Dinner at The Elder, Bath

The Elder is a new restaurant in Bath by Chef Mike Robinson. You may have already heard of his other well-known restaurant, The Woodsman in Stratford-upon-Avon, which also focuses on wild food and game, with a field to fork philosophy. 

The Elder showcases beautiful, contemporary dining which focuses on sustainability and using lots of seasonal, local ingredients. Not only does the menu reflect this, but the setting is stunning with lots of warm, country colours and decor: riding boots, hunting art and stag heads mounted on the walls. 

The restaurant has set menus to choose from (with vegan/veggie options too) ranging from £35-£45 for 3 courses depending on the time of day and day of the week. For our starters, we chose two from the veggie menu, whereas for mains we went for the meat/fish menu. 
We were given some malty bread with the most delicious salted butter to start. You could tell that so much care had gone into something so 'simple' as the bread.

Coffee baked carrots with wild carrot seed dukkah (v) 🥕

This worked really well. We liked the earthy flavours that the coffee added, which complemented the light, creamy goat's curd and the warm spices of the dukkah.

Artichoke soup with crispy artichoke skins (v) 🥣 

This was such a delicious, creamy soup. The croutons & crispy artichoke skins were delicious & added more texture.

Moving onto mains...

40 day-aged sirloin & ale braised beef shin with beef fat hash brown, broccoli & Chianti sauce 🥩 

This was absolutely delicious and stunningly presented! Succulent & juicy, the beef shoulder was cooked to perfection & the shin was full of flavour. The hash browns were delightfully crisp & the rich sauce brought the individual components together wonderfully. 10/10!

Grilled fillet of red mullet with autumn squash, cavatelli & Somerset cider broth 🐟

This was beautifully presented. The vegetables were nicely cooked without being soggy & the pasta had a nice bite to it. However, although the fish was generously portioned, it was overcooked & chewy which was disappointing.

This paired well with the wine we ordered which was a glass of the Auntsfield Estate Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough, NZ [£9 for 175ml]. 

Moving onto desserts...

Blackberry tart with vanilla cream, salted almonds and blackberry sorbet (v) 💜

We were blown away by the wonderful mix of flavours: the delicious tanginess of the blackberries & sorbet, perfectly offset by the sweet & creamy vanilla custard & crunchy almonds. The fine, crisp shell gave the dessert a lighter, more mousse-like quality. 

Illanka 63% chocolate tart with coconut & rum sorbet (ve) 🍫

The casing was light & crispy, the chocolate was creamy & rich and the hints of lime gel added so much freshness & flavour. The sorbet continued the tropical twist and was lovely.
The interiors are perfectly matched to the menu and it’s an elegant venue which is perfect for special occasions. The staff were very friendly, professional & accommodating. We especially loved how some dishes were brought out by the chefs themselves!

They also have a private dining room which is not only stunning but would also be the perfect setting for an intimate dinner among friends, or even for a business lunch where matters can be discussed privately. For more info on their private hire/dining, please click here.

💰 £££ - 3 courses at £35-45.

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