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Valentine’s Day at The Bath Priory: two ways to woo

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.

New year, new Supper Club series at No. 15 Great Pulteney

Everyone needs something to brighten up the darkest days of January, right? Thank goodness for No. 15 Great Pulteney, then, where head chef Matt Gillard has come up with a very special treat to celebrate the first of his 2020 Supper Club series by combining the best of British beef and lobster tail for the decadent main course in a 4-course feast that also includes white onion velouté with local truffle, smoked fish and saffron terrine with quail’s egg and spiced arancini, and smoked bacon and maple ice-cream with biscotti, calamansi and goji berries; now that’s a Steak and Lobster Supper Club that we won’t forget for a very long time!

It all takes place in No. 15’s super-characterful Dispensary restaurant (pictured) from 7pm on Monday 27 January, and the £64pp ticket price includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, all four courses, homemade breads and fine wines especially selected to accompany each dish; click on this link for full menu details and to make that all-important booking.

Next stops on Matt’s enticing Supper Club voyage of discovery include a Foraged Feast Supper Club on Monday 2 March and an Italian-themed party on Monday 20 April – keep an eye on our news page and twitter feed for the full reveal.

Christmas Vintage Tea Parties at The Grapes, Thursday 28 November-Thursday 12 December

It may be a relative newcomer to the Bath merrymaking scene, but the scrubbed-up old/new proper pub that is The Grapes (Westgate Street) has swiftly earned itself a glowing reputation for bringing a diverse array of dining options, events and general good fun to a hitherto unloved historic hostelry.

The uniquely tantalising Budō thrives in the pub’s upper-level Jacobean dining room every Friday/Saturday evening from 5pm-late, the live music line-up is lively (to say the least!) and – to keep the good times/downtime balance in check – Weekday Wellness events and activities include yoga, pilates and life-drawing classes. In summary, The Grapes is indeed a pub…. but not as we know it. So might we suggest that, this festive season, you make full-on friends with it? Here’s one of the many ways to get that acquaintanceship rockin’:

Hosted by Bath’s very own Secret Tea Party fairies, The Grapes is offering a series of gloriously indulgent, contempo-elegant afternoon teas served in Pocock’s Living Room (yup, that Jacobean dining room.) The array – a selection of finger sandwiches, sweet and savoury fancies and unlimited cups of tea – will be served by staff dressed in full retro-vintage regalia while the soothing sounds of a live Swing band complete the sophisticated, escape-from-it-all experience. Two sittings a day (1.30pm and 4pm) on selected dates between Thursday 28 November-Thursday 12 December guarantee that there’s at least one booking with your name on it; clickety-click right here, right now to get the (tea) party started.

Unmissable December dates for your diary at The Bath Priory

A gloriously glamorous Bûche de Noël is the ultimate festive feast centrepiece. But it doesn’t have to be the stuff of foodie dreams! On Tuesday 3 December, the Bath Priory’s Executive Chef Michael Nizzero and his pastry team will demonstrate how to create the perfect BdeN, offering us the opportunity to explore the different flavours of sponges and creams (and which work best together!) and sharing insider tips for perfecting this wonderful sweet treat. After the class, enjoy a luxurious festive Champagne Afternoon Tea including a selection of freshly cut sandwiches, delicious homemade cakes and warm scones served with clotted cream and local preserves alongside an extensive selection of teas and coffee and a glass of Champagne, all for just £55pp. On from this…

The Bath Priory’s Christmas Carol Concert and Dinner events on Thursday 12 and Monday 23 December combine tradition with elegance in full-on fine festive style. Both ‘black tie’ evenings begin with a Champagne and canapés reception in the Drawing room, followed by a festive carol concert courtesy of the Bath Chorus Choir under the direction of legendary choirmaster Grenville Jones before a 4-course dinner served with wonderful wines carefully selected to match each course for £145pp.

And on Thursday 19 December, Michael Nizzero and The Bath Priory’s Head Sommelier are joining forces to host a unique event sharing their expert insight into the world of fine food and wines; put all your burning questions to them over drinks and canapés before indulging in a 3-course lunch with a glass of wine followed by coffee and petits fours for just £55pp.

