April 29 2016

brand new circo now open on george street

After five successful years on South Parade, hip’n’happening cocktail hostpot Circo has relocated to gorgeously refurbished premises below The Porter on George Street and now offers longer opening hours and fabulous new menus – night owls will be delighted to hear, however, that the Circo tradition of offering upmarket cocktails, live jazz events and hip DJ hostings into the wee small hours of the morning will continue.

The space formerly occupied by the Hole in the Wall (and, latterly, Tobias and the Angel) has been totally transformed and now offers a characterfully stylish environment across a range of linked, super-seductive rooms and bars, all artfully lit and decorated with fascinating modern artwork.

At the bar, all manner of cocktails and spirits from classics to bespoke mingle happily with fine beer courtesy of local brewery heroes Electric Bear Brewing Co and London-based craft beer big boys Meantime Brewing Company. Meanwhile, on the all-important food front, local superchef Rob Clayton has created lighter but equally flavoursome versions of the dishes that have made his menus upstairs at Clayton’s Kitchen so successful; the sourdough flat breads with a choice of toppings including Little Haven Pembrokeshire dressed crab with chives and lemon or roasted red onion and smoked chicken with smoked cheddar are particularly scrumptious. But The Pig Guide expect Rob’s ‘Little Bites’ to really set tasteful tongues wagging: a lush selection of small plates to share, doubling up as the perfect pre-dinner aperitif accompaniment (top tip: Rob’s Savoury Bonbons, filled with Glamorgan cheese or slow-cooked pork, are currently topping the ‘Most Moreish Nibble in Bath’ charts at PG HQ). Selected British/Mediterranean influenced mains will also be available; think, white truffle and chestnut mushroom risotto or grilled sea bass with crispy fennel and new potatoes, and you sorta get the idea. And, as has always been the case in Rob Clayton world, all ingredients are strictly seasonal and local to the kitchen, resulting in perfect combinations, vibrant colours and, of course, the best possible taste. Is there a full Pig Guide review/listing in the pipeline? Of course there is!

Cheers, Circo – may you be as happy in your new home as The Pig Guide was, on opening night; already, we’re lovin’ your work.

(pictured: Rob’s Savoury Bonbons – yum!)

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