Bath, the historic city in North East Somerset, is famed for its Roman-built spa. The city, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, has a lot to offer tourists and locals. Damon and I visited the town, just south-east of Bristol, towards the end of summer. Whilst we expected the wide variety of experiences, museums and tours, we were less expectant of the range of delicious food options on offer.
So here is our full food-guide to Bath.
Cafes in Bath
The Whole Bagel
Located on Upper Borough Walls, just north of Bath Abbey, The Whole Bagel is possibly the best Bagel place I’ve ever eaten in. The menu has a simple layout with multiple customisable bagel options. First, you choose a bagel flavour. Options include plain, poppy seed and sundried tomato & olive. Then, you choose a filling. Options include Chicken Caesar, Pulled Pork and Classic Smoked Salmon. Add on any drinks/sides (brownies, crisps, cake or fruit) and you’re done.
The Whole Bagel has over 40 seats inside and there is a courtyard area outside which is pleasant when it’s warm out. There are gluten free and vegetarian food options available. Damon and I couldn’t resist a second visit here because the food was affordable, filling and delicious. A perfect eat if you’re on a budget.
Bridge Coffee Shop
Located on Pulteney Bridge, The Bridge Coffee Shop has fabulous views over the River Avon. Compact, but charming, the menu has a range of breakfast options including pancakes, muffins and a Full English. For lunch, you can enjoy filled baguettes, jacket potatoes and toasted paninis. There are cakes, pastries and a range of hot drinks on offer too, plus vegetarian options. If you can, snag a window table whilst it’s quiet. You can’t beat the view.
Boston Tea Party, Alfred Street
There are a couple of Boston Tea Party locations in Bath. The one we’d recommend is based on Alfred Street, just east of The Circus, on the north side of the town centre. This cafe is deceptively large and stretches back beyond it’s small front. There are over 130 seats inside and 20 outside. A large atrium ceiling keeps the charmingly decorated cafe, based in a historic grade II listed building, well lit too.
The menu has a diverse range of options and serves all day breakfast and brunch. Whether it’s pancakes, toasties, burgers or just a drink you’re looking for, you’ll likely find it on this menu. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free food options and the cafe is dog-friendly too.
Restaurants in Bath
Yak Yeti Yak
Yak Yeti Yak is located in the basement of a listed 18th century town house on Pierrepont Street just north of Bath Spa Train Station (5 minute walk, 400m). This family owned nepalese restaurant was one of the food highlights of our trip. The restaurant is wonderfully decorated in a traditional nepalese style. You have the option to dine at a table, as you would normally, or you can dine at one of their traditional low tables with a floor cushion.
The menu offers both traditional and contemporary Nepalese food with a range of appetisers, starters, mains and desserts. A range of vegetarian and vegan food options are available. Yak Yeti Yak also has a fully licensed bar offering wine, beers, cocktails and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.
Roman Baths Kitchen
Located in a prime spot right next to Bath Abbey and the Roman baths, the contemporary Roman Baths Kitchen is based in a Georgian townhouse. Seats are available inside and out (recommended when the weather is nice). There are two menus, a breakfast menu which is available until midday and an all-day menu available from midday until close. The breakfast menu offers a Full English, traditional bubble and squeak, pancakes, a selection of pastries/cakes and more.
The all-day menu is extensive, offering a range of starters, mains, sandwiches, sharing boards and desserts. Hot and cold drinks are available, as is alcohol. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are on offer too. The Roman Baths Kitchen can also accommodate large groups (10-60) for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
The Pump Room
Adjoining the Roman baths in the town centre is one of the best fine-dining locations in Bath. The Pump Room remains largely unaltered from when it was originally built back in the late 18th century. The restaurant offers a range of menus (morning, lunch, afternoon tea), plus a dinner menu during February, July and August.
If you’re looking for a quintessentially British experience, I would highly recommend the afternoon tea. You can enjoy a range of sandwiches, scones and desserts whilst the Pump Room Trio (a violinist, cellist and pianist) play in the background. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available.
There you have it, our list of recommended cafes and restaurants in bath. Have you tried anywhere on this list or are you thinking of trying somewhere new? Let us know in the comments down below.