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“Still superb”

The Circus Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 567 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$30
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Small, busy, much admired, family-run restaurant; serving seasonal, locally sourced, freshly cooked food; charming and welcoming staff; sensible and honest prices. Set in a fine Georgian house in Bath's most beautiful position - between The Circus and The Royal Crescent. Voted number 4 in the United Kingdom by The Times "Twenty secret restaurants that foodies love". Bookings advised.
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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185 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Still superb”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2014

Another super meal at Circus. I had a delicious unusual starter of cauliflower, tahini and almonds, what a treat for a vegetarian instead of the ubiquitous goat's cheese tart. Service was as ever, exemplary. It was friendly and professional from the moment we entered and were greeted by a warm welcome from the maitre d' and it continued throughout the meal where we were looked after splendidly by Jessica. Our one problem was that the quantity of delicious food was extremely generous but Jessica offered to resolve this by providing us with a doggy bag.

  • Visited March 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to write to Trip Advisor. We really appreciate it when our regulars and returning customers give us a pat on the back as consistency is the name of the game in the restaurant world and takes a lot of effort to achieve. Thank you for your positive feedback and encouragement.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“What a Fantastic Restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014

What can I say about this restaurant but WOW, we came to the restaurant to celebrate a Birthday and was recommended this restaurant and was told that you had to have the steak as it would be the best you ever had and I can honestly say that it was.

We arrived at the restaurant with a warm welcome and the person who showed us to our table who I would guess was the owner knew who the name of the table was booked under. We were shown to our table which was downstairs which was lovely and warm.

The waitress who took our order was very friendly and polite and had a great smile and liked to make sure that we were happy at all times. After we ordered the owner also came down to make sure we were ok and told him that we all loved the steak and he informed us that all the food at the restaurant is all sourced within the South West.

I had the crab salad and the steak and it was one of the nicest meals that I have ever had. We didn't have to wait to long for the food to arrive and we left the restaurant full but not to full.

I look forward to coming back to this restaurant again in the near future.

  • Visited March 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thank you for your wonderful review. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us and look forward to your next visit.
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Bingley
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“Great meal in nice setting”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2014 via mobile

Occasional visits to Bath are generally accompanied by a visit to Sotto Sotto, but we tried to book too late and found ourselves at the Circus as a result. It was a cloud with a silver lining because it was just about as good. The setting at SS takes some beating but The Circus was warm, friendly and generally inviting. The maitre d that night was great, good mix of humour and knowledge of his menu, attentive without being OTT. Food was great, the new menu for March had oodles of choice, and my wife who is more picky than me thought her warm salad with toasted cauli was the best thing she had eaten for a long time. The John Dory was just as good. The house wines were good and sensibly priced, and generally refilled right to the top! The question next time is.....Sotto Sotto or The Circus???

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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Only you can decide between us and Sotto Sotto! But I think we change our menu more often than they do and we have a more eclectic taste in food.... having said that we are very grateful that you came to us for a change! Thank you for your kind words and for coming to try us. We really appreciate it and look forward to your next visit.
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Bristol UK
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73 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Perfect location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 February 2014

On a trip to Bath to visit the Fashion Museum and Number 1 Royal Circus we found this restaurant so perfectly located half way between!

Friendly service and reasonable prices are an attraction as is the Fish of the Day, which was, in our case, hake with olive tapenade and baked chicory; delicious. Warning! The squid is a hearty helping and more than I could eat.

  • Visited February 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thank you for your review and nice appraisal. We change our menu every month so there are now other fishy delights on the menu for when you next visit from Bristol.
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Poole, United Kingdom
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“First class food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2014

I haven't eaten here for a few years, although I remember it being very good. I was not disappointed on my return. We were made to feel very welcome, with a friendly waitress who explained the dishes well and was clearly enthusiastic about them. My starter was the Zakuski (little Russian 'bites') and this was interesting and tasty. This was followed by a lovely rabbit pie, absolutely brimming with meat, in a delicious creamy sauce. My colleague had the artichoke soup with truffle oil, which he thoroughly enjoyed, followed by lovely pink calf's liver. The wine list is interesting and we shared a bottle of Crasto Douro, which was excellent and reasonably priced. Highly recommended.

  • Visited February 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 11 March 2014
Thank you very much for your kind words and for visiting us. We're so glad you enjoyed it and do come and see us again soon.
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