Bath is one of the UK’s favourite places for a weekend break – in fact, TripAdvisor just voted it the most romantic city in the UK. But it’s not just a place for couples to escape, it’s also a fabulous destination for foodies, full of mouth-watering experiences from cookery classes to tempting tasting menus. We asked our favourite local blogger, Sal Godfrey, to round up five things that any foodie visiting Bath just cannot afford to miss…
- Savouring Bath’s Food Tours
Looking for a way to explore the city with a bit of a difference (and plenty of refreshment stops along the way)? Savouring Bath offer a selection of fascinating tours around the centre of Bath – ‘Georgian Bites’ is a great way to get a taste of local history, sampling everything from the famous spa waters to Bath buns, ‘Local Flavours’ will help you discover some of the area’s best fresh produce at the farmers’ market, or book a ‘Foodie Frenzy’ treasure hunt around the city – perfect for hen parties. Tours start from £35 per person.
- In The Kitchen Cookery Classes
Bath has plenty of excellent cookery schools (Demuth’s, for incredible vegetarian cuisine from around the world, or Vale House Kitchen just outside the city, for traditional country skills like foraging, preserving and baking), but one of my absolute favourites is In The Kitchen, which offers small, friendly classes from chef Peter Testo. I particularly recommend the Italian Cookery Day (£90), where you’ll learn to make pasta, focaccia, gnocchi, pesto and more, then sit down to a feast on the beautiful roof terrace – you could almost imagine yourself in Rome…
- Novel Wines Tastings
Ever fancied going to a wine tasting, but worried you’ll embarrass yourself as a non-expert? Novel Wines’ tastings are absolutely perfect for enthusiastic amateurs – wine guru Ben Franks hosts relaxed, chatty sessions from £20 a head, where you can try interesting wines from all over the world (the Novel Wines manifesto is to avoid all the usual clichés), learn plenty and have a great time. Look out for sessions that match the wines with local delicacies, and for their yearly tasting party where the entire collection is available to try.
- The Gainsborough Hotel Tasting Menu
There are many brilliant tasting menus to choose from in Bath, but the Gainsborough Hotel is one of my top choices – it’s a beautiful, elegant setting, chef Dan Moon cleverly balances creativity with classic flavours, and it’s pretty incredible value for such good food, at £60 for 6 delicious courses (add a wine flight on top and it’s still less than £100 a head).
- Bath Gin’s Gin-Making Classes
Bath Gin is a little bit legendary by now, so no gin-lover’s visit to Bath would be complete without swinging by the Canary Gin Bar and the distillery below it. For a seriously special experience, though, book yourself onto the gin-making class, for a tour of the whole place, a fascinating gin history lesson, tastings of several different cocktails, and the opportunity to blend your very own bottle, which is great fun and the perfect souvenir. The experience starts from £90 and also includes a bottle of Bath Gin, so it’s impressive value for money too.