Last week, I shared my trip to the Thermae Bath Spa which was a part of a girls weekend away with my Mum and Sister. We stayed at The Queensbury Hotel booked via Mr and Mrs Smith with an extra bed put into our Deluxe room.
We arrived on Friday night after a nightmare drive through rush hour traffic, from Manchester via Birmingham to pick my sister up and in the torrential rain that plagued Silverstone that weekend. We eventually arrived just after 9pm and after quick turnaround we picked up a cocktail in the bar en route to dinner in the Olive Tree restaurant. When I asked for recommendations, Rach suggested the restaurant so I felt in safe hands and despite feeling tired, it was amongst the best restaurants I have ever eaten in.
The food was incredible, quite light and the portions weren’t enormous but I prefer that, particularly eating late at night and it meant we could sample all 4 courses. I started with the seared tuna and stuck with a fish theme having the lemon sole, preceded by an amuse bouche of gazpacho and finishing with Mascarpone and citrus cheesecake with roast peach and blood orange sorbet. Immense is not the word.
We fell into the huge bed and slept hard.
After an equally amazing breakfast that included a varied and delicious buffet complimented by various hot options, (my sister had french toast while I chose the porridge with fruit compote from the buffet,) we headed out to explore the sights of Bath. Of course we had to start with the Royal Crescent, which despite the biblical weather looked stunning.
Next up we went for a wander towards the shops and stumbled across the Bertinet bakery. Full of delicious treats by Richard Bertinet’s kitchen, there was also a cookery school which I would love to return to and a small shop with kitchen items and a range of Bertinet books.
Next we found The Loft with Caffe Lucca inside, perfect to stop in if you need coffee and cake or lunch. Mum and I could have stayed for hours in The Loft. Full of stunning room sets and unique furniture, the styling was impeccable and the whole edited collection completely lustworthy. If you’re in the market for salvaged interior lighting, Felix lighting across the road is full of industrial lighting varying from fifties hollywood film set lighting to submarine and ship lighting, there are some brilliant finds. On the whole with independents, small cafes and restaurants and shops like Toast, Bartlett street was worth a wander.
From here we headed into the main town centre, stopping for some sale shopping and eventually reaching the Abbey which was well worth a look before heading to our spa session.
That evening we wanted to eat somewhere close and had already wandered past The Chequers on the way to the Royal Crescent earlier that day. The food was relaxed and the portions enormous (I had the steak,) but we had a great meal for a reasonable price – perfect if you don’t want too much fuss but good food.
We spent the early part of our Sunday back in the same area before settling in a nearby pub to watch the Murray Wimbledon final before heading back.
I’d love to hear your recommendations for things to see or do in Bath and places to eat. Just leave a comment in the box!