To make that all-important booking for these events and more (tickets for the BP’s Gin Masterclass on Thursday 30 January, for example, cost just £25pp and offer inspiration for a perfect Christmas gift for gin fans of all persuasions?) click on this link asap.

No. 15 Great Pulteney/The Mint Room collaboration, Monday 18 November

No. 15 Great Pulteney and The Mint Room: put ’em together and what have you got? Incredible food served in a super-elegant, characterful location, that’s what! And for one night only (Monday 18 November, to be precise) this tastefully eclectic foodie dream is set to come true.

The head chefs from both kitchens have designed a 6-course menu that puts the spotlight on the fabulous flavours from around the Indian subcontinent, with classic Indian street food (samosa chaat; bhel puri; pani purito) giving way to the likes of tikka-spiced monkfish, Rajasthani lamb chops, Old Delhi butter chicken, Hyderabadi lamb dum lamb biryani, pilau rice and tandoori breads as the tour rolls along. After a refreshing palate cleanser of Hendrick’s gin, Kaffir lime leaf and fresh lime, textures of mango with chilli and coriander combine to create what’s set to be one of the most memorable desserts you’ve ever tasted.

Tickets for this unique event cost just £68 to include fizz on arrival and carefully-selected wines to match each course, but be warned: spaces are already shifting fast – clickety-click right here, right now, to make that all-important reservation.

Christmas carols & festive canapés in The Royal Crescent garden, Thursday 5 December

A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a winter wonderland.” Felix Bernard and Richard B Smith wrote the lyrics to one of the most evocative Christmas season songs 85 years ago… but never has there been a more appropriate time to singalong.

Get yourself along to The Royal Crescent Hotel and Spa’s supremely pretty secluded garden at 6pm on Thursday 5 December and prepare to nibble on a selection of upper-crust canapés accompanied by a warming mugs of mulled wine or hot chocolate while the Courage Choir serenade you with a selection of our favourite Christmas carols and the stars above us light up the winter night sky. How gorgeous is that?

Tickets for this unique event cost just £25pp but as they’re strictly limited, booking is essential; clickety-click double quick right here, right now, to kickstart your Christmas in style.

Christmas Tavern pop up at The Bird

The Bird – Bath’s wholly unique, thoroughly welcoming merrymaking zone on Pulteney Road – has created a magical pop-up Christmas Tavern for the festive season, opening on Thursday 28 November.

Described as “a more grown up take on last year’s Winter Wonderland setting,” the relaxed festive retreat is the perfect place to gather with family, friends and/or colleagues. Tree-lined walkways and snow-capped mountain scenes set the (wintery) scene, while a cosy wood burner with vast fireplace surround laden with decorations and twinkling fairy lights at the heart of the log-cabin style venue complete the cosy-but-chic Christmas vibe.

Festive food menu offerings range from seasonal snacks (think, turkey and cranberry sausage rolls and creamy parsnip soup) to Christmas afternoon teas, sourdough pizzas, and sweet treats such as warm mince pies with Bailey’s cream and churros with spiced cinnamon sugar, while cocktails take their cue from the classics with a Christmassy twist.

Meanwhile, cocktail sharers (served in “Christmas Puddings”, giant martini glasses and disco balls) as well as local beers and ciders, fine wines and plenty of soft drink options keep attention levels up across various bars alongside warming hot chocolate and mulled drinks – all in all, there’s definitely no shortage of Christmas cheer on offer.

As well as special join-a-party nights and the option to hire the venue for a private party, there’s a Faulty Towers dining experience on the calendar for Monday 2 December, a fondue lunch party in the diary for Thursday 12 December, Christmas Day lunch, and a New Year’s Eve Birdhouse party with cocktails, a three-course dinner with wine, DJ and dancing into the early hours to see out the festive season in style – for the full line-up of enticing events, menus and all kinds of everything else, clickety-click right here, right now.

The Christmas Tavern is open to all every day from 28 November to 31 December excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Christmas party dates. Bring your flock – but be warned: booking is strongly advised.

Breakfast and Game Night at The Marlborough Tavern

If you’re looking for some tastefully lively good news to brighten up the increasingly dull winter days, you’ve come to the right place.

