Visit Bath and Visit Independent Bath Restaurants
29 July 2020
One of the joys of coming to Bath is getting to explore its wonderful culinary delights. Bath abounds in fantastic restaurants, bars, and cafes, and a great number of them are run by independent businesses.
Post-lockdown it’s more important than ever to support small local businesses, and it’s easy, and a treat, to do just that when you’re visiting Bath.
These are a few of our top picks for tasty and independent eateries to try when on a visit to Bath. We’ve checked, and they are all open and gratefully accepting table reservations.
The Hare & Hounds
The Hare & Hounds is a pub with a boutique but friendly feel, and incredible countryside views. It’s a pub with a gourmet feel to both the setting and the food. Naturally you can expect to find the likes of chicken supreme and steak on the menu, but so too is “honey baked camembert studded with garlic and rosemary” and “chargrilled miso aubergine”.
The Hare & Hounds is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and is a great choice for a Sunday lunch.
The Hare & Hounds also has two sister pubs in central Bath (The Hare & Hounds is a short walk/drive out of the centre of Bath)– The Marlborough Tavern and The Locksbrook Inn. All three are owned and operated by The Bath Pub Company – a small, independent pub company.
OAK is the new incarnation of Acorn restaurant. Acorn was Bath’s top vegan restaurant, and it’s retaining a stellar vegan menu, only now you can also buy produce to take away as well. OAK serves brunch, lunch, coffee and dinner.
At the heart of oak is that great food puts the soil first. Its ingredients come from land which has been carefully farmed without chemicals. Vegan food is certainly not plain or boring at this restaurant.
Henry’s Restaurant has had rave reviews from food critic Jay Rayner and a vast number of newspapers. Henry’s is a restaurant of rich culinary innovation, which at the same time remains true to Chef Henry Scott’s West Country roots. More experimental options are thai basil custard or smoked potato ravioli for example, while roast lamb rump or Weymouth crab are more familiar options.
Henry’s is open for lunch and dinner, and offers a seasonal classic menu, a four-course tasting experience, and also a full vegan menu. It’s not the cheapest it has to be said, but it is an excellent restaurant to choose for a special occasion.
Noya’s Kitchen is an excellent Vietnamese café housed in a homely Grade II listed building.
“At Noya’s Kitchen I make every dish to order with fresh ingredients so I keep the menu small enough to manage and broad enough to tingle most tastebuds! There’s always something different to try.” - Noya
Noya’s Kitchen is currently offering takeaway options, but from August 4th the cafe will once again be open for table service for lunch (Tuesday to Saturday 11:45 – 3) and dinner (Wednesday and Thursday 6-9, Friday and Saturday from 7).
The Scallop Shell
If you like sea food, The Scallop Shell is the place to visit. The restaurant is a family-run venture which opened in 2015 and flies the flag for fresh, sustainable sea food. They serve traditional fish and chip favourites, as well as seasonal delights from early morning coastal markets.
The Scallop Shell is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday, and open for lunch on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you want a relaxed meal in a chic setting, this is a very good choice.