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“Good food”

The Circus Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 570 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $30
Cuisines: European, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Aberdeen, Scotland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Good food”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

Very enjoyable meal with good food, wine and atmosphere. The service was friendly if slightly slow (particularly at the end when waiting for the bill - which I don't like) but we would not hesitate to return if it wasn't 500 miles away from where we live.

  • Visited July 2013
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London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lovely food but..”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

I rang to make a reservation and was told in no uncertain terms that outside tables could not be reserved. Upon arrival an outside table was reserved but just not for us. The other customers were regulars but this seemed to me unfair and not the way to build up new customers.

That said, the sole was excellent. There was only the fish in its sauce - no rice and no vegetables. I ordered bread, and 1one pound GBP for one slice of bread seems a bit steep...

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank mariacallasmaria74
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your review. We don't as a rule, reserve the outside tables as it is generally on a first come, first served basis because we have such limited outdoor space. However the regulars who you mention do come in every single day and are personal friends so I'm afraid in this instance we did break the rules....! On the bread front you should have been offered as much as you wanted for your £1 as that is why we charge for bread at lunchtime as some people, in the past when we didn't charge for it, wanted a lot with their soup etc. and it is very good, artisan, organic bread from The Thoughtful Bread Company. However, in the evening we do not make any charge for the bread at all and this is incorporated in the price structure.
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Salisbury, Dorset, England
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 238 helpful votes
“Great food, atmosphere and service”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

We were recommended Circus by our B & B hosts at Paradise House. We wanted somewhere with a bistro atmosphere to take our American friends and Circus did not disappoint. Great food, quality ingredients very well prepared, very nice house wine at a good price, and a great atmosphere. Service was excellent, the staff were friendly and obviously happy in their jobs, the charming lady manager wonderful. Highly recommended.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Coolkoala
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you so much for your nice review it is much appreciated
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Bath, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Understated excellence”
Reviewed July 4, 2013

Went with a party of 6 including American friends just visiting Bath for lunch. Attentive service, even though we were talking rather than ordering. Our waitress advised us only to order 2 bowls of vegetables at first; as they were generous - and they were. Starters were good - in fact my wife and I shared 1 between 2. The main course was excellent - the ladies had the fish of the day (Dover sole) that was cooked to perfection - us chaps had steak, well done, medium and very rare (that's me!!). all were just as ordered and were very tasty. In my case it has been a long time since I have had just a lovely rare and tasty steak. Now for the sweets - we went for the gooseberry creme brûlée. All I can say is make this your choice when you go - and go there soon - lovely creamy creme that set off the slightly tart gooseberry - all was Devine. As for the price, well for this quality you would expect to pay more - so it was such good value. Many thanks to the Circus - we'll be back!!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Brian W
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Thank you for your comprehensive and kind review. We look forward to your return visit
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“VERY TASTY”
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We were in Bath for a fewe days and read about this restaurant wasn't sure what to expect . We arrived but didn't book and couldn't get as table on a Wed night . We booked for the following evening and i am so glad we did. We received a lovely welcome and were taken downstairs to a cosy table . Starters were the nectarine and mozzarella salad and the basi/beanl salad. Both were large and very tasty . i took the lamb with mint and feta and every mouthful was a taste explosion in your mouth the best dish ever . The vegetarian option was good the risotto cakes but needed a little sauce such as a ratatouille etc. also but felt another option other than fish would have been helpful . Did not have room for a dessert so share a starter if you want a dessert . Downstairs became tooo hot and stuffy and the air conditioning was eventually put on .Overall experience was very positive and would go back when next in Bath .
Prices for a meal for 2 with a btl wine was £76, average price in Bath unfortunately but worth every penny at this eaterie .. 5 stars yum

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank 355johnd
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eatyourgreens, Owner at The Circus Restaurant, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us at The Circus. Thank you for your nice review
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