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Circus Cafe & Restaurant

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34 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN, England
+44 1225 466020
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions
Description: Small, busy, much admired, family-run restaurant; serving seasonal, locally...
Small, busy, much admired, family-run restaurant; serving seasonal, locally sourced, freshly cooked food; charming and welcoming staff; sensible and honest prices. Set in a fine Georgian house in Bath's most beautiful position - between The Circus and The Royal Crescent. Voted number 4 in the United Kingdom by The Times "Twenty secret restaurants that foodies love". Bookings advised.
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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delicious food, a bit pricey though!

The staff were friendly and professional. We went here during a trip to bath after reading good reviews. Food was delicious. We were offered a small roll before the meal, maybe I am greedy but I would of liked more than just one bit each! You would need to order sides to go with the meal otherwise... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The staff were friendly and professional. We went here during a trip to bath after reading good reviews. Food was delicious. We were offered a small roll before the meal, maybe I am greedy but I would of liked more than just one bit each! You would need to order sides to go with the meal otherwise it wont fill... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very mixed feelings after visiting Circus. I think for us it simply did not live up to the expectation, you know, with the claims like “voted #4 in UK” and “top 20 for foodies”… Food was very good, with two exceptions. First was calf’s liver - it was just excellent, cooked to perfection, albeit accompanied by a weird mush called... More 

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3 Thank Dennis977
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

I am so sorry you had an underwhelming time on your visit to us at The Circus on Saturday. I have noted your comments and criticisms and will also make sure that the relevant people are told. I wish you had sent the octopus back to the kitchen as it obviously wasn't ticking all the boxes for you and we... More 

Jalisco
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came here for lunch on a dreary January Thursday. It was great. Nice mixture of friendly and professional and all the dishes looked superb. Cooking was an interesting mixture of ordinary dishes, like macaroni cheese, and unusual dishes such as savory cheesecake, all cooked in a creative way. Everything worked perfectly. The food was hot, the service was attentive,... More 

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Thank surdejalisco
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your kind appraisal of The Circus. We are really pleased you enjoyed your lunch with us More 

Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Circus is the first restaurant we've ever come across that really deserves its stellar reviews. The two floors are both pleasant places to eat, and in three lunches over the past few months the food's all been interesting and enjoyable, and the service has been impeccable: cheery, helpful and efficient (Clarissa, yesterday, was outstanding). It's the only eatery we... More 

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Thank Bard999
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for coming and well done Clarissa, she seems to be having a busy week....! We're so glad that you have confidence in us and we really appreciate your feedback and positive comments. We look forward to seeing you again soon More 

Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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141 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We know we should try somewhere else to dine in Bath but we just can't do it. Every time we visit here we have fantastic food and superb service. Clarissa, our waitress, was telling us that it was her favourite choice for dining out too! What a recommendation! We just love this place.

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Thank Glebebears81
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Praise indeed! Thank you for your continuing custom and kind comments. They are truly valued More 

Tiverton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the money. Excellent meal despite being very busy. Good choice of menu, in terms of variety and some unusual dishes. I particularly enjoyed the turbot. We'll definitely go again.

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Thank Katherine B
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your nice review. We do appreciate you taking the time to write to Trip Advisor and your kind comments More 

Chudleigh, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I would highly recommend The Circus. We sat upstairs which really gave the cafe/bar feel.. Staff were really attentive and helpful. The food was great, other than the Cafe de Paris butter which seemed to overpower the steak (easily resolved with a knife!). I would highly recommend the cheese course and also the owner's recommended wine l'indegene. Overall a really... More 

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Thank John H
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your time with us. Thank you very much for the recommendation More 

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83 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Combing the rare pair of excellent quality and excellent value, Circus was the standout memory in my first trip to Bath. The menu was interesting and well executed, the staff friendly and the surroundings beautiful. I can honestly say that the two dishes I ordered were the best I've ever had: The Mac and Cheese and the Fat Chips. Pleasingly... More 

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1 Thank RudyardKipling
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Praise indeed and from a voice beyond the grave.... Rudyard Kipling no less?! Thank you for your very kind comments. It is very gratifying indeed when people revisit and are just as pleased with us the second time around. We look forward to your next visit and thank you again More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Tables are hard to find in Bath, so we were lucky to get in for an early dinner at the Circus. Not a standard menu - lots of choice (with some traditional options too). We had the smoked haddock starter, and rabbit and liver for main course (winter menu). All was excellent, and great sides too.

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Thank Jen S
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your concise but positive review of The Circus. It is much appreciated by us all More 

Chepstow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Memories of previous Circus visits were very good (we don't get to Bath frequently). Back to Circus was a good decision; the longstanding highly-regarded restaurant delivered terrific lunch quality and warm, efficient service. The rooms have been refurbished since our last time there, and are a nice balance of traditional style and modern colour. Choices for lunch were a fresh... More 

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1 Thank Mike S
eatyourgreens, Owner at Circus Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind words and comprehensive review of The Circus restaurant. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your lunch with us. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 34 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Bath
  • Phone Number: +44 1225 466020

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 26 - 33
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

Small, busy, much admired, family-run restaurant; serving seasonal, locally sourced, freshly cooked food; charming and welcoming staff; sensible and honest prices. Set in a fine Georgian house in Bath's most beautiful position - between The Circus and The Royal Crescent. Voted number 4 in the United Kingdom by The Times "Twenty secret restaurants that foodies love". Bookings advised.
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

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