The Circus Restaurant
unique flourishes bring enticing combinations to life
Situated on the gorgeous little thoroughfare that links two of Bath’s most famous architectural landmarks (that’ll be The Circus and The Royal Crescent, then), The Circus Restaurant is perfectly situated to attract both visitors to the city and those in the ‘hood alike. And indeed, it offers broad appeal to both: tourists swoon over the location while locals view this long-term merrymaking institution as their very own, with neither tribe finding reason to impinge on the perceptions of the other. The modern brasserie-style street level dining room could almost be described as cosy, albeit in a bright’n’breezy, contemporary way: stylish rather than snug, and subtly glamorous even if you’re merely calling in for a morning coffee. If you’re looking for a more intimate affair, head downstairs and prepare to be transported into the kind of warmly welcoming environment that gently envelopes you in a soft, seductive comforter of bonhomie.
This is not, however, a restaurant of two halves; wherever you choose to sit (including the alfresco tables that offer a distinctly Parisian street cafe vibe to an already appealing range of options), the restaurant’s USP is writ large and the staff are utterly charming, making you feel as though you’re in exactly the right place, at exactly the right time, from the moment you walk through the door.
Chef/proprietor Alison Golden has owned restaurants for 30 years, and her experience shines through from décor and vibe to those all-important menus, which change monthly to represent the very best of the season and uses ingredients from a roll call of our very best local suppliers and producers. Ali cites Elizabeth David, Jane Grigson and Joyce Molyneux as her three main inspirations, and influences from all three icons (simply cooked food put together with respect) is woven into both Ali and her kitchen team’s unique flourishes that bring enticing combinations to life; expect to encounter a broad selection of exceedingly well thought out, imaginative dishes as beautifully, meticulously described on the menu as they translate to the plate.
We can wholeheartedly guarantee that both flavours and textures are presented in perfect harmony here, as treatsome or as light as you like your dish of the day to be. Vegetarian, vegan, dairy- and gluten-free diets are all exceedingly well-catered for, while a wine list that puts “individual and family growers of exceptional merit” is a joy to behold in its own right.
The Circus is in town; you’d be a clown not to roll up at your earliest opportunity.
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options
Monday – Saturday:
Morning coffee, 10am – 12noon
Lunch, 12noon – 2.30pm (2pm Saturdays)
Afternoon Tea, from 3pm
In a fine Georgian building on Brock Street, the road that connects two of Bath’s most famous architectural landmarks, The Circus and The Royal Crescent