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The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Accomplished cooking in chic boutique Georgian townhouse hotel

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

It may have been original owner the 8th Marquess of Queensbury who had this splendid row of townhouses built in 1771, but Laurence and Helen Beere have worked tirelessly to develop it into a top-ranking boutique hotel. Built from Bath stone, this remains one of the most impressive addresses in the spa city. The owners' passion for hospitality have created a winning blend of traditional meets contemporary, resulting in civilised spaces that seem almost timeless. A major revamp in 2015 saw a refurbishment of the kitchen and dining room in The Olive Tree restaurant downstairs. The dynamic cooking and sharp technical skills of head chef Chris Cleghorn is showcased via a choice of seasonal tasting menus, including an impressive one for vegetarians. Whichever route you take, the classically inspired modern British dishes show an impressive commitment to local produce. Flavour combinations are well considered and intelligently executed - pan-fried scallops, for example, with shellfish bisque, pak choi and grapefruit, followed by a main course of slow-cooked brill with creamed and charred leek, shimeji mushrooms, black truffle and Noilly Prat sauce. Blackberry parfait with 72% Valrhona chocolate, stem ginger and blackberry sorbet brings things to a close.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 week in January, last week in July, 1st week in August and 1st week in November
  • Days closed: Monday
  • Closed for lunch: Tuesday to Thursday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 10


  • Chef: Chris Cleghorn

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 17
  • Wines over £30: 320
  • Wines by the glass: 18

Price guide

  • Starter from : 13.50
  • Main course from: 26.50
  • Dessert from: 9.50
  • 2-course lunch from: 26
  • 3-course lunch from: 32.50
  • Tasting menu from: 67.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Steps for wheelchair: 5
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30
  • Off-site parking available: On street (meter)

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 30

Getting here

100 metres from the Assembly Rooms

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Bath Spa
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Three-course lunch from£32.50**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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