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A Taste of India/A Taste of Spring at the Marlborough Tavern, Wednesday 16 March/Wednesday 16 April

Following hot on the heels of their spectacular Thai Night last month (which sold out in double-quick time, so pay heed this time around!) the Marlborough Tavern is hosting two more fabulous foodie events on Wednesday Wednesday 16 March and Wednesday 27 April.

First stop on MT head chef Jack Scarterfield’s whistlestop global tour: we’re off to… India! If you, like me, have never tasted Tandoori Quail, Beef Shin Bhuna or Peshwari Bream, now’s your chance; for full menu details, click on this link.

Next stop: Spring is most definitely in the air – and Jack’s poised to welcome it in in fine style. Asparagus, morels, Cornish pollock, Jersey Royals, spring lamb; all the classic Spring superstars (and many more) will enjoy centre-stage spotlight resulting in what’s guaranteed to be a stunning seasonal celebration – for full menu details, click on this link.

To make those all-important reservations (and be warned: space is limited, and both events are set to be very popular), call 01225 423731 or email reservations@marlborough-tavern.com today.

International Women’s Day Cheese & Wine Tasting at the Royal Crescent Hotel, Tuesday 8 March

Celebrating International Women’s Day in fine, unique style, the Royal Crescent Hotel’s next Cheese and Wine Tasting event will focus exclusively on the women producers responsible for some of the West Country’s very best cheeses – how cool is that?

Join Savouring Bath’s qualified cheese expert Mike James and cheese-maker Julianna Sedli (The Old Cheese Room) in the hotel’s cosy but elegant library from 5.30-7pm for a guided tasting journey through five spectacular cheeses accompanied by a selection of wines specifically chosen to complement the flavours. Now if that isn’t a promise to turn your cheesiest dreams turned into reality, I don’t know what is!

Tickets cost just £45pp but space is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 attendees – to make that all-important, essential booking, call 01225 823333 or email events@royalcrescent.co.uk today.


Thai Night/A Taste of India at the Marlborough Tavern, Wednesday 23 February/Wednesday 16 March

Following hot on the heels of their spectacular Burns Night event in January, the Marlborough Tavern is hosting two more fabulous foodie events on Wednesday 23 February and Wednesday 16 March.

First stop on MT head chef Jack Scarterfield’s whistlestop global tour: we’re off to… Thailand! Indulge your senses in a 5-course feast including Thai tongue-titivators such as Tom Yum, Pad Ka Praw, Cornish King Crab Som Tam and Guinea Fowl Jungle Curry (see here for the full menu details and line-up) and prepare to be Thai-tantalised.

Next stop: A Taste of India, Wednesday 16 March; if you, like me, have never tasted Tandoori Quail, Beef Shin Bhuna or Peshwari Bream, now’s your chance!

Both menus cost just £45pp. To make those all-important reservations (and be warned: space is limited, and both events are set to be very popular), call 01225 423731 or email reservations@marlborough-tavern.com today.

Monday-Friday fun, fun, fun (and super deals!) at The Locksbrook Inn

Got the January blues? The Locksbrook Inn is poised to chase ’em away on any and every night of the week.

Monday: you really don’t want to worry about what’s for dinner (let alone do the washing up) so dine in and enjoy 2-4-1 pizzas from 6pm. Tuesday: hoorah, it’s Tapas y Quiz night! The fun starts at 8pm and entry costs just £1pp (max team size 6), but here’s the real bonus point: you don’t even have to get your thinking cap on to enjoy 3 tapas dishes for just £12, so that’s a win-win all round. Ready to wine down on Wednesdays? Choose a bottle of wine costing £30+ and earn yourself a £10 discount – cheers! Thursday, we’re moving on to Steak Night: that’ll be an 8ozs flat iron steak cooked to your liking and served with fries and that all-important glass of wine for just £18.95. And when you’re ready to hit the weekend, kick it off in fine style with two classy cocktails from the Locksbrook’s super-classy cocktail menu for a tenner. Hoorah!

To book for any or all of the above (and to confirm Quiz Night dates) call 01225 427119, email reservations@thelocksbrookinn.com or visit the Locksbrook’s lovely website. Dive inn!

Burns Night at The Marlborough Tavern, Tuesday 25 January

Och Aye the noo! I’m eagerly anticipating raising a wee dram (or several!) to boisterous bard Robbie Burns at the Marlborough Tavern on Tuesday 25 January, when a special 5-course Burns Night menu featuring Scottish-inspired delights such as Cullen Skink, Venison Tartare and Braised Highland Beef Shin with Haggis Croquette and Whiskey Sauce to the table for just £49pp (optional wine flight, £25pp) guaranteeing a very good Tav-time for all… kilt or no kilt. 

