Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Bath
Hardens guides have spent 32 years compiling reviews of the best Bath restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 70 restaurants in Bath and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Bath restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Bath Russell St - BA1
“Chris Cleghorn produces high-quality fare with a range of tasting menus” at this long-established and well-renowned venture (currently Bath’s only Michelin-starred establishment), in the cellar of a comfortable independently run hotel. This year’s average food scores were particularly high. There are still quibbles raised by some about the “slightly sterile basement dining room” and that a visit is “not cheap”. Such concerns were mostly drowned out this year, though, by the majority who pronounce it “virtually perfect in every respect: a Treat with a capital ‘T’!”
2. The Scallop Shell Fish & seafood restaurant in Bath 22 Monmouth Place - BA1
“Amazing fish ’n’ chips and a good selection of utterly fresh seafood” have made this “upmarket” chippy (which over the pandemic acquired “a nice roof terrace with heaters”) into “a bit of an institution in Bath”.
3. Green Park Brasserie Burgers, etc restaurant in Bath Green Park Station - BA1
A converted old railway station provides a “pretty setting amongst the trees, next to the (currently) abandoned Ironbridge railway line” at this ‘casual dining steakhouse and jazz bar’. On limited feedback, it remains well-rated all-round for its “basic-but-honest menu, with local ingredients from local suppliers and beer supplied by a local microbrewery”.
4. Robun Japanese restaurant in Bath 4 Princes Building, George Street - BA1
Robun is a celebration of authentic Japanese food and drink, specialising in a modern take on Yakiniku – the art of grilling meat, seafood and vegetables over a traditional charcoal fire. The menu also incorporates sushi and sashimi, tempura, gyoza and bao buns, all serv...
5. Dough Pizza restaurant in Bath 14-16 The Corridor - BA1
2021 Review: The USP of this “very relaxed” yet “lively” Bath pizzeria is the ability to choose your dough as well as the topping on your pizza; not just regular and gluten-free, they also offer hemp, seaweed, black rice and turmeric bases, plus distinctly adventurous toppings (“who knew pistachios on a pizza could be so amazing?!”). A Bristol branch opened in March 2019.
6. Chez Dominique French restaurant in Bath 15 Argyle Street - BA2
A “lovely” spot for a “nice, well-presented family meal” in Bath, this six-year-old from chef Chris Tabbitt (who trained at Simon Hopkinson’s Bibendum) and Sarah Olivier has built a solid following for its “very proficient” modern European menus.
7. The Ivy Bath Brasserie British, Traditional restaurant in Bath 39 Milsom St - BA1
The “particularly pleasant outdoor terrace” and “lovely interior” are – as is typical for the brand – key attributes at this link in the ubiquitous national chain, which is one of the more commented-on destinations in the city. Gastronomically, it “does not excite”, although some reporters are “pleasantly surprised at the food”.
8. The Pump Room British, Modern restaurant in Bath Stall Street - BA1
2022 Review: Taking afternoon tea in this “wonderful Georgian setting with a trio playing during the meal” – and the Roman baths next door – is to wallow in English history, with literary visitors from Jane Austen to Charles Dickens as your guides. The nibbles – “beetroot-cured smoked salmon with homemade blini”, perhaps – are a secondary consideration, “but well worth having!”.
9. Eight British, Modern restaurant in Bath 3 North Parade Passage - BA1
2022 Review: Feedback is limited but remains enthusiastic for this “very welcoming” dining room – part of a relatively new townhouse hotel, in one of Bath’s cuter pedestrianised enclaves (and occupying a house dating back to the 1400s). “The menu is well thought out, changes often, is enjoyable, and caters well to veggies and non-veggies alike”.
10. Clayton's Kitchen British, Modern restaurant in Bath 15a George St - BA1
“Dining is always special in this lovely Georgian townhouse bistro”, where chef Rob Clayton has served “really great” modern French meals in a “bustling, bright dining room” for more than 10 years. A veteran of the legendary Chez Nico in London, Rob first came to Bath to head up the kitchen at the luxury Priory Hotel.