The Marlborough Tavern has just made an already very good thing even better by… introducing a breakfast menu! From 9.30-11.30am every morning, a range of fully-loaded brioche or gluten-free vegan baps stuffed with goodies such as Ruby and White dry cured, maple-glazed bacon, free range Cumberland sausages or portobello mushroom and fried egg (pictured) will be flying out of the kitchen alongside Wings of St Mawes’ smoked salmon and scrambled egg or smashed avocado and poached egg atop a hearty slab of toasted sourdough – now that’s what we call a super-stylish wake up call! And if you fancy staying for dinner…

Jack declares Game On! on Thursday 14 November, when he’ll be presenting a very special local game-themed menu (£45pp) that boldly declares everyone a winner; call 01225 423731 or email reservations@marlborough-tavern.com to make that all-important booking today.

Game and Garden Week at The Chequers, Monday 11-Saturday 16 November

The richest, most fascinating British food season (that’ll be autumn, then) is well and truly underway – which is why Ross Harper, head chef at The Chequers, is dedicating a very special, beautifully balanced lunch and dinner menu to the glories of locally-sourced game and winter vegetables from Monday 11-Saturday 16 November.

Choose from a starter array that includes delectable options such as wood pigeon with wild mushroom, pearl barley and tarragon or venison tartare with horseradish and quail egg followed by rabbit and sage schnitzel or venison and red wine casserole, finishing off with Black Forest Terrine or warm treacle tart for pud. There are veggie options a go-go too, and prices are distinctly down-to-earth (starters circa £8.50; mains £16.50-£19; puds £7.50) – game ON, piggies!

Call 01225 360017 or email reservations@thechequersbath.com to make that all-important booking today.

Vegan Night at The Marlborough Tavern, Wednesday 25 September

Tempura banana blossom sushi roll with fresh avocado, Japanese white radish, black sesame, pickled ginger, wasabi and soy; steamed wonton dumplings with squash, vegan cheese, crispy seaweed and dashi broth; pulled jack fruit massaman curry with smoked tofu, fried curry leaves, toasted cashews and wild black coconut rice (pictured) – these dishes are just part of head chef Jack Scaterfield’s splendid, 5-course feast (peruse the full line-up here) to be served at The Marlborough Tavern on Wednesday 25 September. 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 reservations@marlborough-tavern.com to confirm your attendance at the party today.

Secret Izakaya Supper Club (and more!) at The Grapes, Saturday 21 September

If you’ve yet to realise that The Grapes (Westgate Street) has recently opened its doors to reveal a scrubbed up old/new proper pub that’s already secured pole position on Bath’s contemporary merrymaking history charts, you must have been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks. But it’s here, and it’s open, and it’s… well, go forth and discover it for yourself, at your earliest opportunity. And if you fancy experiencing some unique foodie fabulosity under the same historic roof…

On Saturday 21 September, the lovely Secret Izakaya Supper Club folk will be taking over the pub’s first floor Jacobean dining room (a thing of beauty to behold) to present a unique feast consisting of what can best be described as Japanese small plates/bar food/tapas combined with a sake tasting, a little talk about the history of The Grapes… and a very special announcement regarding pipeline plans for Secret Izakaya and The Grapes collaboration. The fun starts at 7pm, tickets cost £35pp, and wine, beer and extra sake can be purchased from the bar as the evening rolls along – for further information and to make that all-important reservation (be warned: tickets are selling fast), email secret.izakaya@gmail.com today.

On from this… La Cantina Secreta (a proper Mexican kitchen, don’cha know) dominates proceedings on 19 October, followed up by a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) shebang on 2 November; for further information on all this and more, keep an eye on @TheGrapesBath or visit their website for all you need to know.

Mini Cotswold Oktoberfest at the Seven Tuns, 17-20 October

Since opening its doors just one year ago, glorious gastropub the Seven Tuns (Chedworth) has made such an impact on the Cotswold food scene that it’s impossible to imagine Cotswold life without it – and we’re all invited to celebrate the pub’s first anniversary in style this autumn courtesy of the pub’s very own mini Costwold-style Oktoberfest.

The four-day event runs from Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 October and will include live entertainment from local bands throughout the weekend, a BBQ specialising in all manner of locally sourced produce and meats from the South West, an outdoor heated gazebo area, a special selection of beers provided by the Cotswold Brew Company, a Cotswold-style Oktoberfest a la carte menu for the indoor restaurant and an impressive bar menu offering quirky pub favourites such as pulled beef chilli tacos and black pudding sausage rolls to guarantee something for everybody.

