Harden's survey result
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Limited and polarised feedback on this four-year-old dining room, in a former Best Western Hotel, with Chris Staines (ex-of the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge) at the stoves. Fans say that it’s “a real pleasure dining here” (it was the winner of ‘Top Restaurant’ at the Bath Good Food Awards 2016) but sceptics would be “very loathe to go again”.
“One to watch” – Chris Staines (ex-the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge) can seem “to be trying too hard”, but is capable of producing some “stunning” dishes at this newish venture, in a longtime Best Western hotel, now under independent ownership. It wins most acclaim as a good choice for business – “the ambience is great, especially by the window overlooking the square”.
Allium Restaurant overlooks one of the city’s widest promenades, North Parade. It was originally built to let the fashionable people of Regency Bath show off to the good and the great. Today, it’s still ideal for people-watching and lends itself beautifully to a sunny summer terrace for al fresco dining. Relaxed and unstuffy, the only thing Allium is serious about is great food, wonderful wines and genuinely warm hospitality. One of the best-loved restaurants in Bath, we just happen to be in a hotel too.