Don’t make the mistake of thinking of Bath as a regional city. Since the Romans came here to make it a fashionable spa town it has played host to visitors from across the world. It thrives on the diversity of its student population, tourists and residents alike. A city of culture, music and literature Bath is also one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
It is no surprise then that the city was the centre of fashion for Georgian society in the 17th to early 18th centuries. Jane Austen set some of her books in Bath and no doubt took the waters and tucked into the buns for which it is still noted, she would have loved it today with its vibrant cafe society.
The Food Festival in October and the Christmas Market attract thousands of visitors to the city but there is always something to see, smell and taste whenever one visits.
Richard Bertinet has two bakeries and one of the many cookery schools in the area. There are gastro pubs like the Garricks Head, named after a famous actor/manager of the Theatre Royal. Everywhere you walk there are treats to tempt you in the shop windows, cafes and restaurants.
It is impossible to come to Bath and ignore the Roman heritage, visiting the Baths, drinking the waters straight from the springs or even bathing at the Thermae Bath Spa that gives visitors a similar experience to that enjoyed by the Romans themselves. The hot water comes from far below the Mendip Hills and leaves the earth so hot that it has to be cooled to the optimum bathing temperature. Nothing like it for working up an appetite!
The Bath food tour coming soon with Original Food Tours originalfoodtours.com