To make that all-important reservation (and be warned: space is limited, and this one is set to be very popular), call 01225 423731 or email reservations@marlborough-tavern.com today. Là breith sona dhuit, Rabbie! 

The Bath Supper Club Collective Firework Supper at The Grapes Bath, Wednesday 3 November

Following on from the success of their inaugural event hosted at The Grapes Bath in early October, the Bath Supper Club Collective are proud to present their Fireworks Supper, taking place on Wednesday 3 November.

The seasonal feast will take place in The Grapes’ uniquely characterful, intimate first floor Jacobean Living Room and will once again be curated and delivered by Bath-based cookery writer, teacher, organic allotmenteer and Supper Club hostess Simi Rezai (who many of you already know as the force behind Simi’s Kitchen), who has rustled up a truly attention-grabbing menu including starters of Grape and Sausage Casserole (both meat and vegetarian options available), mains of Pulled Beef Brisket or Pulled Jackfruit with Spiced Hasselback Squash, Sweet Potato Wedges, Chilli Beans and ‘slaw, with Apple Tarte Tatin and cream adding sparkle at the end of the display.

Tickets for this uplifting event cost just £45pp to include, of course, that fabulous feast and a welcoming seasonal cocktail. To make that all-important booking click on this link… but be warned: numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 24 guests and are expected to sell out fast, so move now to guarantee your place at the party. Talking of which…

As November 3 is the first Wednesday of the month, Jonny Melancholy and the Sad Cowboys will be playing live in their usual spot in the bar after the meal to keep the party going.

Photo credit: John Le Brocq

The Middle Eastern Harvest Feast launches Bath Supper Club Collective at The Grapes Bath, Wednesday 6 October

The Pig Guide is super-excited to be collaborating with two of Bath’s most fabulous foodies to present the first in a series of Bath Supper Club Collective events at The Grapes Bath on Wednesday 6 October.

The Middle Eastern Harvest Feast will be curated and delivered by Bath-based cookery writer, teacher, organic allotmenteer and Supper Club hostess Simi Rezai, who many of you already know as the force behind Simi’s Kitchen. The BSCC launch is timed to coincide with both The Great Bath Feast and British Food Fortnight, and the event will take place in the uniquely beautiful, lovingly restored, intimate Jacobean Dining Room on the first floor of The Grapes.

I was originally inspired to start up the Bath Supper Club Collective because seasonal produce and the ability of food to bring people together is one of the great pleasures in life,” says Grapes’ landlady Ellie Leiper. “Since moving to Bath from the countryside where we grew our own produce for decades and had our own flock of milking sheep, heritage pigs, goats and poultry, I have been struck by a powerful need to reconnect to the changing of the seasons through dishes that delight. Simi’s love for the land and how that translates in her native dishes is joy on a platter for me, as this was the food I grew up with in Nigeria, sharing meals with many Middle Eastern family friends. Meanwhile, Melissa of Pig Guide ‘fame’ was an obvious choice in terms of getting the wheels on this wonderful project rolling!”

Simi enjoys and cooks food from across the world but is best known for her native Persian Azeri dishes. For the past 11+ years she has facilitated and hosted cookery classes inspired by seasonal fruit, vegetables and herbs, sourced from her own allotment when possible and championing local producers. In 2019, Simi launched her successful Lockdown Supper Clubs and she is now looking forward to receiving guests at The Grapes for a feast that she describes as “celebrating the harvest bounty synonymous with this time of the year” (you can check out that fabulous menu here.)

Tickets for the inaugural Bath Supper Club Collective cost just £45pp to include, of course, a fabulous feast and a welcoming seasonal cocktail; to make that all-important booking click on this link… but be warned: numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 24 guests and are expected to sell out fast, so move now to guarantee your place at the party.

Can’t make the date? Ellie, Simi and Melissa will be hosting regular events throughout the year celebrating high days and holidays such as a Fireworks Night Supper on Wednesday 3 November and Burns Night on Tuesday 25 January.

Exclusive Taittinger Champagne Supper Club at Plate, Thursday 8 July

We’ve all got rather a lot to celebrate, right? So do it in fine, fizzy style at Plate (within the elegantly quirky confines of The Bird hotel, on Pulteney Road) on Thursday 8 July.

Celebratory parties of 2-8 people will raise a glass to all kinds of everything good while enjoying an exclusive one-night-only menu created by Plate’s Head Chef Leon Smith, using only the very best local produce from Bath and the very near beyond, served up in a fun, flamboyant setting and paired with a selection of top Champagne Taittinger tipples.

