3 Orange Grove, Bath, BA1 1LP 01225 469989
On Sunday we popped into Dr Gelato on Orange Grove to sample the delights on offer. A warm welcome greeted us, and we had a very informative chat with Gavin about the business and the plans to develop over time. If you love gelato, you will love Dr Gelato. You can try a little sample of as many flavours as you like, and if you can't decide, you can have 2 flavours in one scoop and 3 flavours in 2 scoops, the clever chaps there swirl them together into a cone of magic. We went for Mango and Dark Chocolate, a colour combo of perfection, and it did not fail on the flavour score either!
There are vegan and gluten free options as well, so there is something for everyone. There are guest flavours everyday, and we even got to try Stilton and Walnut which was actually delicious.
Not taking themselves too seriously, Dr Gelato is all about fun. There are competitions for kids to create their own combos after school with prizes for the best ones. They are even collaborating with Bath Rugby with some alcoholic varieties.
As well as gelato, you can grab a coffee or a soft drink, and there are plans to be able to sit outside for the spring. For regular customers, there is also a Gold Card for members, who can get 10% discount for loyalty. In a perfect location, why not pop in next time you are in town and support a local independent business?
@ The Grapes Pub, 14 Westgate Street, Bath, BA1 1EQ
On Saturday we were lucky enough to be invited to the Secret Izakaya Supper Club above the recently renovated and reopened Grapes pub.
We arrived early so we could have a drink and soak up the atmosphere of the pub. It was buzzing with activity and a good crowd of people were in.
We were not sure what to expect, but were really looking forward to the experience as we love Japanese food.
Ellie the landlady and our host, took a group of 8 of us upstairs into the stunning dining room (that is also a yoga studio during the day). The room was so beautiful, with a Jacobean ceiling still in tact.
We were seated at a large dining table, with a menu for us to devour. The selection was just perfect, and we were given some sake and pickled cucumbers to nibble on whilst we were given an overview of the Izakaya and the food on offer from the chefs Dave and Suze.
Everything is prepared in the kitchen to the side of the main room, and is all cooked/prepared freshly for each course. Our first couple of courses were sashimi based, and had the most fantastic flavours, complimented perfectly with Dave's choice of sake. To kick things off we had Komu-cured Sea Bream Tartare followed by Shime Saba (mackerel sushi) two ways, raw and seared.
Between courses we had fantastic tasting dishes of soy marinated mushrooms, miso green beans and spicy tomatoes, all a sensation on the tongue and a freshener before the next course.
Next we had Miso and Sake Mussels, Chicken Karaage and Spicy Miso Ramen - I was fit to burst but had to squeeze everything in as the flavours were so stunning.
The dessert of Soba Cha Pudding was also delicious and rounded off the meal perfectly.
There are plans for the Izakaya to have a permanent home upstairs in the Grapes from November, called Budo Ba, with plenty of small dishes prepared right in front of you, with choices of Japanese beers, Sake and Shochu. We can't wait!
20 St Lawrence St, Bath, BA1 1AN 01225 308055
Yesterday we tried out Absurd Bird in the Southgate area of Bath. In all honesty, we have avoided eating at the bottom of town, perhaps wrongly, as we thought chains would be a bit generic and also a bit touristy. We arrived at 5pm and were warmly welcomed by Marco. We ordered some cocktails (Savvy Sing and Long Island Iced Tea, £7.85 each or 2 for £9.95) and took in the atmosphere. I can honestly say, from the outside you would not know what is hidden behind this glass exterior. Gothic themed, dark walls, and amazingly quirky Victoriana, this was actually a very cool place. We were seated in a booth, of which there are many along the side wall, that seat four people, and are actually really private, but are great for people watching as you can see the whole bar area. It took us ages to decide as the menu is extensive and really tempting. Marco gave us some advice on the types of chilli levels and what were his personal favourites. Here are a couple of shots of the menu so you can get an idea of what is on offer.....
We chose six chicken tenders with two dips (£9.85) to share for starters, we went for the Blue Cheese and AB Buffalo. Both sauces were tasty and tangy, the Buffalo a lovely vinegary kick to the heat.
For mains we chose the Nashville Hot Big Rooster Burger (£10.95) and the AB Waffles (£11.95). When they arrived (very quickly) we realised our eyes were bigger than our stomachs! Both looked amazing, and as you can see, were huge!
We also ordered three sides, fries, mac and cheese and fried pickles with blue cheese sauce (all in the name of research)....
