The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, 16 Royal Crescent, BATH, BA1 2LS
The Dower House stands in secluded gardens behind the luxury Royal Crescent Hotel, right in the middle of John Wood the Younger's famous Georgian architectural masterpiece. Refinement, elegance and comfort are guaranteed, with carpeted floors, petrol-blue and gold soft furnishings and rich silk drapes, flowers on well-spaced tables laid with crisp white linen and tea lights, and French windows opening on to the gardens. Friendly uniformed staff know their way round both the modern British-with-French-roots menus and the excellent wine list, although a sommelier is also on hand. The unpretentious but top-quality fare from head chef David Campbell is exemplified by a vibrant starter of tea-cured organic salmon, avocado wasabi, Japanese radish in shiso and oyster yogurt soup. Among the handful of main courses, expect a perfectly cooked and subtly spiced brill with Moroccan quinoa, cauliflower, orange and coriander; roast squash pigeon with parsnip, apple boudin noir and lentils; and loin and neck of salt marsh lamb with carrot, ginger, cumin and lemon. Perhaps rhubarb with a thick and creamy custard featuring gingerbread cubes for that extra flavour might suit for dessert? Fine extras include an amuse of ginger pannacotta-style mousse to cleanse the palate and a delicious brown treacle bread.
Tel: 01225 823333
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Open all year.
Days closed for lunch: all week
Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: David Campbell
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 1
Vegetarian meals available.
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £27.50
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