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Circus Cafe & Restaurant

#10 of 464 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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34 Brock Street, Bath BA1 2LN, England
+44 1225 466020
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10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Small, busy, much admired, family-run restaurant; serving seasonal...
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
  • 49
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  • 19
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  • 15
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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
Amazing food and service in a lovely location

It was recommended to us and did not disappoint, at all. Wonderful menu choices and all seasonal. A varied choice of food which were all very, very good.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
Tony D
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

It was recommended to us and did not disappoint, at all. Wonderful menu choices and all seasonal. A varied choice of food which were all very, very good.

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Bath, United Kingdom
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114 reviews 114 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Although only 5 minutes away I have not eaten at the Circus for quite a while as Bath is awash with reasonable Restaurants. Requiring a Light lunch my guest and I visited the Circus and both ordered Lemon Sole from the daily special menu. Two beautifully prepared fillets for each of us were served with a butter and Chive sauce,... More 

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Bath, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

A visit here last week proved disappointing. High standards for service and food seemed to have slipped. The white wine was served almost warm. The rather inexperienced waitress then tried to put this right by bring a cooler with three pieces of ice in the bottom. We did in due course get a colder bottle produced! Chose the fillet steak... More 

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

I can see why you were disappointed and I do apologise as we are training new staff at present but that doesn't excuse the fact that you had a bad experience both service wise and food wise for which I am really sorry. It is a rare occurrence at The Circus and we do value your custom and will do... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We visited Circus at the recommendation of Peter Botes, the owner of Blue Quails Deli, and he hit the nail on the head - this place is absolutely fabulous! Their Dover sole was the best version of that fish that I've ever had, including J Sheekey in London. The staff was attentive and warm, even steering us toward a less... More 

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

Thank you for your very kind review. We're really glad that you enjoyed your time with us at The Circus More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We stumbled upon this place after visit to the No 1 Crescent museum and weren't we glad that we did! They fitted us in with a last minute booking and when we arrived were very accommodating asking us which of two tables we preferred. The food was out of this world, the biltong with beetroot and horseradish slaw was possibly... More 

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

We're very glad you stumbled! Thanks so much for your review and we're so glad that you found us and enjoyed yourselves. Do visit us again when you are next in Bath More 

Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We eat here every time we visit Bath, it is always our first port of call, and we are never disappointed. We had dinner here on a Monday evening and it was completely full. The menu was varied and interesting, the dishes complex and full of different textures and flavours. Service is impeccable, and staff are friendly and helpful. Lovely... More 

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

Praise indeed from somebody who comes from the heartland of great Italian "cucina" Bologna! It is really wonderful to be appreciated by people who know good food. Grazie mille for your positive words and kind comments. We do look forward to your next visit. More 

Kilkenny, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I had asked while visiting Bath for a very good restaurant and we were directed to the Circus on Brock Street ,very close to "the circus".We arrived at 6.55pm for a 7pm reservation and were directed to the basement area which I refused as many tables were free in natural light. There was no warm greeting or welcome smile from... More 

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

I apologise unreservedly for your underwhelming evening at The Circus and have taken on board and forwarded your comments to the team who were responsible at the time of your visit. There is no excuse for what you experienced and although we are training some new staff at present, they all know that a warm welcome is imperative and the... More 

Leeds, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Just happened to be walking past and felt hungry. Nothing I'd passed up until this point had grabbed me, but I have to admit the blackboard outside advertising the fact that it is number 4 in The Times hidden places loved by foodies, caught my eye. Reading these reviews now I can see how lucky I was to get a... More 

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

Thank you for your very kind words and review. So glad you enjoyed the "kedge" it is mighty popular with our regulars and they beg me to keep it on the lunch menu but we like to keep things as seasonal as possible so it will be leaving us in May! Do come back when you are next in Bath... More 

London
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51 reviews 51 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We found this restaurant by chance. Staff were very kind and found us a table on a very busy day! Food was very very good! We would recommend to go there if you stop in Bath!

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

Thank you so much for your succinct but kind review it is very much appreciated More 

Swansea
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

Just been for a romantic meal for two. The food was outstanding and Hannah was an excellent waitress. All staff seemed of a similar ilk - all attentive to customers and their needs. We expected it to be more expensive than it was but were pleasantly surprised by our bill. We highly recommend and will definitely return when we are... More 

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

Thank you very much for your kind review. The staff (and Hannah!) will be so pleased that you enjoyed yourselves! 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 27 - 35
  • Cuisine: British

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine

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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