A t u m n a e a s t

EMMA FRAYLING from Visit Bath takes a look at the city’s ev­ere­volv­ing food and drink scene and re­veals some new open­ings

Somerset Life - - FOOD & DRINK -

First to high­light must be the new restau­rant launch­ing at The Abbey Ho­tel on North Pa­rade this Oc­to­ber.

Koff­mann & Mr White’s is the joint ven­ture be­tween Pierre Koff­mann and Marco Pierre White, who be­tween them have amassed no less than six Miche­lin stars. The brasserie-style eaterie will serve the kind of clas­sic English and French dishes which have made the two chefs so fa­mous over the years. Koff­mann was awarded three Miche­lin stars at his restau­rant La Tante Claire in Lon­don and this was where White trained be­fore mov­ing on to at­tain his own three stars at Har­vey’s and The Restau­rant Marco Pierre White at the Hyde Park Ho­tel. The chefs, along with the ho­tel’s new own­ers, say the restau­rant will ap­peal to dis­cern­ing cus­tomers who want good qual­ity, af­ford­able food in a re­laxed, stylish and un­pre­ten­tious en­vi­ron­ment.

Noya’s Kitchen has evolved from the hugely pop­u­lar – and al­ways booked out – pop-up sup­per clubs run by Noya Pawlyn in the Bear Flat area of Bath. Now

‘If you haven’t yet been to sam­ple Richard Buck­ley’s award­win­ning plant-based food you must add this to your list’

you can sam­ple her vi­brant and au­then­tic Viet­namese cook­ing at her per­ma­nent restau­rant on St James Pa­rade. The Georgian build­ing dates back to 1770, and Noya has added per­sonal touches such as sepia fam­ily pho­to­graphs in pretty frames, pots of home­grown pur­ple flow­ers, and co­conut milk cans filled with chop­sticks. Noya’s roots in Viet­namese food runs deep; as the el­dest daugh­ter she started help­ing her par­ents cook from an early age and came to Eng­land from Viet­nam with her fam­ily when she was just seven. The food is well bal­anced, com­bin­ing sim­ple but fresh flavours and con­tain­ing a va­ri­ety of aro­matic herbs which play a ma­jor role in each dish. Her sup­per club, which runs on Fri­days, Satur­days and se­lected Thurs­days, of­fers a fun, in­for­mal din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence – ev­ery­one eats each of the five cour­ses at the same time and you won’t dis­cover what’s on the menu un­til you ar­rive. Noya’s Kitchen also opens for lunch Tues­day to Satur­day, of­fer­ing a thali-style menu, pre­sented as a

tray of small dishes.

An­other favourite is Acorn Veg­e­tar­ian Kitchen, and if you haven’t yet been to sam­ple Richard Buck­ley’s award­win­ning plant-based food you must add this to your list. The veg­eta­bles re­ally are the stars of the show and you don’t’ need to be a veg­e­tar­ian to en­joy the fas­ci­nat­ing flavours that ar­rive, pretty as a pic­ture, on your plate.

Framp­ton’s Café Bar and Kitchen, boast­ing great views over Pult­ney Weir, is great for a wide range of English dishes us­ing lo­cally sourced pro­duce; while for pizza it’s a toss-up be­tween The Oven, Dough and Bath Pizza Com­pany in Green Park Sta­tion. Dough of­fers a va­ri­ety of al­ter­na­tive flour bases to give health­ier op­tions.

Comp­toir + Cui­sine, in­cor­po­rat­ing Cham­pagne + Fro­mage, also opens this month on George Street, which is great news for lovers of French food and fine fizz. The aim of the con­cept is to pair all that is de­li­cious about French food, in­clud­ing char­cu­terie, baked camem­bert cheese, tartines and sea­sonal spe­cials, with dif­fer­ent cham­pagnes, as well as beer and wine. The bistro will be open for break­fast, lunch, af­ter­noon tea and din­ner; also, ev­ery­thing you see, from the cook­ware and uten­sils to the home­wares, fab­rics and fur­nish­ings, will be for sale. On the ground floor there’s the mar­ket store, food and deli coun­ters and the cafe area with a fur­ther seat­ing area is on the first floor.

The French theme con­tin­ues at Le Vig­no­ble. This new wine bar and shop has been brought to Mil­som Place by Yan­nick Loué and Ele Braund. The bar changes its wine of­fer every month and you can pur­chase a taster or glass of wine from one of the self-ser­vice eno­matic dis­pensers en­sur­ing the wine is de­liv­ered in top con­di­tion every time. A credit-type card will record every wine you’ve tried in case you want to come back at any time to buy a bot­tle. French plat­ters of cheese and char­cu­terie are on of­fer if you’d like a light bite.

For some more boozy of­fer­ings - a lit­tle off the beaten track in Wid­combe you’ll find Bath Botan­ics, a small shop and dis­tillery pro­duc­ing clas­sic gin, fruit gin and herbal elixirs. Run by Sue Mul­let, a for­mer gar­dener with a love of plants who went back to univer­sity to study herbal medicine, Bath Botan­ics main prod­uct is No. 1 Gin made with nine botan­i­cals in­clud­ing ju­niper, co­rian­der and lime flow­ers picked from a tree near where Sue lives.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the city’s food and drink of­fer go to vis­it­bath.co.uk/feast

BE­LOW AND RIGHT:Noya’s Kitchen fea­tures au­then­tic Viet­namese cook­ing

RIGHT:Marco Pierre White and his men­tor Pierre Koff­mann have joined forces

LEFT: Veg­eta­bles are the star at Acorn Veg­e­tar­ian Kitchen

Dough of­fers a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent flour bases for its piz­zas

Bath Botan­ics is run by plant-lover Sue Mul­let at Wid­combe

TOP:French flavours at Cham­pagne + Fro­mage

ABOVE: En­joy qual­ity wines at Le Vig­no­ble

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