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Plate/Minuty Rosé Summer Terrace launches at The Bird, Pulteney Road

Everything’s coming up rosé at The Bird on Pulteney Road this summer when the Plate terrace relaunches for summer in partnership with Minuty Rosé from Sunday 1 May.

The hotel’s seasonal lodge has undergone an imaginative summer update that’s created the perfect environment for soaking up alfresco vibes; think, bright, vibrant décor set against the surrounding Georgian cityscape and you’re (almost!) there.

Why Minuty? See here, now! Meanwhile, on the food front… expect an abundance of freshly prepared small plates to satisfy every appetite, each one brimming with the very best local produce, alongside sumptuous summery salads inspired by the no-dig garden at Homewood (The Bird’s sister hotel) and a seaside seafood selection making a suitably appropriate summertime splash.

The Minuty Rosé terrace at Plate will be open 7 days per week. Small plates start from £7 and a glass of rosé from £8. For more information (plus that all-important booking information) clickety-click on this link. Cheers, piggies!

Pig Guide news: Bath Supper Club Collective launch

The Pig Guide’s super-exciting new collaboration with two of Bath’s most fabulous foodies launched at The Grapes Bath last night (Wednesday 6 October) with a Middle Eastern Harvest Feast hosted by Grapes’ landlady Ellie Leiper and curated 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 feast – served in the uniquely beautiful, lovingly restored, intimate Jacobean Dining Room on the first floor of the pub – began with a Somerset Cup cocktail: The Grapes’ very own take on a classic Pimms made with the Somerset Cider Company’s Kingston Black and apples from the company’s orchard.

Once firmly in the eat, drink and be merry zone, guests tucked into magical sharing platters that included tantalising tasters of Sumac Chicken (or aubergine-rich Kashke Bademjan for the vegetarians), Loubia bil Tahini (green beans in tahini sauce), Batata Harra (golden garlicky potatoes) and a huge pile of herb-laden aromatic salad, resulting in a prandial voyage of discovery showcasing the uniquely tantalising flavours of the Middle East, with many of the strictly seasonal ingredients sourced from Simi’s own allotment. At the finishing line, Labna with Seasonal Fruit Compote offered a sweet goodnight kiss before we went our separate ways… but we’re soon to be reunited!

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; watch this space for full details and that all-important advance booking information.

Review: Pies by Plate

After the last lockdown eased up a bit but before this one kicked in (walk with me on this one), I reviewed Plate: a then-brand new restaurant venture within the elegantly quirky confines of The Bird hotel on Pulteney Road. Oh, fond memories indeed! “If I could move in for Christmas, I would,” I said, at the time blithely thinking that I’d properly take up residence there for Christmas, New Year and beyond. And then… ah, we all know what happened next.

But beyond the closed doors of the restaurant, Plate’s kitchen is very much open for business every weekend when superchef Leon Smith dedicates his Fridays and Saturdays to making pies for all to click’n’collect from the hotel’s car park (complete with very inviting fire pit, which makes the whole occasion sorta extra magical.)

Okay, we all think we know all there is to know about pies. But personally, I relish the opportunity to be sent back to the drawing board for a rethink – and Pies by Plate definitely got me rethinking the whole genre. I mean, how often do you encounter moist, smooth chicken, the creamy sauce invigorated by just the right amount of tingly tarragon and tightly packed into a neat, super-short pastry crust, somehow lighter than a ‘traditional’ chicken pie yet still reassuringly, supremely, comfortingly familiar? What about a Sweet Potato and Lentil pie that brings depth-charge flavour, texture and total satisfaction to your, erm, plate and puts a vegetarian-friendly option centre stage for all? As for that old family favourite, the Fish Pie: Leon makes sure that the mashed potato topping – divine though it may be – plays a supporting role to huge chunks of cod, smoked haddock and salmon rather than turning the whole thing into a (tiny bit of fish) version of corned beef hash. That mash comes as standard with the pastry-wrapped pies too, and piles of freshly-steamed Bromham winter vegetables (think, hispi cabbage, and courgettes, and leeks, and yum yum yum) kick a hefty portion of your five-a-day straight into the back of the net without making you feel as though you have to eat your greens in order to eat all the pies. Talking of over-indulging (oh come on, we’re in the middle of a bitter UK winter, in lockdown – over-indulgence is all that gets most of us through the long weekends), there’s pud on the menu too: Winter Berry Cheesecake with Chantilly Cream… please trust me when I tell you that if you can’t manage it after your pie-fest, it makes a wonderful breakfast the next morning. Meanwhile, all ingredients used are sourced within a 10-mile radius of Bath, making Pies by Plate a win-win prandial party for all.

