We escaped to Bath at the weekend to celebrate Josh’s mum’s birthday. I’d never been before so it was great to have a little explore of this pocket-size city. We stayed at the Bath City Apartment, which was handily right in the middle of town (but noisy at night, both from revellers and seagulls!).
First stop, the Roman Baths: busy and touristy but contained an interesting museum alongside the Roman remains.
We sniffed out the best coffee in town at the Colonna & Smalls espresso room, who take their coffee very seriously indeed – no milk in your filter coffee or sugar allowed! You forgive the snootiness when you taste it, though.
Architecture porn on the Royal Crescent. I would have liked to visit the ‘showhome‘ done out in period decor, but didn’t realise it was there until too late. Had to suffice with peeking through the windows.
Old signage on the limestone townhouses. Bath is ever so picturesque: even the relatively chain-store-ridden high street looks sweet and understated and there are lovely views.
Cute galleries, cafes and shops in town, including lovely handmade boutique Charlie’s Boots. A really nice mix of independent shops, a proper old department store – Jolly’s – and higher-end high street shops, all in a very compact centre, made Bath very easy to feel at home in.
We had nice meals – and ales – at the Griffin and the Marlborough Tavern and some of our gang went for a swim and sauna at the Spa (Josh and I er, went to get more coffee instead). All in all a great relaxing weekend.