Lunch at Firehouse Rotisserie, Bath

Firehouse Rotisserie is one of Bath's OG independent restaurants, best known for its rotisserie chicken. What you maybe didn't know, is that they also serve stone baked pizzas, burgers and a range of fish and salad.

What we ordered
  • Ciabatta with marinated olives and house-made pesto 
  • Nachos with cheddar, avocado, salsa picante, jalapenos and sour cream 
  • Classic herb and lemon rotisserie chicken with bacon and a dijon tarragon aioli 
  • Crab and salmon cakes 
  • Green beans with almonds 

Our thoughts 

We started with the warm (omg) ciabatta and the nachos. The ciabatta was nothing special, but once drenched in the house-made pesto, it was pretty great. The olives were delicious, marinated in lemon zest and herbs. Sometimes olive portions can be stingy, but this wasn't the case here at all. The pesto was honestly delicious and very authentic. It was made with enough olive oil to make it the best kind of consistency to dunk the bread in 🤤🌿.

The nachos were good too, although we both thought that they would have been better with more guacamole and salsa as it was predominantly cheese which meant that there wasn't much to dip the 'naked' nacho chips in, but they were really tasty nonetheless. We just love guacamole 🥑.

Moving onto the mains, the crab and salmon cakes were definitely a lighter option, coming with a side of salsa and celeriac remoulade, which was perfect after the starters we'd had.

The chicken dish was very generous (half a free-range chicken). The chicken needed a sauce of some sort, so it was good that it came with the aioli. The fries were nice and skinny, and when dipped in the aioli they were delicious. The tarragon aioli was out of this world and really made the meal.

Being the veg-lovers that we now are (our 5-year-old selves are screaming), we ordered a side of green beans which were as expected and went nicely with the two mains.

We were really full from the two courses so decided not to overdo it (as we usually do) with a dessert, but the sticky toffee pudding was definitely tempting.

Overall, we both enjoyed our meals and they were exactly what we were expecting based on the description given on the menu which is really important. The portion sizes were good. If you like chicken, this is definitely the place for you, having three different rotisserie chicken options.

The vegetarian options are limited to two pizzas and a halloumi salad as mains. The pizza is handmade and although we didn't try it, we saw the pizzaioli (pizza makers) stretching the dough and putting them into the oven. When the table next to us got theirs, we had food envy.

They also have a Sunday Roast (chicken, of course), available which seemed to be popular as the restaurant was basically full when we left and many tables around us had ordered it.

The restaurant itself has a very casual, family-friendly, open-kitchen feel with lots of space, both upstairs and downstairs. The staff are very friendly, helpful and attentive. It took us a while to decide what to order but they were extremely understanding and kept giving us more time. Once we had ordered, we realised that as it specialised in chicken we probably should be ordering at least one chicken dish, so ran over to the waitress to see if it was too late to change once they had taken our order. She said that it was no problem at all and changed it for us without any sign of annoyance or it seeming like a hassle. We spoke to all three waiters during our visit and all were equally pleasant and attentive, regularly checking back on us and the food.

Disclaimer: Bath Eats was invited to a complimentary meal at Firehouse Rotisserie 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.