Brownies, Cupcakes & Muffins: Reside bake for charity

A Reside bake off has raised £220 for Macmillan Cancer Support, with each member of the team swapping pens & e-mails for whisks & rolling pins. Clients, local businesses and interested passers-by called into the Reside office to browse and buy an assortment of surprisingly delectable sweet treats, with all of the proceeds going to charity.

The cake sale was inspired by the herculean achievements of Mark Button, Reside’s Financial Controller, who recently completed the London to Brighton 100k Challenge in 19 hours and 14 minutes. Mark’s efforts have now raised £880 for Macmillan Cancer Support, for which he receives our utmost admiration and compliments.


Reside Retain Crown of Boules

The perennially popular Bath Boules tournament returned to Queen Square this year, along with its customary cornucopia of fancy dress, frivolity and fizz.

The Reside team, who won the competition in 2014 and 2016, arrived in the knowledge that no team had ever carried home the trophy two years running.

Ten grueling boules matches later, history was in the offing as Reside found themselves in the final against the charming Grandad’s Lads. Having taken an early lead, Reside came perilously close to allowing the game to slip away, but an 11-8 victory was finally secured in the fading light of dusk.

Reside has been a proud sponsor of Bath Boules since 2014. Last year’s tournament raised a staggering £41,424.58, which was donated to a variety of local charities.

The boules weekend has rightly become a hotly anticipated fixture in the city’s social calendar, and it is a pleasure to return each year to see friends old and new. Our thanks go out to the team at Bath Boules & Media Clash for arranging another spectacular event.

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Bath Half Marathon 2017

A record number of fleet-footed long distance runners stampeded through the streets of Bath last Sunday, accompanied by the sound of samba drummers and enthusiastic well-wishers. Among the 12,748 athletes was a jogging dinosaur, a gaggle of sumo wrestlers and four intrepid Reside racers. Congratulations to Mark, Lisa, James & Toby on completing the course and posting impressive times.

Here is a gallery of photos taken by the Reside supporters. Click any picture to see the full-size photograph.


Zero Tenant Fees During December


Terms & Conditions

Applies to all applicants who make an offer to rent a property in December 2016, which is accepted by the Landlord, subject to satisfactory references and contract.

We will start the referencing process and prepare your Tenancy Agreement as soon as your offer is accepted. You will have five working days from when you receive the Tenancy Agreement to read and approve its content and then sign and return it to us. During these 5 working days we will label the property as ‘Let Agreed’ and not accept any other offers. If the Tenancy Agreement is not signed within 5 working days, the property will be re-marketed immediately.

You will be referenced by Van Mildert, a large referencing agency in the UK. After you have paid your Administration Fee, you will receive an email from Van Mildert, in which there will be a link to your own online referencing form, which you should submit as soon as possible.

In addition to some personal data, the below references will be required:

– An acceptable income reference from your current employer.
– A positive reference from your former Landlord if you were renting.
– A positive credit history check with Experian.

You will also need to supply us with the appropriate documents in accordance with Right to Rent laws.

If you cannot provide an adequate income reference, you can choose to pay the rent in advance or we can reference a Guarantor on your behalf. Should you choose to pay the rent in advance, you will be expected to pay in advance.

You cannot occupy the property if you or your Co-Tenant’s references fail. Your Tenancy can only proceed upon the completion of satisfactory references. For this reason, any commitments you make relating to your prospective Tenancy are at your own risk.


Reside5 – The Great Bath Feast 2016

Now in its fifth year and firmly established as a firm favourite in Bath’s festival calendar, The Great Bath Feast is once again set to delight revelers with a tantalising array of foodie events.

From tastings to talks to walking tours, there is nourishment on offer for anyone with an inquisitive palate. After much deliberating and several slices of cake, we have picked five events which make our taste buds tingle.

1. Bath Bites Food & Drink Fair

Abbey Churchyard, 1st – 9th October

New to this year’s succulent schedule is a daily food fair in the shadows of Bath’s iconic abbey. Local vendors will be serving a variety of hot and cold delicacies including Persian kebabs, gourmet hot dogs and smoked ribs. Sweet treats are of course an essential requirement at any such occasion, and The Donut Man will ensure that your doughnut, waffle and chocolate kebab cravings are sated.

2. Brindisa’s Monika Linton

Topping & Co. Booksellers, 1st October

The chances are that you’ve tasted a Brindisa product, even if you’re unaware of Monika Linton and her incredible journey from starting Brindisa on a shoestring right through to it becoming a sought-after outlet at the world-renowned Borough Food Market, a wholesale business providing hundreds of ingredients to the country’s finest delis and restaurants, and a chain of tapas restaurants extending across London and into the heart of Barcelona.

