Bath Journals

Relaxing in and around Bath

A September 2010 trip to Bath by artslover

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Quote: Five days enjoying the city and countryside

The Wheatsheaf - Combe Hay

Restaurant | "Excellent British food"

The Wheatsheaf - Combe Hay Photo, Bath, England
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This restaurant is about 4.5 miles or a 15 minute taxi ride south of Bath. It is set in a former farmhouse but has been a pub, according to the owner, since the 15th century.We started at the bar because the place as you walk in is more a pub than a restaurant or at least that seems to be the approach of the owner who suggested we start at the bar before dinner. We met the locals at the bar. They were very friendly and one gave us a drink of his homemade sloe gin, gin which had been flavoured with sloe plums, some sugar and almonds.The restaurant features local and homemade produce. The breads were very good. I had a venison pie which was garnished with cobnuts, which were li...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2010

The Wheatsheaf - Combe Hay
Combe Hay
Bath, England 2 7

Yak Yeti Yak

Restaurant | "Interesting Nepalese cuisine"

Yak Yeti Yak Photo, Bath, England
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We felt in the mood for curry so asked at our hotel for recommendations for an Indian or Thai restaurant. The hotel staff gave us suggestions but also suggested a Nepalese restaurant, a cuisine we had never tried. We were glad we tried it. While reminiscent of Indian food, the Nepalese cuisine is not spicy hot, just spicy flavourful.The restaurant is set in the basement of 3 listed 18th century town houses with a variety of dining areas, a separate bar and 2 courtyard gardens each with its own character. There is even a traditional Nepalese style dining room with low level tables and floor cushions. The rooms are full of curiosities which we couldn’t identify.We had our waiter ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2010

Yak Yeti Yak
12 Pierrepont St
Bath, England 1 1
01225 442299

Mad Max Tours

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Attraction | "Stonehenge and better sights"

Stonehenge Photo, Salisbury, England
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We've never done a group tour before but to see Stonehenge and the villages around Bath, it seemed like the best option as I did not find any private tour operators in Bath. This one, Mad Max tours, is smaller; it had a 16 person maximum. We started out at 8:45 with 14 other people, most of whom were North American except for a young couple who sounded German and a young couple from France. About an hour drive got us to Stonehenge where there were a fair number of tourists although our driver Dave told us this was hardly any compared to crowds found later in the day. Since it wasn't summer solstice, we were kept fairly far away from the stones.In contrast we went to Avebury ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2010

Jamie's Italian

Restaurant | "Rustic Italian dining"

Jamie's Italian Photo, Bath, England
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This is one of a number of Jamie Oliver restaurants. It promises rustic Italian and that’s what it delivers. The restaurant doesn’t take reservations for groups under 8 people so we just walked there and got a table without waiting on a Monday evening.The place was quite busy with a lot of young people. The decor is what I imagine Italian farmhouse should be like, bare wood and an open room. The servers are friendly and mostly young.We split an appetizer of squid then had spaghetti vongole and bucatini carbonara with a side rocket and radicchio salad. My dining companion thought his pasta was too substantial for the sauce but we found both dishes tasty, but not outs...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 13, 2010

Jamie's Italian
10 Milsom Place
Bath, England
01225 51 00 51

Halcyon Hotel

Hotel | "Enjoyable stay especially because of the staff"

Halcyon Hotel Photo, San Francisco, California
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The downside to this hotel are the small rooms. We had a deluxe double but there was not a lot of floor space. The rooms vary but ours had a rack with hangers in the corner, no closet and no drawers, a small desk and stool, and a shelf with coffee and tea making supplies as well as jars of sweets (which were an additional charge). The bathroom was also small; ours had only a shower with a rainhead shower which we enjoyed along with the generous supply of shampoo and shower gel and the big fluffy towels on a heated towel rack.On the upside, the room was clean and the bed comfortable and we were able to open the windows and enjoy some fresh air.The hotel does not provide intern...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 13, 2010

Halcyon Hotel
649 JONES STREET
San Francisco, California 94102
1-415-9298033