The Bath Priory Restaurant

Afternoon tea, British·
Silver Award

SquareMeal Review of The Bath Priory Restaurant

Silver Award

It’s only a mile from the city centre – and a very pretty walk at that – but the redoubtable Bath Priory is the epitome of cosseting country-house comfort.

Walls clad with ivy and buddleia look the ye old part from the word go and while the interiors could in no way be described as contemporary, the neutral colour palate in the formally dressed dining room (think thick curtains and carpets, and well-spaced tables properly laid with white napery) stop things from feeling stuffy.  

Outside, meanwhile, a suntrap terrace, with classy canvas parasols to keep the heat off, has a view over the garden’s colourful borders of flowers framing velvety striped lawns: just the place for a languid G&T and a leisurely read of the papers in summer.

With a kitchen brigade headed up by Michael Nizzero (The Waterside Inn, The Ritz Restaurant et al), diners can also look forward to high-end cuisine and a repertoire of classically inclined seasonal dishes.

Sourcing and timing are admirable – witness starters of native lobster with tomato, basil and parmesan, or smoked beef tartare dolloped with a garden nasturtium mayonnaise and caviar.

Meat and game loom large among the mains (think venison loin with wild mushrooms, amandine potato and cranberries, or roasted grouse with celeriac, bacon and blackberries) but there’s also line-caught sea bass with fennel puree, or halibut with cauliflower and sea vegetables.

Desserts such as blackcurrant souffle with ivoire chocolate, salted caramel fondant banana and mango and coriander mousse with coconut and lime sorbet are also beautifully executed. Vegans and vegetarians, meanwhile, both get their own a la carte and tasting menus.

Service is suitably “smart”, and a “great sommelier” is on hand to guide oenophiles through the exhaustive wine list. Lighter bites, drinks and afternoon tea are also available in the all-day Pantry.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Afternoon tea, British
Fine dining, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating


The food lover heartbeat of the hotel is this renowned 3 AA Rosette restaurant, commanding magnificent views across the award winning gardens. Here, you will take your tastebuds on a journey with the menu, carefully crafted to showcase fresh local produce, exquisite flavours, and a delicate balance. The modern French dishes reflect the essence of seasonal dining, ensuring a memorable experience at every visit. The exceptional wine cellar, curated by the head sommelier, adds the perfect pairing to your meal each time you visit. Whether it's breakfast, brunch, lunch, or supper, the pantry and terrace invites you to really enjoy what it means to indulge in a fine dining experience.

The a la carte menu begins with starters such as the squab pigeon breast with confit leg tart, chicory, cherry and Madeira jus, the Devon white crab meat with lime, mool and peanut chilli caramel, and last but not least, the Orkney scallops with squid-ink vinaigrette and Jerusalem artichoke. Main dishes are just as rich and includes the Wiltshire lamb loin with aubergine, pressed potato, beet, English wasabi and tapenade sauce, the Cornish wild turbot served with scallop mousse, girolle mushroom, sea vegetables, golden Oscietra caviar, miso and kombu tea, and a delicious dish of Himalayan salt chamber dry aged fillet of beef with a smoked brisket, salsify, lovage and red wine reduction. Dessert is always delicious, and includes a pot of hazelnut milk chocolate with butterscotch and passion fruit, a strawberry and vanilla parfait with strawberry compote, and apricot soufflé with milk oolong tea ice cream and almond sauce. If you’re not one to end on a sweet note, order the selection of local and British cheese, apple and walnut chutney, grapes, truffle honey, walnut and raisin toasted bread, and crackers


Is it child friendly?

Children are welcome to join in the restaurant until 8:00pm - last orders are at 7:00pm.

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Is there a dress code?

There is no specific dress code but we would advise smart casual

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Weston Road, Bath, Somerset, BA1 2XT

01225 331922 01225 331922


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-20:30
Thu 18:00-20:30
Fri 18:00-20:30
Sat 18:00-20:30
Sun 18:00-20:30


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Guy S

28 March 2018  
Explempary, creative and tasty food combined with relaxed but attentive service and welcoming atmosphere. The rooms are beautifully furnished and very comfortable.
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