Monday, 26 September 2016

Review: Sol Kitchen Supper Club

Broad bean falafel with tahini miso dip
One of my absolute favourite things about Bath is that it's so well-supplied with foodie experiences of all kinds - it seems there's nothing Bathonians like more than to eat & drink well. One of the trends which has really flourished in the city lately is the supper club, and I was intrigued to hear that Sol Kitchen are mixing this up a bit - their newly-established club serves a menu that is always vegetarian or vegan, and designed to nourish the body & make it feel good.

Sol Kitchen's current home is the Bear Pad Cafe up on Bear Flat, a cosy little space just big enough for two long white-clothed tables set with candles and fresh flowers in jam jars. Guests have the option of bringing their own wine, or pre-ordering from Wolf Wine - a little treasure trove of fabulous independent booze in Green Park Station - who provide vegetarian and vegan wines to complement the meal perfectly. Owner Sam chose a wonderful Spanish red for us, Gaznata Garnacha El Barraco, which was fruity, warming and a little spicy, and delightfully drinkable.

One of the nicest things about a supper club is that it feels more like a dinner party than a restaurant meal. Sky & Mirella, the ladies behind Sol Kitchen, welcomed everyone personally and came round to chat throughout the meal, as well as explaining at the beginning that tonight's meal would be geared towards boosting the immune system, with plenty of iron and vitamin B, as well as being vegan. I have to admit that while I love vegetarian food & frequently cook it myself, I'm always a little more wary of vegan cuisine, purely because it needs a bit more effort & creativity to be really good. In this case, however, I'm delighted to say my worries were unfounded. We started out with spiced roast chickpeas, served on crunchy celery with homemade houmous, which was full of spicy, fresh flavours, and followed that up with my favourite dish of the evening, broad bean falafel, with green salad and a miso and tahini dip. I've never had falafel made with broad beans before and I thought it was inspired - the dip was great too, full of really punchy savoury flavours. My dining companion actually ended up scraping out her dip pot with her finger to get every last bit, but I probably shouldn't tell you that, so I won’t.

Roasted vegetables with cauliflower couscous
Next up was something completely different - doogh, a savoury Persian yoghurt drink, made with mint and topped with cumin seeds, and I have to admit that while I loved the flavours I couldn't quite get used to the idea, although my dining companion loved it. Our fourth course was a mixture of Moroccan roasted vegetables, served with pistachios and cauliflower couscous, and harissa red pepper sauce on the side. I found this dish a little busy, with a lot of flavours going on, but I did particularly enjoy the cauliflower couscous.

Finally, for the dessert course, we were served a raw cacao brownie, thick with hazelnuts, and accompanied by plum sauce and coconut cream, which was extremely good - I'm not always a fan of chocolate and fruit but this combination was fabulous. We rounded off the meal with black tea and lemon - coffee I imagine being eschewed on health grounds - and both agreed that we felt much more full and satisfied than we might have expected from a vegan menu. All in all, I really enjoyed trying some dishes that were completely new to me, and it was a great way to shake up the usual meal out.

For more information on Sol Kitchen and future supper club dates (the club runs once a month on Saturdays, but not on a set date), follow Sky & Mirella on Twitter at @solkitchenbath or email them at Price per person is £30, and the wine we had retails for £10 a bottle - for more from Sam at Wolf Wine, visit or find him on Twitter at @wolfwines.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

New in Bath: Juno

Strawberry daiquiri slushie - yes please!
You might have noticed that I’m pretty keen on Bath’s incredible independent business scene – earlier on this year, I started a Twitter community, @bathindiechat, to support and promote independent businesses in Bath, and it’s become a brilliant network of lovely, creative, hard-working people. I’m always excited to see a new independent business opening in Bath, and I was particularly excited about Juno because of where it is. Bath’s Southgate development is a bit of a bastion of chain stores, with hardly any small businesses amongst them, so a new, awesome independent bar right alongside the high street giants is pretty cool.

Juno itself is pretty cool too – the bar is decorated with an awesome collection of modern art and its fixtures & fittings are upcycled from bike parts and snowboards. There’s a pool table upstairs (so hard to find in Bath these days) and action sports videos playing in the downstairs bar. They share their music playlists on Spotify and invite locals to contribute their own playlists for the bar too. And they’ve got some great ideas when it comes to food & drink. The bar offers great indie beers and ciders, as well as their own slushie cocktails, which are really good fun and are two for one during happy hour every night, from 5 til 7. On the night we visited, Juno were also hosting their very first pop-up from local burger company The Creative Slider Co, and the menu was so popular (you can’t beat a good burger, and these were good) that it’s now going to be a regular night, every Thursday.

