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“Excellent tucked-away fish restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Blunos

Blunos
18-19 Pulteney Road, Bath BA2 4EZ, England
1225 481188
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Ranked #7 of 459 Restaurants in Bath
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Bristol, United Kingdom
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230 reviews 230 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 83 cities Reviews in 83 cities
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
“Excellent tucked-away fish restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

A fairly recent opening by TV chef Martin Blunos, it’s some years since he has had a permanent base and we were keen to give this a go having missed out on his previous establishments. It’s not somewhere you’re going to stumble across by accident, being away from the town centre and tucked away behind a hotel so that it’s not even visible from the street. Clearly he’s not going to get any passing trade, which is perhaps why it was only about half full on a recent Friday evening visit.

There is a decking area at the rear if you want to sit outside, but the only outlook is the hotel car park. Once inside, it has a very modern, slightly blingy, theme, with a predominant green colour and striking modern lighting on the walls. You are first shown to the fresh fish counter before going to your table, and this included a good selection of crab, lobsters, oysters, sole, etc., which you could select from if you wished. This room also included the specials marked up on a whiteboard.

The menu consisted of a good selection of dishes, with about eight or nine options for each course. Non fish eaters may struggle a bit, with a Fillet Steak Pie being the only meat option, along with a couple of vegetarian dishes on the specials board. As soon as we were seated we were brought some very soft bread which we could have with butter (not solid from the ‘fridge like so many places!) or oil & vinegar. This was soon joined by a small tray of nuts and olives, and then an amuse bouche of salmon mouse, very thin, crispy bread and “dirty radishes” (dried, ground olives sprinkled on them to look like soil!). We went for a Crab Tortellini from the main menu to start and a Monkfish Scampi with Tomato Ketchup Mayo from the specials board which were both very good. Main courses consisted of Glazed, Wild Sea Trout with Pak Choi, Chilli & Ginger and a Cold Poached Wild Salmon with Herb Mayo, and again, these were both very good.

Before pudding we got a pre-dessert of his signature dish, boiled egg & soldiers, where the soldiers were actually shortbread and the egg was a vanilla mousse (the white) and a mango sauce (the yolk). It even came with “Salt and Pepper” to sprinkle on which was actually white and dark sugar. For the pudding itself we both went for the English Strawberry Meringue with Toasted Almonds from the specials board.

Overall we really enjoyed this. True, the vegetable side dishes were a little steep at £4 each, but this was more than made up for by all the extras. If I had any criticism of the food it would be that a lot of it was a little salty for my taste, but that is of course largely personal preference. Some reviewers have mentioned the inexperience of the waiting staff, and whilst this is probably true with one of them struggling to get the cork out of a wine bottle and being unable to tell me what a Jersey Curd was, this was more than made up for by the fact that they were all very friendly, pleasant and helpful. Personally I’d much rather have that than some stuffy know-it-all. The man himself also came to our table to ask if everything was ok, so perhaps he hast taken on board some of the earlier comments on here.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Exeter, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Bath has a great new fish restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

What a great new fish Restaurant!!
Martin Blunos must rank with the best. Why go all the way to Newquay or Rock when the cooking here is of such quality?
Staff are efficient, friendly and helpful.
Anyone who doesn't think this is a fish restaurant of the highest rank does not know superlative cooking when they see it!!!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not sure they care enough to make this a success”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Went to Blunos last night and was really looking forward to it as I love fresh fish. The food was ok and quite good value once you add in the free extras, but the service team seem very poorly trained. When we complained about the cherry & almond tart dessert and asked the waitress to tell the kitchen staff, no one bothered to ask us what the problem was (no taste of almonds and a soggy mess of a tart).
We saw Martin Blunos as we left but he didn't ask if we had enjoyed the meal either.

It all needs to sharpen up if it is to compete in the Bath restaurant scene.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Good food let down by waiting staff who need a little more training”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

A local restaurant we were keen to try. Martin Blunos has a good reputation from his previous restaurant Lettonies in Bath. The food was certainly not disappointing, competitively priced with some very good extras - a very generous Amuse Bouche, fresh bread with oils and his signature pre desert of "boiled egg and soldiers". What lets the experience down is the well meaning but inexperienced service which does not do service to the kitchen. Despite previous comments, the wine list was good and competitively priced. We had a nice time though!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wargrave, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A special Saturday treat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

This was an unexpected treat with a good friend, the service by all concerned was brilliant. We both started with "Salmon Cream Cheese sandwich" plus beautifully cooked Mussels. Followed by beautifully cooked sole and the dessert (egg pudding with shortbread dippy soldiers) was divine. If you are a fan of fish and want to have a real experience then book a table asap.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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