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The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel

4-7 Russel Street, BATH, BA1 2QF

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The West Country's best-loved city has more enviable locations for good hotels and restaurants than you can shake a Bath bun at, and even where they don't necessarily look the most grandiose, a world of refinement and comfort nonetheless awaits. Sitting on the gentle rise of Russel Street, the Queensberry is a porticoed townhouse hotel of genteel appeal, run with warmth and charm by Laurence and Helen Beere. The Olive Tree restaurant is in the basement, in a series of interconnecting rooms that overcomes any sense of subterranean gloom with a light, airy look. Tables are crisply dressed in their whites, against chocolate-brown upholstery to the seating, and abstract artworks adorn the walls. Chris Cleghorn's cooking is a confident expression of the contemporary British style, in which main ingredients are often given different stages of treatment, then deepened with arrays of aromatic and assertively flavoured accompaniments in thoughtful combinations. Poached and roasted duck liver to start comes with pickled rhubarb, shiitake mushrooms and candied walnuts for a nice medley of sour and sweet elements, or there may be slow-cooked cured Loch Duart salmon with beetroot and horseradish cream. Main course might be robustly treated fish, perhaps cod with parsnip and vanilla, Alsace bacon and sprouting broccoli, or else a brace of meat cuts - fillet and shin of beef with roasted shallots and wholegrain mustard, or loin and smoked haunch of venison with toasted quinoa, chestnuts and fig. Capably marshalled textures lend interest to desserts like peanut butter mousse with banana bread, caramelised sorbet and aerated chocolate, or Earl Grey soufflé with spiced bread ice cream. The multi-course tasting menu gives virtually nothing away in its specifications, which amount to a tantalising shopping-list of scallops, quail, halibut, venison, rhubarb and yogurt. Artisan cheeses from England, Wales, Cornwall and France are fully worth finding room for.

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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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