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