Drunkte'd Pork Slider
To soak up our slushies (I particularly recommend the margarita, although you can also get mojito, strawberry daiquiri, and Tom Collins), we just had to try the slider menu too. The Creative Slider Co offer two sliders, salad and fries for £10, which is a fantastic deal, and let you pick all sorts of details from the bun to how fancy you want your fries. I picked The Classic (beef burger, bacon, cheddar, and all the usual trimmings) and the Drunkte’d Pork (Jack & Coke pulled pork with crispy onions, cheddar and garlic aioli), on brioche buns with truffle & parmesan fries, and they were both incredible. Although I’m a sucker for a bacon cheeseburger, I think the Drunkte’d Pork was my favourite – so much flavour and really generous with the toppings – and the truffle parmesan fries were fabulous. Between the group of us we tried the whole menu and I reckon next time I’m definitely going to have to order the Mexicano – topped with guacamole, nachos and spicy cheese – which I wasn’t sure about on paper but which was absolutely amazing.

In short, we’ll definitely be back – Juno are planning to get more foodies in for pop-up nights so I can’t wait to see what they come up with. The atmosphere was great, all the staff were really friendly and helpful, and the food & drink was awesome. What more could you want?

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Ultimate Afternoon Tea Round-Up

Afternoon tea in Bath is something I get asked about a lot. I don’t know whether it’s the Austen vibes in the air round here, making people long for dainty patisserie & finger sandwiches served on exquisite china to the accompaniment of the harp, or just because everyone knows I love a piece of cake, but I’m often asked for my recommendations.

If you’ve read my post from a couple of months ago, then you’ll know that when money is no object, my absolute favourite spot for afternoon tea in Bath is the Royal Crescent Hotel – from mouth-watering food to stunning location, it ticks all the boxes. But I don’t think they’d mind me saying that it’s not something one can afford to do every week – so as a follow-up, I’ve put together a list of other spots in Bath where you can be assured of a simply smashing tea (as the Famous Five might say) on a slightly more accommodating budget, and sometimes with a bit of a twist too. Let’s tuck in…

Bea’s Tearooms: The Classic Option

Hidden away at the top of Saville Row, near the famous Assembly Rooms, this stylish 1940s-themed tearoom is my number one recommendation to anyone looking for a classically fabulous afternoon tea. The food is absolutely sublime – but although the cakes at Bea’s are sensational, it’s the savoury afternoon tea here that really impressed me, with a selection of feather-light tarts and quiches and incredibly light, rich cheese scones that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since. It’s all served on a collection of the most beautiful vintage china and silverware, which really completes the experience, and the interior decor of the tearoom itself is great fun, with all sorts of authentic war-era touches, from the ration-book menus and wartime posters to a selection of gorgeous knickknacks and accessories from nearby vintage boutique Vintage to Vogue (also well worth a visit).

How much does it cost? £15 per person, for either the sweet & savoury or just savoury menu. The first menu includes sandwiches, scones with jam & cream, and a slice of cake, whilst the second one offers sandwiches, tartlets & quiches, and cheese scones, and tea is included for both options. Considering how generous the portions are and how delicious the food is, I can’t help feeling that this is a huge bargain.
Where is it? 6-8 Saville Row, Bath, BA12QP.

Savoury Afternoon Tea at Bea's

Beautiful china makes the tea taste better

Comin’s Teahouse: The Serious Tea-Lover’s Option

Whatever you think of when you imagine a teahouse in Bath, I’m willing to bet that Comin’s will surprise you as something completely different. It’s a wonderfully tranquil space, with clean white walls and bare wooden floorboards, where taking tea is accorded the reverence due to such an important act. You can choose from a huge range of single-estate loose-leaf teas, carefully selected & imported by Comins themselves from all over the world, and all served with the correct traditional utensils and vessels – or you can get the lovely staff to recommend a tea for you, and find out just how much these chaps know about their chai (hint: it’s a lot). But it’s not just about the tea – the cakes aren’t half bad either. My particular favourites were a flourless chocolate sponge (light and yet rich, fabulous) and a pistachio, coconut and orange cake which was new on the day I visited, but has now deservedly become part of the regular menu.

