No.15 Great Pulteney
skilfully blends luxurious indulgence with wit, personality and genteel escapism
Since opening its doors in 2016 on one of Bath’s most graceful, historic Georgian thoroughfares, No.15 Great Pulteney has become swiftly established as one of Bath’s most vivacious boutique hotel experiences, skilfully blending luxurious indulgence with wit, personality and genteel escapism. Decorated throughout with captivating contemporary art and intelligently quirky fixtures and fittings at every turn, the hotel offers an experience for all the senses… not least of all, our tastebuds.
The mixology magic that goes on behind the hotel’s subtly glamorous street-level bar results in a selection that easily scales the upper echelons of the Best Cocktails in Bath charts. When you can bear to drag yourself away, though, the trip downstairs to Cafe 15 (a cosy yet airy, bright and breezy space, despite the subterranean location) is well worth the voyage. In keeping with the captivating theme throughout the whole environment, fascinating vintage apothecary-related knick-knackery lines the walls and charming curiosities grab your attention until the menu arrives – and this carefully-curated collection, blending contempo-flair with time-honoured tradition, is a little treasure in its own right.
Dishes at Cafe 15 are designed to be mixed and matched according to appetite, occasion or mere whimsy, and all fluctuate between around £5-£10ish price tag, with scale-up options coming in at around £12-£17.50 (the latter being for a full-on steak blowout) for those who want to do things the old fashioned way. However – and it’s a very welcome ‘however’ – we’re not told that we’re embarking on the currently ubiquitous Small Plate excursion; instead, we’re treated like the grown ups that we are and left to decide how much and what we want to eat without being treated as though we’re in some kind of nursery. If you’d like to know more about any of the dishes on the menu, simply ask one of the approachable, easygoing members of staff, who make you feel as though you’re a good friend from the moment you take to your table. And if you’d like to know what to drink with your selection, just ask – the wine list here is imaginative, wholly accessible and, as is the case with any journey, made even better when approached with the benefit of good advice.
From an array of fish, meat, vegetables and puddings and featuring around five/six dishes under each category heading, we opted for a ‘first past the post’ trio of plates: a featherlight, super-whipped and, frankly, huge Brixham crab souffle omelette; crisp, fat little tempura cod cheek nuggets served with a divine tartare sauce… and a gert big, proper Scotch egg wrapped in a salaciously moist, sausage-y overcoat that slipped off to reveal a tide of molten, golden yolk within. In all honesty, we could have stopped there and left perfectly satisfied. But we’re us, so we didn’t.
Next up, lamb scrumpet (super-tender, super-soft, super-rich slow cooked lamb wrapped in a super-crisp coating and served with a fruity homemade brown sauce), decadent Chicken Kiev with cauliflower cheese and a roast chicken sauce (think, all the big, boisterous flavours of a really posh roast dinner without the overwhelming heft, and you’re there), and a huge, hearty bowl of silky, soporific, perfectly seasoned cauliflower risotto.
Next up (we went there, even though we shouldn’t have done – six dishes easily result in total satiation) decadent, oozy, sexy hot chocolate fondant balanced by Marshfield Farm’s legendarily good salted caramel ice cream… plus a couple of extra boules of MF vanilla for the diner that “wasn’t actually having dessert” (hah!).
Cafe 15 serves up unpretentious, interesting, exceedingly well-priced food in a fascinating, friendly environment; once visited, you too will wish you could take up permanent residence.
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options ,
- Baby changing facilities
Breakfast Monday-Friday 7.30am-10.30am; Saturday-Sunday 8am-10.30am
Dinner Tuesday-Saturday 7pm-9.30pm
Afternoon Tea Saturday 1pm-5pm
An all-day menu is available in the Sitting Room, 12noon-9pm daily
Sunday Brunch 11.30am-3pm
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