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The gorgeous little Georgian city of Bath, with its impressive landmark buildings (especially along the Royal Crescent) and riverside setting, all add up to a beautiful backdrop for a meal. Bath is well known for its fine restaurants, tea shops, and traditional British pubs, as well as for a variety of regional and international cuisine - including local specialities such as the Sally Lunn bun, Bath Olivers and Bath chaps - all washed down with local beers, cider, or gin.

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  • Shopping Fanatic
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

11 Places

7 City Tips

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11 Places

Sally Lunn's Museum

History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Green Park Station Market

Gift & Speciality Shops

The Canary Gin Bar

Bars & Clubs

The Star Inn

Restaurants

The Garricks Head Pub and Dining

Restaurants

The Pump Room Restaurant

Restaurants

Coeur de Lion

Bars & Clubs

Sotto Sotto

Restaurants

King William

Restaurants

Bertinet Bakery

Restaurants

The Bath Priory Restaurant

Restaurants

Sarah F's City Tips

  • A lunch or pre-theatre menu may be less expensive than a dinner menu.
  • It's best to make a reservation for the more popular restaurants, especially on the weekend.
  • In restaurants, leaving a tip of between 10% and 15% is good practice if you enjoy the service.
  • You may need to dress up for the posher or Michelin-starred restaurants.
  • If you’re dining in a pub or café, casual clothes will be fine.
  • Bath is hilly, so it’s sensible to wear comfortable shoes.
  • Bath is a small city, so it is easy to walk around.
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    Sally Lunn's Museum
    History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Sarah F Says:

    Foodies and history lovers will enjoy the chance to try one of Sally Lunn’s world-famous buns in one of Bath's oldest buildings. Inside the 15th-century café and museum, you can see the original kitchen used by Sally Lunn more than 300 years ago. The recipe is still a well-kept secret to this day.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • It's best to make a reservation for the pre-theatre menu or dinner.
    • The kitchen museum is open daily from 10am to 6pm (11am to 6pm on Sundays).
    • It's a popular venue, so there is often a queue, especially from midday to 2.30pm.
    • You can enjoy the bun with sweet or savoury toppings.
    • Entry to the kitchen museum is free if you order food.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 183 things to do in Bath
    • Waste of time 19/09/2018
    • Interesting but not a lot of it. 15/09/2018
    • Sally Lunn's Museum
    Address:
    4 North Parade Passage
    Bath BA1 1NX
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 461634
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Green Park Station Market
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Sarah F Says:

    For a taste of local life, head for Green Park Station with its individual shops, restaurants, and markets — including a farmers market every Saturday selling local food and drinks. Stall holders vary at the market, but usually you can buy Bath soft cheese, organic vegetables, bread, meat, and pies. All are locally grown and delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • The market is open from 9am to 1.30pm.
    • This is a great chance to buy local produce direct from the supplier.
    • The range of cheeses is amazing.
    • A general market is held every Saturday alongside the farmers market.
    • Details of the history of this railway station can be found in the foyer.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 86 Shopping in Bath
    • What a charming market 22/09/2018
    • Farmers market and pizza! 06/09/2018
    • Green Park Station Market
    Address:
    Green Park Road
    Bath BA1 1XE
    England
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:30 - 17:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    The Canary Gin Bar
    Bars & Clubs
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    Sarah F Says:

    As its name implies, the Canary Gin Bar sells a wide variety of gins, including Bath Gin, which is only available in the city. The upstairs bar also does a very cool line of cocktails and martinis. This is a great place to meet friends before going on for a meal or to the theatre.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The bar has a lot of character, and the staff know a lot about the drinks.
    • Bath Gin makes a great souvenir, and you can buy it here to take home.
    • It is a bit pricey, but worth it for the experience.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 46 Nightlife in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • pathetic 20/09/2018
    • Drink More Gin! 18/09/2018
    • The Canary Gin Bar
    Address:
    2-3 Queen Street
    Bath BA1 1HE
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 462457
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 00:00
    Fri
    16:00 - 00:00
    Sat
    15:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    The Star Inn
    Restaurants (Pub)
    Sarah F Says:

    A good old-fashioned 16th-century pub, The Star Inn has a standing regular crowd and a lovely, friendly feel. It serves Abbey Ales from Bath and fresh rolls, as well as free bar snacks on Sunday.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try the Draught Bass brewed from an original recipe - it’s delicious!
    • The pub shuts in the afternoons during the week and reopens at dinner time.
    • The bar has many original features, so it’s worth having a look around.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #48 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • 5 Star 31/08/2018
    • Classic 27/08/2018
    • The Star Inn
    Address:
    23 The Vineyards Off the Paragon
    Bath
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 425072
    Other:
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    The Garricks Head Pub and Dining
    Restaurants (British, Bar, Pub, Soups, Gastropub)
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    Sarah F Says:

    Located in the centre of Bath, The Garricks Head is a pretty pub serving a good range of local real ales and ciders, as well as wines and spirits. The dining room uses the best regional produce to serve great pub food, including a Sunday roast lunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • There’s seating outside, making this spot lovely on a warm summer's day.
    • There are more than 50 whiskies on offer.
    • The pub is open all day, but the kitchen closes in the afternoon and reopens for the evening.
    • There’s a special pre-theatre menu.
    • Curtain calls for the theatre are given in the bar, so you needn’t worry about missing the start of the show.
    • It’s next to the Theatre Royal so you can have a meal before the show or a drink after it.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #124 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beware North Americans 12/09/2018
    • Best meal in a long time 08/09/2018
    • The Garricks Head Pub and Dining
    Address:
    Garricks Head St. Johns Place
    Bath BA1 1ET
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 318368
    Price range:
    US$9 - US$33
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    The Pump Room Restaurant
    Restaurants (British)
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    Sarah F Says:

