A weekend in Bath: Gastropubs + the Great Outdoors
Just two hours outside London, Bath is like another world! Stepping off the train and looking around at the gorgeous Georgian architecture you immediately feel far far away from London. Downtown Bath is buzzy and full of shops, restaurants, bars and more gastropubs than any town I’ve ever visited (so much food!) as you explore beyond the center of town you’ll find beautiful architecture and a lot of green!
- A very nice British country hotel, our room had a pretty view of Queen Square
- The location was absolutely perfect
Saturday | Markets & Gardens
- Morning train from London to Bath
- Lunch at the Bath Farmers Market (open on Saturday’s until 1)
- Hawk Walk at the West of England Falconry
- Did you know that falconry was a sport of kings, queens and nobility of England for thousands of years? You would if you went on a Hawk Walk (or read way too much historical fiction, like me)
- So what is a Hawk Walk? Its an 90 minute trip out into the wilderness during which you learn about and practice falconry. Jay, of the West of England Falconry took us on a private walk, where we fed Mowgli the hawk and meet some very cute owls!
- Prior Park Landscape Gardens
- Totally perfect gardens and park with panoramic views of bath, and even better, one of the four Palladian bridges of this design in the world can be crossed (I crossed it, and took a picture!)
- The little Tea House serves massive slices of chocolate cake, which is a nice treat after walking around for hours!
- Roman Baths
- I love a good audio tour :)
- Someone told us to go late after the day trip tour buses leave. This was a great tip!
Sunday | Relaxing day of eating and tourism
- Bath Abbey
- Located in the center of Bath, a perfect starting point for a day of wandering around the city, stopping into shops, and visiting tourist sites
- Pulteney Bridge – an iconic bridge across the Avon River, quite close to Bath Abbey
- Royal Victoria Park – you’ll pass by the Royal Crescent on the way to Royal Victoria Park!
Gastropubs for Lunch and Dinner
- Marlborough Tavern – a quintessential English countryside gastropub, located close to Royal Victoria Park. I’d go back here anytime! I think it should be on the list of the Top 50 Gastropubs in the UK
- The Raven – I wasn’t sure what to expect from this spot, known for its ales and pies, but I was very pleased! We had the Deer Stalker pie with venison, bacon and lentils. A slightly wintery option but it seemed appropriate since we were escaping from an afternoon downpour.
- Chequers – this was listed as one of the top dining options on tripadvisor and I was quite pleased we stopped by. Located just outside of the center of Bath, Chequers is bright, friendly and exactly what you’d like from a country pub!
Breakfast & Coffee
We needed another day | Things we missed