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“Excellent as always”

The Circus Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 569 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$23 - US$30
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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.
Birkenhead, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Excellent as always”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

I am leaving Bath shortly and this restaurant will be sorely missed by myself and my boyfriend. We popped in for lunch today and it was delicious as always. I had the savoury cheesecake which was very tasty. This restaurant always caters brilliantly for those of us who don't eat meat. My OH had the steak which was lovely (so I am told) The fat chips are always perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

Puddings were good too, lemon and basil creme brûlée and chocolate tart with sherry syllabub was especially good, the chocolate tart was quite bitter and worked beautifully with the syllabub.

Lovely staff and pleasant surroundings. Fantastic restaurant can't recommend highly enough.

  • Visited May 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Thank you so much for your custom chilliexx! I know you have been a fan and we so value your support. We do wish you all the best wherever you are off to and do come and visit us when you are next back in Bath. Thanks for all your reviews
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Toronto
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“A fine lunch with excellent service”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Lunch here was served out front and was as fine as the weather. A fish dish in a tomato based broth/sauce with beans was a hearty meal on its own. Service was friendly and efficient. Good value for the quality.

Visited May 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
We're so glad you enjoyed the skate cheeks and beans dish! It is slightly unusual as you don't often find skate cheeks on the menu as the fishermen keep them for themselves as they are a treat!
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Bath, England, United Kingdom
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“We keep trying....”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

We've been here quite a few times, but each time we leave disappointed, a real shame. The menu read well and sounded delightful, but the reality was far from it. The mezze plate was a slight mess - dollops of three purees, olives at the centre and a few oily leaves didn't cut it, and the breads, while fine, were a poor accompaniment and somewhat stodgy with the purees; some flatbreads or ciabatta would have given a better contrasting texture. Others had roasted veg (OK but a little oily), savoury cheesecake, & mushrooms and cheese on toast, all a little lacklustre. Puddings of creme brulee (not fully set), chocolate tart and bread and butter pudding were OK. Service was good however but we somewhat underwhelmed and slightly disappointed.

  • Visited May 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
"Could do better" seems to be the order of the day here! I'm sorry you were underwhelmed by your recent visits to The Circus and take on your criticisms of the food, although as you can see from the other reviews on this page, most people don't agree with you. Maybe some of the dishes are not to your taste but do come again as the June menu may be more up your street!
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Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A fine dinner”
Reviewed 18 May 2014

We booked this at the recommendation of a local "foodie" and were glad that we did. The food was of high quality and well prepared. The staff were very friendly and highly professional. Circus is a lovely, unpretentious place and deservedly popular.

Visited May 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Thank you! It is always lovely to get praise from our American friends who are dining out in England on a regular basis. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with us
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London, United Kingdom
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“Excellent”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

We booked this restaurant based on previous reviews and were not disappointed. The food was excellent and the house wine was well chosen. The staff were efficient and courteous. On a par with some of the best restaurants in London. Good value for money. Well worth a visit.

  • Visited May 2014
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, 3 June 2014
Thank you so much for the wonderful appraisal. It means a lot to us when people take the time to write in to Trip Advisor. I don't always get time to reply immediately, however, but I can assure you that your words mean a lot to us.
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