May 30 2013

Dinner at Bill's

And so it came to pass that The Pig finally got around to dinner at Bill’s, the Bath branch of which is another link in a small chain that opened on Cheap Street last year. Okay, so we’ve temporarily strayed off the independent track with this one. But unlike other recent links in the chain invasion that threatens to take over Bath, there’s most definitely a lot of heart at the, erm, heart of the matter in this particular cosy little nest. The venture has created over 50 jobs for local people, who all seem very happy indeed; staff are utterly charming – welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable when it comes to making recommendations. Decor, meanwhile, is a home-from-home experience (if, that is, your home happens to owe inspiration gratitude to Kirstie Allsopp): own-label grocery products line the shelves (do not leave Bill’s without making the most of the shopping therapy experience – The Pig heartily recommends the Mango Chutney and the Damson Jam), and no surface that could offer space for a cutesy, kitchen-related knick-knack is allowed to go minimalist. Most of the chic clutter action, however, dominates the upfront agenda; we took to a chandelier-lit booth table towards the relatively spacious rear of the restaurant (perfect for a smoochy supper), and started our feast with a very agreeable avocado and bacon salad and a plate of fat, fresh scallops. For mains, we opted for the classics: a burger that’d take some beating in the ‘boisterous’ category and a fish pie as homely and soporific as fish pie can get, with brown bread and marmalade ice cream bringing the curtain down on the whole shebang before we hit the road back to our real home.

So, months after Bill’s opened in Bath, The Pig now heartily endorses the whole experience: humane, relaxed and jolly good fun, serving jolly good, downhome food in a cheerful environment. Hoorah!

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