Eating & drinking in Bath
Tea, gin and Jane Austen
As befits such a quintessentially English destination, a dining experience in Bath is not complete without an afternoon tea at the Pump Room or one of the city's elegant hotels.
Look out for the independents who offer something more distinctive, especially if vegetarian and vegan cuisine appeals.
When it comes to drink, Bath has some great old fashioned pubs, and also puts its extensive network of vaults and cellars to good use with some cracking cocktail bars and gin joints.
Don’t leave the city without sampling some Bath food originals. There’s the Sally Lunn, a brioche style bun dating back to 1680; not be confused with the later Bath Bun, created by Dr William Oliver, who gave his name to the savoury Bath Oliver. Plus there are Bath Chaps, a local speciality made from pig cheeks; Bath Soft Cheese from the village of Kelston; and Bath Gin, its label featuring, who else, but Jane Austen?
Eating & drinking in Bristol
From pies and pop-ups, to markets and Michelin stars
“I have decided that the city, after London, that excites me the most to eat in is Bristol”, so says Grace Dent, the Guardian’s restaurant critic.
Welcome to the foodie heaven that is Bristol, taking the visitor from street eats and markets to fine dining and Michelin stars.
Bristol’s food and drink scene is like the city itself - proudly independent and well, just different. Great chefs start up here, stay here and become national names.
Bristol's rich mix of cultures are reflected in the food available in different quarters of the city. Head to St Mark's Road in Easton for Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine, Wapping Wharf for modern street food, and Clifton for classic British.
When it comes to drink we recommend tracking down the traditional cider pubs, with lethally strong scrumpies and ciders from around the region. The exciting drinks scene at the moment is to be found in the city’s micro-breweries and distilleries, many of which offer tours and a chance to get hands-on.