The waffles. I have a bit of a thing about sweet and savoury so had to check beforehand that these were savoury waffles. They were. With chicken. And Gravy. Say no more. They also come with maple syrup if that is your thing, but I personally did not have this, but I know this is their best seller (yes I know I'm weird)! Crispy yet soft inside waffles, with rich gravy and soft chicken. Delicious.
The burger was super dirty, and one of the biggest we have reviewed in Bath. Silence ensued and it was polished off, with lots of positive sounds. Thumbs up all round.
Only disappointment of the evening was that we could not eat it all!
A trip to the loos is always essential - cleanliness of the loos always speaks volumes. Spotlessly clean and again, super quirky. I loved looking at the Victorian photos on the walls in the upstairs dining room on the way, and the little Absurd Birds dotted about add a lovely touch, look out for the skeleton mother and child pic and the bearded lady. We also took a shine to George the bird skeleton hanging from the bar!
There are offers on every day, including half price burgers and beer every Tuesday, Bottomless Wing Wednesday, Bottomless Brunch for £30 every weekend, a 24 wing challenge and happy hour cocktails!
5-8 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP 01225 809302 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nothing feels more decadent than a lazy Sunday morning brunch out, and today was no exception. We headed out on this warm sunny morning with a leisurely stroll along the canal into town, cutting through Sydney Gardens and down Great Pulteney Street before heading up the top of town to the charming Saville Row.
We were greeted and sat at a lovely spacious table for two, and spent some time struggling to decide what to order!
Whilst deciding, we ordered a Bloody Mary and a Mimosa, (you have to brunch in style), and a pot of tea for two. Eventually we chose the Big English (£10) and the Savoury Waffles, with eggs benedict (£8).
The food was piping hot, and totally delicious. Portion sizes were just right, and just enough to satisfy a mid morning hunger pang. I'm always a bit nervous of waffles as I don't like the sweetness with savoury toppings, but these were savoury waffles, and a revelation to me (I now want to buy a waffle maker), super light and fluffy, and complimented the runny eggs beautifully. The Big English was super tasty, with a nod to the sausages and black pudding, which were both especially flavoursome. The homemade baked beans were also a winner.
Service was courteous, welcoming and relaxed. There is a lovely atmosphere here, no pressure to leave or feeling rushed (even though they were busy). The bistro is open every day except Monday for coffee, nibbles, lunch, supper and wine. Lunch options include salads and sandwiches and they offer tasting plates and specials for supper.
We had a mooch around the bottle shop after our brunch, and it really is lovely. They have so much choice in regard to wines from around the world, and they offer many food events including cheese nights, and a duck and claret night (coming up next month).
We really enjoyed our morning here, and will be popping back to sample some of the other brunch choices very soon!
4-5 Newmarket Row, Bath, BA2 4AN 01225 461956 email@example.com
Cappadocia has one of the best views in the whole city. One of the main attractions of Bath is Pulteney Bridge and Weir, and this bar and restaurant looks out on both. We were invited in to sample the food and drinks on a sunny Thursday late afternoon. We were lucky enough to be sat in the window, but pretty much all of the tables look out over the two vast large windows, framing the bridge perfectly. Cappadocia opened about 7 weeks ago after an extensive and very stylish refit, having been the Marmaris Turkish restaurant and takeaway for many years. The interior is beautifully designed, cool blues and stylish touches such as artwork painted directly on the walls from a local Bristol artist, and floral garnishes on the ceiling.
We were welcomed with a cooling Turkish beer each whilst we perused the menu. The staff were attentive and on hand to make personal recommendations, as the choice is extensive, and tough to choose as there are so many delicious choices. Vegetarian and Vegan choices are also included.
Whilst choosing our food, we were brought some bread, hummus and crudites. We chose the Mixed Hot Meze for 2 to start, as you get a selection of the chefs best dishes of the day for £14.95. The flavours were sensational, and we soon polished off the plate of delights as we had both not eaten all day!
For our mains, we ordered Mixed Shish £13.45 (Chicken & Lamb served with rice and salad) and Iskender £15.95 (Minced lamb, chunks of chicken in a tomato saucewith yoghurt, toasted bread and black butter, served with a salad). The portions were large, and if we were to return we would most likely share smaller starters as we could not finish our mains (gutted).
We could not squeeze in any dessert this visit, but the menu looked really delicious, so we will definitely try some next time. After our meal we were also brought an amaretto shot and some fresh turkish delight!
To summarise, we could not fault the food or the service, and will be returning very soon!
After our meal, we were invited to the hidden gem upstairs, the cocktail bar Cappa Bar. Review of the bar is on our next blog post!
Husband & Wife living in Bath for over 20 years. All views are our own although we do get freebies along the way, which we will always tell you about.