The fun starts with an array of canapés on arrival accompanied by a glass of Taittinger Brut Réserve NV. Once seated, expect delights such as Heritage Tomato, Ricotta, Olive and Basil Salad followed by Cornish Cod with Fennel, Broad Beans and Caviar before a Strawberry, Elderflower, Lemon Verbena and Meringue finale, with Taittinger tipples such as Brut Millésimé 2014, Prélude Grand Crus and Nocturne Sec especially selected to accompany each glorious dish.

The fun starts at 7pm prompt and all-inclusive tickets cost £80pp, but be warned: tickets are strictly limited to 40, so booking today is essential. To guarantee your place at the party, call 01225 580438 or visit www.thebirdbath.co.uk

Cheers, Piggies!

Unique Afternoon Tea treats at the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa

We never need to find an excuse for Afternoon Tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa… but y’know, when fizz is involved, who’s complaining? Raise your pinkie and take Afternoon Tea at Bath’s most iconic hotel any Monday-Thursday from 2-26 November and receive a complimentary glass of Champagne to make your afternoon delight go with a swing; simply use the offer code WEEKDAY TREAT when making that all-important booking by phone on 01225 823 333 or by emailing info@royalcrescent.co.uk

But the treats don’t end when the last cork has been popped. Revisit the RC for Afternoon Tea again (and why wouldn’t you?) between Friday 27-Wednesday 23 December and leave with a handmade wreath courtesy of owner of The LANE Floristry Emily Clarke, who is poised to create a bespoke, luxury wreath to order then deliver it to the hotel ready for you to collect on the day of your visit. This unique festive package costs £95pp to include a Champagne Afternoon Tea plus that beautiful wreath. Please note that, as every wreath is made bespoke to order, the hotel requires a minimum of four days’ notice before your visit, and booking is essential; to book, email info@royalcrescent.co.uk, or call 01225 823333 today.

Halloween vs Day of The Dead at Las Iguanas

Celebrate the best of two (unearthly!) worlds at Las Iguanas towards the end of October, when Halloween collides with the vibrant, colourful Mexican Day of the Dead celebration that honours, respects and demonstrates enduring love for those who have shuffled off this mortal coil.

Dust off your spookiest fancy dress and go wild with a spooky-themed Boo-ttomless Brunch consisting of a starter and main course with unlimited prosecco or draught beer for just £24.95 Sunday-Friday 12noon-5pm and from 12noon-3pm on Saturday (last bookings 3pm/1pm respectively.) You can, if you so wish, upgrade your brunch to add Bloody Mojitos or Bloody Caipirinhas to your drink options for just £5pp extra – las aclamaciones indeed!

Further upping the party-on ante, all cocktails and mocktails are 2-for-1 every day during the spooky season, while the brand new limited edition Halloween special that is the Mexican Pornstar – a thrilling combination of Olmeca Blanco tequila, passion fruit Malibu lime, vanilla and pineapple – will be on the menu from Wednesday 28 October-Monday 2 November. There’s nothing scary about that, is there?

For full details on all this and more lovely Las Iguanas news, click here.

Oktoberfest at the Seven Tuns (Chedworth) Friday 23-Saturday 24 October

Glorious, award-winning gastropub the Seven Tuns (Chedworth) is bringing a little bit of Oktoberfest magic to the Cotswolds courtesy of a mini Oktoberfest from Friday 23-Saturday 24 October.

The two-day event will feature special Oktoberfest-themed menus wrought from locally sourced, seasonal produce (and, of course, beers – including a Bavarian tankard range – to compliment the food) served at your table at an Oktoberfest-themed dining and seating area complete with log burners to guarantee a cosy experience.

Our Oktoberfest-style celebration is not just about speciality beers and locally crafted ales – it’s also about celebrating good wholesome food made with local and seasonal produce,” says the pub’s co-owner Simon Willson White. “This year has been a tough year for everyone, so this is the perfect combo for a covid-compliant knees up with a difference. If we can’t travel to Germany then let’s bring a bit of Bavaria to Chedworth!”

In the Seven Tuns kitchen throughout the year, head chef Tom Conway’s passion for sustainability and sourcing seasonal produce has seen him working with local suppliers with a genuine ‘field to fork’ ethic. Food and wine/beer pairings championed by Simon play a key part in the pub’s ethos, and Simon and Tom’s efforts have combined to turn this once run-down 17th Century Cotswold pub into a destination dining mecca.

