Perhaps Tripadvisor reviewers can help me, because there is something I just don't understand. This restaurant is currently ranked the 45th best restaurant in Bath. Are you kidding me? Is this some kind of elaborate joke? I only visit Bath once or twice a year, but I have eaten at a lot of the restaurants ranked more highly and in my view on this occasion the Tripadvisor community has got it badly wrong. I'll be frank - this was my first visit to the Olive Tree because I've been put off in the past by some of the negative reviews. Well, my experience on the night was incredibly positive. We sat down, a little apprehensive, and immediately overheard a neighbouring table complain about cold food. Apprehension grew. We ordered some wine. 2007 Gigondas at about £44. Amazing and not a bad price at all. I wish I could order another bottle now in fact. Then we were brought a complimentary appetiser of parsnip soup. We sipped nervously. And then the clouds lifted. Clearly whoever was in the kitchen could actually cook. Hurrah! And the rest of our meal was delicious (and perfectly well heated). Really very good indeed. London good. Yes, really. And then I heard another table complaining. This time the diner was bemoaning the fact that the waitress had not expressly explained to him that the sauce served with his main course in a little jug was intended for him to pour over his food (if he wished). And he made the Maitre D' bring him a fresh main course on the house. I am not making that up. The staff remained polite. I don't know how they managed it. So in brief, if you are looking for an evening of relatively fancy (good) food and excellent wine and are willing to pay London-ish prices, I really recommend the Olive Tree. There are other very good restaurants in Bath (e.g. The Circus), and there are many cheaper restaurants, but why on earth isn't this in the Bath top 10 at the very least?! Oh well, at least that should make it easier for me to get a reservation next time.
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