Olive Tree Bath

British, Modern European, Vegan, Vegetarian·
Gold Award

SquareMeal Review of Olive Tree Bath

Gold Award

Having gained and lost them over the years, Bath now has a Michelin-starred restaurant once again courtesy of chef Chris Cleghorn, whose imaginative and exciting cooking is delivered via five- or seven-course tasting menus.

Things might kick off with crunchy, chicken skin profiteroles, ahead of scallops with seaweed tea and mushroom ketchup, an unctuous ball of truffle tagliatelle with slices of local black truffle, and tiny slabs of monkfish with mussel cream. The quality of duck served with a salty hazelnut crunch, an almost violet venison and a simple parfait (presented on a small podium like a track-and-field star) spoke for themselves, while an unforgettable dish of oozing dark chocolate fondant balanced with salty slices of briny green olives was a witty nod to the restaurant’s name and the colour scheme of the small, wood-floored dining room.

Vegetarian and vegan tasting menus are a welcome idea alongside the meat and fish versions, and all dishes can be ordered à la carte if you’re not so hungry. Wine pairings are worth the extra cost if you fancy trying something new, with the ‘journey’ presented by a waitress so knowledgeable we at first assumed she was the sommelier, including a glass from Lanzarote that tasted of the “summer holidays” she promised and went brilliantly with a plate of trout.

There was a quiet atmosphere when we visited mid-week, despite restaurant and hotel being fully-booked. If you can stay, do, as the suites are stunning and with a top-of-town-location, you can perfectly explore the city by wandering down through the famous Circus.

Cleghorn, who is currently juggling his first newborn with his first Michelin star, trained under Michael Caines and at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, and you can tell. Eating here is a delight, if you can get a table.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
British, Modern European, Vegan, Vegetarian
Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The Olive Tree restaurant is Bath's only Michelin-starred restaurant - set inside the magnificent townhouse at the Queensberry Hotel in Bath. This boutique hotel is one of the most popular in the city, and sits just a stone's throw from famous Bath landmarks like The Circle, the Georgian Gardens and the Royal Avenue.

At the time of writing, The Olive Tree is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city and, with Chris Cleghorn at the helm, it seems likely to retain that award for some time. Chris honed his skills while working with the likes of Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park and James Sommerin. Not to mention spending time at Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck. His cooking is a reflection of each of these experiences - combining the precision of dishes at The Fat Duck with a style that honours local West Country produce. Bath is fortunate to be surrounded by exceptional farmland, and The Olive Tree aims to showcase the best local and seasonal ingredients in a refined and modern manner. 

There's a six-course and a nine-course tasting menu, as well as a smaller four and three-course menu, available at lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, so there's something for every occasion and budget. Dishes include the likes of veal sweetbread, Westcombe ricotta, salted lemon and mint as a starter, Cornish monkfish with sea herbs and vin jaune as a main, and yuzu, Szechuan pepper, meringue and nasturtiums for dessert. There are dedicated vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and dairy-free alternatives for the nine-course option, so dietary requirements are no problem at all. 

The Olive Tree is also a past winner of The AA’s Overall Best Wine List, so as you'd expect, the wine choice is varied here, with a wealth of new and old world wines as well as biodynamic, organic and vegan options.


Does the restaurant have a Michelin star?

Yes, it has one Michelin star. At the time of writing it is the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Bath.

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Do you have to book?

Yes, booking is strongly advised.

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What is the dress code at the restaurant?

Smart casual.

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Meet the team
Olive Tree Bath

Chris Cleghorn

Executive Head Chef

Chris Cleghorn is executive head chef of The Olive Tree Restaurant in Bath. The restaurant is at the heart of the multi-award-winning boutique hotel, Queensberry Hotel, and has maintained a Michelin star since 2018. Under Chris’s direction, it's also been awarded three rosettes from the AA, and ranked in SquareMeal's Top 100 UK Restaurants in 2023. Chris achieved Hotel Restaurant Chef of the Year at the Hotel Catey Awards in 2022.

Olive Tree Bath

Aisling Bury

Restaurant Manager

Aisling Bury is a globetrotting wine enthusiast who has travelled the world honing her hospitality skills at hotels in Paris, South Africa, and Abu Dhabi. She also studied at the prestigious Les Roches school in Switzerland, before returning to Bath to continue building her career, where she now pursues her passion as restaurant manager at Queens Berry.


Queensberry Hotel, 4-7 Russell Street, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2QF

01225 447928 01225 447928


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:30-13:30
Sat 12:30-13:30
Sun 12:30-13:30
Mon Closed
Tue 18:30-20:30
Wed 18:30-20:30
Thu 18:30-20:30
Fri 18:30-20:30
Sat 18:30-20:30
Sun 18:30-20:30


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2 Reviews 

Helen L

17 February 2024   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5

The whole occasion from start to finish was incredible. The ambience in the restaurant was very relaxing helped by the welcome from Aisling,  front of house and all the chef's bringing their course to our table. The food was sublime , what a wonderful dining experience 


Mark D

28 March 2019  
High spec Michelin food in brasserie style, reasonably informal setting and so much the better for it. Good service.
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