Eat like a local in Bath
Updated: May 6
Please note this information was correct at time of writing - during the Covid-19 outbreak all businesses have adopted different working practices. Please contact them to check opening times etc
Bath has a wide variety of places to eat and like most cities in the UK you will find plenty of chain restaurants around Bath. However where would a local Bathonian recommend? Here are some suggestions of perhaps lesser known eateries to visit!
Breakfast: Start the day off well
This homely bakery offers a wide range of breakfast options and is tucked behind the main high street. Make sure to choose a dish with some form of bread/toast as it is made on site. They also offer a wide variety of pastries and cakes. You can eat in or takeaway!
Address; 19 Barton Street, Bath, BA1 1HG
Telephone: 01225 471747
Opening times: 8am-5pm
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The Fine Cheese Company
This café is quirky and serves high quality food. Perfect for a cooked option or a pastry and a coffee. Their freshly squeezed orange juice is a great way to kick off the day. Why not visit the cheese shop whilst you’re there!
Address: 29 & 31 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BN
Telephone: 01225 448748
Opening times: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm
Coffee: Take a break
This café is perfectly placed to give you a break from shopping or sightseeing. If you are lucky enough to bag a table by the window you get a lovely view of the Pump Room and Abbey Courtyard. There are a selection of cakes and of course, coffee!
Address: 6 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY
Telephone: 01225 758132
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm | Sunday 9am -6pm
The Columbian Company
Nestled in the centre of Bath is this gem, ready to provide you with great coffee. You can always take-away if you want to keep on the move! It's really small but don't let that put you off. Really friendly and Spanish speakers too.
Address: 6 Abbeygate Street, Bath, BA1 1NP
Telephone: 01225 316774
Opening times: Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm | Saturday 8am – 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm
Lunch: I need sustenance
Café Lucca / The Loft
Café Lucca is situated at the top of town near the Assembly Rooms. It's a beautiful light café with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy their high-quality food, such as delicious ciabattas or ‘proper’ salads.
Address: 1 Bartlett Street, Bath, BA1 2QZ
Telephone: 01225 333844
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm | Sunday 10am – 4pm
The Whole Bagel
If you are pushed for time or would like to have lunch alfresco (Parade Gardens are only a short walk away) why not visit this independent bagel shop. The staff are friendly and accommodating. You can watch your bagel being made! They never skimp on the fillings and it beats a shop bought sandwich every time.
Address: 8 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG
Telephone: 01225 333259
Opening Times: 8am – 4pm Monday to Saturday | 10am – 4pm Sunday
Afternoon Tea: Time for a treat
The Pump Room
The Pump Room is renowned for their class, elegance and prestige and it does not disappoint. Enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, scones, little cakes and plenty of tea (or champagne). Often there is live classical music which creates a lovely atmosphere.
Address: Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ
Telephone: 01225 444477
Dinner: Let's finish the day properly
Aqua has a friendly atmosphere and is a good place to have your evening meal. Great selection of food and is fairly priced. You can book a table in advance, perfect ahead of exploring the city at night.
Address: 88 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD
Telephone: 01225 471371
Opening Times: Sunday to Thursday 9:30am – 10pm | Friday to Saturday 9:30am – 10:30pm
This is a unique Italian restaurant, situated underground near the Roman Baths. You must book in advance, as it is extremely popular!
Address: North Parade, Bath BA2 4AL
Telephone: 01225 330236
Opening Times: Everyday 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm
Hopefully, you will find these recommendations helpful and enjoy exploring Bath’s culinary delights!