Enjoy These Al Fresco Feasts With The Last Of The Summer Wine

A delicious selection of afternoon tea treats beautifully displayed on a tiered stand

There is nothing quite like those warm, fragrant summer days, when you just want to be outside as much as you possibly can – whether it’s a long lunch in the sunshine, or drinks in the evening as the stars come out overhead. A city like Bath with all its beautiful open spaces and endless options of exciting events and enticing eats is delightful in the summer. To help you make the most of the last of our lovely summer days, we asked local blogger Sal Godfrey to recommend her favourite spots in Bath for al fresco drinking and dining…

The Marlborough Tavern

This might just be Bath’s nicest beer garden! The Marlborough Tavern has recently refurbished its lovely sunny courtyard. Scrubbed wooden tables, awnings to keep the sun off when it gets too hot, strings of lights and plants climbing the walls give this spot a Mediterranean feel. It’s set on a quiet street at the top of town, making it a lovely peaceful place. The menu is perfect for summer – I particularly recommend their fish and chips, although look out for special menu nights too, starring everything from fresh local seafood to really good steak.

Photo Credit: The Marlborough Tavern

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Treat Yourself to the Ultimate Girls’ Weekend in Bath

For hundreds of years, Bath has been the place to come to treat yourself. The Romans knew just how to do it, with everything from fine food to the ultimate spa experience, and Bath carries on the best of both traditions today – so it’s quite simply the perfect location for a girls’ weekend away. Whether you’re on a hen party, catching up with old friends or just taking a little mother-daughter time, Bath has something for you to enjoy. We asked local blogger Sal Godfrey for her top three recommendations…

For Dining: Chez Dominique

This elegant, understated French restaurant on Argyle St will whisk you away to Paris for a few hours. The menu changes regularly but is always full of irresistible dishes – I’m still daydreaming about their pork steaks with pickled walnuts and Roquefort butter weeks later. You absolutely must save room for the dessert menu too. If you’re in a bigger group, then you can book their private dining room (with beautiful views of the weir) and have your own space, or simply reserve a table in the main restaurant – booking is definitely recommended. They have a fantastic set menu too, with two dishes for just £14 before 7pm, so have an early dinner and leave yourself plenty of time afterwards for my next recommendation…

Chez Dominique Chocolate Treats

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For Drinking: Sub 13

This chic bar makes some of Bath’s best cocktails, including a whole menu based around the dream team that is gin and tonic. You wouldn’t know it from the discreet frontage on George St, but Sub 13’s stylish lounges are spread over several floors and highlights include a snug, candlelit champagne bar in the vaults and a beautiful courtyard garden at the back. You can book your own vault in the late night club downstairs, where drinking and dancing goes on until 3am at the weekends, or even arrange your own mixology class. The best bit? Sub 13 offers a huge range of their award-winning cocktails at 2 for 1 until 10pm, every single day.
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