)
Another perfect coffee stop but it’s their cakes that are truly winners, go for the vegan options. You’ll just have to trust us on this.
The Dark Horse
Is new and probably the best cocktail bar in town due to the awesome drinks, clearly, and low-key scene and great customer service.
A favourite low key pub of ours, perfect for catch ups with friends.
The New Inn
Newly refurbished, the pub keeps it simple with a fresh decor affordable craft beer on draft and an amusingly titled menu we’re yet to taste.
A true Bath institution, The Bell was bought by the locals and always has a DJ or live music.
Where to Shop
For Scandinavian interiors head to Sue on Walcot Street where you’ll find all things Marimekko, Iitallia and Moomin! There’s a lovely run of stores next Shannon including Katherine Fraser and The Fig Store.
Article & David Simon Contemporary
Lucy and David are a husband and wife team who created a modern art gallery alongside Lucy’s stylist homeware selection and wonderful flowers that are changed according to the seasons.
Our neighbour Jo seeks unusual interior pieces including locally made pottery as well as organic Neom candles.
Grace & Mabel
Created by three sisters, this is their second outpost carrying a mix of labels that embrace colour and print including Weekend Maxmara, Paul Smith, Chie Mihara and Donna Wilson.
Fellow lovers of letterpress, the team at Meticulous Ink sell an assortment of stationery including the own designs which you may see pressed on site.
Situated on the corner of Margaret Buildings is the wonderful Alex’s shop which reflects her love of jewellery and general vitality of life! Her collection includes personal favourite Anton Heunis.
A new addition to Queen Street following on from Scarlet Vintage, the ladies behind Spotty Herberts carries kidswear plus an array of perfect gifts for children.
Mr B’s Emporium
We’re lucky to have two great independent bookshops in Bath – Toppings and Co. being the second – but it’s cosy nature of Mr B’s combined with owner Nick’s selection that makes this a must visit.
Grace and Ted
If you are in the business of sourcing a luxury label bargain head to Emma who at the time of typing has Alaia, Acne, Burberry, Hermes and Lulu Guinness in store. These ladies know!
My Small World
Dawn’s passion for her store is evident through the wonderful toy selection and the genial staff she employs. Just check out the balloons!
What to Do
Rather than list the museums to visit, of which there are several in the Bath, here’s a list of events worth seeking out
- The Speakeasy is quarterly story-telling evening, go find them on Twitter @speakeasy_bath
- Mr B’s Reading Spa
- Lush offers a very different spa experience in their Bath store
- Electric Bear Brewing Co. – 3o mins on foot from the town centre, the brewery opens a tap room on Friday and Saturday and on the former opens in the evening with DJs and street food stalls. Check their Twitter to see when the next event takes place @ElectricBearUK
- Ustinov Theatre – part of the Theatre Royal the Ustinov studio plays host to more challenging theatre than the Main House and on a Monday is the same price as the cinema!
- Found Athletic – if you’re in the city on a Tuesday evening join our free fitness classes! (returns Spring 2017)
- Sion Hill Place Supper Club is a monthly event and is a must for foodies. Chef Alex Dome currently works at Petersham Nurseries and is one to watch.
Images courtesy of each outlet’s website or Instagram profile.