Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Restaurant Review: Thaikun

If you’ve strolled through Southgate recently, you’ll have noticed that exciting things are afoot - where there used to be a rather gloomy corridor, the space has now been transformed into two large units for new restaurants. One of these is Thaikun, unsurprisingly a Thai restaurant, which particularly celebrates the legendary street food of Bangkok.

I’ll freely admit I am a complete novice when it comes to the finer details of Thai cuisine, but what I’ve tried so far I love, and I always get excited about trying new places – so when the invite came through to Thaikun’s soft launch, I was happy to say yes. On first entrance, I have to say the effect is fantastic – a huge amount of effort has been put into giving this space serious atmosphere. As you enter, you’re greeted by a shrine with a golden statue of Buddha, decorated with fresh flowers and hung with bells. Throughout, the restaurant is packed with interesting artefacts of all kinds, in a rainbow of colours: painted paper parasols, old tin street signs, bright loops of neon, bicycle wheels, mismatched lampshades, enamelled pots, cans with indecipherable labels – all crammed into haphazard shelves or dangling from the ceiling amongst the exposed ducts and pipes. It’s like a fabulous junk shop, the sort of place in a story where our heroes would unearth a magical trinket, but find its immense powers a double-edged sword.

Eschewing grand adventures for the time being, we opted to settle at our table and peruse the cocktail menu instead. I ordered a coconut mojito, which is not something I’ve come across before – I was worried it might be too sweet but it was fabulous. To start, unable to narrow it down to just one dish, we ordered a Bangkok street platter (left), which was piled high with chicken satay, prawn toast, pork & prawn dumplings and red-curried corn cakes. I have to say that I enjoyed absolutely everything and would definitely order this again – it’s hard to pick a favourite but I think the pork & prawn dumplings might just have edged it.

For the main course, I chose barbecue pork belly, served with rice and soy sauce, while my dining companion went for sea bass baked in a banana leaf. My dish was tasty but not especially exciting in terms of flavour, so I think my companion made the better choice – the fish was beautifully tender and juicy, and really flavoursome. For dessert, I picked a sticky date pudding with sake ice cream (the pudding was yummy but the sake ice cream stole the show for me – highly recommended) and my companion went for a lovely chocolate & almond tart (below  one of several gluten-free dessert options).

All in all, I think the starter was probably the stand out dish for me – the platter was fantastic, full of flavour and really good value for two people – while the other dishes weren’t quite as exciting. However, it was really hard to choose from the menu so I shall definitely be going again to try a few other dishes that caught my eye. Thaikun also gives you the option of trying several different dishes in a traditional pinto, a set of stacking boxes a bit like a Japanese bento or Indian tiffin used by workers for their lunch, which I think is a really nice idea if you’re not sure what to choose or haven’t tried Thai before. The staff were friendly and very efficient, the atmosphere was buzzing and the prices were very reasonable, so I think this will make a great addition to Southgate’s restaurant scene. 

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Restaurant Review: Combe Grove

One of Combe Grove's private dining rooms
Regular readers will know that I never turn down an invitation from Bath’s independent restaurant gurus, The Pig Guide – so when I received an email a few weeks ago inviting me to try the autumn tasting menu at Combe Grove Hotel, I said yes even though I knew nothing about it. It turns out that this hotel, although once a rather smart & fashionable place, has spent recent years being passed around various unimaginative hotel chains, which accounts for why I’d never heard much about it. Recently though, it was rescued by some new, independent owners – and they’ve got serious plans for restoring its former glory.

Combe Grove is perched on top of Bath’s Brassknocker Hill, with 70 acres of gardens and woodland spread about it. The views are quite literally breath-taking - strolling through reception, we were all irresistibly drawn to a wide doorway, flung open to let in the night air, beyond which the gardens tumbled vertiginously into the glorious Limpley Stoke valley. The new owners of Combe Grove pride themselves on an exceptional collection of artworks, which are displayed throughout the hotel, but I must confess that I completely lost my heart to this view, like a living, breathing landscape hung on the wall.

