Thursday saw Steve and I travelling on the train again. This time it was a day trip to Bath Spa. We had planned it a while back when I had booked a few days off from work during the half term break. The journey to Bath takes about an hour and a half so we arrived at about 11.45 with enough time before our lunch reservation to look around Bath Abbey. The Abbey is pretty impressive. The stained glass windows are virtually floor to ceiling. The biggest, I think, I can ever remember seeing. Totally amazing. The other thing I noticed was how warm it was inside. Normally churches are a bit drafty but the abbey had recently had underfloor heating installed.The Romans were famous for underfloor heating and the abbey was toasty warm compared the the chill in the air outside.
From the abbey we walked up through town almost to the highest point in Bath where the Royal Crescent is located. We walked the length of the crescent and back again to build up our appetites. Lunch was booked at 1pm at The Circus. A restaurant that I have walked past a number of times and have always thought it looked good. It was always busy when passing which to me is a good sign. Especially as it is tucked away a little bit from the main area of the town. It has recently been voted number 4 in the Times newspapers hidden foodie restaurants. We were welcomed with a smile and shown to our table. It was already busy and there was a nice buzzing atmosphere which was perfect for us as I hate stuffy restaurants.
The menu had a really good mix of dishes and lots of things that were very tempting. I ended up choosing a large bowl of beetroot and horseradish soup topped with beetroot crisps and creme fraiche. Steve had the restaurants own take on a kedgeree. This was more like a mild smoked fish curry. Steve let me try a little and it was delicious! My soup was just what the doctor ordered. It was such a cold but beautiful day outside so I needed something warming to thaw me out. As usual my little fingers were numb with the cold! I have such poor circulation. I take after my mother I am afraid in that area. (Nothing else may I add!)
I was excited to see that Sharpham Wines were on the menu. Duncan (my friends husband) is the wine maker at Sharpham so I of course ordered a glass of their Estate Selection to celebrate. It went down a treat. They really do create some fabulous wines down there near Totnes.
Steve and I shared the cheese to finish. A lovely Brie style cheese but with a stronger flavour made in Suffolk.
After lunch we took in some more sights. I wanted to look in a few shops as there are establishments in Bath that we don’t have in Exeter. I found a wonderful bakery called Bertinet where I purchased some sourdough bread as I had missed the farmers market in Exeter. Of course I had to drop into my favourite lifestyle shop Anthropologie.
I had received a recommendation to visit a place called Colonna & Hunter. A cafe/bar with a cool, modern but rustic vibe. I ordered a lovely loose leaf tea and Steve ordered an IPA from a local brewery. We shared a piece of chocolate and stout cake with a peanut butter icing. It was divine! I am definately going to try and recreate that peanut icing for my own chocolate and stout cake recipe.
We went down by the river and back around the Abbey grounds before heading to a bar near the train station called Graze. Steve and I normally stop off there on a visit to Bath as it’s located right next to the train station. They serve Bath Ales which keeps Steve happy! We had an hour or so to kill before our train so it was a great stop off point before our journey home.
Once again Steve and I had a lovely trip to Bath. It is the most beautiful city with so much history. I always have the best time mooching and exploring. If you haven’t been to Bath before then I urge you to go and explore. If you find any foodie gems then please let me know as I am always eager to find new places to visit.