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The Olive Tree, Bath
Bath is one of the Cotswold’s most popular tourist destinations, and for good reason! A stone’s throw from many of our self-catering cottages (as well as a few in the city itself), the area offers visitors a fascinating window in to the history and culture of the UK.
The city is famous for its Roman baths, the Georgian architecture, great boutique shops, museums and much more. Bath is also renowned for its diverse range of eateries and restaurants, with every taste catered for, from traditional English dining to far flung cuisine such as Nepalese and Californian. We have chosen a selection of restaurants that really showcases that diversity, and we’re starting off with traditional:
Serving local, seasonal produce from the butcher and grocer just down the road, the King William is not your typical English tavern. In fact, it has been nominated six times for the Bath Good food awards 2013. Expect substantial hearty pub grub, including steak sandwiches with chips, potted pheasant and cod with salt beef potato cake. A popular destination with locals, which just goes to proves the high standards of the kitchen. For real ale drinkers, they also serve 4 real ales and over 30 craft beers, which are complimented with an extensive wine selection.
Fans of exquisite posh dining and affordability should head over to the Olive Tree. The high quality of the food is not only beautifully presented, but great value. Dishes include baby roast chicken with delicately placed squares of dauphinoise potato, English veal with shallot puree, and stone bass with roasted cauliflower. The setting in the restaurant is pretty minimalist, with bare wooden tables and abstract art, but this perfectly compliments the precision of the food on the plates. A great restaurant if you want to experience affordable fine dining.
This restaurant encapsulates everything you would expect from celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. Fresh, local produce, cooked with passion and inspiration. Jamie has said that after he visited Italy he declared that he “should have been Italian”, as he was blown away by the simple and bold flavours, the fresh, locally sourced ingredients and the relaxed concept of sharing huge platters of food. Jamie’s Italian showcases this sociable aspect of dining with dishes including anti pasti selections, ravioli and pasta, and mains featuring Italian burgers, lamp lollipops, vegetable parmigiana, fresh salads and delicious sweets.
A modern dining experience located in one of Bath’s oldest buildings, Acorn Vegetarian Restaurant is situated in a 17th century building, but there’s nothing ancient about their menus. With delicious starters ranging from Mike’s roast beetroot, truffled broccoli and sunsplet risotto, and mains that include curried cauliflower fritters, white onion tart, blue cheesecake and celeriac and hazelnut rolls. There’s also a selection of desserts with best sellers such as rice pudding fritters and saffron poached pears. This restaurant really is not just for vegetarians; this food is so delicious it might just convert the most serious meat eater.
If you’ve recently discovered pan-European cuisine, but have been hard pressed to find a decent restaurant that serves it, search no longer. SSBD features an extensive tapas menu that includes, amongst others, chorizo in cider, goat’s cheese with pine nuts, beetroot and chard, and Moroccan meatballs. Mains feature home cooked fare, with everything, including the mayo and ketchup cooked from scratch. Popular dishes are the signature steaks and burgers, and all presented within the laidback bohemian style café.
Nepalese style food now, with the owners having travelled for many years around this region, they have bought back with them some really tasty dishes. You are spoilt for choice with mains featuring spiced pork dumplings, crispy fried salmon, curry dishes such as stir fried lamb and beef, chicken with ginger, lentil rice dishes, and desserts such as the Freak Street apple tart, a Nepalese version of tarte tatin. This is one restaurant that is hugely popular with the locals and has even featured in the Good Food Guide in 2006.
Finally, for those of you how cannot resist the taste of a succulent rotisserie cooked chicken, you really should make time to visit the Firehouse Rotisserie. Established in Bath for more than 18 years, which just goes to show how loved this restaurant is, diners can savour the distinctive flavours of Californian and South Western American cooking. The menu includes such favourites as the signature spit roasted rotisserie chicken, there are also daily rotisserie specials using local produce, brick fired gourmet pizzas packed with deluxe toppings, crab cakes, steaks and small sharing plates. The star of this restaurant however, is undoubtedly the rotisserie chicken, with flavour rubs including Texas Spice, Applewood, garlic and lemon.
If you're looking for somewhere to rest your head after exploring the wide range of eateries that Bath has to offer, we have a range of self-catering cottages in and around the city that are perfect for a romantic weekend or family getaway.
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