Where to Stay, Eat & Drink On A Mini Break in Bath

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 Brtiain). 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!

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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)

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Staying on a road like this would be amazing

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……

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cosy corners

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.

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Bubbles with blankets and fairy lights

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……..

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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….

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The mini orchestra while you eat

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.

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Sally Lunns famous bunns….

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

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Kir Royales in Bath

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

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  1. January 14, 2019 / 8:50 pm

    Ah brilliant Kerry! I was looking forward to seeing this post & checking out where you’d been. I do like Bath & it’s many delightful nooks & crannies plus the lovely independent hotels that I could spend hours browsing. Even though you were only there for a couple of days it looks like you really lived it up & made the most of it! 💪🏼

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 14, 2019 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you Lauretta! It had to be broken down into two posts as we crammed so much in! I am hoping to get the post with all the where-we-wents up in a day or two. So glad you enjoyed reading xxxxx

      • January 14, 2019 / 10:23 pm

        Oooh – great! More great reading ahead then – looking forward to it! XX

  2. January 14, 2019 / 9:59 pm

    Staying at the royal crescent hotel has been on my bucket list since I was a little girl (my first home was between Bath and Bristol and I used to play in Victoria Park most Saturdays). I’d also love to go to the pump rooms one day. It sounds like you certainly made the most of your time there. It is such a wonderful city!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 15, 2019 / 9:50 am

      Ohhhhh I am with you there, I fell in love with Royal Crescent and would love to stay there. It feels like a calm little oasis. I feel like I need another trip to Bath, as I would like to explore a bit more. Its a great City, thanks for reading x

  3. January 14, 2019 / 11:17 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this Kerry because we visited Bath before Christmas and had such a lovely time, so it was interesting to see what you got up to on your trip and the places you’ve recommended. It really is a wonderful city because it has so much history and so many beautiful buildings and streets to explore. Hall & Woodhouse looks fabulous; what a find! I love a rooftop bar so this is definitely on my list of places to go to the next time we’re in Bath! Angharad xxx


    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 15, 2019 / 9:52 am

      Ahhhh fabulous! So you recognised some of the places? I cant wait to get the post up on all of the things we did while there. We crammed so much in that I had to break it down into two posts. Bath has an abundance of things on offer dosen’t it Thank you for stopping by and reading x

  4. Jean
    January 15, 2019 / 7:55 am

    I have visited Bath many years ago and really enjoyed our short stay. Loved reading about your visit as you seem to have discovered far more than we did so much so it’s made me want to go back.
    Love reading about your travels, it’s very inspiring and makes me want to get my bags packed!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 15, 2019 / 9:54 am

      I think Bath is 100% worth another visit Jean, and I would like to go back again. I feel like we missed a few things so would like to explore a little more. The next post on Bath will be about all of the things we saw and did, so hopefully that will fuel your desire to visit even more! Thank you for reading x

  5. January 15, 2019 / 12:22 pm

    Your trip sounds wonderful.. especially the breakfast in bed part! I’m still yet to go to Bath so when i do i will defiantely use this guide xxxxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 15, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      Hi Sammy, thanks or popping over. The breakfast in bed felt so indulgent! Trust me, with two boys at home breakfast in bed is a distant memory haha! I hope you get to Bath soon, its a corker

  6. Nathalie Sheridan
    January 15, 2019 / 6:37 pm

    Lovely post Kerry; Bath is definitely on my list of favourite places. Husband & I spent a lot of time in Bath & Bristol recently, planning to move there. Sadly didn’t go ahead with the move 😢 We stayed at a boutique B&B called Greys – v luxurious decor, delicious breakfast using local produce & knowledgeable hosts http://www.graysbath.co.uk/

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 16, 2019 / 9:38 am

      Thank you for reading xx I found Bath to be different to how I thought it would be, yet now I am not sure what I expected! Its weird. Thank you for that recommendation, I will put it in my little travel tips book (yes, I AM that nerdy) haha. What a shame that you didnt get to move there, but who knows what the future holds eh! xxxx

  7. January 15, 2019 / 6:43 pm

    I love Bath! We’ve been four times (I think) but not for a few years. Twice we stayed on a gorgeous farmhouse a bit out of town, once in a B&B and then once in a stunning cottage. I think the only place we ate at on your list was Sally Lunn’s – I mean, it’s an institution!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 16, 2019 / 9:41 am

      Hahaha! Yes, everyone has to go to Sally Lunns! We did look at a farmhouse just outside of Bath, wonder if it was the same one! It was only location that stopped us. If we go back, we may well stay just outside. I would like to explore a little more of the surrounding area. Thank you for reading xxx Im hoping to get part two up this week!

      • January 18, 2019 / 1:58 pm

        We went to Castle Combe once and it was gorgeous!

  8. January 15, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    I used to live near Bath so went there loads – loved a Sally Lunns bun 😉 Thanks Kerry I wasn’t aware of a lot of these places, so look forward to giving some a go on our next visit to the area

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 16, 2019 / 9:43 am

      Honestly, my inner child sniggers everytime at Sally Lunns Bunns…lol I think there is so much choice in Bath, Im sure there are so many more places that we didnt see on this visit. Next time,…… Thank you for reading xxx

  9. January 16, 2019 / 9:29 am

    When I return to Bath, I’ll be adding a few of your recommendations from here for sure. It looks like you’ve had the most delicious city break xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 16, 2019 / 9:44 am

      We really did Bejal. im hoping to get all the what-we-did’s up this week too. We crammed so much in! Thanks for stopping by xxx

  10. January 17, 2019 / 8:36 am

    Take me straight past GO to the Canary Gin Bar. I also love gin.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 17, 2019 / 10:11 am

      Hahahah! I am with you there. I do some fabulous mixes too. I will grab my coat and meet you there……..

  11. January 18, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    I’m so pleased that you had a great time in Bath. Was it how you expected it to be? I went to the gin bar once but was put off by the walls that looked like red blood corpuscles!! Hopefully next time you’ll get to use the roof top thermal baths. If ever you need a guide for another trip to Bath just shout. I’m dead cheap!! xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 18, 2019 / 7:22 pm

      Hahahaha! I will take you up on that! I wasnt sure what to expect to be fair. The only thing that surprised us was the amount of homeless people. I didnt expect that. It was a gorgeous city, and I hope to return too xx

      • January 18, 2019 / 8:00 pm

        Sadly it’s an issue in Bath. People don’t expect to see so many homeless people in a gentile city like Bath. Sad sign of the times. xx

        • kerrylifeandloves
          January 19, 2019 / 7:44 pm

          Yes I suppose thats it. its a little unexpected. It makes you sad when you see them xx

  12. January 19, 2019 / 10:42 pm

    I absolutely love my flying visit to Bath. I only stayed there over night and would love to go back. This is on my wish list for a short stay next. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      January 20, 2019 / 10:04 am

      Its a great City isnt it Laurie. I aiming to get all the what-to-see’s up on the blog today. I would love to go back for another vist.

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