A visit back to the UK from our home in SW France, and the Bath Priory was booked via recommendation from Trip Advisor and looking for the best from the AA/Michelin. The place is VERY English country comfortable, the staff highly attentive and the dining of the utmost standards. However, we guess that modern cooking methods will be embraced here and used in such establishments, but we have to voice the opinion that - although we are ourselves from the restaurant industry, we cannot say that we enjoy the sous-vidé/ronar-poached meat texture (of which ALL the fish/meat that we ate) were subjected to via this method. The Turbot had an unpleasant 'gelatinous' texture (though <perfectly> cooked and sauced) and the Partridge, again given a skin-crisping was uncomfortably <raw> in texture, though we guess technically cooked (!). The explanation was to give a more moist result, although an expert eye with experience will know EXACTLY when a piece of meat is perfect. For that matter, this poached method left a nugget of Mallard bereft of gaminess or texture. Sad really as this chef has stars in his eyes but perhaps is too fussy in his miniaturisation and execution to the chagrin of the eventual taste/texture. Of course the meal was imbued with many highlights, but again an over-zealous £19 for 2 x small Kirs to begin with left another uncomfortable "taste" in the mouth.
Over-dim lighting, too in the restaurant did not pay enough tribute to what delicacies were on the plate. Overall, an experience that was for us, alas, a one-off.
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- 27 luxurious en-suite bedrooms and 6 suites, fashioned from the traditional honey-coloured Bath stone in a Gothic style, set in 4 acres of award-winning gardens ... more less
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