Dinner at The Acorn Restaurant, Bath

Looking for a cosy, modern, award-winning bistro specialising in vegan and vegetarian food? Look no further than The Acorn Restaurant.

The Acorn Restaurant's ethos is to work from nature, bringing its flavours and textures to life. Quite simply put: working with plants. They put fruits, vegetables and legumes in the spotlight, creating gorgeous modern dishes using delicious, high quality ingredients.

We both decided to both go for their three-course 100% plant-based menu - everything looked great. After we ordered our courses, we were given bread and an amuse bouche to start which consisted of mushrooms and asparagus and had the most flavour in one tiny plate we had ever experienced. 

What we ordered

  • Parsnip and Hazelnut Velouté with hazelnut tortellini, confit parsnip & lovage (starter)
  • Old Donkey Carrots cooked slowly and then fire charred with pickled carrot, parsley puree, carrot & cashew puree & seeded spelt grain (starter)
  • Mushroom Parfait served with celeriac cooked slowly in its own juice, hazelnut butter, braised king oyster mushroom, red cabbage & red chicory (main)
  • Butternut Squash terrine with pine nut risotto, charred broccoli & pickled squash (main)
  • Chocolate & coffee light espresso parfait with a bar of chocolate ganache, cold brew & rapadura gel & a pink peppercorn crumb (dessert) 
  • Erdicchio Classico, Villa Bianchi, Umani Ronchi (2013, Italy) 

Our thoughts 

All the dishes that we had at Acorn were absolutely fantastic and incredibly creative. Each plate had an array of textures, colours and flavours. Literally every element on each plate was flavoured differently, making the whole fine-dining experience even more special. 

When we ordered the starters, we weren't sure what to expect from the donkey carrots, but they are in fact simply a variety of carrot - a delicious one for sure. The hazelnut vellouté was also very interesting, and not like anything we had seen before.

Moving onto the mains, the mushroom parfait was great and had the most incredible texture. The risotto was amazing and it was hard to believe that there was no dairy in there to create the creamy taste. 

As we said before, every single element on each plate was flavoured differently - anyone who thinks that vegan/plant-based food is boring needs to dine here and be proven wrong. The Acorn's dishes are the complete opposite of bland. 

To finish, we decided to share a dessert. The chocolate and coffee were balanced perfectly and it was the first time that we had tasted pink peppercorn crumb - really interesting and worked very well with the other flavours. It was the best way to end our meal at Acorn.

All in all, we had a fabulous time at Acorn, and we would recommend it 100% to anyone who would like a gastronomic experience. They have a fabulous wine list too, and they have wine pairings for each dish on the menu.

It was recently voted "Best Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant in the UK" and its not hard to see why - give it a try some time!

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to a complimentary meal at Acorn Restaurant in return for an honest review to be posted on our social media channels. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company, and/or its affiliates in any way. This review was originally posted on our instagram page in April 2018 and has been adapted for the site.