Good old fashioned fish 'n' chips devoured in a traditional (i.e. somewhat shabby & small) 'restaurant' - but we loved it! Simple (as it should be) but delicious. And cheap too.
After trudging round the most beautiful city in Britain, a marathon walk which took in the entire city in one day, we needed a really filling & satisfying meal. At the Seafoods Restaurant we got just that. There are very few tables (as the cellar was closed the day we went) but that was no problem as it was not crowded, despite its excellent - and well deserved - reputation. It overlooks the picturesque Kingsmead Square dominated by an enormous old tree, all slightly shabby, but adding to its appeal. And just around the corner is Bath's famous theatre (backing on to delightful Beauford Square).
All of Bath, its famous Georgian crescents, squares and terraces, and of course its river frontage, are within walking distance of Kingsmead Square so this fish 'n' chip restaurant is the perfect mid-point of the day (or to end the day). For those who don't know Bath, the city is about 4 square miles built entirely in the Georgian period (apart from its ancient Roman baths) set within an L-shape bend in the River Avon. A great side-trip is to walk from the river (near the railway station) along the canal to Sydney Gardens & the Holburne Museum and from there back to the centre of Bath down Great Pulteney Street. Magnificent!
We're looking forward to our next visit - not least to enjoy the great fish 'n' chips. Oh but one odd thing - can anyone answer please - why do I suffer from foot cramp whenever I have fish 'n' chips?
At night when I go to bed I suffer for about 2 hours with cramp, first in the toes, speading to my foot & calf. It can be excruciating and happens regardless of whether I have salt, vinegar, even I've tried just fish and just chips - but still I suffer! My partner does also but to a much lesser extent.
This won't stop us from going back to Seafoods in Bath. It was well worth a little discomfort! (I should just add that we usually buy the occasional fish 'n' chips in my home town of Cheltenham, though prefer the take-aways in nearby Gloucester, especially Ruddy's and Oxstalls Lane Fryer - both excellent in quality, taste & value. It is there that we've tried various combinations to find the cause of cramp - is it the oil they use perhaps?
Briefly bact to Seafoods Restaurant in Bath: forgot to mention that the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, advising on the nearby places to visit (and pointing out that the only modern architecture to be avoided (built in the 1960s-70s) is just south of Kingsmead Square which was bombed during the 1940s as one of Hitler's 'cultural targets' - hence some interesting 'pockmarked' Georgian buildings round the corner!
And, yes, there are one or two modern blocks worth avoiding - together with the latest (Disney-like) neo-Georgian Southgate shopping centre where for some reason there's little or no covered (colonnaded) walkways - just avenues of shop windows exposed to the elements. Big mistake (as it discourages window-shopping as my partner reminded me as we rushed to avoid the rain).
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