If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I spent part of last week just outside of Bath, where I grew up. It was great to show Stuart around, reconnect with old friends and visit areas old and new. Having heard of a few new healthy eateries mentioned by fellow health bloggers, I was keen to check them out and sample what was on offer. On Tuesday, we visited The Green Rocket cafe, conveniently located just up the road from the railway station for an elevenses and to plan the week ahead. The Green Rocket offers a vegetarian version of the classic English breakfast alongside a wide range of tasty-sounding dishes for lunch and dinner. I had their eponymous juice and shared a tasty coconut flapjack with Stuart, which set us up for a couple of hours wandering up Bath to give Stuart a look at the Crescent and Circus before our stomachs took us back down and in to Beyond the Kale located within Green Park Station. By far and out my biggest regret was not buying the banana bread and peanut bites to take out as it got busy just as we were finishing up our lunch. Beyond the Kale offers daily specials and mixed salads, all displayed beautifully on the counter, alongside juices, smoothies and treats. There’s also a health food shop attached so it’s a one stop shop for visitors to Bath.
We treated ourselves plenty enough too, with Turtle Bay curries and a shared plate of nachos at my childhood favourite, the Lock Inn in Bradford on Avon. After covering several miles walking along the canal, it was just what we needed before heading back to Bath.
For artisan foods in Bath, two key places come to mind: the Fine Cheese Co. and Bertinet Bakery. I fancied something like feta to have with roasted vegetables and quinoa, so popped into the Fine Cheese Co. for some suggestions, and came out with an amazing feta made from raw milk and stored in olive oil and herbs. In my opinion, the Bertinet Bakery make the best almond croissants in the world, but for last week, their sourdough set me up for a few days of avocado on toast and to dip in the feta’s olive oil. Perfect.
It was a surprisingly heavy week for alcoholic drinks too, but the absolute highlight was Bath’s Jane Austin-themed gin bar, the Canary Gin and Wine Bar. There’s a small menu of “Gin Austin” cocktails, which all are based on Bath Gin, but for other gins, a classic G+T, served with the appropriate garnish, is offered. My new favourite is the sweetly spicy pink peppercorn gin, especially when drunk catching up with one of my oldest friends and birthday “twin”!
Eating and drinking my way around Bath -both healthy and not -was the perfect way to rediscover one of my favourite cities. Have you visited any of these places, have recommendations or other favourite cities? Let me know in the comments!