11. Colonna & Smalls Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Bath 6 Chapel Row - BA1
This “absolutely spot-on coffee shop” is the “perfect place to kill time time, and the coffee is sensational” – “served by knowledgeable staff” led by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, a three-time UK barista champion and pioneer who studied ‘third wave’ coffee in Melbourne before founding his shop in 2009.
12. Corkage (Chapel Row) British, Modern restaurant in Bath 5 Chapel Row - BA1
A range of “eclectic English seasonal tapas/small plates” – with plenty of modern European influences – is served alongside “a very credible but affordable wine list” at this wine shop and bar off Queen Square that started life as a pop-up social project. “There’s now a huge barn extension that allows for a pleasant summer evening” spent sampling “interesting and unusual wines”.
13. The Elder at The Indigo Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Bath 2 South Parade - BA2
Wild game is the highlight of dining at this venture from specialist Mike Robinson (co-owner of the Harwood Arms in Fulham), who manages deer herds on local estates to produce venison for chef Gavin Edney’s “very good” menu. The stylish 166-bedroom boutique hotel opened in 2020 following the renovation of several adjoining Grade I and Grade II listed Bath stone townhouses.
14. Noya's Kitchen Vietnamese restaurant in Bath 7 Saint James's Parade - BA1
Noya Pawlyn’s “delightful Vietnamese food” – “varied, interesting and full of fresh flavours, with a vibrant and zesty edge” – “delivers on every single visit” and has made the small restaurant she opened five years ago “justifiably popular”. “How little Noya does it so well is a mystery” – but it may have something to do with the skills she learnt as a child, cooking for her siblings in a Hong Kong refugee camp while her parents went out to work. And it’s not just a cheap and cheerful option: there’s a “surprisingly good wine list”, and “it’s a great place for a date”.
15. The Beckford Bottle Shop British, Modern restaurant in Bath 5-8 Saville Row - BA1
“Delicious small plates and a great wine list make this a real treat” – as the name suggests, it is primarily a vintner’s with “excellent wine served by knowledgeable and charming staff”, but “the tapas-style food is great”, with “interesting seasonal-inspired small plates” full of “punchy flavours”. Top Tip – “a steal on a Monday when you can choose any wine from the shop at retail and enjoy it with your meal”.
16. The Circus British, Modern restaurant in Bath 34 Brock St - BA1
“Outstanding fish” is one of the better bets at this popular independent close to the town centre, and “service is outstanding too”. The “excellent pre-theatre menu is delightful and a bargain”.
17. The White Hart Inn British, Modern restaurant in Bath Widcombe Hill - BA2
A “quirky and interesting” local with a “good atmosphere” serving a “creative menu, with cooking of a consistent high standard”. It makes a “fantastic pub for Sunday lunch”, with “outstanding roasts”.
18. Marlborough Tavern British, Modern restaurant in Bath 35 Marlborough Buildings - BA1
This “top-notch gastropub” offers both “good vegetarian options” and “great Sunday roasts”. Its popularity and “buzzy atmosphere” owe much to a “lovely pub garden” and handy town-centre address, around the corner from the Royal Crescent.
19. The Mint Room Indian restaurant in Bath Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Rd - BA2
2019 Review: In a slightly utilitarian setting next to a Sainsbury’s petrol station and en route to Brizzle, this swish Indian serves some “beautiful food”.
20. Menu Gordon Jones British, Modern restaurant in Bath 2 Wellsway - BA2
The “food and wine are always interesting” and are “still as good as ever” at engaging Anglo-Scottish chef Gordon Jones’s former sandwich shop on the southern edge of town. There’s “a single tasting menu available” (the only choice is whether to have 7 or 9 courses) and it comes as a complete surprise, with each dish introduced as it arrives at your table (and no vegetarian or other options).
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