Partying on with Leon’s pies is simple: pre-order by 5pm on Thursday or Friday to collect your order between 5pm-8pm on Friday or Saturday (you’ll find the full menu and ordering contact details here.) All dishes cost £15pp, portions are very generous (to say the least!), everything is beautifully packaged and your feast stays hot all the way home without any of the dreaded takeaway sogginess setting in. Want to buy now, eat them later? There’s a reheat-at-home option available.

Who ate all the pies? You, as soon as you get your hands on them. Enjoy!

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.

The Oyster Shell ‘On The Road’ – coming to a village near you!

The Oyster Shell‘s On The Road food truck is back out of hibernation and ready to hit the road again, taking their award-winning fish and chips (and langoustines, and sausages, and bubble and squeak Scotch eggs, and more…) to villages around Bath from Monday 1 September. Form an orderly queue in Freshford Village Hall car park every Monday from 1 September, Bishop Sutton AFF car park every Wednesday from 2 September and Welton Rovers FC carpark in Midsomer Norton from Friday 4 September. The van will be open for business on site at each location between 4.30pm-8.30pm, and you can pre-order and choose your preferred collection slot ahead of time here… or simply rock up and order on the day. Enjoy!

Review: Stage.Jacky at The Peking

We’re all getting out and about again – but things ain’t what they used to be. Right now, crowds and confusion dominate the first three days of the week, but venture out Thursday-Sunday and every day, in most restaurants, is like – well, Sunday. At many restaurant tables, hand sanitiser sits were the cruet once belonged. Impromptu walk-in experiences are almost a thing of the past; as for parties, big groups and celebratory gatherings… forget it, for the foreseeable future at least. But hey, talking of at least: at least we’re working out how to be ‘out there’ again… and many of Bath’s best-loved independent restaurants are fighting the good fight to make the ‘new normal’ – well, normal.

The Peking Restaurant has kept the familiarity flag flying in Bath for over three decades, making it not only the city’s longest-established Chinese restaurant but one of Bath’s longest-established restaurants, period. It’s one of my go-to hotspots when I know what I want, and I know what I want will be very, very good here: aromatic lamb with pancakes, lemon chicken, Kung Po king prawns, crispy beef, monkfish with ginger and spring onions – I don’t really even have to read the menu anymore, but I read it just because I love it, and then I order what I love.

But hey, hang on! A Tasting Menu… at The Peking? A different chef… at The Peking? Only 10 diners… at The Peking? Yes. Because for one night (not quite*) only, Peking proprietor Jun hosted a pop-up hosted putting chef Jacky Chan – a fascinating guy with an illustrious CV (read all about him in our original news story about this event here) – centre stage for the Stage.Jacky event.

It feels a little odd to be in The Peking without the bustle and buzz of the usual peak time vibe around us. But odd, these days, is commonplace, and the restaurant’s fuss-free space lends itself well to both this and every ‘new normal’ occasion. The overall modus operandi, however, is very much business as usual: the staff are always, always lovely here, and Jun mixes and mingles with his customers like the old friend that he’s become to his Peking stalwarts. But tonight, there’s a sense of anticipation in the air that has nothing at all to do with the imminent arrival of prawn crackers with our beer and everything to do with that feeling you get only when you know you’re about to experience something very, very special.

Chef Jacky is softly-spoken man who delivers his plates to our tables with a refreshing minimum of pomp or ceremony, leaving his food to speak volumes for him… and from the very first glance Jacky’s food not only talks, but deserves to be talked about.

An amuse bouche involving roast cherry tomatoes that look like roast cherry tomatoes but reveal themselves, once in the amused bouche itself, to be something very savoury, and very beautiful. Another bite of subtly complex Asian-infused deliciousness on a crispy seaweed nest. Are these precursors a taste of things to come? Oh very much yes… and then some.

