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“If you like to chat over dinner ... don't go to this restaurant!”

The Bath Priory Restaurant
Ranked #111 of 567 Restaurants in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $38 - $122
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: At the heart of the hotel is our celebrated Michelin-starred restaurant, with magnificent views across the hotel’s award-winning gardens. Our menu offers a memorable culinary journey with a focus on fresh local produce, flavour and balance to create exciting, modern British dishes epitomising the best seasonal dining. Complemented by an exemplary wine cellar and exceptional insight from our Head Sommelier we ensure every detail of your dining experience is perfectly paired. Join us for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea or sample lighter bites in The Pantry.
Bath, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“If you like to chat over dinner ... don't go to this restaurant!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2012

My husband and I recently ate at the Bath Priory Hotel's restaurant: an expensive treat for his birthday. To be fair the food was excellent but our experienced was marred when we were very publically asked to "keep the noise down". My husband and I are 49 and 40 respectively and would not consider ourselves to be rowdy, indeed other diners in our immediate vicinity were shocked at the request: we were mortified. Our bill £382 - humiliation doesn't come cheap!

  • Visited September 2012
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Wiltshire
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Beautiful Wedding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

I recently attended a small family wedding at the wonderful Bath Priory Hotel. Luckily, the weather was sunny so we were able to sit on the patio in the late afternoon, overlooking gorgeous grounds and then had a meal in evening. I have never known service like it, it was immaculate, with everybody getting their food at the same time. Each course was introduced and the food was sublime with the nicest petit fours I've ever tasted.

I had a look at the room where the bride and groom where staying and it looked lovely.

The whole day was beautiful and made absolutely perfect by being held at this stunning hotel.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank LN1968
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London
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Lovely atmosphere. Set lunch excellent value.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2012

We went here for my husband's birthday, taking advantage of the midweek £25 3-course lunch. This is exceptionally good value. We were warmly welcomed, and made our meal choices while sitting comfortably in the drawing room nibbling (included in the price) canapés.

There was plenty of home-made bread, a tasty amuse-bouche cup of asparagus soup, the food was delicious, service was attentive, and we were able to wander round the gardens, and sit on the terrace and in the lounge for as long as we wanted to linger over coffee. I definitely recommend this place.

  • Visited September 2012
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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272 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“Classical charm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2012

A much more upmarket restaurant area than the previous evening at the Exeter Abode, as befits an upmarket hotel, and a chance to sample the food in another branch of the MC empire. We decided on what looked marginally the more interesting of the two tasting menus, the Signature Menu (a selection of Michael Caines' Gidleigh Park dishes) and opted to take the wine flight. We enquired as to which wines would be served with each course, and when some doubt was expressed concerning a couple of them, Alex, the sommelier, proposed without hesitation to let us taste and replace if we found his choice not to our liking. What an encouraging contrast with some restaurants where the diner is treated with disdain if any question is raised about the sommelier's selection! The amuse-bouche, which might have constituted the fish course elsewhere, was a delicate seared scallop set against roasted tomato and a tomato vinaigrette background to bring out the freshness of the shellfish. We enjoyed the Corsican Vermentino with the scallop, but we were really impressed with the super Grand Cru Pinot Gris from the Turckheim stable which was in perfect balance with unctuous terrine of duck liver on a bed of green bean and truffle salad. Turbot, the king of fish, when perfectly cooked, should have just enough firmness to engage the bite, yet be next to melt-in-the mouth softness, and this was just how it was served along with crushed peas and bacon velouté. The wine to accompany turbot has to be right, and we asked for the one we had been offered, which on tasting proved to be dominated by oak which in turn would have detracted from the marvellous piece of fish, to be replaced with one from Burgundy. The poor sommelier also had to find us an alternative for the main course, and came up with a terrific Tempranillo/Cabernet Sauvignon blend from Somontano, a region which is now beginning to come up to expectations when it works with native grape varieties. It made an excellent partner for the brilliant slow-cooked fillet of Wiltshire beef, tender and full of proper beef flavour, demonstrating at once the value of the cooking technique and the quality of local produce. This was followed, in the proper sequence, by an interesting selection of cheeses, and an exotic fruit salad and passion fruit sorbet as a sort of classy palate cleanser. Thanks to the suggestion of another diner, a regular at Bath Priory, we requested an alternative dessert, a cassis soufflé, the centre of which was broken open for cassis juice to be poured in to mingle with the fruit incorporated in the soufflé. Served with a Canadian sparkling Ice Cuvée, this was an amazing way to finish a really memorable meal. The service throughout was relaxed but expert and meticulous and complemented the excellence of the cuisine.

Visited August 2012
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Bath, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Saving up for the next time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2012

So so good but at a price. You get what you pay for and it's worth it. Continues to be number one in Bath and the southwest

Visited August 2012
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Thank derek c
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