Alfresco Dining Guide 2017: Fine Dining

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Do you prefer to dine under the stars enjoying the surroundings of a nice courtyard or garden?

Dining alfresco is one of life’s simple pleasures. Although we may not always be blessed with the most clement weather, there are a handful of fine dining restaurants worth a visit that can offer exquiste surroundings to match their culinary expertise. We’ve handpicked a few of the best fine dining restaurants for you to try this summer.

Bath Priory Hotel

At the heart of the Bath Priory Hotel is a  celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant, with magnificent views across the hotel’s award-winning gardens.

The menu offers a memorable culinary journey with a focus on fresh local produce, flavour and balance to create exciting, modern British dishes epitomising the best seasonal dining. Complemented by an exemplary wine cellar and exceptional insight from the Head Sommelier they ensure every detail of your dining experience is perfectly paired.

Escape the hustle and bustle of Bath’s city centre for a cosy, casual dining experience with a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere in The Pantry. The mouth-watering menu which includes locally sourced food and drink features classics such as The Bath Priory burger with hand cut chips or mussels in cider and parsley.

On sunny days, guests can enjoy an aperitif on the terrace and admire the award-winning gardens before heading in to eat an enviable lunch in the light-filled dining room.

For further details go online or call:  01225 331922 

Lucknam Park Hotel

With its pretty terrace overlooking the walled gardens and Dovecote, The Brasserie by Lucknam Park is fabulous for alfresco dining. The open kitchen and wood burning oven provide a sense of theatre as our Executive Head Chef Hywel Jones prepares creative, seasonal dishes, using the finest ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible.

The Brasserie, just 6 miles east of Bath, is open 7 days a week with a ‘must try’ summer menu available.The two course set lunch menu is from £24 per person and the three course set lunch menu from £27 per person, together with an á la carte menu available for lunch and dinner. Or for those with serious will power, there is even a ‘healthy option’ menu available.

Adjoining Lucknam Park’s award-winning spa, The Brasserie makes the perfect place to stop off while enjoying a day of relaxation and rejuvenation.

For further details or to make a reservation, please call 01225 742777, or visit our website

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The Royal Crescent Hotel

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa is situated in the centre of the world famous Royal Crescent, known worldwide as one of Bath’s most stunning Georgian buildings and this year celebrates 250 years iconic years of existence.

The hotel has one acre of stunning secluded gardens nestled between the main mansion building and the coaching houses that overlook Crescent Lane. This spectacular hidden gem is the perfect location for relaxing and unwinding whilst enjoying the most delicious cuisine, selection of finest tea’s & coffee’s, all day dining or a delicious spa menu lunch, this haven of tranquillity can be found just ten minutes from the central high-street.

The spectacular gardens play host to The Dower House & Afternoon Tea Garden, The Taittinger Spa Garden, The Taittinger Sun Terrace and spectacular Wedding Garden.

Seat in the finest surroundings whilst enjoying dishes such as Hot Feta Salad, Beer Battered Fish & Chips or a Super Food Salad should you prefer the healthier option and compliment your experience with a chilled glass of delicious Taittinger Champagne or a glass of chef’s seasonal non-alcoholic cordial!

The Montagu Bar & Champagne Lounge is the perfect place to visit for an after work cocktail, we’d recommend sampling a signature cocktail ‘The Queen of The Blues,’ simply delicious!

If you simply cannot bear to leave and wish to sample all that the hotel has to offer, stay a little longer in one of the hotels 45 luxurious suites or rooms.

Home to some of the most elegant hotel rooms in the country from rooms boasting stunning views of The Royal Crescent lawn or private gardens, to private balconies and period features. All hotel residents can enjoy complimentary valet parking and unlimited access to The Spa & Bath House during their stay. The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa provides unrivalled solace for those who lead busy lives.


Allium at The Abbey Hotel

Summer in the city is perfect for café culture, and when the sun shines the terrace at Allium is one of the best venues in the heart of Bath.

Allium has one of the largest pavement terraces in the heart of the city, stop off and watch the world go by. From coffee and croissants in the morning through to light lunches, elegant afternoon tea, early evening cocktails and dinner. You can while a way a few hour’s people watching as the world goes by with some of the cities best attractions in your eye line.


Ston Easton Park

Ston Easton Park holds the culinary crown when it comes to serving award-winning cuisine in the most exquisite surroundings.

The Sorrel Restaurant, open every day to nonresidents and hotel guests, is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Bath, attracting diners from far and wide for special occasions, family celebrations and gourmet dining experiences.

As well as the exquisite Georgian oak-panelled Sorrel Restaurant with spectacular views over the Humphrey Repton landscaped gardens, there are a number of private dining rooms available for intimate celebrations as well as larger dinner parties.To complement the award-winning cuisine, the hotel’s cellars are famed for their selection of fine wines, vintages and extensive range of New World and table wines.

Not only does the hotel provide a fine dining experience you can also pay a visit to Ston Easton Park for a Quintessentially English Afternoon Tea, a beautiful British way to spend a leisurely afternoon with friends and family.

Cloisters Restaurant at Bailbrook House

Set in the original basement of Bailbrook Mansion House the restaurant design takes full advantage of the stunning architectural features of this historic building. The ceiling, made of painstakingly restored Bath Stone, is a set of round domes supported by pillars. Archways have been opened up to provide excellent views of the hotel grounds and the City of Bath in the valley beyond.

There is a selection of seating areas to choose from including the logia setting with views of the lawn and the grand wisteria, two raised areas with views of the parkland and a further lower area for a more romantic setting.

The lighting is a feature of the room and was sourced from Chad lighting of Birmingham and is modelled on a designed used in Warwick Castle. The restaurant is accessed by a lift down from the hotel lobby. The fine dining menu is supported where possible with ingredients from local suppliers.

Drinks may be enjoyed before and after dinner in one of the stylish lounges on the ground floor of Bailbrook Mansion House. These lounges benefit from unparalleled views over the Avon Valley and the City of Bath.

Afternoon tea at Bailbrook House Hotel in Bath: There are three elegant lounges situated in the Mansion House, all affording excellent views over the lawns and parkland of the hotel grounds as well as the Avon Valley and the City of Bath.

We serve afternoon tea daily as well as the increasingly popular elevenses. Our afternoon teas are hand made by our expert chefs and include a selection of delicious pastries, cakes and finger sandwiches. We serve leaf tea only and our waiting staff will present to you a selection of the finest teas or coffee should you prefer.


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