July 8 2020

Reasons to be cheerful right here, right now

We couldn’t be more thrilled that the long-established Peking Restaurant (Kingsmead Square) is back open for takeaway collection; we’ve sorely missed our regular Peking fix! And forget ye not that a 15% discount on menu prices applies on all takeaway orders.

While we’re really sorry to see Phat Yaks (Kingsmead Square) close its doors for good, we’re really looking forward to seeing the results of the refit/refurb that’s been going on at PY mothership Yak Yeti Yak during lockdown – all will be revealed on Tuesday 21 July when the restaurant reopens its doors to the public with a brand new website to flaunt too. It’s also well worth flagging up here that the YYY team recently delivered their 1000th meal – yup, we said 1000th meal – to frontline keyworkers at the RUH Bath; amazing work indeed.

Yay, Corkage (Chapel Row) is popping those corks again and reopening their doors to their fans. But be warned: booking is more essential than ever before as social distancing guidelines = reduced capacity, so clickety-click double quick. Top tip: fancy Brunch & Bubbles on a Sunday? You know where to go!

We’ve been banging on about this on Twitter, in our Bath Echo column and in our most recent guest spot chat with Somer Valley FM host Richard Burgess on his Monday afternoon Drivetime show. But if you need to keep up at the back, Bath Pub Company MD Joe Cussens’ brilliant short video detailing exactly how his pubs’ reopening plans will work, filmed at the Hare and Hounds, offers a clear explanation/textbook blueprint of the ‘new normal’ code of conduct. Good work, Joe!

Why would anybody buy their daily bread (and related bakery treats, plus all kinds of enticing everything else) from anywhere else but the Thoughtful Bakery? Order online for delivery or collection (see website for the full lowdown) or pop into the bakery’s Barton Street HQ for the socially-distanced ‘live’ experience

We’re SO looking forward to splashing around at The Scallop Shell (Monmouth Street) this week when it reopens for full, sit-in business (adhering to full new normal guidelines, of course) – book your table today. Okay, so the takeaway service is off the menu again, but SS sister venture The Oyster Shell (Moorland Road) has extended its opening hours to take up the slack – dive in, Piggies!

We’re fascinated by brand new pop-up venture Jikoni – “an adventure in food from Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Tanzania”, no less – now offering takeaway and home delivery to Bath addresses every Friday and Saturday evening (pre-orders only) – ffi, call 07446 150017 or follow Jikoni on Twitter @EastJikoni

Any more for any more? Let me know!

melissa@thepigguide.com

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