How much does it cost? £15 per person, and it must be booked 24 hours in advance. The afternoon tea menu here includes a selection of tartines (that’s French for open sandwiches – my favourite was the coronation chicken), followed by tasters of all that day’s cakes, and one of Comin’s blueberry scones with jam and cream. You also get to try two different teas, which is a nice touch – one to go with the savouries, and one to go with the sweet dainties – which you can either choose or have chosen for you. I started with Gunpowder, a Chinese green tea, fabulously deep and smokey, and then washed the cakes down with Himalayan Hand-Rolled, a Nepalese black tea.
Where is it? 34 Monmouth St, Bath, BA12AN.

Gunpowder green tea, in a traditonal Chinese gaiwan bowl

The Comins Afternoon Tea

The San Francisco Fudge Factory: The Serious Sweet-Tooth Option
This is afternoon tea as Willy Wonka might have imagined it: cakes, sweets and sugary confections without a sensible sandwich in sight. I should also mention that there is no tea – instead, it’s all washed down with a glass of bubbly. But I’ve decided that it still counts as afternoon tea, because you can eat it at teatime – and also because it’s simply enormous fun. The Fudge Factory is easy to spot in Bath because there’s always a crowd of people looking in the window at their amazing concoctions, including their famous fudge apples – that’s an apple on a stick covered in fudge, chocolate, chocolate chips and marshmallows. Who said getting your five a day was boring?

How much does it cost? £25 for two people. Afternoon tea here includes, for each person, a glass of prosecco, a slice of cake, a fudge apple of your choice, and a selection of different fudges, which you can also choose, all made freshly on-site – I’d particularly recommend the salted caramel, and the chocolate chilli. I have to confess that I couldn’t eat it all though, so yes, if you’re wondering, they do also offer doggy bags to take home. Currently the only seating at the San Francisco Fudge Factory is outside, so book in advance and be advised that it needs to be a sunny day!
Where is it? 6 Church Street, Abbey Green, Bath, BA1 1NL

Fudge Apples

Fudge: Chocolate Irish Cream, Salted Caramel,
Belgian Milk Chocolate, Coffee & Walnut

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Review: Savouring Bath

The very first time I met Jennifer & heard about her idea for food tours of Bath, I was a total convert. In fact, all I could think was - why is nobody already doing this? Bath is a beautiful place for walking & discovering, and the idea of a tour with plenty of stops for eating & drinking with a bit of history & culture thrown in just seemed like a stroke of genius. So when Jennifer asked if I'd like to come along on a couple of her first tours, my answer was an immediate yes.

Tasting Lovett Pies at the Bath Farmers' Market

To start with, Jennifer is offering two regular tours - Food Heroes of Bath, which covers the whole of the city centre and ranges from some of Bath's most venerable & well-respected eateries to the newest & most exciting, and Local Flavours, which starts in Kingsmead Square (one of Bath's indie business hotspots) and then proceeds with a thorough shakedown of the weekly farmers' market in Green Park Station. You can also book tours for a private group (this would be perfect for a foodie stag or hen do) and Jennifer hopes to add a third tour focusing on Bath's pubs in the not-too-distant future. Visit the Savouring Bath website to find out more.

Food Heroes

Jennifer in full swing, at the
Thoughtful Bread Company

I loved the idea of this tour from the get-go – Jennifer weaves together the story of the Georgian revolution in food & drink with today’s foodie trends. I don’t want to give away too many of the secrets of the tour, but we started at the very beginning, with a glass of water from the famous spring to cure all our ills, and a little introduction to the city itself. The tour then progressed through a selection of Bath’s most delicious highlights, covering everything from the careful preservation of traditional goodies the Georgians might have been familiar with (such as the classic French patisserie at the Bertinet Bakery, and the wealth of British cheeses at royal-warrant-holder Paxton & Whitfield) to exciting new ideas & twists (including a personal favourite of mine, the fabulous Chai Walla - a pocket-sized takeaway specializing in fabulous Indian street food). Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable and has plenty to share at each stop, but it’s also clear that she’s carefully chosen her stops not just for the food but for the people too - like Rob at Comin’s Teahouse, an expert on the fascinating history of tea, and James at Hunter & Sons (formerly Colonna & Hunter), the final stop, who guided us through a great beer tasting, matching each one with cheeses from Paxton & Whitfield.

