Lunch at Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant, Bath

Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant has been awarded an impressive three AA Rosettes and features in the prestigious Tatler Restaurant Guide. The restaurant, located in The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel, has a special two-for-one lunch menu on weekdays - an offer we couldn't resist.

What we ordered 
  • Chicken liver parfait served with redcurrant sorbet, blackberries and elderflower jelly 
  • Roast plum tomato soup made with goat's curd, olive crumb and baby thai basil 
  • Grilled fillet of plaice served on a bed of seafood risotto, broccoli purée and yuzu (a type of citrus)
  • Stuffed courgette flower served with roasted cauliflower, curried cauliflower purée 
  • Lemon mousse with raspberry sorbet, lemon balm and burnt meringue 
  • Dark chocolate delice with clotted cream ice cream and a compressed strawberry
  • Serre Syrah Rosé
  • Pipcoul de Pinet 

Our thoughts

Starting with complimentary bread, we chose a cheddar and red onion, a sea salt and rosemary and a poppy seed, pumpkin seed and sesame seed slices. Served with their homemade salted butter infused with seaweed, we already knew that Dan's creativity and flair were going to shine through the whole menu. All breads were delicious and the cheddar one had almost a cake consistency.

The chicken liver parfait was presented absolutely beautifully - look at those colours! The dish was delicious, full of flavour and they all worked together to compliment each other really well. The tomato soup had a rich, creamy flavour and was a delicious starter.

Dan uses the best locally sourced produce to create his stunning food and this really came through in the main dishes. 

The stuffed courgette flower was deep fried and filled with delicious vegetables. The sauce accompanying it was incredible - curried cauliflower purée. Definitely innovative and different. 

The grilled fillet of plaice was cooked to perfection and the shellfish risotto was full of flavour. 

The desserts were the perfect way to finish the meal. The lemon mousse was sharp but sweet, a balance that's hard to achieve and the rich chocolate mousse was incredible. Once again, the balance was just right in being not too sickly sweet or rich. 

Overall, we had a great time at The Gainsborough Restaurant. It's definitely a fancier place - everything was brought on silver serving platters and the Georgian architecture and long list of wines available added a special touch to the experience. 

In terms of service, the waiters and waitresses provided a great, friendly service and were very knowledgeable about all of the food and wines. They are an asset to the restaurant. 

Although it's a fancy experience, don't be put off by the price tag. Their lunch menu is £36 for 3 courses for two people on weekdays. This is the menu that we tried and it was incredible. We can't recommend Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant any more.

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to a complimentary meal at The Gainsborough 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 October 2018 and has been adapted for the site.