The Peking Restaurant
a casually seductive environment; a superb little Bath institution
Established way back in 1985, the Peking was the first restaurant in Bath to bring eat-in, Brit-friendly incarnations of Cantonese, Szechuan and Peking cuisine to the city – back then, you could hardly have described the restaurant as being anywhere close to the heart of the eating out action. But today, the ‘Kingsmead Quarter’ has almost entirely reinvented itself thanks to a lively team of local, independent entrepreneurs and businesses that have breathed new life into this historic pedestrian intersection – and, despite its vintage, The Peking maintains its status as the original stalwart of the KQ scene.
While the this independent, family-run restaurant has gracefully declined to concede to the kind of fads, fashions and fripperies that can all-too-often over-dominate the modern dining scene (you won’t find canteen-style dining, waiters who call us ‘guys’ or chalk board menus flaunting a ‘street food’ selection here,) it’s most certainly kept up with the times. Offering uncluttered views of the square from big picture windows by day and exuding a subtle ambience of welcoming, understated glamour perfectly balanced on the bridge where contemporary expectations meet traditional diner requirements post-sunset, it’s a casually seductive environment, offering broad appeal to cosy couples, families, students-on-a-budget and celebratory parties alike (there’s a lovely little private dining area available too.)
On the all-important food front, exceedingly well-priced dishes are firmly based around the kind of authentic Chinese food ‘tradition’ that’s borne out of catering to the British palate – classics such as hot sour soup, sweet and sour chicken, honey roast pork and, of course, aromatic lamb served with pancakes and sauce are exemplary incarnations of a familiar genre. But look beyond those enduring popular (for very good reason, too!) options and you’ll notice all manner of fascinating flourishes: there’s garlic salt and chilli frog’s legs on the hors d’oeuvres selection, fillet steak amongst the array of sizzlers, and whole Peking Duck available for those who have the organisational skills to order the house speciality 24-hours in advance. Vegetarian options are extremely well-considered too, while the seafood selection – which includes dishes featuring lobster, sea bass, crab, monkfish, scallops, mussels and, of course, huge, sweet, fresh prawns – can only be described as stunning.
There’s clearly a lot of thought, hard work and passion for really good, freshly-prepared food going on behind the scenes at The Peking – and no clear reason why this superb little Bath institution shouldn’t be supported at every opportunity.
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Baby changing facilities