Framptons Cafe, Bar and Kitchen

adds an appealing new dimension to the city's coolest hotspot dining options

adds an appealing new dimension to the city's coolest hotspot dining options

The brainchild of three good friends who formerly served in the British Army together, Framptons Cafe, Bar and Kitchen has breathed new life into their elegant new home in the fascinating, historic Empire building, situated directly opposite both Pulteney Weir and Bath Rugby Ground.

Tom, Ed and Sam have respectfully paid homage to the Empire’s history while also cleverly managing to offer a casual, contemporary vibe that puts us in mind of the kinda cool brasserie-bar you come across on and around New York’s Union Square, with the first room bar area dominated by Victorian library paraphernalia leading through to a dining room that exemplifies Brit-version Belle Époque – think, high ceilings, ornate cornicing and rich paintwork, with a spectacular chandelier bringing extra added contemporary flourish to proceedings.

And laid back flourish, really, is what Framptons is all about. For a start, it’s only the eighth bar in the whole of the UK to have tank beer installed – two 500 litre tanks suspended above the bar contain one tonne of brewery-fresh premium lager. Meanwhile, cocky cocktails (two for £10 every day from 5-7pm, hoorah!), an extensive wine list, a wide gin selection and Prosecco and English sparkling wine make the bar an all things to all people voyage of discovery. As for food – well, we’re on super-flexible all-day dining territory here, with breakfast (an amazing array, from simple Tomato Toast or Overnight Oats to full-on full English by way of Eggs Royale, Benedict and Florentine, pancakes and more) seguing neatly into light and not-so-light lunchtime bites and sharing platters before the sun starts to set and supper gets serious, with modern brasserie classics vying for our attention alongside superb steaks, boisterous burgers and a solid range of fish and meat-free options, all wrought from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.

In summary, Framptons has reinvigorated the all-too-often overlooked Grand Parade area in grand style, adding an appealing new dimension to the city’s coolest hotspot dining options. A new dawn has risen over the Empire.

For full details of forthcoming live music evenings, live screenings of Bath Rugby games and all manner of news from Framptons HQ, keep an eye on our news feed and/or follow Framptons on Twitter @FramptonsBath


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Framptons Cafe, Bar and Kitchen

The Empire, Grand Parade, Bath BA2 4DF, UK

Opening hours
Monday – Saturday: 9am – 11.30pm
Sunday: 9.30am – 9pm

Getting here

To the right of the Empire’s main entrance, directly opposite Pulteney Weir

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