A hearty lunch in Bath
Where? Gascoyne Place Public House, 1 Sawclose Street, Bath, BA1 1EY (01225 445854, www.gascoyneplace.co.uk)
Set the scene? Gascoyne Place Public House is a beautiful, grade II listed townhouse which took owners Marty Grant and Wayne Taylor four years to lovingly restore – reinstating many of its original features and charm. There are a variety of dining areas, from the relaxed ground floor snug, to the delightful first floor dining rooms.
Small town favourite? Despite only being open for 15 months, Gascoyne Place is rapidly becoming one of Bath’s favourites amongst foodies – and rightly so. Head chef Richard Hughes has created a modern British menu that changes daily depending on what’s in season, and all produce is sourced locally and reasonably priced.
After much deliberation, I ordered roast mushrooms in garlic herb crust with a red onion jam to start – a tasty start – while my dining companion (my mum) had Cornish crab and leek tart with side salad. For our mains, we opted for the generous fillet of monkfish with saffron risotto and a red pepper confit – delicious – and melt-in-your mouth lamb shank with parsnip puree and a rosemary and redcurrant jus; the perfect lunch for a chilly autumn day. (Despite all this, I couldn’t help but notice the fillet of hake in Bellringer beer batter with homemade chips making its way to the next table, which looked fantastic.) I’m also sorry I didn’t have any room for the rhubarb tart with homemade cookie and cream ice cream!
There are plenty of local ales to choose from at the bar, a well-priced wine list and some enticing cocktails – perfect for pre-theatre drinks as Gascoyne Place is just opposite Bath’s Theatre Royal (they also serve a great value pre-theatre dinner menu from 5.30-7.00pm).
Need to know?
If you can, bag a table in the dining rooms upstairs for a meal with friends, the downstairs snug, meanwhile, gets into full swing at the weekends, and would be great for after-work drinks or bar snacks in the evenings.