Head up Queen St. and you’ll likely to come across a curious “quote” from Jane Austen stating one particular venue serves “the bestest full english… in town”. Here, you’ll find Bath flaunting it’s bohemian side in the guise of Wild Cafe - a quirky little gem hiding in plain sight right in the heart of the city centre.
Step inside the Wild Cafe and you’ll be greeted by a bright space in which creative colours, crafts and trinkets merge with the traditional architecture. Situated at one end is a large wooden-clad counter with an open kitchen space behind it; here the team prepare and serve most of the food, creating a culinary spectacle for all who visit to enjoy. Look up and you’ll spot stunning contemporary bulbs and fairy lights suspended from the ceiling, illuminating the space in a tungsten glow on darker days. The rest of the space is decorated with a mixture of jungle-esque wallpaper, upcycled furniture, flowers and the occasional piece of art. It’s a real visual space with a revitalising energy about it.
But don’t get too lost in Wild Cafe’s vibrant interior; the captivating setting is more of prelude to the real show-stopper: the food. Wild Cafe proud themselves on mastering good, simple and honest food - and they certainly get a big thumbs up from us. They’re local-centric with ingredients and produce sourced from a whole host of outstanding local suppliers and producers: the bread is made by hand in Bath, the sourdough is organic and made from wild yeast, and they source all of their meat from a free-range local butchers. They also make pretty much everything from scratch themselves (either in their kitchen space upstairs, or their basement area) including their hollandaise, cakes, dressings and mayos meaning you can rest assured that everything is as fresh as it gets.
So is Jane Austen’s “quote” right? The proof is in paying Wild Cafe a visit.