January 1 2015

2015: looking back, looking forward

At Pig HQ, we’re  looking back at 2014, looking forward to 2015, and wishing a very Happy New Year to all!

In late summer 2014, The Pig Guide formed a brand new partnership, spruced up the website and devised a whole new Membership scheme for local businesses – hoorah! Pig plans for early 2015 include an initiative devoted entirely to local producers and specialist food and drink retailers, a Pig Producers market and food fair in the spring and a whole raft of unique Supper Club dates and collaborations for the diary – watch this space, Pig People!

Meanwhile, Bath-based food goddess Ping Coombes won the auspicious MasterChef gong, Sam Moody retained the Bath Priory‘s Michelin star, the Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel was awarded the highly-coveted gong for Best Wine List in the UK at the AA Hospitality Awards and Menu Gordon Jones won the Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year for the South West, all of which further endorsed the Heritage City as the jewel in the UK’s foodie crown.

While had to endure waving a very sad farewell to The Kilted Chef, Market and Tambo Peruvian Kitchen, we welcomed Blunos, Ciao Ciao, Culture and Cure, Grillstock, the Scallop Shell, Ole Tapas, Pollocks of Bath, the Caribbean Kitchen, Bamboo Sushi, Turtle Bay, the Cowshed, glamorous refurbishments of the Huntsman and the Boater pubs and the return of La Flamma with open arms.

In 2015, Saw Close will change forever when the £14m casino, hotel and restaurant scheme (yup, two more restaurants, very likely to be chains) gets underway. Meanwhile, another 5m will be invested in the Colonnades site (adjacent to Pulteney Weir): leases for two massive restaurant sites are still up for grabs…

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