With such a setting, the interior of the hotel has a lot to live up to, but Managing Director Rebecca Whittington is throwing herself into the task with all sorts of beautiful touches, from hand-painted ceilings to antique fittings and fixtures. We were shown into a gorgeous private dining room set for fourteen, softly lit by the most stunning lamps which Rebecca told us formerly graced the iconic Liverpool Central Library, built in 1860 and now Grade II listed. The décor was rich, gloomy and deeply stylish, from the beautiful gold and turquoise wallpaper on one wall, to the table set with painted candlesticks and ochre glassware. Full of anticipation, we sat down for a six course menu from award-winning chef Leigh Evans, paired with cocktails from expert bartender Shane.

We started with a cured tuna tartar, served with watermelon, cucumber, radish and wasabi, and washed down with a frozen shot of Jinzu, a spectacular new gin created in Bristol. The flavours were fantastically fresh and zingy, perfect to wake up the tastebuds, and although I wouldn’t normally drink gin neat (honest) it worked perfectly with this dish. Our second course was wood pigeon (left), with black pudding, granola and orange – I must confess I wasn’t so sure about this one, maybe because of the granola, although I did enjoy the accompanying Black Manhattan, made with bourbon and orange to really bring out the orange in the dish.

The third course, though, was probably my favourite one of all – stone bass, served with a BBQ chicken leg, sweetcorn, polenta and leeks (right). To be completely honest, it’s probably not something I would have ordered, but I loved it – the combination of the firm, juicy bass with the chicken was fabulous. I even loved the sweetcorn, which is not my favourite thing at all – I do love it when a chef makes me enjoy something I thought I didn’t like! To pair with this one, we had possibly the most unusual cocktail of the evening – the pepino fumar, or smoking cucumber, made with tequila, smoked ancho chilli liqueur and cucumber. It had a hell of a kick but it really worked with the dish.

Our fourth course was a lovely wintry recipe - venison haunch, with red cabbage and an incredible smoked garlic dauphinoise which frankly, I could have eaten a whole plate of. To wash it down, we had another really unusual cocktail made with beetroot, which was really delicious – I’d definitely order it at the bar – but in my opinion a little too sweet for the meal.

Doesn't this look like a
fabulous piece of modern art?
For our first of two dessert courses, we were served a gloriously tart and tangy passion fruit brulée with mango salsa (left), and my favourite cocktail of the evening, a basil daiquiri. My normal policy for a cocktail flight like this is to only drink half of each (and if you’ve ever tried to live tweet a meal after six different cocktails, you’ll know why) but I couldn’t resist polishing this one off.  Our final course was an iced parfait, with a blackberry & liquorice beignet and a tonka bean panna cotta, accompanied by cardamom lemonade. This was another really unusual idea that worked surprisingly well – I especially loved the beignet, and the parfait was gorgeously creamy.

Throughout the meal, I was so impressed by the creativity and originality displayed by both Leigh and Shane. There were some incredible flavour pairings and the presentation of all the dishes was stunning. I was also blown away by the setting, and chatting to Rebecca during the meal I was so excited by her plans for the future of the hotel. This is definitely one to watch.

To find out more about dining and staying at Combe Grove, visit their website here.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

A Student's Guide to Eating Out in Bath

Congratulations! You’ve got a place to study at one of Bath’s brilliant universities, and that means you get to live in this totally amazing city. Okay, so it might not have quite as many options for nights out (don’t worry – it’s fun because you’ll always see people you know in the clubs Bath does have, and you can always nip over to Bristol if you fancy a change) but what it does have is absolutely loads of great places to eat and drink. While you might be tempted to head to MacDonalds or Nandos (and I don’t blame you – sometimes you’ve just gotta do what you’ve gotta do) Bath is also full of small independently-owned bars, cafes and restaurants. They’re part of what makes the city awesome and definitely worth checking out. Of course, some of them are for fancy occasions only, but you’d be surprised how many are totally friendly to a student budget. Here’s my quick guide to three of the best independent places to eat lunch for less than £5, and four of the best independent places to eat dinner for less than £10. What more could you want?