Silky, opalescent sous vide scallops served with plums in wine, sauce and fresh sliver form on a bed of slippery potato glass noodles. A plump, sturdy little slipper of very fresh red mullet proving its worth as the ideal partner for a well-balanced smattering of umami delivered by depth-charge dashi and an equally intense fish foam, with spring onion oil sharpening and uplifting proceedings (see pic.) A fat, pink langoustine almost adjacent to a prawn ‘sausage’, intense salted duck egg turning the flavour volume up to 11 while mustard foam, langoustine mayo and cauliflower rice add further interest, complexity and texture at every turn. Two neat, soft slabs of duck breast with a rich, indulgent ingot of duck liver pate, zhenjiang vinegar roasted shallots cutting boldly through the intrinsically gamey flavours and Chinese roast duck sauce bringing an almost-but-not-quite sense of familiarity to what is, ostensibly, a sharply astute makeover of an erstwhile classic combination. And the show isn’t over yet…

There’s a pre-dessert before the dessert ‘proper’: a jelly involving essence of tomato and honey topped with basil cream (forgive me, Chef Jacky, if I’ve got the combination description wrong here, but boy oh boy, this little taster was so right, for me) and deep fried milk – yes, deep fried milk! – with yogurt gelato, beetroot and Japanese pickled ginger. I wouldn’t have ordered either dessert, but now they’re both all I want to eat after a meal, ever.

Presentation throughout is impeccably elegant: colours, shadow, space and the crockery itself are all given due consideration but with scene setting, not scene stealing, at the epicentre of the design. Not a single element on any plate doesn’t deserve centre stage; every dish is fabulous but not flashy, fascinating but not faddy. Yes, there’s an indisputable Asian theme running throughout the menu, but homage is paid equally to both classic and modern French sensibilities too; like, wow. Real, proper wow.

Old meets new, nostalgia meets reinvention, and life goes on. Next week I’ll be back in The Peking, raving about my old faves. At the end of September (date tbc*, but I’ll be very quick off the mark in giving you plenty of notice), I’ll be back in the audience when Stage.Jacky returns to the restaurant for an encore. And right now – for what feels like the first time in a very long time – the future looks bright.

Eveleigh’s at Lansdown Cricket Club, every Friday from 8 November

When super-foodie couple Sammy and Jim welcomed beautiful new baby James into the family fold last November, they decided to give their work/life balance a bit of a refresh and sold the on-street incarnation of Eveleigh’s Cafe. Sammy and Jim didn’t, thank goodness, entirely turn their backs on food world; to the contrary, their fabulous catering business has gone from strength to strength… and now there’s some really exciting news to share.

Every Friday from 8 November, Eveleigh’s at Lansdown Cricket Club will offer a tastefully indulgent menu including Tunley Farm burgers, flatbread pizzas, fully-loaded nachos topped with steak or bean chilli, a variety of super salads and more, all perfect for Friday Feasting, all available to eat in at the club (which welcomes non-members and new members alike) or to take away, and all entirely homemade. Howzat?!

Meanwhile, the lovely Eveleigh’s folk will be rolling out all manner of offers and news over the coming months, and will celebrate the third year of their highly acclaimed Christmas Accompaniments initiative this festive season: a selection of lush homemade accompaniments for Christmas Lunch of Dinner available for collection or local delivery on Christmas Eve.

Now that’s what we call a very good innings indeed.

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.

Japanese Zen Cuisine-SHOJIN in Bath FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY, Monday 10 June

Highly regarded among some of the world’s most famous chefs (Alain Ducasse is a huge fan,) Master Tanahashi enjoys cult status in Japan and has hosted his Temple Cuisine pop-up in some of the world’s best known restaurants including the Four Seasons and Carousel, London. His discipline is the Zen Buddhist Temple cuisine of Shojin Royri: an ancient, traditional Japanese cuisine using only plants. Shojin combines deep love and respect for the dishes Master Tanahashi creates, combining mindful preparation with ingredients that nourish the body, mind and soul – for a fascinating insight into Master Tanahashi’s world, click on this link, then…

do NOT miss out on this unique opportunity to experience Master Tanahashi’s exclusive Shojin Royri pop-up at Nourish, Larkhall on Monday 10 June, when he will introduce his very special 6-course, fine-dining, plant-based foodie extravaganza to a limited number of diners in Bath. We can’t tell you what’s on Monday’s menu yet because Tanahashi San himself won’t know until he’s visited the market on the morning of the pop-up and discussed with the vegetables which will be the best to use on the day (yes, really.) What we can guarantee, however, is that this will be an unforgettable experience.

Tickets for this event cost just £49.50pp… but there’s yet more exciting news to share: use exclusive code ELL19 when you click on this link to book, and earn a £5 discount on each ticket. 