    Located adjacent to the historic Roman Baths, the Pump Room provides a fine setting for a meal — but it's also an attraction in its own right. Built in 1795, this was a prime place to see and be seen in, and today it's still a classy, elegant affair, with a feel like something out of a Jane Austen novel. The modern British fare comes from renowned caterer Searcys, and the Pump Room Trio provides a classical music soundtrack to enhance your experience. You can have a full meal, or pop in for breakfast or a special afternoon tea.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The restaurant only offers reservations at select times and otherwise operates a queuing system. Check the website in advance of your visit to see if you're able to book ahead.
    • The fountain in the restaurant flows with Bath's famous warm spa water, which contains 43 minerals and has been used for curative purposes for some 2,000 years. Be sure to have a taste!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #74 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice atmosphere and lovely music 23/09/2018
    • For history/Jane Austen buffs only 19/09/2018
    • The Pump Room Restaurant
    Address:
    Pump Room Pump Room Stall Street
    Bath BA1 1LZ
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 444477
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Coeur de Lion
    Bars & Clubs
    Sarah F Says:

    Bath’s smallest pub, the Coeur de Lion, serves Abbey Ales brewed in the Georgian city. It has an interesting history, some of which can be seen in its stained-glass front window. The pub has a good range of real ales and food, much of which is locally sourced, such as Wiltshire ham and a traditional Sunday lunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Try the steak and bellringer pie, made with Abbey Ales beer gravy.
    • There’s seating outside, which is lovely on a summer’s afternoon.
    • Food is served from midday to 6pm.
    • It’s close to Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 46 Nightlife in Bath
    • Disappointed 13/07/2018
    • Warming up 26/01/2018
    • Coeur de Lion
    Address:
    17 Northumberland Place
    Bath BA1 5AR
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 463568
    Other:
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    Sotto Sotto
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European, Soups)
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    Sarah F Says:

    Just a short stroll from the Roman Baths the charming Italian restaurant Sotto Sotto is located in a converted cellar with bare stone walls. The food is classic Italian, using locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables. It’s not an extensive menu but includes a range of pastas, risottos, pizzas, fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • This is a great, inexpensive place for lunch.
    • It’s a small restaurant so it is best to book ahead.
    • Try the sweet calf’s liver or swordfish - both are excellent.
    • The restaurant is near Bath Abbey, so it's in a top location if you’re sightseeing.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent all round restaurant 23/09/2018
    • Worth the wait 22/09/2018
    • Sotto Sotto
    Address:
    10 North Parade
    Bath BA2 4AL
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 330236
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 14:00
    17:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    King William
    Restaurants (Bar, British, Pub)
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    Sarah F Says:

    Tasty local produce, real ales, and craft beers make the King William a great place for a meal or drink. The menus aren’t extensive, but it’s all home cooked, with a choice of free-range or organic meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The kitchen shuts in the afternoon and reopens for dinner.
    • The dining rooms are open Wednesday to Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtime.
    • Look out for Bath chaps on the menu - it's a pork dish unique to the city.
    • It’s definitely worth booking a table for Sunday lunch.
    • It takes about 10 minutes to walk to the pub from the Abbey.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great service great food 06/09/2018
    • Repeat visit as good as ever 01/09/2018
    • King William
    Address:
    36 Thomas Street
    Bath BA1 5NN
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 428096
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$39
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 15:00
    17:00 - 23:00
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Bertinet Bakery
    Restaurants (Cafe)
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    Sarah F Says:

    The smell of fabulous home-baked bread wafts from Bertinet Bakery. Chef and baker Richard Bertinet uses traditional methods to make the best bread, including sourdough, ciabatta and Provencal olive and lavender. There are also pastries, cakes and croissants.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Try the almond croissants - they’re very "more-ish".
    • You can stock up here for a picnic in Royal Victoria Park.
    • Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 5.30pm.
    • There’s a cookery school if you feel inspired.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #201 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    • unique 29/08/2018
    • Superb! 28/07/2018
    • Bertinet Bakery
    Address:
    1 New Bond Street Place
    Bath BA1 1BH
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 445531
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    08:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    The Bath Priory Restaurant
    Restaurants (French, European)
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    Sarah F Says:

    Located in a stunning luxury spa hotel, The Bath Priory is an award-winning restaurant focusing on British dishes made with fresh, local produce. This is a truly elegant restaurant for a special occasions, so you can dress up to the nines and enjoy fine food in a restaurant with great views over the garden.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you don’t fancy a full-blown meal you can get a snack, smaller meal, or cocktail in The Pantry.
    • This a great venue for escaping from the busy city.
    • You’ll need to dress up, as this is a very elegant restaurant.
    • It’s lovely to have a pre-dinner drink on the terrace.
    • The set lunch menu is good value for a restaurant of this quality.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #88 of 479 restaurants in Bath
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sunday lunch to celebrate an 88th birthday 24/09/2018
    • Amazing, stunning and warm 20/09/2018
    • The Bath Priory Restaurant
    Address:
    Priory Lodge Weston Road
    The Bath Priory
    Bath BA1 2XT
    England
    Phone:
    +44 1225 331922
    Price range:
    US$33 - US$128
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:15 - 14:00
    15:00 - 17:00
    18:30 - 21:15
    Other:
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