Halloween Cocktails at The Ivy Bath Brasserie, Bath

We recently had the pleasure of visiting the Ivy Bath Brasserie to try out their new Halloween-themed  cocktails. They were originally created by the Ivy team to give a spooky twist to their menu until 3 November (this Sunday) 🎃.

Dinner at The Dining Room, Whatley Manor's Two-Michelin-Starred Restaurant, The Cotswolds

Whatley Manor has become one of my absolute favourites not only in the UK, but worldwide. This summer, we were invited to check out two of their restaurants, Grey's Brasserie and The Green Room which we absolutely loved (the Chateaubriand is incredible - review here ðŸ‘ˆðŸ¼). This time, we were invited back not only to stay in one of the hotel rooms (more on that soon), but also to try out The Dining Room. 

With Niall Keating as the executive chef and having just won his second (!!) Michelin star, we couldn't have been more excited to try it out. Niall's menus focus on using high-quality seasonal produce to create exquisite dishes tying Modern British cuisine with Asian influences from his travels. 

Dos Dedos, Bath's Newest Mezcal, Tequila & Taco Bar

Last night we got the first peek into Dos Dedos, Bath's newest food & drink establishment and the only Mexican place in the city. It focuses on Mexican food and drink, including tequila and mezcal-based cocktails. 💃🏼

Lunch at The Botanist, Bath

Located inside Milsom Place, the Botanist is the perfect addition to Bath's bar scene. Everyone went crazy when it first opened. Already famous for its amazing cocktails, they recently launched a new food menu which we were excited to try. It's inspired by comforting food and flavours of home, including many winter warmers.

Takeaway Fish & Chips at The Oyster Shell, Bath

On the corner of Moorland Road is a new fish and chip takeaway, the Oyster Shell. With a lovely modern interior, this is a far cry from your typical chippy. In fact, it's sisters with the well-known and loved Scallop Shell on Monmouth Street (click for a review of that here 👈🏼). 

Dan, the part-owner showed us around the impressive kitchen. Everything is done in-house from the filetting of the fish to the peeling of the potatoes (all of which are British - yay 🥔). Fresh, quality food is a passion and priority of his. 

An Indian in Autumn Supper Club at The Mint Room, Bristol

Last night we went to another of The Mint Room's supper clubs with one of the UK's finest Indian chefs, Saurav Nath, formerly at London's Michelin-starred Benares & Gymkhana. Named an Indian in Autumn, the menu consisted of dishes that exemplified autumnal British ingredients which was created a co-hosted by food and hospitality consultant Humayun Hussain. 

We had been to their Bombay Feasting supper club in Bath a few weeks ago which was absolutely delicious so we had high hopes for this one (read about that here or read a review of the Bristol menu here 👈🏼)! 

We started with an amuse-bouche. 

Charred chicory, tangy potatoes and sprouted beans with pomegranate, watermelon and sweet melon salsa, tamarind jelly, sweet yoghurt foam, nylon sev, vinegrated onion ring and edible flower. 

This was amazing and had such an array of flavours. The chicory was bitter but not in an overpowering way and was complemented by the sweetness of the pomegranate seeds and melon salsa. 

Dinner at The Northey Arms, Box, Wiltshire

Situated on the A4 towards Box, The Northey Arms is a lovely pub in Box, around a 15-minute drive from Bath. As soon as you enter the pub, you're transported to a warm, cosy environment with modern interior and chilled music playing.

The Northey Arms is from the same Pub Company as The Bear & Swan in Chew Magna (read our review here 👈🏼) and is the perfect pub to visit on a rainy day when you're in need of some hearty food.

The Secret Izakaya Japanese Supper Club at The Grapes, Bath

As you know, The Grapes recently opened in Bath. What you might not know is that The Secret Izakaya, a Japanese supper club, started hosting some of their Japanese food and drink filled evenings there.

