When I knew I was going to Bath, I took to the mean streets of Twitter to ask where I should go for dinner. Very quickly I had all kinds of suggestions flooding my Twitter feed.. but there was one clear favourite – GO TO ALLIUM BRASSERIE, Twitter tooted. GO!
So I did.
Hiding away in The Best Western Abbey Hotel in Bath is the extraordinary chef, Chris Staines, who held a Michelin star in his former role at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge and who has already secured three AA rosettes for Allium. (Cue Al Pacino – “Hoo Ha!”)
We had spent the day at Thermae Bath Spa and had eaten lightly in anticipation of a special dinner. We arrived and were greeted by really lovely and very friendly staff. We headed into the cosy bar, (which they’re about to refurbish) and sipped delicious cocktails, whipped up by the very talented bar man. Or should that be barman? Hmm. Chap behind the bar.
We perused their varied and really interesting (and I mean that in only a positive way) menu, while we chatted and listened to 1930’s classics, being played by their resident jazz trio…
We took our drinks into the restaurant and sat by a large grand window. The restaurant wasn’t hugely busy, but there was a lovely gentle atmosphere and a charming elegance to everything around us.
We had a few more glances at the menu and made our decisions. I can’t resist a scotch egg. It’s impossible and there is little point in fighting the urge. So I chose their famous quail egg scotch eggs for my starter, while LM picked Escabeche of Quail.
The scotch eggs were absolutely gorgeous and I didn’t look up for a couple of minutes, while I savoured every bite. Had I looked up a little earlier, I would have seen the moment LM’s eyes glazed over with happiness. LM is a real foodie and has eaten many a wonderful meal in his life. Which is why his tweet later that evening was BIG news.
We hadn’t ordered any wine as we were both still shaking off our various ailments, but we sipped our water and chatted (mostly about how amazing our starters had been) for a little while before our main courses arrived…
Both the mains were wonderful. I’ve said it before, but I am not all knowledgeable when it comes to food. I often don’t know what things mean on the menu (I always ask) I wouldn’t necessarily know what goes with what, and I am slowly becoming more adventurous in the kitchen and follow recipes less rigidly than I used to.
But, even though I am not an expert, it was clear that there was something very special about the food we were eating at Allium Brasserie. It was exciting and fun.. a bit kooky in places, with unexpected twists and turns.. and you have the sense of being in the hands of someone who really knows their stuff.
Allium Brasserie is definitely a restaurant you should seek out when you are next in Bath – the staff are brilliantly attentive (and just the right amount – no stalker in sight) the location is central and the food is exquisite. It’s a real treat.
We talked excitedly about our meal as we walked back to The Queensberry, where we had our last night of luxury sleep, before boarding a train to London the next day.
Thank you Bath for a wonderful few days – I loved it and managed to discover a few special spots while I was in your company.
Until next time…
Allium Brasserie at The Abbey Hotel