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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com, or call 01225 823333 today.
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.
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!
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.
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’ 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.
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.
The Bath Priory Hotel’s Executive Chef Michael Nizzero’s next Discovery Dinner (part of an ongoing series) sets sail on Thursday 12 March. This time around, Michael’s bespoke, exclusive 3-course menu – served in the hotel’s elegant private dining room – will be paired with flagship wines from Argentina’s Mendoza region, especially selected for the occasion by the Bath Priory’s Head Sommelier. The £95pp ticket price includes a champagne and canapé reception, a 3-course dinner including wine and tea/coffee served with petits fours at the finishing line; ready to book? Click on this link today.
Next up, on Thursday 26 March…
More than ever before, the heat will be on in the Bath Priory kitchen on Thursday 26 March as two award-winning chefs from the Andrew Brownsword Hotels collection come together to share their signature dishes in an evening of competitive culinary combat.
Michael Nizzero will be joined by Nik Chappell, Executive Chef at The Slaughters Manor House, to create a delicious six-course tasting menu showcasing their favourite dishes and techniques. Each chef will create three courses championing their signature style, and guests will then be invited to vote for their preferred course to crown the winner.
Tickets for this exciting, unique event cost £130pp to include a welcome drink and canapés on arrival, a six-course feast served with matching wines, and coffee and petits fours before home time. To make that all-important booking (and view the full menu,) click on this link today.
Pancakes: they’re flippin’ delicious, aren’t they? Especially when you don’t have to make them yourself…
So round up a crew of family and friends and get yourselves along to The Locksbrook Inn between 4-5.30pm on Tuesday 25 February (yup, Pancake Day/Shrove Tuesday itself) and prepare to indulge in as many freshly-made pancakes as you can eat (£2 each) and get yourself glammed up courtesy of a professional face painter before partying on at the Mini Disco – flip, flip, hooray!
Miso-glazed hasselback yam, maple and soy wild mushrooms; salt and pepper banana blossom with shredded green papaya, toasted peanuts and green chilli jam; Goan-style curry with roasted cauliflower, pulled jackfruit, coconut wild rice and broccoli pakoras… these are just some of the tantalising dishes/flavour combinations on head chef Jack Scaterfield’s splendid 5-course feast that’ll be served at The Marlborough Tavern on Wednesday 29 January (peruse the full line-up here).
Yup, it’s all totally, 100% vegan… but even if you’re a committed carnivore, you’d be crazy to miss out.
Tickets for this stunning event cost just £40pp; call 01225 423731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your attendance at the plant-based party today.
Chocolate and whisky, whisky and chocolate: put ’em together and what have you got? Here’s your chance to find out…
Chocolate connoisseur Tracy Chapman – International Chocolate Awards judge and owner of Chocolate Voyage – is co-hosting an evening of Whisky and Craft Chocolate pairings at Bath’s sophisticated private members’ club The Drawing Rooms on Thursday 6 February. Tracy will be joined by Callum Rixson, Whisky Specialist and manager of The Hideout Bar; together, the duo are poised to present a fascinating event exploring extraordinary pairings of fine dark chocolate accompanied by some of the best whiskies in the world, resulting in a cultured, curated voyage of discovery and offering us plenty of opportunities to discuss the art of tasting, origin, sourcing and the ultimate language of flavour along the way.
Tickets for this unique event cost £49pp (or £95 for two) to include whisky and chocolate samples plus carefully selected cheese platters courtesy of cheese connoisseurs Paxton and Whitfield. As one might expect, booking is essential; click on this link to confirm your place at what’s guaranteed to be a super-tantalising, super-tasteful party.
If you’re not familiar with (or would like to learn more about) sherry cask connoisseurs Glendronach – one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland located in the Valley of Forgue, deep in the East Highland Hills, where they’ve been creating the finest richly-sherried single malts for nearly 200 years – then get yourself along to The Dark Horse on Wednesday 5 February and prepare to get up close and personal with Glendronach brand ambassador Danny Whelan, who will be in attendance to guide us through samples of the company’s distinctive drams courtesy of a relaxed, friendly, in-depth masterclass in one of Bath’s most characterful, seductively charming environments.
The £25pp ticket price includes a cocktail on arrival, a guided whisky tasting and cheese to nibble on while we sup. When the ‘official’ session ends, the Blackbird Bar will serve discounted cocktails accompanied by cool toons to keep the party swinging.
The fun starts at 7pm (don’t make your complimentary cocktail wait!), the masterclass begins at 7.30pm sharp, and the discounted Glendronach cocktail menu keeps the party going from 9pm, but be warned: tickets for this event are strictly limited, so early booking is essential.
Love is in the air, and wonderful ways to woo are at the top of your agenda; ah, we can only be gearing up for Valentine’s Day. Might we suggest that you spoil the love of your life rotten at The Bath Priory, where spectacular V-Day dinner options (sumptuous 3-course la carte/£85pp; fabulous 7-course Tasting Menu/£98pp) will be served from Friday 14-Saturday 16 February. Or…
Take a lighter, more casual route to the indulgent, glamorous Bath Priory experience with a 3-course V-Day dinner (including the option of a smoochy sharing dessert) in the hotel’s stylishly intimate Pantry (pictured), adjacent to an inviting bar and offering direct access to the BP’s beautiful gardens via the alfresco patio.
Don’t be a stupid cupid! Book today… and prepare to make your very special someone’s heart sing.