Lunch at The Montagu Bar at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, Bath

You have probably walked past the Royal Crescent Hotel several times, particularly if you like strolling along the Royal Crescent. Earlier this year we checked out one of their restaurants for afternoon tea, which we really liked (click here for our review 👈🏼), but this time we paid a visit to the Montagu Bar for lunch.

The Montagu Bar has an all-day dining menu focusing on comforting favourites such as fish & chips, croque monsieur and a burger, while incorporating more unique dishes into the menu such as arancini.

We started with the tomato and basil arancini with tomato sauce and marjoram 🍅 [£10.95]

These were lovely - really nice and crispy on the outside, but soft and a little bit cheesy on the inside. Saffron was used to create this beautiful yellow colour and it was overall the perfect nibble. The green thing on top is the marjoram, a herb that added a citrusy flavour to the dish.

Croque monsieur (Somerset ham, gruyere, dijon mustard) with French fries and mustard mayo 🥪 [£12.50]

This was on the smaller side but it happened to be just what we wanted.  The cheese was just the right amount, not overbearing yet also indulgent. Perfectly toasted bread which was crispy, contrasting with the smooth, melted cheese. A good version of a classic, which is what this restaurant does best. Fuss-free and simple, done well.

The fries were nice and crispy, and went really well with the mustard mayo.

Superfood salad with beetroot, quinoa, tender stem broccoli, nasturtium and orange 🥗 [£18.95] ⁣

This was really tasty and a nice healthy option. The quinoa was purple from the beetroot and we loved the hazelnuts which added lots of flavour and texture. The raisins added sweetness and, combined with the orange, gave the dish a seasonal feel. It was beautifully presented, super colourful and appealing.

Local greens with toasted almonds and lemon oil 🌿 [£3.95]⁣

These were unusual as it wasn’t a bowl of broccoli etc as you would expect. The lemon oil tasted nice and the almonds added a nice crunch.

Bath Water - Nice water, great to see local businesses supported.⁣

We finished with mint tea which came with the most delicious homemade biscuits. They were buttery and such a nice touch. ⁣One was a spin on a hobnob and the other was a chocolate chip walnut cookie (both exceptional).

🌟 Situated in the centre of the most famous of the Crescents, this restaurant lived up to high expectations. After walking through a beautiful hidden courtyard, this hotel and restaurant had a luxurious and special feel even on a rainy day. ⁣
🤵🏻 We were warmly welcomed and the service remained friendly and attentive throughout our visit. ⁣

🌿 Considering that the menu is quite small, there were both gf and vegan options.
💰 £££

Disclaimer: PR invite - complimentary experience.