I didn’t intend on writing about our recent little adventure to Bath but, I was so blown away by the place that I thought it might be beneficial for anyone planning a trip. It is definitely one of the nicest little places we have visited. While we were there; I kept saying to Ian can we move here? It is so picturesque and everyone looks so happy and relaxed. We were very fortunate with the good weather which made it all the more enjoyable.
At work, one of my colleagues / friends was raving about Bath. It was always somewhere I was interested in visiting but never really prioritised it. So after hearing all the positive reports, I decided to book a trip as one of Ian’s Christmas Presents. We love giving each other little breaks as presents so that we have mini holidays throughout the year. Prior to going, I reached out on Instagram and asked for recommendations of what to do while in Bath. I received lots of really good suggestions which enhanced our trip. Thank you to those who replied. I love having a balance of having activities planned but also having time to meander through the streets.
We stayed in The Arlington. The accommodation was 135 pounds per night including breakfast. It was a lovely town house type accommodation within very close walking distance to the centre of Bath. The rooms were very tastefully designed and were perfect for a short stay. The bathrooms were newly renovated and also had a really powerful shower which is always a plus. The breakfast was scrumptious and they catered very well for a vegetarian which is surprisingly still rare. The residence has a lovely sitting room type area with a bar adjoined to it. We enjoyed a drink one of the evenings by the fire here. There were nuts available at the bar that were so yummy, I don’t know what kind they were but they were delicious so of course we ate most of them. I’d go back for them alone. The only negative is that the rooms are a little on the small size and do look bigger in the pictures online. The staff are lovely and helpful which really made the place all the more special. Overall we were both delighted with the accommodation and it was a really pleasant experience.
Being a food lover, I of course did my research before going and was pleasantly surprised by how nice the food is in Bath. It can be a struggle finding places to eat that satisfy both Ian and I. Ian loves very simple food and with me being a veggie and him loving nothing more than steak and chips it can be a bone of contention. Therefore preparation is always a good idea. The first night we ate in a little Italian called ‘Joya’ which I had booked. On the first night in new places you don’t really know where you are going so it can be nice to have the first night planned. This Italian had been recommended to me by a lovely person on Instagram and it did not disappoint. We shared garlic bread with cheese to start and it was the nicest garlic bread we have ever had. Thankfully we shared it as it was huge. I also had the primavera pasta based on the waiter’s recommendation and it was also amazing. We then shared a Crème Brule dessert. I really recommend this sweet little restaurant. You may initially be disappointed by the appearance however; the food and warm welcome well and truly make up for it.
The second night we ate in ‘Brown’s’. This is a really nice contemporary style bar and restaurant. Make sure you are hungry as the portions are large and they provide the nicest freshly baked bread before dinner. Despite trying not to savage it all, we ate every crumb. It was literally a loaf of bread. For my main course, I had a goat’s cheese tartlet and Ian had steak and chips with onion rings the size of his head. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have dessert as I got one of my ocular migraines where I literally can’t see so we had to leave in a hurry. This obviously put a dampener on the night but didn’t take away from the lovely atmosphere and food here. We highly recommend it.
The third night we dined in the Thermae Bath Spa Restaurant which was probably the least pleasing of the lot. Dinner came with the spa package and while the food was fine it was nothing to write home about. The other option available was to have afternoon tea with the spa package so I would recommend this option if you are planning to avail of the package deal. Here I ate a vegetarian tagine and Ian had chicken and mash however was still hungry as the portions were very small.
The weather was amazing while we were there so we decided to enjoy a picnic in Henrietta Park. We just picked some nice things up in Sainsburys and took it outdoors. It was lovely chatting in the sunshine followed by coffee and a shared caramel slice for dessert.
Along with these restaurants we went to a few nice bars for drinks the nicest being Framptons on Pulteney Bridge which overlooks the river. I treated myself to a baileys coffee here which was delicious. I had never had one before Christmas when my friend Laura gave me one in her house. Now I love them but they are very indulgent so I save them for special occasions. Also the Malbec was divine here. It’s a really nice relaxed place to enjoy a chat.
Oh I almost forgot we had the nicest coffee I have ever had. Now in saying that, I am very new to coffee and only recently got into oat milk lattes so I may not be the best judge. I treat myself to one a week. The Name of the Coffee shop was ‘Colonna and Small’s’which is in the centre of Bath. They were delicious here also recommend to me by someone on Instagram.
There is so much to see in Bath and every street you turn has something beautiful to look at.
Our highlights were:
Walking Tour Mayor’s Guides Free Walking Tour meet outside the Roman Bath’s entrance in the main square. The tours leave on Saturdays at 2.45. You walk the city with a group for free to see all of the lovely highlights of the city and get to hear about its history at the same time. The guides do this voluntarily but accept tips. We had a lovely guide who deserved all the contributions he got. This is a really nice way to see the city and to get a few needed steps in with all of the indulgence.
The Guildhall Markets were another recommendation from a lovely person on Instagram. They are definitely worth a little potter around as they have really lovely stalls and a magnificent chocolatier. They are situated right beside the Frampton Bar (as above) so easily accessible.
Jane Austen Centre located on Gay Street. This was such a fun experience even for Ian who really has no interest in Jane Austen. It is so interesting to hear about her early life. I hadn’t realised that she sadly died so young. The man who meets you at the door is supposedly the most photographed man in England. The staff there are hilarious and are so passionate about their jobs it is contagious. The Regency Tea Rooms above are very cute and have lovely little pastries to enjoy. Of course I delved straight into re-read her books once I got home.
Bath’s Therme Spa This is a really nice way to spend an evening. There are three floors here one with an indoor heated pool, one with varying relaxation rooms and saunas and the icing on the cake is the top floor outdoor heated pool where we watched the sun go down. It was so magical. I highly recommend going in the evening time to get to experience this. Unfortunately, they don’t serve alcohol in the outdoor pool. Not that this is a big issue, but it would have been nice to have a glass of bubbles. We had one afterwards to make up for it. There are some good priced deals when you pre book which I would highly recommend as the queues are a mile long if you just turn up on the day. A must see if in Bath.
*We went to The Roman Baths however they are the only thing that really wasn’t worth the entry fee. They are interesting to see but other than us having a laugh in there ourselves you have read it all in history class as a child.
Shopping Bath has some really nice little unique shops to potter around. I went into one called ‘Vinegar Hill’ it was full of delightful little trinkets, my favourite kind of shop. I actually got Ian a little present for the morning of our wedding here. Ian tried on some wedding suits also and got some lovely ideas but didn’t purchase any.
We did lots of other things also but these were definitely the highlights. So in a nutshell, I couldn’t recommend Bath enough. If you haven’t been and are looking for a little weekend away, book it. I assure you won’t regret it. If you have any further questions just pop me a comment and I’ll be happy to offer any more insight.
I hoped you enjoyed the read and let me know if you take a trip for some very well deserved R&R.