Lunch for less than £5

Gyozas & tea at Comins Teahouse
Whole Bagel, 8 Upper Borough Walls
Forget supermarket sandwiches, this is the ultimate place to get your carbs on when you need lunch in a hurry. You can choose from seven different types of bagel, all freshly baked on the premises, and fill them with a huge range of amazing fillings from the traditional (Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese, my favourite) to their regular specials. Get lunch here from just £2 for one of their legendary pizza bagels, and keep an eye on their Twitter (@WholeBagel) for great limited time offers too. 

Comins Teahouse, 34 Monmouth St
This gorgeous café serves a huge range of special loose-leaf teas, which are really worth checking out, but it also has a great lunch menu, which includes Chinese gyoza and Indian momo dumplings for around £4, as well as some delicious breakfast options from just £2.25. If you fancy something a bit different, this is the perfect place.

Chai Walla, Kingsmead Square
This is a teeny tiny takeaway that has a huge following amongst the locals. Owner Niraj serves up a menu of fantastic Indian street food, all vegetarian and sometimes vegan too, from the most amazing bhajis and samosas to wraps and curries (I especially recommend the samosa chaat, which is an amazing chana daal with a whole samosa mashed into it). Prices start from just a couple of pounds, which is incredible value for how much food you get.

Dinner for less than £10

Schwartz Bros Burgers, 4 Saw Close/102 Walcot St
Schwartz Bros is a Bath institution – in 2017 they’ll be celebrating an incredible forty years in business. They sell the city’s best burgers, with all the trimmings you could possibly want, and are open until 3am on the weekends in their Saw Close location, so they’re also the only choice for late night munchies. Burgers start from less than £6 and they also do some great sides.

The Real Italian Pizza Company, 16 York St
Bath has some seriously good options for pizza, so it’s hard to pick a favourite, but this is definitely one of mine. The bases are thin and crispy, the toppings are generous, and pizzas and calzones start from just £7.95 so it’s really affordable. The Real Italian Pizza Co also have an ‘accept any voucher’ policy, so if you can track down a good offer from another pizza company then you can use their deals here. I’m also going to give a shout out to Yammo Italiano, another brilliant pizzeria on Walcot St – their menu is a little more expensive, but their margherita comes in at just under a £10 and to be honest, it’s so good, you hardly need extra toppings. /

Yammo Italiano's multiple-award-winning margherita

Yen Sushi, 11-12 Barlett St
You might not think to go for sushi when you’re on a budget, but this is a ‘kaiten’ restaurant, which is the technical term for the cool conveyor belts full of delicious dishes, so you can pick whatever you fancy and know how much it costs from the colour of the bowl. Dishes at Yen Sushi start from around £2 each and you only need a few, so this can be a seriously good bargain.

Bath Brew House, 14 James St West
This is one of my favourite Bath pubs – as well as their own in-house brewery, they sell loads of great independent beers, and they have a fantastic food menu to boot. Try one of their amazing baps for £6 (I recommend the fish finger butty) and add soup, salad or fries for just £1.50, to make a seriously hearty meal. Check out their incredible regular pub quiz too.

And finally: we need to talk about coffee. I know Starbucks is right by the bus stop, and I know it’s cool to carry a Starbucks cup. But Bath is absolutely rammed with amazing independent coffee shops and not only is their coffee better, it’s actually cheaper too. For properly good coffee, check out Society Café (also right near the bus stop, for maximum takeaway convenience), Hunter & Sons, Colonna & Smalls, Cascara (who also make awesome juices & smoothies) and Picnic Coffee among many, many others. With all these options it would be a crime to settle for the same old Costa & Café Nero.

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.