24 hours in Bath: Spa, Culture, amazing food & drinks, and a textile discovery March 25, 2017 16:21
I have indulged in a few mini breaks lately. They offer the fresh perspective needed to be creative and often I come back inspired and raring to get back into my studio.
My last mini break was last weekend, when I went to Bath to see my friend and actress Emma Beattie in The curious incident of the dog in the night time. The award winning NT play which, to quote the author Mark Haddon, “is a novel about difference, about being an outsider, about seeing the world in a surprising and revealing way. The book is not specifically about any specific disorder”. The play is currently on tour in the U.K and about to go on an international tour.
Where to relax in Bath
On my arrival from Brighton, we went straight to the Bath Thermae Spa. It has mixed reviews but we both love spa experiences so were ready to try it! Unfortunately the steam rooms are currently being renovated until the end of March 2017, but this entitles you to a free re entry voucher. We arrived just before the Friday late afternoon rush so it wasn't too busy and we had a lovely, and fun time!
Where to Eat & Drink in Bath
We came out refreshed and hungry for our dinner at the award Winning, scallop Shell. It has a modern and warm interior with a fish counter you can choose from, a great menu and a nice wine and beer list! I went for a grilled sole but Emma had the haddock fish & chips and both were divine!
Whilst Emma was getting ready for the play I had a drink at the lovely and (prope, excuse my French) Vino Vino wine bar which is next to the Theatre Royal. The Oven, the award winning pizzeria next door, smelled delicious and customers were raving about it when leaving the restaurant.
Now, it was time to see the play, which was amazing. A beautiful insight in the mind of a teenager with behaviour issues having to cope with life challenges. I also loved the theatre, which has been restored whilst retaining its original design and features.
After the show we went to The d'Ark Horse, an underground cocktail bar. An intimate bar with a nice atmosphere and friendly service. They follow the current trend of serving beautiful cocktails using local ingredients.
Where to shop for interior in Bath
Saturday morning after a visit to The Thoughtful Bakery for coffee and breads (like beetroot bread and wraps!!), yumm yum! But now it was time for some shopping so we went first to Milson Street, where the Morris dancers were performing. We visited Savannah Home Store , of course, I love interior shops, especially when they offer something unusual. Savannah Home store currently have for sale wingback chairs upholstered in died silk velvet fabric and a collection of cushions and throws. The fabric is designed and made by the former textile designer for Galliano and McQueen. Her fabrics are a work of art and fashion history. I have been on the hunt for some new cushions in an original nice fabric so I may have found them!
We then went to Hay store, who designs and makes contemporary furniture with an eye for modern living and sophisticated industrial manufacturing. I discovered Hay in Copenhagen 10 years ago, when I travel back home with bags of cushions (that was the time of unlimited luggage being allowed on the plane) and I am still a big fan! This year I particularly like the yellow accent.
We then had a brunch at the Wild Cafe, serving breakfast all day and It was time for my 13.01 train to Brighton and Emma's matinee show.
I feel like every time I come to Bath, there is so much more to discover. I will be back soon!!