Sri Lankan fundraiser pop-up at the Thoughtful Bakery, Saturday 25 May

During the aftermath of the tragic Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, Laura Lord and Caryl Hicks wanted to do anything they could to raise money for their family and friends back home. And so, on the evening of Saturday 25 May, a very special kitchen is popping up at Bath’s very special bakery (that’ll be the Thoughtful Bakery on Barton Street, then), when Laura and Caryl will create a selection of their family’s favourite, authentic Sri Lankan dishes using recipes that have been passed down their family through four generations, and donate all proceeds raised to grass-roots Sri Lankan charity Kind Hearted Lankans.

The menu flaunts all manner of vibrant, tantalising Sri Lankan fave raves including pancake rolls, egg (and egg-free) hoppers; chicken, prawn, black pork and vegan curries; and sides including sambals and green mallum. Don’t know what green mallum is? Now’s your chance to find out!

The £10 ticket is a non-refundable deposit which will be taken off your bill on the night – to grab yours (which you must, and fast – space is very limited and set to sell-out fast), view the full menu and pre-order for your party, click on this link today.

Valley Fest, Friday 2-Sunday 4 August – tasty news indeed!

Summer’s (almost!) here and the time is (almost!) right to start getting very, very excited about this year’s Valley Fest: “the best-tasting music festival in the South West”, taking place in the utterly gorgeous surroundings of Chew Valley Lake, Somerset across the weekend of Friday 2-Sunday 4 August – and this year, it’s even bigger and even better than ever before, what with Tom Odell, Razorlight and a DJ set from Basement Jaxx headlining a stunning line-up of live music for all. But we are, after all, Piggies – and for us, Valley Fest represents one tasty little (or rather, very big) slice of foodie news for us, too…

VF head honchos have advised us to rock up hungry to make the very most of The Tuck Inn: the onsite festival foodie zone which will host a variety of talks and tastings alongside a scrumptious menu of top tapas served at big, sociable tables at lunchtimes. Tuck Inn tapas chefs include Annie Coplestone (Moro; River Cottage; River Café) and her colleague Carlotta Paolieri, who has a decade of hospitality experience including a stint at London’s Sketch on her CV.

But don’t, whatever you do, overlook the festival’s fabulous Feast events, described by the organisers as “feasts of epic proportions featuring menus of culinary delights and surprise performances held in the Tuck Inn tipis.” Feast bookings will open soon, but here’s a very tasty teaser to further whet your appetite: on Saturday night, Bristol’s one and only Josh Eggleton will be collaborating with Rob Howell (head chef of Bristol’s Root, which recently won a Bib Gourmand) at the hob; if you miss this, you’ll seriously miss out.

Meanwhile (yup, there’s yet more to explore), the Street Food stalls will be up-and-running and at your service throughout the whole glorious shebang, while the onsite Artisan Market – offering a massive array of locally-sourced produce that also fuels the Tuck Inn tapas menus – guarantees that you won’t want to leave empty handed.

Ready to book yet? Why wouldn’t you be! Clickety-click double-quick right here, right now to grab your tickets which will, needless to say, sell out fast. 

The Marlborough Tavern confirmed in Pub in the Park line up

The head honchos at The Marlborough Tavern have some very exciting news to share as the festival season gears up for full-on frenzy: the pub will be one of the key participants at the Pub in the Park festival this year, taking place from 21-23 June in Royal Victoria Park, Bath.

Created by 2-starred Michelin chef Tom Kerridge, Pub in the Park has become the UK’s fastest growing food and music festivals, playing host to the country’s most highly-acclaimed gastropubs and restaurants (for specific info, click on this link) to complement a spectacular live music line up.

We’re thrilled to have been invited to be a part of this year’s Pub in the Park,” says Joe Cussens, Managing Director of the independent Bath Pub Company at the MT helm. “It’s going to be great to rub shoulders with some of the good and great in our industry. Being so close to Royal Victoria Park last year we had loads of people coming into the pub either before or after their session – we almost felt like the unofficial after show venue. This year, it’s nice to go one step further and be part of the official line up. It caps a great year for us at the Marlborough – the food and service has never been better, and it comes on the back of picking up the best gastropub Bath Life Award too!”

Liberty Hatton from the Pub in the Park events team adds: “We’re delighted to have The Marlborough Tavern joining us at Pub in the Park Bath – the pub is a fantastic addition to the line-up, being just a stone’s throw away from the park itself, and now bringing the taste of Bath to the festival! We wanted to get a good local representation involved this year and we chose the Marlborough Tavern after listening to locals’ feedback and advice on the best pubs in the surrounding area – the Marlborough was consistently top of the list. The Pub in the Park team ate there last year after a long day leading up to the event and were blown away by the delicious food – we knew back then that it had to be put on the list for 2019!”

