Olive Tree Bath

Modern European·
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
££££ - £50 - £79
Modern European
Fine dining, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star, SquareMeal UK Top 100
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Olive Tree Bath

The Olive Tree restaurant is part of the magnificent townhouse that houses the Queensberry Hotel in Bath. This boutique hotel is one of the most popular in the city, and sits just a stones throw from famous Bath landmarks like The Circle, the Georgian Gardens and the Royal Avenue.

Inside the hotel, The Olive Tree is fast making itself just as popular to visitors as the aforementioned attractions - this remains 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 with the likes of Michael Caines at Gidleigh Park and James Sommerin, as well as spending time at Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck. His cooking combines the essential ingredients of those experiences - the precision of dishes at The Fat Duck, combined with a style that honours great West Country ingredients. Bath is fortunate to be surrounded by exceptional farmland, and The Olive Tree aims to show great local produce in its best light.

There's a six-course and a nine-course tasting menu, as well as a smaller four-course menu available at lunch on Fridays and Saturdays. 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.

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 new and old world wines well represented, as well as biodynamic, organic and vegan wines.


Does Olive Tree Bath have a Michelin star?

Olive Tree Bath has one Michelin star.

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Location for Olive Tree Bath

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

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 18:30-21:00
Wed 18:30-21:00
Thu 18:30-21:00
Fri 18:30-21:00
Sat 18:30-21:00
Sun 18:30-21:00

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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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