Bath is a picturesque city in the south of England, with it’s rolling hills, spectacular Georgian architecture, and world famous Roman Baths, it sounds like the start of a 19th century love story. Create your own 21st century Pride & Prejudice by booking one of these romantic restaurants in Bath.
If you want somewhere cosy and casual where you can share a bottle of wine after a long day at work, The Circus is your spot. A busy, independent, family-run restaurant in the centre of Bath near the famous Royal Crescent. The menu changes every month so you can keep on coming back and make it your new local. Depending on when you go, you might be able to try the mussels from the river Fowey in Cornwall, or the chickpea panisses, with black olive caramel, beluga lentils braised with red wine, basil, celery and pumpkin seed oil, red pepper, chilli jam, and Parmesan shards (…and breath!). Make it an extra romantic evening by going to the Theatre Royal as The Circus is only a 5-10 min walk from there, and they do a pre-theatre menu. Get the roses, bubbles, and your glad rags, have a romantic evening courtesy of ResDiary. Book now.
Cloisters Restaurant at Bailbrook House
Speaking of rolling countryside, Bailbrook House is situated right in there. Tucked away in the historic mansion is Cloisters Restaurant, with original archways made from traditional Bath stone, this 2 AA Rosette “basement restaurant” is pretty romantic. Enjoy a couple of drinks upstairs in the mansion (yes, MANSION) gazing into each others eyes (sorry), and then make your way downstairs to experience dinner Bailbrook House style. Head chef Michael Ball is a country house veteran, using amazing local produce and bold flavour combinations, this isn’t a stuffy affair, but something a little bit daring and different. Start your meal with the french rabbit cannelloni served with mustard sauce, penny bun mushrooms, and jerusalem artichoke. Then, dive into the Haunch of Mendip Hills venison, served with Venison pithivier, parsnip, red cabbage, and swede. Finish your meal with a vanilla panna cotta with Yorkshire forced rhubarb, and ginger. If that doesn’t say romance, we don’t know what does.
Olive Tree Restaurant
The Olive Tree is one of Bath’s longest established independent restaurants, with the 3 AA Rosettes, it’s one of the best experiences of fine dining Bath has to offer. They always use the best, local produce, and they’ll keep you full with their seven course or five course menus. Dishes on the menu include raw Orkney Scallop, leek, mushroom, and seaweed, nothing sounds more romantic than raw scallop, am I right? It’s always good to try something new, why not try it together? If you need more persuasion, look no further than the dark chocolate mousse, yoghurt sorbet, and olive dessert.
Noya’s Kitchen serves up authentic Vietnamese food experiences, combining Supper Clubs, cooking classes and drop-in lunches in central Bath, all cooked and carefully chosen by Vietnamese born Noya (Nguyet) Pawlyn. Noya used to run supper clubs in Bath, and after the popularity of those, she decided to open her own place. After two years of looking she found just the venue. If you want your date to be surprised and have plenty to chat about, Noya’s is the place. She prepares a secret menu everyday with changing specials, so you can keep revisiting it and there’ll always be something different on the menu. It’s BYOB as well, so bring your favourite wine or some brilliant Vietnamese beers. Want to do something entirely different and romantic? Book a Vietnamese and South East Asian cooking class at Noya’s to learn how to create three delicious dishes. The perfect way to spend time with someone you particularly enjoy the company of.
If your idea of a romantic meal for two is a big slab of meat and a bottle of wine, Hudson’s is your best bet. As one of the most romantic restaurants in Bath for meat eaters, expect prime dry aged steaks, delicious starters, and some good ol’ classics. The owner of Hudson’s, Richard Fenton, took on this run down, out of the way pub, and made it into a bit of destination restaurant by focusing on cooking killer quality beef. Start your night in the downstairs bar with a cocktail or whatever tipples your fancy. Then cosy up upstairs next to Victorian fireplaces with views over the park. After a classic starter such as chicken liver parfait, caprese salad, or a lovely bit of goats cheese, you have to choose one of their eight types of steak. It’s a hard choice, but be rest assured, they’re all served with bearnaise sauce and a red wine glaze (you can change to a different sauce if you fancy). Get booking because this place fills up, and you don’t want to disappoint your romantic date.