A family favourite treat is to spend a day in Bath – sightseeing the fabulous Georgian architecture, having coffee in the Pump Rooms, listening to the string trio, or in December, mooching about the Christmas market.
Yesterday was one of those treats. The city was packed with students and foreign visitors – the sun was shining and the mime artistes and buskers were entertaining the relaxed passers-by.
A stroll up Milsom Street is a must, so calling in on Vinegar Hill, India Jane and the Highgrove shop was like visiting old friends.
By lunchtime we were in need of rest and refreshment and as always, Bill’s Restaurant and Store in Cheap Street did not disappoint. From the moment you put your face through the door you are greeted by friendly, relaxed and competent staff. Taking a 2 year old grandson to a restaurant is always a good test of genuine service and care! Squid with garlic mayo (yes, the 2 year old loved it) followed by burgers and fries and then ice cream for his lordship. He loved the experience and the staff loved him.
Having financed assets for restaurants for 40 years, it is so thrilling to see us Brits shaking off all the old pomposity and now producing quality food with friendly, helpful service.
In many places the UK is producing dining experiences of fast food or fine dining that is equal or better than any catering in the World.
A day in Bath can make you proud to be British – proud of our heritage, proud of our retail offering and proud of our catering entrepreneurs and their staff.
Bath – Beau Nash and Jane Austen would be proud of you today!
Image: Jane Austen Festival