Local Flavours

Cheddar strawberries at the Bath Farmers' Market

I had started to write that this tour gives you a flavor of what it’s like living in Bath as a resident, but I must admit, I’ve lived here ten years and it still opened up some new discoveries for me. It starts with coffee & cake, from the Bath Coffee Company & the Thoughtful Bread Company respectively, and then progresses through Bath’s weekly farmers’ market, which is a sumptuous spread of everything from fruit & vegetables, game & fresh fish, and homemade bread, to artisan chocolates, local apple juice and souped-up Scotch eggs. Although I’ve visited the market many times before, it was great to go with Jennifer, who has a lovely rapport with the traders. At each stall there was something different to nibble, before a short shopping break for us to go back & purchase our favourites. Finally, the tour ended at the nearby Bath Brew House, with a quick tour of their onsite brewery followed by a tasting of some of their most popular beers, soaked up with sizzling platters of sausages made in their onsite smokehouse.

SO many delicious tasters
By now, you’ve probably picked up that I really enjoyed both tours - Jennifer definitely knows her stuff and has a lovely friendly presentational style, and the routes she has put together work really well. Food Heroes covers quite a lot of ground, yet the way the stops are organized means there’s never far to walk each time, and in both tours, a good balance is struck between seeing (and eating and drinking) plenty whilst keeping a relaxed pace. All in all, I think Savouring Bath is a brilliant way to experience the city, and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it. Just make sure you skip breakfast so you have room to try everything.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Restaurant Review: The Locksbrook Inn

To be honest, if you’re reading this and you live in Bath, there’s a good chance you already know what the Locksbrook Inn is like – although it only opened a few weeks ago, it’s been packed to the rafters ever since. The Bath Pub Company (the family to which the Locksbrook belongs) has been teasing us about it for months, so anticipation was running high, and it seems everyone I chat to has already been down to experience the place for themselves.

On the off-chance you haven’t been, though, I think I’ll probably do my review anyway. The Locksbrook Inn is a little out of the city centre, tucked in amongst quiet residential streets, so the large courtyard is a lovely peaceful place, with views along the canal which runs past on one side. Inside, it’s a bit of a maze, with several large dining rooms and the bar connected by smaller, cosier spaces. It’s one of those places that could easily host big rowdy get togethers and intimate dates at the same time, without the former getting on the nerves of the latter.

When we visited, we were seated in a cosy booth in one of the larger dining rooms, which opens up all along one side to the courtyard. We immediately got stuck into the Locksbrook’s extensive menu, which offers all sorts from burgers to pizzas to fancier mains, and found it incredibly hard to choose, but eventually decided to start with the seacuterie platter (geddit? I love this idea) – a huge board overflowing with scallops, prawns, haddock fishcakes, gravadlax (my absolute favourite thing), tuna, green leaves and various breads. To be honest, this is my idea of heaven, and it was almost perfect – the only thing I didn’t really get was the tuna, which didn’t taste of much. Everything else was delicious, from the butter-soft salmon to the crispy fishcakes, and I had a tough job saving enough room for other courses. To wash it down, our waitress recommended a glass of chardonnay for me, which was an excellent choice, while my dining companion went for a frosty Stoney Bonk, from the fabulous local Honey’s Midford Cider.

It was a real struggle to pick a main, but in the end I chose spring lamb with pearled couscous, preserved lemons and mint gravy, which was sensational. The flavour combination was a fusion of springtime in England (lamb, asparagus, mint) and summer in Morocco (lamb, lemon, mint, couscous) and it just worked perfectly. The tart, almost medicinal flavour of preserved lemon is just the thing to balance rich lamb, whilst mint and lemon make fresh asparagus sing. The textures were also really well thought-out, from the bite of the asparagus to the soft, gravy-soaked couscous. Extremely highly recommended.

My dining companion decided to try out the Locksbrook’s pizzetta – that’s pizza, to you and me, the only difference being that at 9”, they’re slightly smaller than you might expect in a traditional Italian restaurant. I must admit I was sceptical – usually I find that unless a restaurant has devoted most of its menu to pizza, it tends not to get enough of the loving care and attention it needs – but I’m happy to be wrong in this case. The base was beautifully thin and crispy, and the toppings were nicely thought out and generously portioned – my dining companion chose the meatball marinara, with black olives and pesto, but I definitely want to go back and try the Thai bbq with chicken, chilli and ginger too.

