Born and bred Bristolians, here at Wriggle we think of Bath as our sophisticated and oh-so-chic older sister. Bath is where we take our mums when they come to visit the South West, showing them the elegant glamour of the city’s fine dining scene, or perhaps dropping in at one of the many superbly quaint cafes for a relaxed cup of tea with a stunning view across the town.
Through Wriggle, you’ll unearth the best of Bath’s flourishing food scene, discovering new favourite places at unique special prices.
Don’t be fooled by Bath’s relatively small geographic stature: this petite city is packed full of world-class restaurants offering everything from ultimate fine dining to relaxed bistro style eating and everything else in between. One common thread unites this diversity of restaurants: the wealth of stunning quality ingredients used, all sourced from the nearby Cotswolds countryside that envelopes Bath.
For top of the range indulgence, the Olive Tree is Bath’s only Michelin starred restaurant, and their tasting menus are the ultimate choice for a special occasion. Other upmarket faves include the picturesque Scallop Shell (those razor clams are a salty taste of heaven) and the Michelin recommended, 100% vegetarian Acorn. For more relaxed dining, check out the brilliant Indian Temptation’s sumptuous Indian menus, or the cosy Olé for moreish tapas.
The weekly Bath Artisan Market, held every Saturday in Queen Square, is a great way to get to know a regularly changing roster of local food traders, all serving up tasty hot and cold eats for hungry shoppers exploring the locally crafted goods on sale at the market.
Elsewhere, swing by Green Park Station and pay a visit to JC’s Kitchen – a great permanent street food spot serving up mouthwatering Filipino food. The sourdough wraps are a must try! Fan of dough? Find the world’s smallest pizzeria, the Pizza Bike, popping up at the Bell and Green Park Station to provide topping-loaded satisfaction to those in need. We can’t not mention Chaiwalla, too – a permanent fixture with a different street food style, you’ll smell this place before you see it. Glorious falafel and onion bhaji wraps, epic samosas and perfectly cooked curry boxes, this should be top of your cheap eats list in Bath.
It’s no surprise that in a city this picturesque, you’ll find cute cafes in their droves, running the gamut from modern, pared back minimalist chic to full chintzy, clutter-filled tearooms.
Colonna & Small’s is an Instagrammer’s dream and its weekly rotating menu of seasonally grown coffees means even the most loyal visitor can always enjoy something new. Other Wriggle faves for a mid-morning fuel-up include Picnic Coffee, the Green Bird, Mokoko, and the legendary Bath Coffee Company, who even roast their own beans out in Wiltshire.
Tea lovers will find heaven on earth at Comins Tea; a unique British tea merchants and cafe that strips back the floral clichés of commonplace tearooms, replacing them with bright, airy white walls and pale wood.
Bath’s burgeoning beer scene has spawned a cracking little selection of breweries, tap rooms and pubs of all shapes and sizes. From the now globally acclaimed Bath Ales (who’ve racked up an impressive suite of four quaint pubs in Bath centre) and the very traditional Abbey Ales, to smaller, spunkier and more modern outfits including Electric Bear and Brewed Boy, this little city has something to suit all thirsts.
For the best watering holes in which to get to work sampling all these locally produced tipples, there’s a satisfying plethora of old school boozers for your Bath bucket list. Wriggle favourites include the Garricks Head, King William, and the Hare & Hounds. Feeling like you need to cut loose and forget about the working week? Head to the Bell for a spot of live music and a bit of late night frivolity.
Whatever floats your cultural boat, you’re sure to find an oar to paddle it within Bath’s thriving scene. From the stunning Roman Baths (a must-visit for every newbie) to the surprisingly fun Jane Austen museum, or a comedy night at Komedia, the city’s undisputed capital of entertainment, Bath has got a little bit of something for everyone. The Ustinov Studio is a destination in its own right for alternative theatre, and be sure not to miss the Bath Fringe Festival and the Bath Comedy Festival.
Bath is bursting with opportunities to indulge in a spot of art appreciation. The majestic Holburne Museum is housed in a stunning Grade 1 listed stately home just a stone's throw from the city centre, whilst the Victoria Art Gallery has an ever-rotating collection of sculptures, paintings and decorative arts, and a great permanent, free-to-visit exhibition too.
Close to Bath Spa University’s art campus you’ll find Red Rag Gallery and Gallery Nine: two stunning boutique style galleries, perfect for whiling away an hour or two.
Bath’s gorgeous Georgian architecture has also earned it a glowing reputation as a go-to destination for a scenic stroll: the Royal Crescent, Bath Abbey, Pultney Bridge and the Circus are all worth a wander.