Is anyone else in desperate need of a holiday? Speaking just for myself, I’m not going to be booking trips abroad any time soon, so in the meantime we’re satisfying holiday cravings by hanging out at the fabulous Bath on the Beach – golden sands complete with tiki bar, palm trees, deckchairs, beach games and everything else you need to temporarily convince yourself you’ve escaped. As the song goes, all that’s missing is the sea…
Where and what is it?
Bath on the Beach pops up just below the Royal Pavilion in Victoria Park, between the tennis courts and the adventure golf – take a stroll through the park and you’ll see the signs. The atmosphere is perfect for family fun in the daytime, when kids are welcome, or for drinks with friends in the evening (it’s adults only after 6pm). A bar serves cocktails, soft drinks and hot drinks too (we all know there are plenty of British summer days when you still need a cuppa) and a pop-up kitchen serves pizzas, nachos and loaded fries. You can choose between shade and sunshine with plenty of different spots to sit, and summery games like boules and table tennis are available for a small fee.
Why this place?
If you haven’t been before, you could be forgiven for wondering if something like this might end up a little tacky, but honestly, it’s lovely. Expect golden sands and palm trees, brightly-coloured deckchairs, cabanas with billowing white curtains, and a shady tiki bar with twinkling fairy lights as the sun goes down. Surrounded by trees and with blue skies above, you could completely forget you’re in the city, and with the sand between your toes I honestly don’t know if there’s a nicer spot in Bath to sit outside and soak up the sun. The food is damn good too – about which more in a moment.
Bonus 2020-themed question: how are they dealing with Covid 19?
What a strange world we live in at the moment. On arrival, you’ll be seated by the staff – everyone must be assigned a table, so there’s no lounging at the bar, but although you can book it’s not required, you can just turn up. You’ll need to provide your details on arrival for Track & Trace. As aforementioned, care has been taken to really space things out, so you can easily keep to a bubble with just your party, and there’s table service with ordering via the website. Side note: anyone else really enjoying not having to go and queue to order anymore? Just sit back, relax and wait for it to all come to you…
What’s the food like?
The menu is very straightforward – pizza, nachos or loaded fries, with ice cream for dessert – but by sticking to a simple offering they’re able to do it really well. The pizzas are particularly good; cooked on site in a proper pizza oven, they’re thin, crispy and generously garnished with a good choice of delicious toppings. The cocktail list features everything you need for proper beach holiday vibes, including a fabulous rum punch, plus a section devoted to speciality gin and tonics, and for non-drinkers there are some lovely mocktails.
How much will I spend?
Bath on the Beach is free to enter, so unless you’re playing beach games (£5 per party for table tennis or boules), all you’ll spend money on is food and drink. Pizzas are all around £11 or £12, with fries and nachos ranging between £4 and £7 depending on toppings. Cocktails vary between £6 and £8, with jugs for £25-28. You can see the full menu here. As you might expect, you’re not permitted to bring your own picnic.
With its open-air location and gorgeous summer holiday vibes, Bath on the Beach is the perfect spot right now if you want to get out for food and drink you didn’t make yourself (pure luxury) but aren’t quite ready to go into restaurants and bars yet. In fact, I’m tempted to say that the adjustments they’ve made for Covid 19 have actually improved the site, with plenty of space, a nice relaxed atmosphere (since numbers are limited) and full table service so you can just sit back and enjoy the sun. Cheers!