What to eat when in Bath? The West Country is famous for being a little more liberal in the kitchen than the rest of England, although this is changing all the time. Tradition is important here, so get involved with any of these tasty treats.
First of all, this isn’t a dish, and second of all it wasn’t invented here, but does anyone do cider quite like the good people of Somerset? Real ale dominates the UK but it is the apple-based booze that is king down here. Bath has a number of pubs that serve some of the best cider in town, so don’t miss out.
A true traditional must in Bath, the Bath bun is a sweet roll with crushed sugar sprinkled on top, just in case the whole thing wasn’t sweet enough. Jane Austen wrote of them ‘disorientating her stomach’, so maybe just try the one. The Sally Lunn bunn is similar, so get yourself to Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House for some tasty tradition.
Cheddar is the cheese of choice for the majority of England, and we have a small village in Somerset to thank for that. The village of Cheddar is found 25 miles west of Bath, so you can bet your bottom penny that much of the finest soft cheese makes its way to the big city.
They are becoming more and more rare in Bath itself, but any carnivore that sees Bath Chaps on a menu should jump at the chance to try this pig-centric delicacy. Pig cheeks pickled in brine for a couple of weeks before being boiled and rolled in breadcrumbs? Count us in, count us very much in.
We started with booze, we might as well end with it. Bath Gin is unique in a country enthralled by the stuff, so get yourself to The Bath Distillery to sample (and purchase) some truly unique alcohol, before moving to the Canary Gin Bar for a long evening of gin-based cocktails.