Lunch at The Pantry, The Bath Priory Hotel & Spa, Bath

Although just a few minutes from Victoria Park, The Bath Priory feels like a peaceful oasis & a refuge from the busy city. Although known for its very lovely (and pricey) hotel rooms & formal restaurant, ‘The Pantry’ offers a more accessible menu which is perfect for outdoor dining in their lovely garden. 

We had a wander around the hotel before heading out to their terrace. How beautiful is this!

The weather forecast on the day we went looked pretty changeable (classic), but we started by sitting in the uncovered part of their terrace to enjoy the sunshine, and we ordered a Thai Lemonade which was from their non-alcoholic cocktail menu.

Thai Lemonade (freshly squeezed lime with almond syrup & ginger beer) 🍹[£7]

We loved this. It was so deliciously sour and tangy, which was well-balanced with the syrup & ginger beer. 

Lime & chilli marinated scallop ceviche ✨ [£15]

Superb! Topped with spring onion & coriander cress, the scallops very extremely fresh and succulent. Whilst the chilli was quite subtle, the lime was bold and carried the dish. It reminded us of summer holidays in the Mediterranean. 

Tomato, fig & burrata salad topped with pomegranate, balsamic fig dressing & charred sourdough croutons 🍅 [£7]

This was divine. The burrata was super creamy & we liked how there was a variety of tomatoes used. The pomegranates added a burst of freshness & the dressing tied everything together. You can also get this as a main, but this was a starter size.

Just before receiving our mains, the rain started so we moved to the covered part of the terrace. There were lots of blankets to keep us warm & we still enjoyed the meal despite the rain.

Fillet of Pollock with crushed olive oil potatoes & salsa verde 🐟 [£22]

The fish was cooked nicely & we loved the olive oil potatoes which also included actual olives. The salsa verde was delicious and added lots of flavour to the dish. 

Buddha bowl (chickpea & pea falafel, carrots, roasted butternut squash, red cabbage & quinoa) 🌈 [£16]

A really interesting, tasty combination of flavours and textures. The homemade pea and chickpea falafels were nice and soft, yet not crumbly. The citrusy dressing was super fresh and brought all the flavours together wonderfully. A light, summery main but still satisfying and filling. 

Truffle & parmesan fries 🍟 [£4]

The fries were super crispy and delicious, although the truffle flavour was subtle. 

The menu has three desserts, all of which sounded really good. We just had to go for the two chocolatey ones. 

Chocolate & avocado mousse with strawberries & oats 🍓 [£6.50] 

Just wow. This was so delicious. Incredibly creamy and silky, but not too rich. The mousse itself was not too sweet, making the strawberries a lovely feature by providing both sweetness and texture. The oats toned down the sweetness and added substance. 

Peanut butter ‘choc ice’ 🍫 [£6.50]

This was 100% a 10/10. Think of it like a delicious, posh magnum ice cream with a delicious salty sweet peanut butter ice cream. Our waiter said it was served on a rock so that you can pretend you’re at the beach (how cute!!) 

After our meal (and once the rain had stopped) we then had a little wander around the garden. It's four acres and has so many beautiful flowers and seating areas. It even has its very own kitchen garden!

We absolutely loved our time at The Bath Priory. The service was second to none and overall we had a great time. We would highly recommend this for a summer meal, followed by a walk around their stunning gardens. They’re open for breakfast, brunch, lunch & supper. You can also just go for a drink.

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