Izakayas are Japanese local taverns serving small plates of food to accompany drinks with friends to make the whole event more enjoyable - similar to tapas in Spain! The food is normally shared to give everyone a variety of flavours over the course of an evening. These dishes can vary from the traditional to the unexpected and The Secret Izakaya has created their own version of this marrying an informal food setting with friends, fun and sake! 🍶

Apologies for the low-quality photos - the whole evening was candlelit which was super vibey and added to the ambience, but it meant that it was very difficult to take photos.

Dog-Friendly Restaurants, Pubs & Cafes in Bath | BATH FOOD GUIDE

Time and time again we've been asked for Bath's best dog-friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes. Luckily for canine lovers in the city, there are lots of places to choose from - and why not? You should be able to enjoy a family meal with all of your family members, including your pooches. 🐕 

Here are a couple of our favourite places to eat and drink. At the end, we've included a couple of our favourite dog-friendly hotels in and around Bath just in case.

Bath Brew House

With both inside and al fresco dining options, Bath Brew House is great in the summer months when they put on summer BBQs with lots of drinks, food, games, music and sunshine ☀️. Not to mention, it has an on-site brewery perfect for those who love their beer. 

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@sophiaisobelhall's sweet dog Poppy at one of the summer parties in 2019

Brunch at No. 3 Cafe, Weston, Bath

Last week we were invited to No. 3 Cafe in Weston. With empty bellies and just a 15-minute bus ride from Kingsmead Square later, we arrived at the cute cafe (map below).

We decided to order a couple of things to share between us.

Dinner at Comptoir Libanais, Bath

As you walk into Comptoir Libanais you're instantly transported to a Lebanese bazaar filled with the most colourful lights, bags, teapots and brightly tiled floors.

Comptoir Libanais has been in Bath for a couple of years now, but it remains to be one of the go-to spots for Middle Eastern food with a strong focus on meat, falafel and hummus (yum - dream).

Lunch at 8e Chelsea Road, Lower Weston, Bath

8e Chelsea Road has been running for a while in various forms. They originally served a whole menu and then stripped this back to focus on cheeses, charcuterie, salads and sandwiches while they focused on coffee, craft beer, wine and live music.

However, they recently found an incredible chef! So, the local favourite is now serving a daily changing menu featuring high-quality, simple and delicious ingredients. We were super excited to try it out so hopped on the bus from central Bath and around 10 minutes later were sat in the cosy café/restaurant.

A Night of Bombay Feasting: The Mint Room's Supper Club, Bath

The Mint Room is a firm favourite in Bath and Bristol for Indian dining with flair, providing a modern dining experience which is complemented by both traditional Indian dishes and those with a thoughtful modern twist (click here ðŸ‘ˆðŸ¼ to read our coverage of their new menu in Bath and click here ðŸ‘ˆðŸ¼ for a review of their Bristol restaurant).

We, therefore, were delighted to be invited to sample a new component of their offering: supper club dinner events. We were invited to a Night of Bombay Feasting at the Mint Room in Bath; promising Bombay cuisine with a unique modern twist. Saurav Nath was the award-winning guest chef responsible for the evening and has an impressive background, bringing Michelin-starred experience from restaurants such as Benares and Gymkhana to the table.

The event was coordinated by prominent food & hospitality consultant Humayun Hussain, who has worked as a journalist, on Television shows and as an AA Restaurant guide inspector. It’s safe to say we were in good hands!

Arriving at the Mint Room, we were greeted by the enthusiastic team. The place was packed, the atmosphere was buzzing and we were directed straight to the bar for drinks. The barman, Louis, was on hand to help with suggestions – he was clearly in control despite the endless stream of drinks orders coming through. 

New Cocktail Menu at The Common Room, Bath

Behind the Assembly rooms right in the city centre lies a rum lover's paradise. The Common Room is a tiki-style cocktail bar which makes creative, delicious drinks with over 100 varieties of rum. You may have seen our review of it last month (click here ðŸ‘ˆðŸ¼ if you want to read that), but this week we were invited back to try out their new cocktail menu.