The portions at the Locksbrook are pretty lavish, so again I had to restrain myself from cleaning the plate in order to have room for dessert, which was a sort of deconstructed banoffee pie, with light sponge, ginger crumbs, salted caramel and mascarpone artfully arranged in a squat kilner jar. It was nothing revolutionary, but the flavours were certainly fabulous and we scraped the jar clean between us (unable to face a whole dessert each). To wash it down, I had an espresso martini, which the bar staff very obligingly made for me with decaf coffee – a fabulously elegant way to finish your meal, if you’re bored with the usual cappuccino.

Throughout, service was speedy, friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere was great. There were so many tempting things on the menu that I’m already planning when we should go back – so all in all, top notch. Get yourself down there.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Afternoon Tea at The Royal Crescent Hotel

The Dower House, set in The Royal Crescent's beautiful garden
I love a good afternoon tea. When I’m looking for a real treat, there’s nothing I like more than finger sandwiches and dainty cakes, served with starched white napkins, beautiful china, and of course, lashings of tea and champagne. And if you’re looking for afternoon tea in Bath, then I can assure you that you need look no further than the Royal Crescent Hotel.

The Bath Bun, Royal Crescent style
Of course, at the Crescent, they don’t just go in for the standard scones and Victoria sponge. Instead, you may choose from four different afternoon tea menus, which range from mostly sweet to mostly savoury – a masterstroke, in my opinion, because everyone knows the savouries are the best bit. As well as a wide range of fabulous teas and infusions – there’s nothing so gauche as English Breakfast round here – you may also select not just one glass of champagne, but a champagne flight, as obviously drinking the same champagne with sandwiches and with cake would be barbaric. But you know what my absolute favourite thing about the Royal Crescent is? There are posh places, where they make you feel common, and then there are places that are so posh they endeavour to put absolutely everyone at their ease – like the Queen, copying your etiquette mistakes at dinner so you never even notice you made them. The Royal Crescent is in the latter camp. The staff are delightful, and determined to make sure absolutely everyone has the most wonderful experience. They also have an afternoon tea menu for children, which includes hot chocolate with marshmallows, miniature scones and chocolate tiffin, and I have it on good authority from a friend that small children are always welcome to turn cartwheels on the immaculate lawn.

Savouries from the Elizabeth Montagu menu
Okay, I know what you want – the delicious details on what we actually ate. I chose the Elizabeth Montagu menu, which the Crescent describes as ‘savoury meets sweet’, featuring a selection of warm canapes including my absolute favourite Bath Chaps beignet, and a very lovely mushroom croquette with mushroom ketchup and parmesan (both left). Of course, there were also some fabulous finger sandwiches – the smoked salmon & cream cheese was hard to beat, but I think the roast beef and horseradish might just have edged it. If I say that we ended up ordering not one but two extra rounds of sandwiches, that tells you everything you need to know about how good they were…

Thankfully we did manage to save some room for the sweet treats, which in my case included a dainty macaron, a lovely little pistachio and marzipan cake, and my favourite, a delicious confection of hazelnut, chocolate and airy sponge, as well as traditional scones and Bath buns with cinnamon butter. My dining companion chose the Royal Crescent Afternoon Tea, which is very classic, and includes less savouries (just the sandwiches) but more desserts, in particular a wonderful Bath Gin and kaffir lime panna cotta.

The champagne flight
Throughout, we sipped a selection of chilled Taittinger champagnes (brut, rose and sec) and some wonderful teas – a Smoked China blend for me, which had a fabulously unique smoky, earthiness to it, and Golden Assam for my dining companion, although to be completely honest with you, the champagne was more exciting. The effect was completed by the setting – although the weather was a little grey & chilly to sit outside, we had a table with a view of the Crescent’s sumptuous garden from the beautifully-appointed Dower House restaurant at the rear of the hotel.

All of the menus, if just served with tea, are £34, or £42 with one glass of champagne and £55 with the champagne flight. Of course, afternoon tea at the Royal Crescent is not something most of us could afford to do too often – but I do think that considering what’s included, it’s excellent value for money. If you have an occasion to celebrate or just want a really special treat, I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Friday, 10 June 2016

Bath Indie Chat: The Story So Far...

If you haven’t come across it yet, #bathindiechat is my new project, and it’s all about supporting Bath’s amazing independent businesses through the awesome medium of Twitter. The @bathindiechat Twitter account is the place to go for all the news, events and offers from Bath’s independent companies, and promotes as many as possible throughout the week. Then on Monday evenings, we have a regular Twitter chat from 9-10pm – but it’s not just your standard Twitter ‘business hour’ where everybody dumps their links & leaves again. #bathindiechat is all about the conversation, so each week we chat about a different area of business for Bath’s companies, giving everyone an opportunity to promote what they do and connect with other people who might be able to help. We also have our first event coming up – The Great #BathIndieChat Scavenger Hunt – on Saturday the 9th of July, which will be an awesome opportunity to discover new independent businesses, meet the people behind them AND win some incredible prizes. Save the date, more information coming soon!

