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Eat like a local in Bath

Please note this information was correct at time of writing - during the Covid-19 outbreak all businesses have adopted different working practices. Please contact them to check opening times etc

Bath has a wide variety of places to eat and like most cities in the UK you will find plenty of chain restaurants around Bath. However where would a local Bathonian recommend? Here are some suggestions of perhaps lesser known eateries to visit!

Breakfast: Start the day off well

Thoughtful Bakery

This homely bakery offers a wide range of breakfast options and is tucked behind the main high street. Make sure to choose a dish with some form of bread/toast as it is made on site. They also offer a wide variety of pastries and cakes. You can eat in or takeaway!

Address; 19 Barton Street, Bath, BA1 1HG

Telephone: 01225 471747

Opening times: 8am-5pm

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The Fine Cheese Company

This café is quirky and serves high quality food. Perfect for a cooked option or a pastry and a coffee. Their freshly squeezed orange juice is a great way to kick off the day. Why not visit the cheese shop whilst you’re there!

Address: 29 & 31 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BN

Telephone: 01225 448748

Opening times: Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 4.00pm


Coffee: Take a break


This café is perfectly placed to give you a break from shopping or sightseeing. If you are lucky enough to bag a table by the window you get a lovely view of the Pump Room and Abbey Courtyard. There are a selection of cakes and of course, coffee!

Address: 6 Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY

Telephone: 01225 758132

Opening times: Monday – Saturday 8am – 6pm | Sunday 9am -6pm

The Columbian Company

Nestled in the centre of Bath is this gem, ready to provide you with great coffee. You can always take-away if you want to keep on the move! It's really small but don't let that put you off. Really friendly and Spanish speakers too.

Address: 6 Abbeygate Street, Bath, BA1 1NP

Telephone: 01225 316774

Opening times: Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm | Saturday 8am – 6pm | Sunday 10am – 5pm


Lunch: I need sustenance

Café Lucca / The Loft

Café Lucca is situated at the top of town near the Assembly Rooms. It's a beautiful light café with a welcoming and relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy their high-quality food, such as delicious ciabattas or ‘proper’ salads.

Address: 1 Bartlett Street, Bath, BA1 2QZ

Telephone: 01225 333844

Opening Times: Monday – Saturday 9am – 5pm | Sunday 10am – 4pm

The Whole Bagel

If you are pushed for time or would like to have lunch alfresco (Parade Gardens are only a short walk away) why not visit this independent bagel shop. The staff are friendly and accommodating. You can watch your bagel being made! They never skimp on the fillings and it beats a shop bought sandwich every time.

Address: 8 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG

Telephone: 01225 333259

Opening Times: 8am – 4pm Monday to Saturday | 10am – 4pm Sunday


Afternoon Tea: Time for a treat

The Pump Room

The Pump Room is renowned for their class, elegance and prestige and it does not disappoint. Enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea with sandwiches, scones, little cakes and plenty of tea (or champagne). Often there is live classical music which creates a lovely atmosphere.

Address: Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ

Telephone: 01225 444477


Dinner: Let's finish the day properly


Aqua has a friendly atmosphere and is a good place to have your evening meal. Great selection of food and is fairly priced. You can book a table in advance, perfect ahead of exploring the city at night.

Address: 88 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD

Telephone: 01225 471371

Opening Times: Sunday to Thursday 9:30am – 10pm | Friday to Saturday 9:30am – 10:30pm

Sotto Sotto

This is a unique Italian restaurant, situated underground near the Roman Baths. You must book in advance, as it is extremely popular!

Address: North Parade, Bath BA2 4AL

Telephone: 01225 330236

Opening Times: Everyday 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 10pm


Hopefully, you will find these recommendations helpful and enjoy exploring Bath’s culinary delights!

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