If you’re a regular Wriggler or just a massive food fan, you must be aware of the Michelin system. For those who aren’t in the know, here’s a little history lesson:
Michelin stars were created in the 1900s when French tyre-selling brothers Édouard and André Michelin’s business was grinding to a halt. They needed to redesign their business and add a little je ne sais quoi to boost their income and so, created the Michelin guide.
Within this guide, were a range of restaurants that were graded on a star system. If restaurants were rated by one Star, it was worth visiting if you were nearby; two Star restaurants were worth changing your route for, and if a restaurant had three Stars, you just couldn’t miss out on the food goodness and had to go, regardless of your destination.
All the restaurants on this list are included in the Michelin guide and offer tasty local ingredients and seasonal menus. Regardless of the Michelin guide grade, these eateries are guaranteed to give you the ‘wow’ factor. Bon appetit!
Bath’s only Michelin Star restaurant is actually inside The Queensbury Hotel and both are two of Bath’s longest-running independent establishments. Head chef Chris Cleghorn has worked with a number of equally gifted chefs including Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Adam Symonds. Tasting menus contain five or seven courses depending on your appetite, but if you’re looking for something a little less, you can opt for the courses that take your fancy the most (which is likely to be all seven…). Around the corner from Bath Assembly Rooms and The Circus, Olive Tree is perfect for a day pretending to be a regal Bathonian.
The Beckford Bottle Shop is situated in one of Bath’s most beautiful alleyways, Saville Row. You can expect to dine on innovative British small plates and sup on hand-picked wines from their extensive range. It’s the newest venture from the owners of three other independent country pubs in the South West (The Beckford Arms, The Talbot Inn and The Lord Poulett). The staff are extremely knowledgable and will help you figure out the best accompaniments to suit your appetite.
Owner and head chef Richard Buckley runs Bath’s finest vegan restaurant. Acorn is a relaxing environment with sustainability at its core; they’ve also just started growing their own produce as well. Of course, all restaurants in this list have won many awards but this one deserves a special mention: travel company ‘The Big Seven’ have included it in their 50 Best Vegan Restaurants in Europe. Not only that, but it’s the only entry from the UK. Pretty impressive! You’ll just have to see for yourself...
More of a ‘food experience’ than a restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones is full of secrets and surprises. Upon arrival, you’re presented with a list of ingredients that your 7-course meal will contain. You’re not completely in the dark however, the waiting staff or chef will describe each course when they bring it to you. Obviously, the menu changes as often as Gordon Jones wants to so we can’t comment too much on what you could expect. Ooh the mystery! The only time you get to see the menu is when you’ve finished your meal at the end of the evening… go with the flow and give it a try!
Believe it or not, Henry’s Restaurant is actually run by a chef called Henry. We know, pretty crazy… Menus are seasonal and feature unique dishes that showcase Henry’s imagination. How about ravioli of slow-cooked lamb shoulder, summer pea and mint puree with crispy shallots to start followed by sea Bass on curried cauliflower, crispy broccoli top crust and homemade tartar? They’ve also got a vegetarian and vegan menu so no one has to go hungry. It’s tucked away on Savile Row but you won’t regret taking a walk away from George Street.
No prizes for guessing the picturesque location of this one… the menu changes every month at The Circus Restaurant but locally sourced, modern European food is what’s served all year round. Open for over a decade, The Circus is run and owned by Alison Golden (how’s that for girl power?). It’s also a heaven for gluten-free Wrigglers as most of her recipes are gluten-free or created with no flour. There are also a few tables outside too so get there early on a sunny day!
The only pub to get a nod from the experts at Michelin is The Marlborough Tavern. You probably wouldn’t call your local ‘elegant’ but trust us, this pub will show you just how chic taprooms can be. Equality is key too; half of the specials menu is suitable for vegans and the rest is meaty treats galore. Alongside equality, presentation is pretty important to this pub too. Dishes are simply stunning so soak up the sun in their huge beer garden for maximum Insta-lighting opportunities. Trust us, you won’t be able to help yourself!