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Post by RDW on Fri Apr 26, 2019 3:43 pm

Mrs RDW and I are spending next weekend in Bath (she gets Badnimton Horse trials on the Saturday, I get Bath V Wasps on Sunday).

Looking for some local knowledge on a good place for lunch pre-game (it’s a 3pm kick off) and dinner/drinks post game. If you have any other suggestions on the Rec or Bath generally they would be gratefully received!

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Post by Dollar Bill on Fri Apr 26, 2019 4:11 pm

Hi RDW,

Have spent a fair bit of time in Bath of late and you will not be disappointed.
Pre-game try the Salamander, the Raven (awesome pies), Hall and Woodhouse, or the Porter.

Post game drinks the Boater is a good shout or the Pig and Whistle....

Dinner try Graze ( by the Station) Sotto Sotto or Firehouse.

Enjoy

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Post by jimbopip on Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:44 am

RDW, I took Mrs Pip there a few weeks ago. We stayed at the Royal Hotel which is very centrally located; just opposite the train station. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel (he also designed the station) which should appeal to your inner engineer. The Pig and Whistle is a good boozer. In the arches at the station are a couple of bars and a Nandos. Opposite them is an excellent cinema Tivoli. It's like an up market Everyman. Very 1920's bar (excellent Bourbon) and a decent menu. If Mrs RDW is a fan of Jane Austen take fer to the Jane Austen experience, just round the corner from the Salamander, and you may earn some brownie points. Next door to the Abbey/cathedral there is a fudge shop (judge's fudges I think) expensive but very very good. We also ate in a Lebanese, Comptoir Libanaise in Newark Street which was very good.
I hope you enjoy as much as we did, you need cheering up after The Annual Slaughter Of The Effeminates. Hug

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Post by NeilyBroon on Mon Apr 29, 2019 10:49 am

Dollar Bill wrote:Hi RDW,

Have spent a fair bit of time in Bath of late and you will not be disappointed.
Pre-game try  the Salamander, the Raven (awesome pies), Hall and Woodhouse, or the Porter.

Post game drinks the Boater is a good shout or the Pig and Whistle....

Dinner try Graze ( by the Station) Sotto Sotto or Firehouse.

Enjoy

I can second firehouse, superb pizza. If you're into beers too they've got a good selection. You'll be spoilt for choice to be honest, there's plenty of good eats and nice cafes all around Bath. Lovely town.
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Post by RDW on Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:12 am

Ooft the Firehouse looks dreamy - that's Sunday dinner sorted!

We're staying in a wee village outside of Bath - city centre hotels were obscenely expensive (more so than London), probably not helped by it being Badminton weekend.

Some good recommendations here - keep it coming! Mrs RDW is extremely well read but has zero interest in Jane Austen and that type of literature so we'll probably give that a miss!

Good heads up on the Brunel influence (I'm more of a Thomas Telford man personally) - very much looking forward to just wandering the streets taking it all in.

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Post by TightHEAD on Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:12 am

Greggs do a mean veggie sausage roll.
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Post by lostinwales on Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:04 pm

If you like coffee Colonna & Small's has a very fine reputation.

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Post by RDW on Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:12 pm

Good shout on a the coffee.

What's Bath like for parking - don't bother or chance your luck?

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Post by Dollar Bill on Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:23 pm

I wouldn’t drive anywhere near Bath.....it’s a nightmare.... V Cars Taxis or the bus will save you hours!!

Colonna and Small coffee is awesome...

Or my favourite, Boston Tea Party on Kingsmead Square....

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Post by maestegmafia on Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:49 pm

The Pig is superb if the Mrs deserves a well earned treat

https://www.thepighotel.com/near-bath/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4fWRh6v14QIVBrXtCh2NkQDWEAAYAiAAEgIKg_D_BwE

Not cheap but exceptionally good.

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Post by yappysnap on Mon Apr 29, 2019 9:25 pm

The Pig is great. I stayed there a while back and the food was awesome.

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Post by propdavid_london on Tue Apr 30, 2019 1:52 pm

Sotto Sotto as mentioned earlier is my recommendation.
Excellent Italian in an old wine cellar.

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