Grüß Gott, my luvver? You read it here first…

Right now, The Pig is mostly…

Really looking forward to celebrating British Oyster and Shellfish Weekend in fine style at The Chequers, Friday 9-Saturday 10 August – the menu promises to make a real splash!

Making an asap date to visit Bath’s newest kids on the party-on block The Broad Street Townhouse (see pic), with a particular aim to sample evening cocktails, cheese and charcuterie in The Blind Pig bar – what’s not to love?

Eagerly anticipating the Battle of the Chefs foodie showdown at The Bath Priory, Thursday 5 September – play nice, boys!

Floating along to the lovely Locksbrook Inn to update their Pig Guide review, where the only problem we anticipate is too much lovely stuff to choose from…

Planning on getting into the carnivorous carnival spirit at No. 15 Great Pulteney’s Steak Supper Club on Monday 16 September – the Tomahawk Steak has Mr Pig’s name written all over it

Totally tantalised by Yum Yum Thai’s brand new Isan (north east Thailand-specific) menu, available from 12noon-5pm every weekday – if you’ve ever craved Larb Moo, Tom Zabb or Moo Ping (at extremely wallet-friendly prices, too), crave no more!

Lovin’ The Ivy Bath Brasserie’s House of Suntory cocktail menu. Top tip: the depth-charge combo that is the Tokyo Brunch is best enjoyed in perfect partnership with a side order of utterly moreish Zucchini Fritti…

Franklin & Sons/Tanqueray Terrace Takeover at the Abbey Hotel, Friday 2nd August

Get yourself along to the Abbey Hotel’s glorious alfresco patio between 12noon-4pm on Friday 2 August and prepare to get up-close-and-personal with the lovely folk from Franklin & Sons and Tanqueray, who have teamed up to create a very refreshing takeover indeed.

Your hosts will be sharing tips on how to pour the perfect G&T, complimentary G&T samples and the opportunity to experience all manner of new and exotic flavours live and direct from Franklin & Son’s Vintage Bike Bar, resulting in four hours of full-on Friday fun. In addition to all this, Discovery Card holders can enjoy 2-for-1 G&T’s courtesy of the Abbey Hotel’s ArtBar all day long, plus a 10% discount on the Koffmann & Mr White’s a la carte dining menu or the Abbey Hotel’s Terrace Menu, which is currently flaunting newly-added dishes such as “Bath’s Poshest Hotdog” (that’ll be the Wagyu Dog, then), the Abbey Hotel Buddha Bowl and sharing platters of local cheese and charcuterie. Cheers, piggies!

Celebrate British Oyster and Shellfish Weekend at The Chequers, Friday 9-Saturday 10 August

The taste-tide is forecast to be high at The Chequers on Friday 9-Saturday 10 August, when a very special menu designed to celebrate British Oyster and Shellfish Weekend by showcasing the very best catches of the day* is sure to make a splash.

Starting with the Oyster Bar (and why wouldn’t you?), Porthilly Rock Oysters – a bargain at £2 each – will be languishing on ice waiting to be bathed in your choice of dressing, including Shallot Vinegar, Leak Velouté or Thai.

Starters/Small Plates range in price from £5.50-£10 and include delectable dishes such as Cockles ‘Seaside Style’, Potted Shrimp served with Soda Bread, Dressed Cornish Crab and Salt and Pepper Squid, and mains (£13.50-£21) bring delights such as Classic Creamy Garlic and White Wine Mussels and Cornish Hake with Lemon and Dill Lentils and Brown Crab Mayonnaise (we sampled this on our most recent Tasting Menu review and it was simply divine) to the party.

But if you’re finding the party guest list line-up overwhelming (too many fabulous choices, dahling!) follow our lead and head straight for The Platter: £29pp for a glamorous selection of spectacular seafood including Rock Oysters, Potted Shrimp, Cockles, Cornish Crab, King Prawns and Mussels, served with theme-appropriate sauces, breads and fries: go on Piggies – dive in! Call 01225 360017 to make that all-important booking today.

*Please note, all produce across the menu is sustainably sourced and delivered to The Chequers fresh on the day of serving.