17.9.16

WANDERING AROUND; BATH, SOMERSET - WHAT TO DO, SEE & EAT

Alex and I had a special occasion coming up and wanted to spend a few days away, somewhere not too far or extravagant but pretty and quaint for some exploring and relaxing. We thought about Bath straight away and knew it was perfect for what we were looking for, booked up the local Premier Inn (totally central so highly recommend!) and began planning to fit as much into a few days as possible. I thought it would be nice to run you through both what we did but also a guide to what I would suggest after being tried and tested. 
WHAT TO EAT:
Browns Brasserie - Afternoon Tea
I knew we wanted to head out for Afternoon Tea when we arrived so I did a little research into which one to go for. As it's super ~trendy to go for Afternoon Tea, there were alot to choose from but Browns had a nice variety of nibbles, was right in the center so we could walk to it and the price was pretty decent too. The sandwiches were cute little brioche rolls with chicken, salmon and egg. We had earl grey tea cake, salted caramel profiterole, red velvet cake and a white chocolate pot (yum!) Finished off with both raisin and plain scones and of course as much tea as you can drink. For £25 for two, I personally thought this was a good price (especially after dishing out £55 per person at Sketch in London!)
Locksbrook Inn - Gastro pub style lunch
The Inn was another place I had heard of whilst searching for recommendations online and if it wasn't for that, we never would of found it. It's a little bit outside of the main center (took us about 8 minutes to drive to) and to me, a non local, seemed to be in the middle of nowhere. That being said, the location is beautiful! Heading down through residential roads, you come to the opening of Locksbrook Inn where it sits along side a canal with beautiful barges and outside seating to go with it. Unfortunately it rained on this day so we had to sit inside but the decor is so cool, it really has that urban industrial meets countryside chic vibe. The menu is lovely, with all sorts to cater for all. We opted for something heavy as it was our last meal before a long journey home - fish & chips and an amazing fried chicken burger with halloumi, yas!
 The Circus - Evening meal
For a gorgeous evening meal, head up to the famous Circus where you will find the aptly named The Circus. A small and intimate restaurant for some fine dining. I would highly recommend booking here, we did luckily however a few people came in as we were eating looking for seats and were sent away as they were full. The menu is small and seasonal but delicious. I opted for a savory cheesecake which had onions, feta cheese and pine nut goodness in it and a beautifully made summer pudding for dessert. 
Sally Lunns - Infamous Bath 'bun'
Sally Lunns is a very well known eatery in Bath. If you go onto any website for ideas you cannot escape this place. They serve something known as the 'Bath Bun' which is a very large sort of brioche type bun which can be eaten sweet or savory. This is a very popular place in Bath so expect queues during popular hours!
WHAT TO SEE
Bath has some beautiful history and some amazing things to see whilst there. Everything is in walking distance so park up and wear some comfortable footwear and you'll be sorted! A couple things you cannot miss are;
Bath Abbey, Roman Baths and The Pump Rooms
The Abbey is donations only however the Roman Baths you do need to pay to see, we actually didn't bother but a friend of mine advised to book or go early as the queues get very long!
The Circus & The Royal Crescent
Both are well known residential houses in Baths built in a curved fashion. The Circus is a circular plot of houses and The Crescent is more of a half moon shape. They're not much to look at as they are residential and privately owned so you want to respect those living inside but they are worth strolling up to as they're not far out and you can get some great outfit shots!
WHAT TO DO
Parade Gardens
Right in the center of Bath are these gorgeous gardens. You have to pay to get in but that helps to keep it somewhat quiet and relaxing. The gardens are beautifully kept with gorgeous flowers and monuments inside. There are heaps of deckchairs supplied so grab a chair, find a quiet spot overlooking the river and take five!
Royal Victoria Park - Feeding the ducks
Call me a kid, but I love feeding the ducks! The Royal Victoria Park is just away from the center up towards the Crescent and is a very large area with plenty of space for relaxing, ball games or picnicing with friends. There are alot of duck ponds around and with a little bag of breadcrumbs in tow, you are a ducks best friend!
Pultney Princess boat tour - Head down the River Avon with a guided tour
There are a few boat tours available, from slightly more expensive dining tours to what we attended, the little boat tour guided by a local gentleman giving as much insight into the surroundings that anyone could ask for. The tour takes thirty minutes each way and you can get off the other end. We were originally going to do this however as we pulled up there didn't seem to be much going on other than a local pub and as the weather was spitting slightly we just stayed on board and headed back.
Shopping
And finally, of course, heading into Bath there is alot of shopping to be done! All the traditional high street stores are around but Bath also offers some quirkier little shops that I would highly recommend popping into just to experience them.
So I hope you enjoyed my little guide! Let me know if you've ever visited or if you're planning to.
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