The Redan Inn
set to become one of Bath's coolest destination dining experiences, for a price that belies the experience
Those who mourn the fact that bright young superchef Tony Casey is no longer doing his thing at the Chequers hob will be delighted to hear that he hasn’t flown too far from the nest; he’s now doing his magic just up t’road from Bath, less than a 30 minute pootle south west of the city centre. The fact that Tony’s new kitchen is based in a gorgeous, recently refurbished historic county inn will doubtless bring yet more merrymaking music to your ears. And as if all that good news isn’t enough, get this: The Redan Inn is headed up by the teams responsible for award-winning sister pub restaurants the Pumphouse (Bristol) and the Bird in Hand (Long Ashton)… yes folks, it’s time to turn that frown upside down and hotfoot it to Chilcompton, pronto.
Roaring fires, sturdy contempo-trad farmhouse kitchen furniture, all manner of stylishly eccentric knickknackery to keep attentions level up at all times. Gregarious gins, artisan beers and a splendid wine list amongst the delights on the drinks menu. Cool bar snacks (including rather splendid freshly baked sausage rolls) to indulge in when a drink’s just too wet without one, and a chic, welcoming, partially-covered split-level alfresco area to kick back in when the sun comes out to play. Sound good? Yes indeed – and we’ve yet to even begin to plunder the menus, that start with a breakfast selection (until 10.30am) and move with the clock throughout the day by way of elegant lunches (including a 2/3-course £15/£19 option) before the sun sets. And then… well, then Tony really comes into his own.
At the time of writing, dishes that can only be called Tony-Only incarnations of locally-sourced ingredients such as salmon (which he cures and torches before serving with mousse, wasabi avocado, teriyaki and mooli), scallops (which he sears and serves with caramelised cauliflower puree and crispy chicken skin) and beetroot (which he risottos with walnut, tarragon and goats’ cheese) are all keenly trending – with very good reason. But adjacent to the foodie-flourishes, upmarket versions of classics such as fish and chips, burgers and a lush slow-braised belly pork keep the traditionalists very happy indeed, the kids get their own imaginative menu, Sunday lunch goes properly large and, on Sunday evenings, fish and chip suppers (£10pp, to include a drink) put a perfect full stop to the weekend. As one would expect, a full-blown Tasting Menu is available, and a private dining room/chef’s table tucked away from the pub’s main drag brings subtle glamour of the overall aesthetic.
In summary, The Redan Inn is set to become one of Bath’s coolest destination dining experiences, for a price that belies the experience. Don’t say we didn’t warn you when you find out that you’ve left it too late to book a table.
- Wheelchair access ,
- Free wifi available ,
- Gluten free options
- Address: Fry\'s Well, Chilcompton, Radstock BA3 4HA, UK
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Monday – Saturday: 11am – 11pm
Sunday: 11am – 10.30pm
Kitchen breakfast served
8.45am – 10.30am
Monday – Saturday: 12noon – 3pm (Sunday 4pm)
Monday – Saturday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Fish and chip supper
Sundays: 6.30pm – 8.30pm