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Sal’s Kitchen and The Great Visit Bath Takeover

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Anyone who follows me on Twitter & Instagram (and if that’s not you, then why not? Pop over & say hi!) will know that this past weekend Visit Bath, our lovely city’s official tourist board, handed over the reins of their Instagram account to me in honour of their Feast in Bath, a month-long celebration of Bath’s foodie scene (click here to find out more). I spent 48 hours whizzing around the city, putting the spotlight on some of my favourite places to eat, drink and be merry.

Writing my blog, running my digital marketing business and setting up local Twitter community #bathindiechat has meant that I’ve been lucky enough to connect with so many lovely small businesses in Bath. It was absolutely brilliant to have the opportunity to share the love for some of my favourite independent cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, producers and more – huge thanks to everyone who got involved. And for anyone who missed it (or wants a cut-out-and-keep guide to doing Bath Sal’s Kitchen style), here’s a little round-up of all the places that were featured and why I chose them…

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Friday night G&T’s – how else to kick off the weekend?

Sub 13 – for some of Bath’s best (and prettiest) G&Ts and brilliantly buzzy atmosphere, the perfect place for end-of-the-week drinks.

Juno – for their deliciously dirty comfort food menu (including epic cheese toasties), cocktail slushies (need I say more), top notch playlists and for having one of the city centre’s only pool tables – what else do you & your mates need on Friday night?

The Colombian Company – hard to pick a favourite from Bath’s coffee culture scene, but The Colombian Company import small batches direct from Colombian farms and turn them into a seriously good cup of joe.

Bath Farmers’ Market – a cunning wheeze that enabled me to feature lots of my favourite local businesses – The Oven (fabulous granola), Seven Hills Chocolate (guess), Bath Soft Cheese (who make my favourite local fromage, Wyfe of Bath) and Wolf Wine (Bath’s loveliest booze merchants, not technically at the market but in Green Park Station) – and a shout out for Taste of Bath, who send Bath’s best produce in the post, perfect for anyone who can’t visit the market in person.

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Dynamite lunch from JC’s Kitchen

JC’s Kitchen – my favourite street food in Bath, featured for their legendary bubble & squeak which comes with a choice of all sorts of mouth-watering toppings & sauces – crispy pork belly and caramelised goat cheese is my pick.

Extra shout outs for takeaway lunches also went to Phat Yaks (for their amazing pakoras), Chai Walla (stunning Indian food – try their giant samosas) and Whole Bagel (who beat supermarket sandwiches hollow).

Acorn Vegetarian – one of several top recommendations for dining out of an evening, Acorn is an incredibly classy plant-based restaurant with lots of stunning & creative dishes on the menu.

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The Fireside Supper Club with Beth The Free Range Chef

Beth Al-Rikabi (a.k.a The Free Range Chef) – a shout out here for one of my absolute favourite local chefs, lovely Beth, who does all sorts of brilliant pop-ups and supper clubs in the local area – check out my last blog post to read about her enchanting Fireside Supper Club with The Farm Camp.

Extra shout outs for dinner also went to Noya’s Kitchen (scrumptious Vietnamese food, look out for an upcoming blog post on their new Pho Nights!), The Chequers (lovely cosy pub with a delicious, elegant menu), and Fire & Brew (loads of local beers & incredible pizza – read my review here).

The Second Breakfast Club – for a gorgeous supper-club-but-for-brunch experience and a truly sensational menu – read my blog post all about it for more info!

Comins Teahouse – for breakfast dishes with a difference (try their incredible black rice porridge, or Sri Lankan egg hoppers with crispy coconut), and for their devotion to tea from all over the world – fans of a good cuppa, they will blow your minds (in a gentle, Zen kind of a way).

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Bath’s best steak at Chez Dominique

Chez Dominique – for the best steak in the city, a gorgeous, chilled-out setting, and simple but delicious prix fixe menu at just £15 for two outstanding courses – how can you resist?

The King William – for Bath’s best roast dinner – they even get the roast potatoes right which, let’s be honest, most places fail at miserably. Highly, highly recommended for Sunday lunch.

Didi Cakes – for their exquisite cupcakes that taste even better than they look – enough said.

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Stunning Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcakes at Didi Cakes

Phew! As you can probably imagine, it was a pretty busy few days, but the combination of incredible food & drink, proper lovely local businesses and celebrating my beloved adopted city meant it was basically my perfect weekend. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @salskitchenblog to keep up with my future foodie adventures! I’m just off for a lie-down now…

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