9 things you didn’t know about Bath’s food & drink scene

Bath has a long and well known history of delicious food and excellent hospitality, but did you know…?

To Market, To Market!
1. The first ever Famers’ Market in the UK was held in Green Park Station, Bath. The Market proved so popular that it’s now a weekly occurrence and still trades in its original location today.

Year of Gin
2. Gin is enjoying some time in the spotlight at the moment. Its popularity has skyrocketed and 2017 can safely be described as the year of gin. Bath has seen two new gin distilleries open during this resurgence, which can be found in the basement of the ever popular Canary Gin Bar and at the Bath Botanical Gin Distillery in Widcombe.

South West is Best
3. Bath and the South West are home to some of the best producers in the country. Within 10 miles of the city you’ll find award-winning and organic Bath Soft Cheese made at Park Farm, luxury high end chocolate made in a converted stable by Nick of Seven Hills Chocolate, home brewed craft beer by Electric Bear, organic wine from Quoins, artisan baked goods at the Thoughtful Bread Company, bespoke cakes at the Bath Cake Company and family made cider at Honey Midford Cider.

Gin, Bath Soft and Farmers' Market

A Tale of Two Buns
4. There are not one but two famous Bath buns that should be on your radar: the Bath Bun and the Sally Lunn Bun. Both are equally delicious, but differ in taste and appearance. The Sally Lunn bun is larger and brioche in style, whereas the Bath Bun encapsulates a secret sugar lump in its centre.

Drink Like a Local
5. Down an unassuming passageway you will find the characterful Coeur De Lion, one of the country’s smallest pubs. This traditional pub has been licensed to sell beer since 1860, and nowadays it serves only the best – Bath brewed Abbey Ales.

Dinner with Dickens (almost)
6. Literary lovers will find a visit to Bath well worth it!  The city has connections with Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Richard Brinsley Sheridan and it’s even believed that Shakespeare may have taken a dip in the hot springs. You might be wondering which world-renowned author has a foodie connection to Bath. Charles Dickens regularly frequented Bath and stayed and enjoyed a meal or two at the Saracens Head. Go there today and you’ll find a menu filled with tasty British classics such as fish and chips, award-winning pies and steak.

bath buns, sally lunn bun, yak yeti yak

A Different kind of Dinner
7. You might be surprised to hear that the first purely Nepalese restaurant in the UK, Yak Yeti Yak, opened in Bath over 13 years ago. This authentic restaurant serves traditional Nepalese fare and you can choose to dine at low tables on cushions for the full experience. The owners have recently expanded and now own Phat Yaks, a delicious street food vendor available to take out or eat in.

Expect the Unexpected
8. Bath is home to plenty of award winning restaurants, one of the best being Menu Gordon Jones. Unlike many other restaurants, Menu Gordon Jones has a set menu that changes daily, using only the best locally sourced ingredients. This makes every dining experience a complete surprise, with no two days being the same.

Uncover the Covered Market
9. Did you know that Green Park Station has been open since 1869? The Victorian station used to be a key link to the North, but has now been converted into a thriving weekend market and is home to a number of independent restaurants and cafes.

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