The food and drink scene in the South West is thriving – and the city of Bath is no exception. More widely known for its depiction in many of Jane Austen’s much-loved novels and status as a UNESCO World Heritage site, it was also the epicentre of a food revolution in the UK with the establishment of the country’s first farmers’ market in 1987.
Several decades on and the market remains true to its roots, showcasing the West Country’s freshest and tastiest regional produce. Indeed, Bath has proffered its name to many of the area’s local delicacies and producers: the Bath bun, Bath Blue cheese, Bath Olivers, Bath Chaps, Bath Gin and Bath Ales, to name but a few. This pioneering foodie spirit runs throughout the city – in its independent cafés, restaurants, pubs, delis, grocery stores and speciality drinks shops – and culminates every year in the Great Bath Feast when Queens Square is transformed into the centrepiece of the food festival for the entirety of October.
There are Michelin-starred restaurants, fantastic local produce, flourishing culinary talents and world-class food festivals all within walking distance of each other. Bath is most certainly not shying away from making a big impact on the UK’s food and drink landscape – read on for some more of the best places to eat, drink and shop in one of the South West’s most historic and scenic cities.