A weekend of eats in Bath

8 May



Hurray for girly weekends! It’s so nice to get away with some friends, take it easy and explore a new place.

Saturday

Breakfast

A rise & shine muffin from Starbucks at one of the big ‘welcome break’ rest stops en route to Bath.

Lunch

After a quick stop to Stonehenge and the Mulberry factory shop (disappointing…things are still expensive) in Shepton Mallet, we got to Bath for a late lunch. When you have 8 hungry girls, anywhere will do. In this case, it was fish & chips (errm, well substituting chips with salad) at Ben’s Pancakes. For a restaurant in a shopping centre, the fish was surprisingly not too bad. Or maybe we were just really hungry.

Ben’s Pancakes
22, The Podium
Bath BA1 5AL

Tea

No girly trip is complete without a cream tea. Scones seem to be very big in Bath. I’m not complaining of course.

Hands
1 Abbey Street
Bath BA1 1NN 

Dinner


Bath seemed to be packed with hen and stag parties and rugby fans for the weekend (there was a Bath vs Newcastle game), so it was almost impossible to get a table for dinner. Since we had a fairly late tea, we decided to buy nibblies from Waitrose to go with our drinkies (my poisons of the night were prosecco and ginger beer) at our cottage* for the night.

We ended up nibbling on:
– 3 kinds of cheeses: goat, brie & Comte with water crackers and Dr Karg seeded spelt crispbread
– Red grapes
– Chicken liver pate
– Cheesy nachos
– Japanese rice crackers
– Salad with cherry tomatoes, olives & artichokes
– Chocolate

Today

Breakfast

Waitrose, I expected more from your croissants. This wasn’t the buttery deliciousness I was expecting.

A light refreshment

While the other girls were at the spa, I decided to visit the Roman baths, which I found extremely enjoyable. Ended the visit by trying some of the spa water. I’m not sure how people could drink a pint of this, because it tasted like iron. Eeew.

Lunch

Sally Lunn is famous for her buns, so they say. We couldn’t get in yesterday for cream tea or Bath buns, so we had lunch here instead. The place does seem to be a little of a tourist trap, since the restaurant is in the oldest house in Bath, but lunch of a steak and mushroom casserole resting on a Thresher bun was very satisfying. I like the idea of resting meat on top of a very large toasted burger-like bun.

Sally Lunn’s
4 North Parade Passage
Bath, BA1 1NX

Dessert

I am greedy, and well, I’m kind of on holiday, so something sweet after lunch is allowed. After some hmming and hawing (and some help from friends), decided on the toffee flapjack from Bridge Coffee Shop on Pulteney Bridge. Sadly, it didn’t taste as good as it looked.

Dinner


– Oyster omelette, shared
– Claypot tofu with mixed vegetables
– Soto soup

Asian girls need Asian food. We headed straight to our favourite Singaporean/Malaysian restaurant for dinner upon arrival in London. It won’t ever taste the same as what we can get back home, but this is as close as it gets. And for me, that’s enough.

C&R Restaurant
52 Westbourne Grove
London W2 5SH

* If you ever find yourself in Bath and want a lovely and affordable place to stay, do stay at Purbeck Holiday Lets. It’s about 15 min drive from the city, but the stunning countryside views around the cottages make up for the remoteness and allow wonderful country walks. We were absolutely charmed by our cottages. It’s perfect for groups or families. There’s a swimming pool and little kiddy playground, with swing, slide and trampoline, which I can assure you is lots of fun, having tested it out myself. The owner, Chris, is just an absolute gentleman. The cottages themselves are really clean, well furnished and thoughtfully equipped with water, coffee, tea, milk and biscuits. Oh, and they have a jacuzzi. ‘Nuff said.

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