When Nik and I started our “Discovering England” quest in 2016, Bath was very much on our list of cities that we wanted to visit, (you can see posts from this series here, Exploring England). We had yet to get there, (as life had decided on other plans for us), so when I was toying with what to get Nik for Christmas, a mini break to Bath seemed perfect. Within the hour I had booked us a 3 day break to the beautiful city of Bath for just after the new year. This post gives you the practical stuff, and will be followed by a post on what we did in this historical City.
Where we stayed
I had decided that one of the many boutique bed and breakfast guest houses best suited our needs. Location was going to be the main thing as I like to be within walking distance of everything. We spend most of our time out exploring, so as long as it was well located, had good reviews, included breakfast and had parking (big must if you are driving in), then we couldn’t go far wrong. I spent some time researching different places, and eventually decided on the Bath House Boutique B&B (see here for details)
It was a fabulous choice. Situated just a five minute walk from the centre of town, or five minutes in the other direction to the Royal Crescent, the location was perfect. The rooms are pretty typical of city b&b size wise, but that was the only typical thing. Bright, colourful and incredibly comfortable, they have everything that you need. In fact, we were surprised at how well equipped they were, including milk, water and biscuits in the fridge, toiletries, lots of information folders about Bath, excellent wifi and one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in!
I also loved that your breakfast was served to you in your room, at a time to suit you. I have not had breakfast in bed since I was living with my parents, so this felt like such a treat. Ok, I did find that I am far too clumsy to eat my vegan cooked breakfast in bed so sat up the table in the room, but I could have if I wanted to, and I gave it a bash!
There are places to suit all budgets to stay in Bath. If you want to stay right in Bath, here are another few that caught my eye, and we checked out while we were there;
The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa – I loved the look of this hotel, and the Royal Crescent is just a beautiful area to stay in. If you are in Bath for a special occassion and plan to spend a little time at the hotel, this would be a beautiful choice. (you can click the name for details)
No 15 Great Pulteney – This was another boutique style bed and breakfast that I loved the look of. I also love the road that it is situated on. It wouldn’t break the budget to stay here, so worth consideration for sure. The only reason I didn’t book here was because I couldn’t see that they had parking.
Frances Hotel – A beautiful, colourful, regency style hotel right in the centre of Bath. It looked fabulously flamboyant. Nik and I walked past this most days and loved the look of it. Just gorgeous
Where we ate and drank
Like any big city, you will be absolutely spoilt for choice on where to eat and drink. Options are in abundance for any budget, dietry requirement and style of food. I am doing Veganuary, so we did have to spend a little time looking for vegan options, but it was not a hard task. In fact, in the interest of full disclosure, within about 30 minutes of arriving in Bath, I was living my best life wandering across the Pultney Bridge with a bag of Vegan peanut butter fudge in my hand……
The Boater – This pub is gorgeous. Located right on the Pultney Bridge, you have views right the way down the River Avon. The bar that you enter on at street level is rustic and comfortable, with mismatched wing back chairs and wooden tables. Down stairs it is all cosy corners, worn leather bench seats and cave like recesses. Its gorgeous. We had mulled cider to warm our cockles, while waiting for our food. I chose a leek and potato soup with chunky bread, and Nik had spiced meatballs. Both delicious. I can imagine this pub is amazing in the summer also, as it boasts Bath’s biggest beer garden right on the river.
Hall and Woodhouse – I think this was our favourite place to hang out in Bath, for a few reasons. Firstly, it has an amazing roof top bar, that even on a cold January night, was cosy with the blankets and heaters that they provide. We loved sitting under the blankets, sipping our glass of bubbles and looking over the streets below.
Hall and Woodhouse is built over two floors, plus the roof bar and we spent time on all floors. The second floor is the restaurant, and I had my favourite meal of everything that I ate in Bath here. A vegan ratatouille It was so warming and comforting. This floor of the restaurant is quite modern and quirky, but has a really relaxed feel to it. The first floor (that you enter into at street level) was my fave. Big, sink-into-them arm chairs and sofas, candle light everywhere, open fires and plenty of space between the tables. We loved it here and one night, we may or may not have been having a few to many sambuca shots in this fabulous find……..
The Canon – This pub/resturant reminded me of a Weatherspoons. Situated opposite the famous Theatre Royal, it is in the centre of Bath. The food was all very reasonable, and I had one of the best Vegan burgers I have ever had! The resturant is downstairs, and is a no frills kind of place. Upstairs you have a sports bar type of set up. It was perfect for us our first night as we were eating quite late, and just wanted to eat and go. I think our two meals and two drinks each, came to around £25, so it was a bargain. Lovely friendly staff, good food and cheap. No complaints from me!
The Acorn – This is a solely plant based resturant, and the menu is full of delicious offerings, even if you are a meat eater. Located not far from the roman baths, this little resturant is a great find. Its worth noting that The Acorn is not open Mondays and Tuesdays. I can recommend the beetroot risotto, perhaps washed down with a glass of Autumn Punch….
The Pump Room – If you like the idea of getting your fancy on, you could really indulge and have a meal, afternoon tea or decadent lunch at the beautiful Pump Room. Situated next door the to roman baths, this beautiful, quaint restaurant with its magnificent chandeliers and harpist playing, is a beauty. Said to be one of Bath’s most elegant dining places, walking into the Pump Rooms it is easy to see why. Afternoon tea will cost you around £20-£30 per person, which I don’t think is to bad. You can even finish off with a glass of the unusual tasting spa water from the restaurants fountain if your brave enough….
Cafe Lucca – Situated in the Bartlett Quarter area of Bath, this area is full of small, independant shops, antique shops, cafe’s and eateries. Cafe Lucca, situated within The Loft is a modern and relaxed cafe, offering a comprehensive range of hot and cold drinks. Food is also on the menu, but we were here late afternoon, so just had a sice of their vegan banana bread each. It was amazing, but it has given me an obsession with making banana bread at home now. What diet??
Sally Lunns – You cannot go to Bath and not try one of Sally Lunns famous bunns, (I know, I know, inuendo aplenty). The famous Sally Lunns is a cafe, in the oldest house in Bath and it was built in the 1400’s. The young Sally Lunn, a baker in the 1800’s created the famous Bath Bun in the kitchen here. People flock to the tiny tea shop to sample Sally’s buns, and you can have them sweet filled or savoury. Nik had lemon curd, (I had nothing as they are not vegan) and he said they were amazing.
Other Bars definitely worth a Visit;
I thought I would include a few more of the bars that we liked on offer in Bath. There are so, so many, but we thought these were fab
Opium Bar – Spring Gardens Road – Tucked away in the vaults below, this cave filled like bar is set with comfy sofas and cosy corners.
Circo Bar and Lounge – George Street – More of a cocktail bar, this bar has a smart dress code and a great atmosphere.
Canary Gin Bar – Queen Street – It does over 200 gins, I love gin, I don’t need to say anything more….
So, there we have it. I hope this little guide is useful to you. I will be following this post with what we did in Bath, so keep an eye out for that one. have you been to Bath? been to any of these places that I have mentioned? Any that you feel were also worth a mention? Let me know x