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The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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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

If you’re mooching around Bath to admire its handsome Georgian terraces, then why not go the whole hog and stay in the chic Queensberry Hotel, a picture-perfect piece of local architecture that offers the quintessential 18th-century heritage experience in one of England's prettiest cities. Set in a splendid row of townhouses built by the 8th Marquess of Queensbury in 1771, the place has been lavishly renovated under the ownership of Laurence and Helen Beere, who have worked tirelessly to transform it into a top-ranking boutique hotel and assure its standing as one of the most impressive addresses in the spa city. The owners' passion for hospitality and keen eye for interior aesthetics have created a winning blend of traditional elegance neatly overlaid with a sybaritic contemporary look, resulting in civilised spaces that seem almost timeless. The Olive Tree restaurant is down in the basement in a series of interconnecting rooms that overcomes any sense of subterranean gloom with a light, minimalist look. Head chef Chris Cleghorn has honed his craft in some top-flight kitchens (stints chez James Sommerin, Michael Caines and Heston Blumenthal to name but three) and his dynamic cooking and sharp technical skills are showcased here via a choice of seasonal tasting menus, including an impressive one for vegetarians, and an admirably flexible approach allows you to cherry-pick a starter, main course and dessert if you’re not up to the challenge of the full-on tasting experience. Whichever route you take, the classically inspired modern British dishes are all built on a solid bedrock of the finest West Country produce. Flavour combinations are well considered and intelligently executed – crab lasagne with the pungent kick of basil, for example, or cured mackerel lifted by cucumber, avocado and pink grapefruit. Main ingredients are often given different stages of treatment, then deepened with layers of aromatic and assertively flavoured accompaniments in thoughtful combinations – duck liver, for example, might be poached and roasted, then matched with orange, chicory and walnuts to keep its richness neatly in check. Other ideas could be robustly treated fish, perhaps monkfish with Jerusalem artichoke, Alsace bacon, enoki mushroom and lemon thyme, while venison loin might be plated with celeriac, grelot onion, hazelnut and pickled blackberry. If you’re heading down the meat-free route, lively dishes such as quail’s egg, sweetcorn, shiitake mushroom and popcorn are a lesson in texture and well-matched flavours. Scintillating desserts also bring superb displays of tastes, textures and temperatures – a masterly mandarin mousse and granita, say, with 72% Valrhona chocolate and stem ginger, or peanut butter parfait with milk chocolate and salted caramel. Wine-wise, there’s an eclectic international selection that bears the owners’ hands-on stamp.

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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(s): 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

  • 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 station
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