The 13 best restaurants in Bath

Enter foodie heaven with our guide to the best restaurants in Bath
By Rosemary Waugh |
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Forget Jane Austen, the Royal Crescent and all the other things to do in Bath, the number one reason to visit is this: food. The West Country spa town has quietly morphed into a top destination for foodies. Sink your teeth into a freshly baked scone in the afternoon before heading out to dinner at one of the many, many top-notch restaurants cooking cuisines from across the globe. Vegans and vegetarians are in for a treat, with the area’s eateries making eating your greens nothing but a pleasure.

Best restaurants in Bath

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Acorn

Why go? Award-winning, intimate vegetarian restaurant in a gorgeously Georgian setting.

Loved by locals and tourists alike, Acorn’s 100% plant-based dishes have the power to convince even the biggest steak-and-chips fan that veggie food is a bit of alright. Sample the affordable set lunch menu (two courses £17.90) or splash out on their Instagrammably sexy five-course taster menu. Just make sure you book in advance. High-end.

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Olive Tree Restaurant

Why go? Fine dining deeply rooted in the local area.

Nestling in the basement of the Queensberry Hotel, the Olive Tree Restaurant takes the best of west country produce and transforms it into properly posh grub. They do a good line in trendy taster menus (including vegan, veggie and dairy-free options), but with a traditional, British heart. Robust flavours abound (trout, game, beetroot), making it a wintertime winner. High-end.

 

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Chez Dominique

Why go? Modern French restaurant with a stunning view across Pulteney Weir.

Delicious food is best served with a view. And whilst you won’t be able to gaze longingly on the Eiffel Tower, Chez Dominique’s dining room does come with more than a sneak peak across Bath’s iconic weir. Unfussy European dishes are remixed with a few local twists. Mid/high end.

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The Pump Room Restaurant

Why go? Iconic restaurant in the heart of Bath that’s perfect for Austin-inspired daydreaming.

No trip to Bath is worth its salt if it doesn’t include a visit to The Pump Rooms. Crumbly scones, luscious clotted cream and sweet, fruity jams: this is the go-to location for Afternoon Tea. But wait! It also does lunch! And breakfast! Chomp down on hearty English dishes then go wallow contentedly in the nearby Baths. Mid/high-end.

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Sotto Sotto

Why go? Atmospheric Italian restaurant in unique underground location that’s a favourite with the locals.

When in Rome… ok, so you’re actually in Bath, but with the historic Roman Baths just around the corner, an evening’s meal in Sotto Sotto makes total sense. It’s traditional Italian given some superior modern updates. Feast like an Emperor on homemade pasta, washed down with a glass from their Italian wine menu. Definitely make sure to book in advance. Mid/high-end.

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Yak Yeti Yak

Why go? Vibrant Nepalese restaurant serving mouthwatering, spicy dishes.

Located a stone’s throw from the station, Yak Yeti Yak is a long-standing hit with Bath clientele. Bringing tangy, super-tasty Asian recipes to the West Country, this semi-hidden gem is well suited to vegetarians. Finish dinner with some sweetly spiced Nepalese tea or stay up all night with the help of a Mustang coffee. Mid-end.

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Tagine Zhor

Why go? Relaxed Moroccan restaurant that’s great for a quick bite with friends.

Tagine Zhor is Bath’s only Moroccan restaurant but, frankly, why would you want another? Centrally located, it’s a good one for pre-theatre dining. Their mezze is a must-try and cries out for sharing with a loud and hungry group of friends. Pipe down after dinner on their shisha terrace. Mid-end.

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Sally Lunn's

Why go? Historic restaurant in one of the oldest houses in the city, famous for its Bath bunns.

Pretty much all of Bath is old, but Sally Lunn’s is older still. Punters have been getting their sticky bunn (yes, double ‘n’) fix here for centuries. Like the Pump Room, Sally Lunn’s is a big hitter on the Afternoon Tea circuit. But it also serves hearty, traditional meals from morning until evening. Oh, and those bunns aren't what you expect them to be - but they are delicious. Mid-end.  

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The Oven

Why go? Popular pizzeria offering awesome artisan versions of the cheese-topped staple.

Sometimes only a pizza will do, and The Oven is the Bath restaurant to provide it. This welcoming Neopolitan joint wood-fires its creations, perfecting their superior, springy dough in the process. Never stingy on the toppings, and quick to serve, The Oven is ideal for a quick lunch or post-work indulgence. It's also v.close to the Theatre Royal Bath and Ustinov Studio. Mid-end.

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The Raven

Why go? Traditional English pub serving pies, mash and real ale.

Bath is home to a plethora of pubs, but here’s one that’s truly top for a tipple. The Raven serves Pieminister pies with all the trimmings, plus sausages, chips and Ploughmans. Washed down with a pint or two of Raven Ale, it’s the ideal reviver for tired tourists wanting to rest their blisters. Mid-end.

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The Eastern Eye

Why go? All-time favourite Indian dishes served in a stunning Georgian interior.

Come for the papadoms, stay for a good gander at the wall art. This busy Indian restaurant is housed in a delightfully preserved Georgian Townhouse (not that you’d guess that from the nondescript doorway). Diners can enjoy their food seated under three opulent domes and check out the huge paintings of ancient India. Mid-end with budget lunch options.

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The Green Rocket

Why go? Informal vegan and vegetarian cafe that’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and coffee.

If you prefer beetroot to beef, you’ll love The Green Rocket’s inventive menu of delicious and healthy dishes. On Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat they also stay open for dinner, but if you can’t stick around that long pop in during the afternoon for a generous helping of their homemade cakes and a chat with their lovely, friendly staff. Budget/mid-end.

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Beyond the Kale

Why go? Health-boosting vegan-friendly cafe promising to perk you up.

ANOTHER vegan restaurant in Bath, I hear you scream? Well yes… it is. But this one has the best name, and it’ll whizz you up the most delicious (and virtuous) smoothie around. Head here to preserve your post-spa glow or to delicately soothe away the stresses of a big night out. Mid-end.

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