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
A boutique hotel on the grand Great Pulteney Street with a pretty fancy bar and a highly recommended new spa.
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 really authentic Spanish experience – great service, delicious food – definitely try the croquettes and the parma ham and date dish. And steady on with the White Sangria it’s almost too good and certainly too easy to drink.
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.
It was an exciting day when Noya moved into permanent residence in Bath following her incredible supper club at Bear Flat. Each service you’ll find the freshest Vietnamese cuisine.
Beyond The Kale
Part of Green Park Station is the brilliant vegan offering from Beyond the Kale. Don’t look at their Instagram unless you’ve had a decent breakfast as the envy will kick in!
A real treat, a Vegetarian restaurant that’s won so many plaudits for good reason.
Bath Pizza Co.
Also in Green Park, The Bath Pizza Co offer delicious pizzas and the best pizza deal in town.
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.
Good Day Cafe
A friendly cafe with great coffee and veerrry tasty cakes.
Comins Tea House
New to Bath and an alternative to the coffee scene, Comins is a tranquil place to sample their well-sourced teas.
Another perfect coffee stop but it’s their cinnamon buns, Eccles buns, toasties and the delicious quiche that are truly winners.
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 Frome business newly opened a craft beer tap room on Walcot Street. Go!
A true Bath institution, The Bell was bought by the locals and always has a DJ or live music.
Where to Shop
Our neighbours are craft beer-focused, friendly and knowledgeable and have several hard-to-find beers. Plus you can drink in.
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.
Daniel and his partner Susan have the most incredible selection of magazines and journals and are wholly knowledgeable with it.
From the founder and editor of Cereal magazine Rosa Park comes her new venture, Francis Gallery. What can we say? Prepare to be inspired.
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!
If you fancy something a little quicker than the Skyline Walk (about 3 hrs) we have some brilliant gyms and classes in Bath now.
If you know what you’re doing with weights this one is for you as there are no treadmills here! If not join their classes, Monday’s Fight Club is brilliant, but book in advance.
Not for the faint-hearted, this class-only run gym offers three classes including Sweat and Stronger. They also run spin classes at Walcot House.
Our latest yoga studio proud to be highly trained and friendly. What’s not to love?
Bath’s first dedicated Spin studio with a friendly team and a variety of classes.
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
- Book in at Menu Gordon Jones
- 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!
Images courtesy of each outlet’s website or Instagram profile.