Back to the story - what’s really important is whether #bathindiechat is working. So far, the evidence seems pretty positive! After less than three months, the @bathindiechat Twitter account has over 1400 followers, almost all of whom live in Bath and/or own awesome Bath businesses, and we get more people joining in with the chat every week. And does it actually help indie businesses? I put out a call for people who had a #bathindiechat success story, and here are just a few of the responses…

The Bath Health Heroes – these chaps are an awesome network of complimentary health professionals in Bath. They’ve been in #bathindiechat from the beginning and it’s definitely working for them. Head Hero Owen Morgan says: “When the Bath Health Heroes formed we needed to raise our profile and recruit new members. Bath Indie Chat’s support of us and the live chats on a Monday lead to hundreds of new followers and have even lead us to a brand new Hero for our team. Not possible without the fantastic Bath Indie Chat!”

Bath Holistic Massage – as well as being a member of the above Health Heroes team, Sophia joins our chats from her own Twitter account as Bath Holistic Massage, and as a bride-to-be found our recent Weddings chat really helpful. Throughout the evening I could see her making connections with awesome local companies and I reckon her wedding will turn out to be an indie spectacular! In fact, during the chat Sophia connected with one of our lovely local florists, Flowers of Bath, and then later placed an order, tweeting Bath Indie Chat to say “You are great at connecting people!”

Chapter One Pub – Em & Michael are Bath newcomers, and have just turned the old Hive pub on London Road into Chapter One, a beautiful space stocked entirely with independent produce from booze to soft drinks. Em says: “Bath Indie Chat has introduced us to new local & independent suppliers, given us exposure to customers and helped us make some wonderful new friends! Being new to Bath it’s clued us in personally to lots of cool shops and services in the area, and it’s good fun too!”

Yuyo Drinks – although Rosie over at Yuyo Drinks was already a Twitter networking demon, she has really gotten stuck into #bathindiechat and is feeling the benefits, saying that the chat was a key part of helping her to get two new stockists – Chapter One, above, and another lovely newcomer, Widcombe Deli.

Comins Tea House – Comins recently came to Bath to set up a sister branch to their extremely successful Dorset tea house. They prepare a huge range of fabulous teas from China, India, Japan and many other countries, using the correct traditional utensils and method for each one, and also serve delicious food. As Bath newbies, they’ve been getting involved with Bath Indie Chat from the start to spread the word about what they’re up to. Michelle says: “Bath Indie Chat has been FAB! We love it – I think this kind of initiative is essential to build great indie communities.”

Savouring Bath – another new business in the city, Savouring Bath offers amazing tours that combine Bath’s history with its independent foodie scene. Jennifer says: “I think the [Bath Indie Chat] concept is a great initiative, for a few reasons: the connections made, the information and tips shared and the general promotion and effort of supporting independent businesses… I like it and find it valuable. It has given me a presence ahead of my launch and I appreciate the enthusiasm for my activity.”

And a few shorter shout-outs…

“I want to congratulate you on creating a great sense of community. Supporting each other is the way forward!” Alison Heather-Sutton

“#bathindiechat fabulous as always, tonight’s enlightenments have me buzzing with ideas! Thank you!” Echo Holistics

“Second week here, nice to meet with everyone – wish I joined sooner!” – Derryn Vranch Photography

“Fantastic to meet and chat with you all, we feel very warm and fuzzy now! Well done @sal_godfrey you gem!” – Play Learn Grow

“Feeling positive after last night’s #bathindiechat!” Miles Mann Bath

It’s awesome to see that Bath Indie Chat is genuinely bringing people business, but I also really love that it makes everyone feel so positive – I certainly always feel positive and energised after the chats and it seems like plenty of other people agree. Running an independent business can be a bit lonely at times, so it’s brilliant to connect with other people who share the same experiences. Every week the chat gets bigger, with more and more people joining in, and I’ve got some awesome plans for the community to help support and promote Bath’s independent businesses. Fancy getting involved? All you have to do is find @bathindiechat on Twitter for all the information you need – everyone is welcome and we’d love to have you join us!