Mike and I took a week off work back in November, we were going to go abroad for some winter sunshine but left it very late to book anything so decided in the end to stay locally and spend the pennies we were going to spend on a holiday having treeeeeeeats around where we live. It was such a good week and so relaxing, definitely want to repeat it and have a staycation again next year (as well as a holiday though!)
On one of the days we decided to head to Bath, Mike hadn’t been before so thought it would be a good staycation destination.
Most of the buildings in Bath have all been built with Bath Stone, a warm honey coloured stone which gives the city a lovely appearance. We arrived in Bath just as the sun was setting, so quickly checked into our hotel Henrietta House and then headed out for a wander.
First tourist stop was Pultney Bridge and the weir below. The bridge is quite unique as it has shops across it on both sides.
Then we walked past the impressive abbey. I really like the angels climbing up the side of church to heaven in the stone work!
After completing the toursisty bits we headed over to Bath Spa. Ever since it opened in 2006 I have wanted to try it, so I was excited to finally go. Apparently the natural thermal springs were discovered by Prince Bladud around 863BC, so pretty old! We went at a good time – at dusk – so experienced the rooftop pool in daylight and at night. You weren’t allowed to take photos in the spa, but I have borrowed a shot from the Spa’s website.
After the Spa we headed back to our hotel, rather quickly with wet hair in the cold, stopping to take a quick snap of the abbey lit up at night.
To celebrate being ‘on holiday’ we had brought a bottle of prosecco with us and the hotel lent us an ice bucket and two glasses.
We then headed out to dinner at Clayton’s Kitchen at The Porter House – which was recommended by our hotel and it did not disappoint. The food, drinks and service were all really good.
We each had a predinner tipple of Porter Royal – Chase elderflower liqueur, home-made cranberry and juniper reduction, rhubarb bitters and champagne.
We shared scallops for starter and then Mike went for roast rack of Wiltshire lamb with potato puree, greens and a port wine sauce.
I went for the market fish of the day – sea bass – fish veloute (aka sauce!), side salad and chunky chips.
Their cocktail menu was extensive so we tried our best to work our way through – an Old Fashioned for Mike and a Bakewell Tart for me – sooo good, it disappeared very quickly.
We shared an ‘STP’ aka sticky toffee pudding for dessert. Looking at these pictures is making me want to go back right now! It was so tasty my tongue was trying to come out of my mouth to eat it…!
After dinner we headed over to the Gin Bar on a recommendation from my sister. They had a huge array of different gins, stocked from floor to ceiling. They serve each gin in a vintage champnge glass with Fever-Tree tonic and accompaniments to match the botanical in the gin.
Our first choices recommended to us by the owner were served with rosemary in Mike’s and a kaffir lime leaf in mine – it really brought out the gin flavours.
The next day we did some shopping and then headed back to Bournemouth. I found a new angle to take pictures from – through the window of Milo the mini.
I spotted a viewpoint on the way home, so we stopped to take some final snaps of pretty Bath town.
Lovely midweek treat – we will definitely be back again soon!