I am bound to have put on a few pounds this week taste testing my way through Bath. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.
Part of my research is to find suitable restaurants for a couple of group dinners for the planned workshop, and there are so many good dining venues in Bath that My Beloved Brit’s cousins from Andover are joining me for a night to help me out. We taste-tested Hall and Woodhouse, the new hot restaurant in Bath, and it was great.
I tried Jamie’s Italian for my first lunch in Bath and it was quite the experience. It is celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s chain, so I was thinking it might be run of the mill, but the building was a funky take in a historic old Georgian building, with lots of fun decor and a rustic feel to match the food.
The food was quite good and a very different menu. Across the courtyard they also had a small deli and gift shop.
I also tried a wood burning oven pizza restaurant for dinner. (Italian is big is this town–I guess it is the Roman influence). The atmosphere was great, the pizza ok. But when I saw “California Grill” on the window, I thought this is not what Americans would travel overseas for.
And of course while I was in Bath, I had to try the Sally Lunn’s, home of the original Bath Bun, in one of the oldest homes in Bath.
I wasn’t expecting much, and yes, it was flooded with international tourists. But I had the salmon and dill “bun” and a fabulous pot of green tea, and on a chilly rainy day it was just perfect to be packed in with other bun lovers.
And just for My Beloved Brit back home safe from the cold rain, I saw this sausage stand out on the street the other day…and thought, I have to take a photo.
The best meal of the week goes to the day trip I made with MBB’s cousins to Castle Combe and the Castle Inn. Even though it was grey all day, it was the absolute perfect English outing. I promise a more detailed post later on about Castle Combe and the Castle Inn.
And for my last meal, I was back in Bath for lunch before I left for London to fly from Heathrow in the morning.
Back home tonight! Back to sensible eating.