While a hearty Sunday roast may be hard to beat when it comes to traditional English fare (though it could be argued that fish and chips or a cream tea may also be a national favourite), sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a spot of the exotic.
If you’ve spent the day in Bath soaking up the Georgian splendour and all things British, and fancy taking your taste-buds further afield in the evening, then these restaurants may be for you.
Tagine Zhor – 1A North Parade
This restaurant specializes in African, Moroccan and Mediterranean food. They have both al-fresco and indoor dining, so is a great place to visit whatever the weather, and they are a good choice if you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free meal. (The beef, apricot and almond tagine is particularly excellent.)
La Perla – 12A North Parade
Their menu has a good mix of Mediterranean, European and Spanish dishes to choose from. It’s not the most obvious restaurant as it’s tucked away below street level in an old wine cellar, but this is a bonus as it’s a hidden gem with its curved ceiling, ambient up-lighting lighting and an intimate, cosy feel. Perfect for a romantic meal out.
Jars Meze – 6 Northumberland Place
If Greek food is something you’re a fan of then you’ll want to head to Jars Meze. As well as Greek dishes like Garides saganaki (prawns in fresh tomato sauce with chillies and garlic puree, baked with feta and kefalotyri cheese) and Taramosalta (Greek fish roe blended with fresh bread and herbs), they also have Mediterranean meals. If you’re feeling really adventurous you might like to try Htapodaki marinato (octopus marinated in vinegar, garlic, olive oil and herbs, served with chickpeas).
Ponte Vecchio – Spring Gardens Road
Bath isn’t short of Italian restaurants, but Pont Vecchio is one of our favourites because (great food aside) of the fantastic view it has. It’s right next to Pulteney Bridge and the weir, and at night when the lights are shining out across the Avon it’s a wonderful place to relax with a glass of wine and an authentic freshly-made pizza. On Fridays they also have live jazz to add even further to the amazing atmosphere.
Yak Yeti Yak – 12 Pierrepont Street
The place to go in Bath if you like Nepalese food. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but diners rave about the food and about the setting. If it’s not too busy, and you like a good story, then ask about the artefacts hanging on the walls and you might be lucky enough to be given a guided tour of them by the owner.
Bistrot Pierre – George StreetFinally, if you’d like a spot of French fine dining, then this is the restaurant to visit. The setting is relaxed, the waiting staff very friendly, and the food is a great blend of French cooking, seasonal specials and twists on old favourites like crème brulee and confit de canard. It’s also a good choice for pre-theatre dining.