The Marlborough Tavern’s Head Chef Jack Scarterfield and his team are currently planning their festival menu. “It’s fantastic that we’re included in the festival this year and i’m really looking forward to working alongside some of the industry’s finest chefs,” says Jack. “Pub in the Park is a great opportunity to showcase the wonderful local produce which I get to use on the Marlborough menus every day. My food is local, rustic and packed full of flavour… and I can’t wait to get stuck in!”

Neither can we, Jack – neither can we!

Bath Soft Cheese Feast at Wolf Wine, Saturday 23 February

Cheese’n’wine, wine’n’cheese – it’s a match made in heaven, right? But when the cheese is supplied by the Bath Soft Cheese Company and the wine flows courtesy of convivial hosts Wolf Wine, the partnership is elevated to another level altogether. So…

Get yourself along to Wolf Wine HQ (Green Park Station) at 7pm on Saturday 23 February and prepare to indulge your senses courtesy of a tower of expertly-curated cheese accompanied by an optional craft wine flight specifically selected to bring out the very best in this perfect prandial partnership.

Tickets cost £15pp to include a welcome drink and unlimited cheese plus an additional £12 if you’re in the mood to include that very special wine flight (highly recommended.) If you don’t fancy buckling up for the full-on wine flight, you can choose your own tipple from Wolf Wine’s legendarily fascinating selection of craft wines and craft beers, all individually priced.

You really don’t want to miss this, do you? So…. as space is limited and tickets are set to sell out fast, grab yours today either directly from Wolf Wine or by clicking on this link.

Comptoir+Cuisine at Always Sunday House: news review

On Saturday 2 February, we were lucky enough to be invited along to what turned out to be one of the most magical, unique events we’ve ever attended in Bath: a super-stylish collaboration between creative visionary Lexi Learmond’s remarkable Always Sunday initiative (click on this link to find out more – seriously, there’s SO much to discover) and Comptoir+Cuisine, a brand new (to Bath, at least) venture that brings together a Champagne Bar, bistro and shop together under one utterly gorgeous George Street roof.

The event took place at the almost ethereally pretty, beautifully decorated Always Sunday House on Bathwick Hill (see pics on our Twitter feed) and was hosted by C+C’s Stefano and Maud, who talked us and around 18 friendly, fellow guests through four courses of fine cheese and elegant charcuterie (oh, and a splendid pud!) expertly paired with Champagnes to match.

Having sipped Furdyna Carte Blanche Brut NV on arrival, we sat down to indulge our senses in delectably moreish yet complex Colin Blanche de Castille 1er Brut NV Blanc de Blancs served with Le Comté and St Felicien with honey; luscious Lacroix Rosé Brut NV served with cured meats and Le Chaource; Champagne Le Gallais cuvée du Manor Brut NV served with sticky toffee pudding… mon dieu, this was the elegant house party of our dreams, with extra-added cheese. And fizz. And superb hosts. And really, really good live music. We found out just how fabulous fizz with food can be. We made new friends, all of whom swiftly became old friends (it really is that kinda place.) We left wishing it could be Sunday every day… and vowing to return to the Always Sunday House as soon as possible. And you really, really should join us – there’s honestly nothing like it, anywhere else in Bath.

For the full menu of Always Sunday events (including the next Supper Club on Saturday 30 March) click here.

The Bath Priory pops up at Bath College, Thursday 17 January

On Thursday 17 January, The Bath Priory’s Executive Chef Michael Nizzero will be stepping out of his award-winning kitchen to join Bath College’s catering and hospitality students in presenting an evening of culinary delights.

Hosted at the college’s Shrubbery Restaurant, expect to be greeted by a selection of canapés on arrival before savouring an outstanding four-course tasting menu to include delightful dishes including Cornish crab with celery and lovage; sea bass with fennel purée, seaweed, shellfish and Champagne emulsion; beef fillet with a red wine and tarragon sauce… and blackcurrant soufflé served with ivoire chocolate and sorbet, all prepared and served by Michael and the college’s team of talented students. The cost of such a splendid feast? Just £50pp.

To book (and seriously, why wouldn’t you want to do that, right now?) contact The Shrubbery Restaurant by email (shrubberyrestaurant@bathcollege.ac.uk) or call 01225 328502.