Each and very time we visit Bath (which is often) included on our itinerary is lunch at All Bar One. The restaurant, granted, is part of a nationwide chain and as such tends to have that McDonalds quality. By that I mean you pretty much know what's on the menu without checking the boards. Fair enough, however, what sets this particular restaurant apart from it's brethren is the quality of the service and the atmosphere itself. We have yet to have an unpleasant experience here, nor do we anticipate one. And no, we don't put that down to mental mechanics of any kind. The food is always delivered in a timely manner by more than competent staff in a friendly and conversant manner that allows us to feel "welcome" and not rushed. A very relaxed atmosphere and one that conveys a sense of class without the 'trappings' of pretentiousness. I mentioned that the restaurant is part of a nationwide chain and that this particular restaurant is a 'breed apart' from its brethren for a reason; one of its brethren (which goes nameless) is a classic example of how to take a 'quality' name and soil it. Not all "chain" restaurants are the same. Some actually do deserve your patronize and appreciate same. Others . . .
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