British, Modern Restaurants in Bath
1. The Bath Priory British, Modern restaurant in Bath Weston Rd - BA1
“Wonderful food is amply delivered” at this posh country house hotel, riding high after the arrival of Michael Nizzero in January 2017, and where “a tour of the (“fab”) grounds by the head gardener following a meal makes for a perfect celebration and reason to return”; casual sister restaurant The Pantry is also worth a look.
2. The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Bath Russell St - BA1
Chris Cleghorn’s “very classy and well-composed” cuisine maintains this well-known basement dining room as the town’s most accoladed foodie hotspot (it’s the only restaurant in town with a Michelin star) and he offers a variety of menus (with vegan and vegetarian options) focused in the evenings on tasting menu formats, although – unusually – they allow you to pick out individual dishes from them if you don’t want ‘the full monty’ and to pay per plate. The dining room itself is well-appointed and pleasant, but the constraints of this basement space are griped about even in the most favourable of reports (“tables close together…”, “room is a bit spartan for food of this quality…”).
3. Menu Gordon Jones British, Modern restaurant in Bath 2 Wellsway - BA2
“Gordon Jones is expert in the flavours he can coax out of sometimes-modest ingredients” and his ‘surprise’, no-choice tasting menu of “well-coordinated and beautifully presented” dishes makes his “small but sweet” venue (in a somewhat “ordinary location”, just outside the town centre) into “a foodie’s temple of joy!”. “Quirky but worth a detour”.
4. The Circus British, Modern restaurant in Bath 34 Brock St - BA1
“In a tourist town littered with chain restaurants”, this “lovely neighbourhood spot” is “one of the more reliable choices” locally (especially for fish) – and it’s “surprisingly affordable given its prestigious location next to the famous circus”.
5. Eight British, Modern restaurant in Bath 3 North Parade Passage - BA1
On one of the super-cutest pedestrian cut-throughs of this gorgeous town (near Sally Lunn’s), this “lovely” new townhouse hotel (named for its eight bedrooms) opened in August 2018, and was one of the most talked-about arrivals of last year in these parts. Chef Fred Lavault offers “very enjoyable modern cuisine in a small plates format” from a “simple 8-8-8 menu that’s excellent and well-presented”.
6. The White Hart Inn British, Modern restaurant in Bath Widcombe Hill - BA2
“Bath’s best-kept secret” – this gastropub-with-rooms (great value) and a sheltered garden wins consistently strong ratings for its hearty good food.
7. Henry's Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Bath 4 Saville Row - BA1
Following on from Casanis (RIP) was no mean feat but, since taking over this Georgian townhouse venue in 2016, chef Henry Scott (ex-of Claude Bosi’s now defunct Hibiscus) has more than risen to the challenge, and his French-led cuisine is uniformly well-rated. Top Tip – “they do an excellent (weekday) set lunch, not advertised on the website”.
8. The Pump Room British, Modern restaurant in Bath Stall St - BA1
One of the UK’s quintessential afternoon tea experiences: the Georgian chamber next to the famous Roman baths. There are better cakes, sarnies and cups of tea to be had elsewhere to be sure, but few in quite such stately and suitable surroundings.
9. Clayton's Kitchen British, Modern restaurant in Bath 15a George St - BA1
This “busy restaurant in the heart of this Georgian city” provides an attractive “combination of great cooking with good flavours, smart presentation and a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere” (even if the setting is “a little tightly packed”). “Wasn’t this the site of the legendary ‘Hole in the Wall’ run by George Perry-Smith from the 1950s? Clearly his spirit benevolently haunts this fine establishment!”
10. Corkage (Walcot Street) British, Modern restaurant in Bath 132a Walcot Street - BA1
The successor on the site that was, for yonks, Beaujoulais may be “quirky” – a wine bar/bottle shop/small plates venue with no wine list and only minimal ingredient-led entries for food items (waiters explain the rest), but the results are “totally professional” and “always great”; “the garden is a nice place to relax in summer” – and there are also fans of the spin-off on Chapel Row.
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