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.
The Royal Crescent Hotel
Not everyone knows this, but hidden away behind the great golden facade of the famous Royal Crescent is the most beautiful garden. Dappled with shade, fragrant from beds of lavender and roses, with tables dotted about on the immaculate lawns. It’s the perfect place for the city’s best afternoon tea! Fair enough, it’s not cheap (starting from £35 per person, or £55 with a champagne flight), but for a special occasion it’s impossible to beat. Order a glass of crisp, chilled bubbly, sit back and tuck into delicious sandwiches, warm canapes and elegant patisserie. Frankly, you might never want to leave.
The Clifton Sausage Company
If you’re looking for a table with a view, then it’s hard to do better than the Clifton Sausage Company. This carefully-restored, Grade II listed building is set high up on one of Bath’s famous seven hills. The terrace has an absolutely sensational outlook across the city. On balmy summer evenings, it’s the perfect place for a few drinks – it’s happy hour all afternoon until 7pm, and you can get a glass of prosecco for just £3.50. What better excuse do you need?
Of course, Bath is a stunning city full of delightful al fresco spots, so there are plenty more than I have space for here! In particular, check out Milsom Place – a warren of honey-coloured stone with little courtyards and terraces on different levels, and lots of good food from a variety of different restaurants. The setting is so gorgeous that on a hot summer day you could almost imagine yourself in Florence. Or if you prefer a little people-watching with your dinner, visit The Vaults at the bottom of town. Here several great restaurants are set on a lovely open plaza by the station, which in summer is fitted out with turf and deckchairs. Try Bertinet Bakery for a fabulous French pastries and coffee in the morning, or Grillstock for the most mouth-watering barbecue in the evening.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a family adventure, Bath is full of fabulous treats to discover, and what better way to do it than with one of our beautiful properties as a base. Click here to find out more about our gorgeous accommodation, or read Sal’s other posts for us to find out what else Bath has to offer.