A Festive Day In Bath

On Thursday Steve and I hopped on an early train to Bath. One of the prettiest cities in England. It’s full of history and culture. I just love visiting. I always go every Christmas for a day trip to do a spot of Christmas shopping. It’s an excuse to hunt out new places to eat and drink. There is an abundance of lovely places.

After visiting the famous Christmas Market that is nestled in the shadows of the Abbey we wondered through the tiny streets and walkways towards Anthropologie. I just adore this shop. It’s full of wonderful clothing, jewellery and homewares. I can spend hours mooching around, taking in all the beautiful treasures on display.

From Anthropologie it was more mooching and shopping. Steve had a pretty long list of people to buy for so we were on a mission! We got it all done though.. This made us pretty hungry so we decided to stop at Cafe Lucca for a spot of lunch. I had stopped here before but only for coffee and cake so I was interested to see what the lunches were like. Steve and I opted for their specials. I had the Brocolli and Artichoke soup with parmesan toast and Steve had the turkey, stuffing and cranberry melt. I thought that the presentation and the flavour in both dishes was spot on for a quick bite to eat on a drizzly grey day.

We walked up to the Margaret Buildings where there were a few shops that I wanted to visit. There is a fantastic vintage shop there full of wonderful finds. I also wanted to visit The Foodie Bugle. A cute little shop that is part deli, part cafe and part vintage homewares store. I follow them on Instagram and they have a wonderful account. Check them out

On the way back down into the city centre we stopped off for tea and cake at Bea’s Vintage Tearoom. I had wanted to visit on previous visits to Bath but it has never slotted into our schedule. This time I was determined to make sure that we had the time. Bea’s is a 1940’s style tearoom and it has a quaint wartime feel with the use of ration book menus and the air raid shelter style loos. That tickled my sense of humour.

I had a slice of victoria sponge and Steve had a slice of toffee and apple cake. If I am honest was a bit disappointed with my sponge. I felt it was a little dry and the filling was a little stingy. On the other hand though we both thought that the toffee and apple cake was very good.

After our final purchases we had an hour spare before our train home so we stopped by Graze. A bar/restaurant next to the train station. Steve wanted a pint of Bath Ale and they have a good selection here. I plumped for a glass of prosecco as a farewell to the wonderful city of Bath.  We both had a wonderful and festive time on our outing and I can’t wait for my next visit.

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