I’m guessing by now that you will have seen Netflix’s Bridgerton? You will know from the binge-worthy and steamy period drama that Bath features in many scenes. Creating a grand Regency backdrop. Of course, Bridgerton is not the only period drama to feature Bath’s beauty. Both Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion novels are set in Bath. Many of the places unchanged since her days of living here in the 1800s, The Royal Crescent and The Circus to name a few. The World Heritage Site of Bath, is both a handsome and beautiful Georgian city.
In modern times we have seen London-folk flock to the city of Bath. It is, after all, only only 1.5 hours away on the train. Many come for weekend breaks but to also take up permanent residency. Laying down roots and bringing up the kids – in a place heralded as the “UK’s most family friendly city”.
If you are looking for a relaxing weekend staycation, then Bath has much to offer. There are some fantastic historical attractions such as the Roman Baths. But Bath, in its modern glory, offers many more pursuits too. Sample delectable treats in gorgeous artisanal bakeries and coffee shops. Eat in gourmet restaurants with sumptuous interiors. Drink cocktails in quirky hangouts. And, don’t forget the shopping. Bath offers an abundance of high-end shops and independent boutiques.
Plus, if you’ve been waiting to try out those new Grenson hiking boots you’ve lusted over for ages, Bath is your place. Surrounded by lush hills and beautiful country walks – Bath is an urban gem within a breath-taking rural setting.
So, sit back and relax whilst I take you through my Bath City Guide. Featuring places to eat, drink and shop, culture, attractions to see and hotels to invest in rest in.
Bath City Guide: Where to eat
Bath’s very own Colonna & Smalls provides a range of stunning coffee from around the world. And, their very own range of brew too, which you can buy. Situated close to Queens Square in Bath City Centre.
Society café boasts two coffee shops in Bath City Centre. They offer specialty coffees, yummy smoothies and tasty bakes. Loved by visitors, residents and freelancers alike.
For something special and quintessentially Bath, enjoy afternoon tea in the Pump Room. Sip champagne and enjoy a cucumber sandwich whilst listening to classical music. Overlooking the Roman Bath’s hot spring, the Pump Room, within the Abbey churchyard, sits adjacent to The Roman Baths.
If you are on foot and want to grab a quick bite, Chai Walla offers amazing and authentic Indian street street food. All fresh, vegan and vegetarian.
Try the award-winning Vietnamese café, Noya’s Kitchen. Noya brings tastes and flavours dear to her Vietnamese roots. Lunches are freshly prepared to order by Noya and her team. They also provide fabulous supper clubs and cooking classes.
Oak Restaurant serves delicious modern food within a historical setting. Enjoy vegetarian dishes made with seasonal ingredients. Situated in one of Bath’s oldest buildings, Oak Restaurant provides an intimate atmosphere. They are also a grocer, so you can pick up some organic vegetables or a bottle of natural wine made near Bath.
Bath City GuideBest Bakeries
My top 3 bakeries in Bath
For devouring exceptional breads & pastries head to Bath’s own Bertinet Bakery. A gorgeously rustic shop, not far from Pulteney Bridge, is the place stop by for a mouth watering pastry. Chef, Richard Bertinet, has his own cookery school based in Bath too, which could be a fun weekend activity.
Pop down to Bath’s ‘Artisan Quarter’, Walcot Street and visit an outstanding bakery. You’ll be cooler than the average tourist by finding this hotspot. Rewarded on your journey with the best sandwiches and coffee beans freshly grinded to order.
Situated in the heart of Bath, Thoughtful Bakery offers more than just delicious breads and pastries. They provide the tastiest array of sandwiches, pizzas, salads and quiches. Owner, Duncan, has created a bakery combining his two passions – sustainability and slow food.
For the kids
The wonderful Egg Theatre offers a wide range of productions for kids. It also has the best cafe. Cleverly designed with circular seating surrounding a play area. You can sit back relax and chat whilst the kids run wild.
Fox & Kit provides a great parent, baby and child-friendly cafe in Bath. It is a wonderful little find with cool Insta-worthy interiors, lush food and plenty of fun play for the kids. The cafe has the best baby changing facilities too. And, the staff are so lovely.
Bath City Guide: where to have a romantic evening meal
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is glorious inside and out. Dine in the Dower House Restaurant and enjoy the views over their secluded gardens. Dishes, from locally sourced produce, combine classic flavours with a unique contemporary twist.
Heading into Bath’s ‘Artisan Quarter’, Walcot Street, you’ll find Corkage. A restaurant offering small plates of creative deliciousness made from seasonal ingredients. You can also choose from a set menu. Plus, they have a cracking wine shop too.
Celebrate a love of Spanish culture and sample some of the most delicious tapas. Inspired by the Pintxo bars of San Sebastián, Pintxo offers the best of Spain’s food, sherry and wine.
In summer enjoy a laid back experience in their sunny sherry garden.
If you’re feeling lively then Walcot House bar & restaurant offer a relaxed and informal dining experience. From 8pm on Friday and Saturday they have live music and djs too, so you can stay on into the night. Boasting super cool interiors, it’s a hidden gem for those of us who want a lively but not student atmosphere.
Where to sleep
This Bath City Guide wouldn’t be complete without sharing my recommended hotels. Here are the top 5 hotels in Bath:
1.Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa Sleep in a royally suitable sanctuary along the famous Royal Crescent. Imagine yourself as the Duchess of Hastings in Bridgerton, looking across spectacular views. Escape into their spa and focus on wellness for an afternoon before sipping wine in the gardens.
2. The Francis Hotel is a unique Regency-inspired townhouse. It combines 21st century elegance with all the splendour of its historic past. The beautifully ornate entrance sits right across from Queens Square. Sleep in a piece of history with exquisite interiors and excellent service.
3. No 15 Pulteney sits on one of the grandest streets between Pulteney Bridge and the Holbourne Museum. Accommodation is luxury meets quirky – uniquely decorated with a vibrant and creative character. A wonderful hotel that oozes personality and attracts those with a love for art, ceramics, colours and texture.
4. Henrietta House has a deeply hip, rich and dark interior in the bar and dining areas with gorgeously light accommodation. Situated in a Georgian townhouse within a quiet street. Henrietta offers a lovely boutique bed and breakfast experience.
5. Hotel Indigo is a new addition to Bath. It spreads across South Parade in the city centre. Whilst I have not stayed there I have had the pleasure of seeing some of its offerings. The attention to detail in providing a sumptuous, luxurious and stylish space is incredible. The rich green walls, comfy velvet sofas and dark wood interiors in the restaurant has me excited for a future night away.
So that was it, I hope you enjoyed my Bath City Guide – did your favourite get featured?