Last weekend, we found ourselves back at Paddington Station (hence the photo) and heading back West for a weekend in Bath. We go every year to celebrate our anniversary (this will be our 7th trip!) and we were pretty excited.
Our first port of call (as always) was the delightful and super relaxing Thermae Bath Spa. Using the naturally heated spa water Bath is so famous for, Thermae is Britain’s only natural thermal spa. The best bit is the deliciously warm rooftop pool, which also offers lovely views over Bath.
After 2 hours of wallowing, we were ready for something to eat (incidentally, why does swimming make you so hungry?!). We made a beeline for the city centre and Jika Jika. Opened by a couple of rugby players (Lee Mears and Matt Stevens if you’re interested in that sort of thing), this is a beautiful cafe housed in what used to be a pub.
As you can see, Alex enjoyed the leather armchairs.
We had some drinks and perused the menu. Alex decided (bravely) to let me order for the 2 of us. I went for the Muffuletta sandwich (serrano ham, mortadella, olive salad, cheddar and mozzarella), which was hearty and delicious – exactly what was required after our strenuous time in the spa.
I ordered the pulled pork sandwich (what else?!) for Alex. This was a heady mix of pulled pork, apple and celeriac remoulade and BBQ chipotle sauce on cider bread. Needless to say it went down a treat.
We loved Jika Jika – it was both spacious and cosy at the same time, service was fantastic and the food was hearty and delicious.
After lunch, we had a mooch round the city, taking in the beautiful architecture.
We then headed to our apartment, which was about a 5-10 minute walk from the city centre, in a gorgeous Georgian townhouse. I would highly recommend staying here – as the photos below testify, it was absolutely gorgeous, really homely and incredibly comfortable. I didn’t want to leave.
After a quick nap, we headed back out to enjoy the beautiful city of Bath. This time we headed to the Society Cafe for coffee and cake (cream soda for me!).
Then we went to Waitrose, grabbed a cheap bottle of red and some Kettle Chips and headed back to our delightful apartment for a pre-dinner tipple.
For dinner, we’d booked at Allium Brasserie, after hearing great things about its chef, Chris Staines. It’s situated in the Great Western Hotel, but don’t let that put you off. We started with drinks in the Art Bar.
Then moved to the main dining room. We took photos of our dinner but it was so dark and atmospheric, you can’t see them, so you’ll have to trust me when I say the food was fantastic. We started with some jamon croquetas and some mandarin segments stuffed with shrimp jam, peanuts and coriander. The croquetas were great, but the mandarin segments were just fantastic. So much flavour in one small bite.
For mains, I had partridge and Alex had suckling pig shoulder. Both were full of flavour and perfectly cooked.
We were too stuffed for dessert, but Alex opted to try a dessert cocktail, made up of espresso, rum and orange juice.
Feeling thoroughly stuffed, we headed back to our apartment, looking forward to Sunday in the beautiful city of Bath.