After spending the week binge watching Making a Murderer part 2 (oh my god!), we headed to Bath to celebrate my 29th birthday! Scorpio season baby!
I haven’t done a travel guide in what feels like forever, and you guys find them helpful (or so you tell me) as well as my general love for reading them too!
So, without further a do… here’s a guide for all things food, where to stay and what to do! Also, please do ignore my squinty eye in the photo above. I just don’t know what that face is about…
Anyway, where to stay?
If I could only recommend one hotel you MUST stay at in the UK, it has to be the beautiful Gainsborough hotel. It’s a five star hotel, but the experience is beyond magical. It’s been on my bucket list for bloody ages and Joe (my husband) was an absolute babe and booked it!
When we arrived, Matthew on reception was so lovely and upgraded us to a suite (say what!), you know when you try to stay calm but you want to jump up and down with excitement… well this was one of those moments.
Not only did we get an upgrade, but we got a complimentary 60 minute bliss massage (these are very spendy – over £100), a bottle of champagne and chocolates with a birthday message. As well as a tour of the hotel! If that isn’t excellent service… I don’t know what is.
The suite was beautiful – we had a lounge area, a free mini bar (amaze balls), heated floored bathroom complimented with Aromatherapy Associates goodies (my fave) and the most insane bed!
And the spa… oh my gosh, it’s dreamy, so magical and serene – I felt like I was floating on a cloud.
They also have two saunas – an infrared (what!) and dry sauna, an ice cold room and steam room (I recorded some videos on my Insta of them… go have a nosey), as well as private massage treatment rooms.
Tip: book directly through the hotel to get a complimentary massage and bottle of champagne. Also try going on a Sunday or during the week as it’s quieter and a lot cheaper!
Now on to food… food glorious food!
We went to a mix of brunch, thai and pizza restaurants. Random fact but did you know a lot of thai people live in Bath – that’s why there’s so many amazing thai restaurants!
Up first, a special shoutout goes to go Dough. This place is really cool. Why? They have a variety of different pizza bases to choose from – incredible, I know right. They had turmeric, black rice, seaweed, kamut and much much more.
To start we shared a variety of flavoured breads with olive oil and olives. Then we went for the kamut base with meaty goodness. It was amazing!
If you’re into more of a brunchy kind of meal, then I’d highly recommend Same-Same but different (cool name).
We went for a traditional fry up with a cuppa tea – very British. It was lovely though. Poached egg was on point! The only let down was the service – they didn’t come over to check our meal and we had to pay at the till.
If you’re running around the main square, head to Society Cafe for an amazing cappuccino – very creamy and delicious. This place and the coffee actually reminded me of a coffee shop we went to in Copenhagen – The Collective Coffee.
If you’re feeling Thai, I would hands down recommend going to the Giggling Squid! Not only is this place beautifully decorated with pressed flowers and bird cages inside but the food is outstandingly good!
The chicken satay and duck spring rolls are glorious. As well as the orange duck, cashew chicken stir-fry and coconut rice. Mhmmm. Would happily go here a thousand times over.
Tip: do book in advance, it gets super busy – even on a Sunday.
If you’re looking for a healthy alternative, I would highly suggest heading to Green Bird Cafe.
We shared a salmon, cream crease, beetroot, radish and rocket open sandwich and a chicken pesto cherry tomato open sandwich. Divine!
The coffee is pretty good too!
If you fancy a few drinks, I’d suggest heading to The Canary Gin Bar. Sadly we didn’t go as we were both feeling a bit tired by this point. However, I’ve heard amazing things and will definitely be visiting it whenever I’m next in Bath.
What to do?
Well, if you’re staying at the beautiful Gainsborough, you will spend most of your time bathing and pampering like a princess.
However, do venture out and explore the city – it’s beyond beautiful. The Royal Crescent is a must, as well as wandering through the town. There’s also the option of visiting the Roman Baths – we decided not to as we experienced something similar staying at the Gainsborough.
If you’ve got any Bath recommendations please leave them in the comments below to help other readers out!