Brighter mornings, sunny days and the increasing frequency of cornflower blue skies – summer is officially just around the corner. Fortunately, for those of us living in and around the magnificent city of Bath, there is no better place to sit back and soak up the warm weather than in a sun-dappled beer garden or on a bright and breezy restaurant terrace, watching the world go by against a backdrop of beautiful Bath stone. If you want to make the most of a beautiful day with a spot of al fresco dining in Bath, here are some of our favourite restaurants to try:
This award-winning gastro-pub is something of a Bath institution, welcoming patrons of all ages and attracting both locals and visitors with their seasonal British food, excellent wine list and fine selection of local ales. A secluded walled courtyard provides the ideal setting for a sunny spot of lunch, complete with shady umbrellas to ward off any light spring showers.
Tucked away in the heart of Bath, Cote Brasserie offers fresh, simple yet sophisticated French food in a stylishly rustic setting. As well as excellent deals for weekday lunches and early bird dinner specials, Cote offers a sumptuous breakfast menu and a competitively priced wine list, sourced from various regions across France. There are two outside dining areas – a small terrace and an over-looking balcony, ideal for catching some sunny rays.
3. The Porter
The Porter, set in one of the regal Georgian townhouses that Bath is famous for, offers four attractively designed floors, each with a different purpose. Clayton’s Kitchen is the culinary home of resident chef Rob Clayton who has previously gained a Michelin Star at Hunstrete House and another at Bath Priory. Enjoy a breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner based on only the freshest ingredients whilst watching the hustle and bustle of city life from the vantage point of The Porter’s outside seating.
Bath boasts acres of world-class countryside right on its doorstep, so we knew we had to include a venue which provides a glimpse of dazzling natural scenery on this list. The Bathampton Mill is situated just north of the city. As well as boasting a characterful interior, brimming with cosy nooks and log fires, the spacious, riverside gardens make for a glorious place to drink and dine in the sun. After dark, lanterns light up the outside space, providing a cosy, intimate ambience that is hard to beat.
5. Vino Vino
Vino Vino’s website proclaims they are Bath’s most fashionable wine and cocktail bar and after noting their dedication to matching the right wine to any element of their slick and stylish menu, we are inclined to believe the hype. With locally produced, high quality ingredients making up a collection of artisan boards, fancy salads and bar plates, combined with a cosy yet sociable atmosphere provided by the elegant outside seating, Vino Vino allows you to pretend you are dining on the continent whilst right in the centre of Bath.
Enjoy a touch of sophistication at Hall & Woodhouse with its sumptuous interiors, sweeping staircase and glittering chandeliers. As well as providing award-winning Badger cask ales, a wide selection of international lagers and a menu filled to bursting with fresh, seasonal recipes, Hall & Woodhouse offers a chic rooftop terrace where customers can wine and dine in the sun.
Another out-of-town option, The Muddy Duck has recently been refurbished; its contemporary gastro-pub interior retaining the traditional wooden ceiling beams and character of the 17th century building. Situated just five miles out of Bath in the atmospheric village of Monkton Farleigh, the pub offers comfortable outside seating and a menu of unfussy yet indulgent food based around the very best of local Wiltshire ingredients.
These al fresco restaurants are just a small snapshot of the excellent dining scene that Bath is famous for. Living in or around this charming city, you need never dine inside on a sunny day again!