So… are you ready to Oktoberfest in fine Cotswold style? For more information click here or call 01285 720630 to make that all-important, essential reservation.

Grüß Gott, piggies!

Stage.Jacky pop-up returns to The Peking, Sunday 27 September

Following on the success of the recent Stage.Jacky Tasting Menu event hosted by The Peking Restaurant (Kingsmead Square) last month (read our full review here), superchef Jacky Chan will be returning to the Peking kitchen to do it all over again on Sunday 27 September.

Tickets for this exclusive event cost just £65pp for a 5-course Tasting Menu and there are two sittings to choose from (6pm and 8pm.) However…. as space is limited to a maximum of 10 covers per sitting, this event is expected to sell out fast – last time around, the evening sitting sold out in just two hours; you have been warned! So, if you don’t want to miss out on what The Pig Guide can personally guaranteed is a uniquely fascinating experience, give Peking owner Jun a call on 01225 466377 today.

Poems in the Garden at the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa

Those who have been keeping up at the back will already be aware that the Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa is reopening on Friday 10 July.

We’re eagerly anticipating celebrating the return of one of Bath’s most iconic hospitality venues to the Heritage City scene by taking a thoroughly elegant stroll through the hotel’s beautiful, scented garden past the century-old trees, perfectly preened rose bushes and historic architecture in the company of none other than Byron, Tennyson and many more beloved English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish poets whose works have been positioned at key points around the gardens for us to peruse at our leisure. The hotel’s Head Gardener John Bennett (who has been a member of The Royal Crescent Hotel team for over thirteen years) will be on hand to answer any questions that visitors may have about the flora and fauna, and if you fancy a spot of squirrel-spotting too, you’ve definitely come to the right place!

The hotel’s Poems in the Garden trail is a complimentary experience for residents and non-residents alike between Friday 10 July and Wednesday 30 September; linger long for alfresco refreshments after you’ve completed the trail and receive 10% off your order – now that’s what we call poetry in motion.

Bath Ales to host Virtual Beer Tasting, Wednesday 27 May

Bath Ales’ Head Brewer Georgina Young is hosting a virtual ‘Meet the Brewer’ and guided tasting event live on the Bath Ales Facebook page on Wednesday 27th May at 7pm.

During the session, Georgina will be talking beer lovers through the flavour profiles and brewing processes of four different beers: Gem Amber Ale, Wild Hare Pale Ale, Lansdown IPA, and Darkside Stout. She’ll also answer any questions about Bath Ales (which happens to be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; now that’s a party we don’t want to miss!) and share her top tips for flavour matching with beer and food.

Now more than ever, it’s important for the beer fans to stay connected – and what better way to do that than an interactive virtual tasting?” says Georgina. “It may not be quite the same as a visit to your local, but until it’s safe to reopen pubs, we can still socialise from our sofas with a bottle in hand!”

For those who want to sip along (and really, why woudn’t you?), Bath Ales beers are available to order online here. Lansdown and Wild Hare are all available in Waitrose stores nationwide, and Gem and Lansdown are also available in Tesco stores across the UK.

Cheers, Piggies!

Supper Club series at No. 15 Great Pulteney: Foraged Feast; Tour of Italy

The enticing 2020 Supper Club series continues to gather pace at No. 15 Great Pulteney.

If you move very, very quickly, you might still just be in time to bag a space at Head Chef Matt Gillard’s Foraged Feast on Monday 2 March, which features his 100-year old Alaskan sourdough culture alongside hand-dived scallop with pickled Alexanders, hen’s egg with Somerset celeriac, and beef with fermented black garlic and handpicked artichoke. Pudding, meanwhile, takes an especially local turn: how does apple shortcake, wild thyme ice-cream and natural honeycomb grab you? It certainly grabs us! If it’s possible to click on this link while keeping your fingers crossed that space is still available, do it today.

Next stop: on Monday 20 April, we’re taking a tour of Italy without leaving Great Pulteney Street, taking in Liguria (the birthplace of focaccia, don’cha know), a slurp of Tuscany’s Ribollita, Campania’s trademark Caprese Salad, and the Milanese classic, Osso Buco, as we go. Il dolci? Certo! Matt’s takes in Treviso, Cremona and Sicily to create a decadent combination of tiramisu with torrone and gelato. Siete pronti for a taste of la dolce vita? Click on this link velocemente.

Supper Clubs at No. 15 start at 7pm and take place in the super-characterful Dispensary restaurant (pictured.) The £64pp ticket price includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, the feast itself (of course!), homemade breads and fine wines especially selected to accompany each dish… and a memorable, super-sociable experience comes as standard at every event.