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The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel

4-7 Russel Street, BATH, BA1 2QF

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Named after the 8th Marquess of Queensbury, who built the row of terraced townhouses back in the Georgian era, this swish boutique hotel manages to tick all the chic style boxes without veering off into pretentious territory. Its Olive Tree restaurant has established itself firmly in recent years as a centre of serious gastronomy in Bath - quite an achievement in a city that is not exactly lacking for competition in the area of fine dining. The place occupies a series of low-lit, interconnecting basement rooms done out in cool neutral tones, with abstract modern art on the walls and chocolate-brown, high-backed leather chairs at white linen-clad tables; the service team here deserves particular plaudits for on-the-ball, well-considered and informed efforts in setting just the right tone. Chris Cleghorn took over the reins at the start of 2013 and hit the ground running at the head of a kitchen brigade that is turning out some impressive work. The trump card here is the clear dedication to superb local and seasonal ingredients of unimpeachable quality - the West Country is on the doorstep, after all - and it shows in the vivid flavours of slow-cooked salmon matched with charred leek, artichoke purée and horseradish cream. Next comes a pitch-perfect main course of Creedy Carver duck with sand carrot purée and orange-glazed chicory, the whole brought together with expert saucing. Fish can come in for robust treatment, as when halibut is partnered with parsley and garlic risotto, snails, fennel, and sherry foam. Visual appeal is also a strong point, as exemplified by a vibrant, beautifully-presented dessert of pineapple mousse with lime sponge and coconut sorbet. A superb wine list brings together an eclectic blend of traditional and new styles grouped by flavour types to help with food pairing.

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Tel: 01225 447928
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Open all year.
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for lunch: Mon-Thu

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Chris Cleghorn
Number of seats: 60
Steps for wheelchair: 5
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £18.00
Sunday lunch: £25.00-£45.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel, Bath


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100mtrs from the Assembly Rooms
Nearest station: Bath Spa

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