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“Great meal, good atmosphere” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bill's Restaurant

Bill's Restaurant
Ranked #67 of 563 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$12 - US$25
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: An ideal place to start your day with a leisurely breakfast or a quick pop out the office at lunch time, Bill's Bath is a cosy and intimate affair, packed with character. Close to the Theatre Royal, Roman Baths, and other attractions, it's well placed for pre-theatre dinner or if you're out shopping or enjoying the city's many sights.
Sussex
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61 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Great meal, good atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Had not come across this chain before. Really liked the atmosphere, music and decor so went in! Tasty food, half chicken and special super food salad (very large - enough for 2 if it's for lunch or small appetite). The chocolate brownie topped it off (well I did have a salad!). The service was really friendly. The place was super clean with cool music. They serve cider (?Pigs Orchard) too. All in all a good meal and a lovely replacing experience. We'll definitely look out for these elsewhere.

Visited August 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“1st time in Bath”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2014

I had a wander around Bath, to explore a part of the world I'd never seen. I was hungry, and happened upon Bill's, which was in (I think) in the top 5 rated in the city on Trip Advisor.

A 2-person table was found tucked away in a corner by a bubbly young lady at the door, a "meeter & greeter", and there were only a couple of empty seats. Initially uncertain service became friendly quite quickly, early on this bustling Saturday evening (about 7:00pm), there was a busy atmosphere, which always creates a buzz.

The prices were somewhat steep I thought (cheapest beer is £3.75 / small bottle, but then parking in Bath is £3+ per hour!), but Bill's Beer hit the spot while I ordered Crab, Chilli and Prawn Cakes (starter), and Chicken Skewers from an impressive menu. Not a massive range, but you feel you'd want to order half of it! The starter was clearly made from fresh ingredients, but lacked the punch of any of them. No piquancy in the chilli, and not a huge amount of flavour in the seafood, they (3) weren't much bigger than sink plugs in size, but it was different.

The chicken skewers really hit the spot - I only wanted something light-ish, but this was substantial enough to meet a bloke's appetite. They were cooked really well, and the chicken stayed succulent, They were served with cous cous salad with tomato, mint, parsley and lemon with tzatziki (not enough of these accompaniments!) and wholemeal pitta bread. A very tasty combination.

The starter and main plus 2 Bill's Beers = £23.30 then the 10% service charge. Everything was done in just under 30 minutes - service seemed friendly and efficient, but not rushed.

I have very mixed feelings about tipping, and I understand putting it on a bill, but ALL restaurants everywhere please get this...........1) If an "optional 10% service charge is added to the bill" - it isn't REALLY "optional", so perhaps remove the offending pretend-word, and.... 2) please understand my suspicion that this is a gateway to escalating to the obscene 20% gratuity expected (and sometimes charged) by American eateries. Its' quite a big part of the reason I don't go out much any more.

Another tiny part of the reason, that restaurants can't do anything about, and doesn't affect this review. Two youngish couples were seated next me who seemed pleasant enough, until the obvious Yorkshireman started telling voluble, pathetic tales deploying wild arm movements... and the F-bomb every other word. Ah well.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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“Real actual good food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

Had the roast chicken with sweet potato fries. Very very good, actually made on the spot, tasting like real food. Nice place with free wifi and friendly staff. Don't expect super speedy dining, they do need time to make this actual food.

- stupid optional service 10% fee listed on bill (come on, makes me not want to tip at all)

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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South Staffordshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Would recommend for casual dining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Dropped into Bills for an early lunch on the recommendation of one of our party. The staff were extremely courteous and helpful in finding us a table and service was prompt throughout. As two of us are vegetarian, we were pleasantly surprised by the range of suitable dishes on offer. I can especially recommend the vegetable mezzo and the halloumi&hummus burger. The range of food has a distinct Mediterranean / Middle Eastern flavour and I would describe the experience as casual dining. Did not have chance to try the breakfast menu but it did look quite impressive and, judging by the number of locals finishing a late breakfast as we arrived, I would judge this venue as being popular. Would recommend.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Berrow, United Kingdom
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267 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 180 helpful votes
“Great Find”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

Brilliant find and parked outside (blue badge). This is wonderfully laid out, great atmosphere anytime you go in, been here a few times now and had breakfast (my fave) & lunch and all food is nice and hot, well presented, good choice and very good value. This is my first stop every time it go to Bath, sometimes like this time went in twice in one day. You gotta visit as is well worth it.

Visited May 2014
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