Step inside St. Michael’s Church House and you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. Neatly arranged marble tables have replaced the old pews, a bar stands proudly in place of the altar, and every drop of holy water has transformed into bottles of luxurious Italian wine. This former church is now Aqua - a modern contemporary restaurant that’s preaching sophisticated Italian cuisine to the people of Bath.
Using genuine Italian ingredients and locally sourced meats and vegetables, Aqua have created bountiful menus that are guaranteed to tickle your fancy. From hand-stretched pizzas (get your mitts on the Wilson Pizza) and rich pastas (the slow roasted ox cheek ragu with pappardelle is a crowd pleaser), to small plates made for sharing (grilled octopus anyone?), the menu alone is a real feast for your senses. It can be hard to choose, but rest assured that you can’t put a foot wrong as every dish has its merits. However, if you are a little stumped, they also offer a set menu from 12pm – 7pm between Mondays and Fridays which encourages you to explore a variety of flavours inspired by traditional Italian plates, cured meats and pastas.
And on the weekends, you can forget about going to Sunday School. Aqua also their very own Sunday roast with an Italian twist and all the trimmings. Expect slow-roast porchetta, crisp potatoes and the very best vegetables of the season.
Best of all, you don’t need an excuse to visit Aqua. It’s fancy food, but it’s not pretentious. So whether its a quick lunch with friends over a Spritz, or more intimate date nights, Aqua delivers the goods for any occasion.
Make the pilgrimage to Aqua and you’ll know what all the fuss is about.