Dinner at The Ivy Bath Brasserie, Bath

The Ivy is renowned for its opulent, lavish decor and the Bath branch definitely doesn't disappoint. The high ceilings, large windows, velvet chairs and chandeliers all exude an allure of opulence. Filled with plants and vibrant, rich colours, the main room feels exotic and transports you to a far-away place. The bright lights add to the magical feel, making this a really special place that is perfect for celebrating special occasions.

This time we were kindly invited to The Ivy to try their dishes now that they have reopened post-lockdown. The service was outstanding. Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by their front of house who ensured we had our temperature taken using their thermal heat detection camera prior to entering the restaurant. This was super quick and non-invasive. She also showed us the dispenser of hand sanitiser and informed us that there would be a small bottle on every table, before walking us to our table and handing us over to our server. We thought that these coronavirus measures were really great.

Lunch at Taka Taka, Bath

Taka Taka is a firm favourite when it comes to takeaway food in Bath. In fact, you might not be a true Bathonian until you’ve devoured one of their wraps after a night out. But as you may well know, this isn’t your average kebab shop! 

Based in locations across Bristol and in their Broad Street site in Bath, Taka Taka has a focus on high-quality Greek food. Their Bath store has a huge range of deli products too and we discovered that Taka Taka is virtually open for the entirety of the year, only closing on a handful of holidays, and serving their Greek delights until the early hours of the morning. 

Field Doctor: Nutritionally Supercharged (and Delicious) Frozen Meals

Field Doctor is a new company based in Bath which makes naturally healthy, 'nutritionally supercharged' frozen meals. Marrying science with taste, the team behind Field Doctor have put an extensive amount of research, time and thought into these meals to ensure that each and every one is as nutrient-rich as possible. 

Drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean diet, their meals are packed with plant-based ingredients, healthy fats and are a high source of fibre. Taking the environment into account, their cooking methods focus on low waste, all their fish is sustainable and they only use organic meat. 

Their environmental impact is an aspect they are conscious of and intend to continuously improve upon as the business grows and develops. Their meals are wonderfully colourful, capture flavours from all around the world and look and sound absolutely delicious. We could not wait to try them. 

Al Fresco Dining at Olio, Homewood, Bath

Homewood is a beautiful countryside hotel in Freshford, Bath (map below) which has recently launched its new al fresco dining area, Olio. With a terrace overlooking the hotel's gorgeous grounds, the space is absolutely stunning. 

With an ethos of British home-cooked food served in elegant but cosy and intimate surroundings, Olio has a range of innovative as well as classic dishes. They offer lots of sharing dishes, in addition to individual mains and sides. All the salads can be ordered as small or large, allowing you to tailor to your preferences - according to your appetite, party size etc. Embracing the Mediterranean, tapas-vibe, we ordered multiple dishes to share.

Dinner at The Bouvardia Restaurant at Bathen House, Bath

Open since April 2018, Bathen House is a luxury hotel. The Edwardian property underwent extensive redevelopment, providing a mixture of 12 rooms and suites, as well as a recently opened new restaurant ‘The Bouvardia’. 

The menu has 2 or 3-course set menu options and is quite concise, showing the detail that has been put into creating each dish. The hotel itself is beautiful, and we were promptly given menus when we were seated. 

*Please note that this review was conducted pre-lockdown and the menu has since changed, however, the quality and style of food has remained the same*

Dinner at Bonghy Bo, Bath

Bonghy Bo is an Asian restaurant focusing on Japanese, Chinese and Thai cuisines. We had never seen them before but they've actually been in Bath for quite a while so we were excited to try them out when they kindly invited us. 

Takeaway Pizza from The Old Bakery Noads Corner, Bath

As established wedding caterers, this brother and sister duo responded quickly to Covid-19, using their existing pizza oven and experience to launch a new aspect of their business - a fantastic example of impressive & successful pivoting during these difficult times! 🤩

This operates via a pre-order system which is either via text or call, making it super easy. It is collection-only with allocated slots every 10 minutes. Upon collection, we were warmly greeted by Sarah, their front-of-house who told us a bit about the business while her brother (the chef) finished off our order in the back.