At this event, Monika will speak about the transformation undertaken by Brindisa in the last 28 years and offer insights and tastings of her favourite Spanish cuisine.

3. Chris Staines Supper Club with Pong Cheese

Igloo, Abbey Hotel, 4th October

Chris Staines, Executive Chef at the Abbey Hotel, is a veteran of the Great Bath Feast scene having previously hosted sold out supper clubs in collaboration with Ping Combes. This year he’s teamed up with Bath-based Pong Cheese to offer a dinner menu oozing with cheesy goodness, with a fully stacked cheese board to follow. The meal will be held in the Abbey Hotel’s stylish subterranean bar, Igloo.

4. Whisky & Indian Tapas Evening

Demuth’s Cookery School, 6th October

Rachel Demuth ran the award-winning Demuths Restaurant for 26 years before setting up her acclaimed vegetarian cookery school which champions local produce. Independent Spirit is a haven of fine whiskies, beers, wines and spirits in central Bath, whose knowledge of all things booze is even greater than the myriad of bottles lining their shelves. This tasting evening pairs Demuth’s freshly prepared Indian snacks with Independent Spirit’s whisky of choice – Paul John whisky, made in Goa.

5. Lunch with Raymond Blanc

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Raymond Blanc OBE, one of Britain’s most famous and respected chefs is synonymous with classic French cuisine. Despite being entirely self-taught, he has a well known chain of restaurants throughout the UK and a two Michelin star restaurant in Oxfordshire.

Raymond Blanc’s influence spreads far and wide, having trained and employed chefs such as Heston Blumenthal, Michael Caines and Marco Pierre White, among many others. In Brasserie Blanc’s 20th year, Raymond Blanc will be joining diners to speak about his commitment to local, sustainable food.

If you’ve indulged in the Great Bath Feast, please share your experiences with us on Twitter or Facebook.


Reside5 – Bath’s Best Breakfasts

Just as spinach gave Popeye the muscles to bop Bluto on the head, breakfast lends us all the get up and go we require to face a day’s work and still have the beans for that game of squash in the evening. We are currently in the midst of National Breakfast Week, a week long awareness drive that highlights the importance of a healthy and nutritious daily breakfast.

To help get your day off to a hearty, if not healthy start, we have picked five of our favourite brekkie destinations from Bath’s ever-expanding menagerie of eateries.

White bread or brown? Scrambled, poached, fried or boiled? Who serves the best breakfast in Bath? Join in the conversation with us on Twitter and Facebook.


1. Kingsmead Kitchen
Kingsmead Square
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Formerly the Jazz Cafe, this recently re-styled restaurant is renowned locally for its generous breakfasts and expertly made coffee. Ingredients are grown and reared on the family farm in Wiltshire, so you can be confident that your meal is fresh, local and of very high quality.

Start your day with: Shakshuka. Kingsmead Kitchen offers magnificent fry-ups, of course it does, but for something a bit different try these baked eggs in a spiced tomato sauce with feta and sourdough.


2. Komedia Arts Café
Komedia, Westgate Street
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Head chef Tom Davey trained at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen, which previously occupied the site where the award winning Arts Café now stands. Many of the values synonymous with River Cottage can still be recognised – an emphasis on freshly prepared food and locally, ethically sourced ingredients. For those who are late to rise in the morning, their brunch, nominated for a Bath Good Food Award in 2015, is served from 11am; vegetarians and vegans are well catered for on the menu.

Start your day with: Smoked Haddock Eggs. The café sources its fish from Wing of St Mawes, a family run Cornish company providing fresh fish caught by local fisherman. The smoked haddock is grilled and served with poached eggs and homemade hollandaise sauce.


3. Same Same But Different
Bartlett Street
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This family-run restaurant has gradually garnered a spectacular reputation amongst locals for inventive, high quality food, with their lunch and dinner tapas menus proving especially popular. Same Same But Different also offers outstanding breakfasts, with a varied menu offering everything from a Full English to their specialty – perfectly cooked, fluffy poached eggs.

Start your day with: Eggs Picante. Same Same offer poached eggs done several different ways, but this correspondent favours them served with bacon, spicy chorizo, melted cheese, tabasco and hollandaise – all atop a toasted muffin.


4. Green Rocket Café
Pierrepoint Street
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The traditional English breakfast is usually the preserve of the carnivore – bacon piled onto bangers, chased down with black pudding. How refreshing, then, that Bath should have such an inventive exclusively vegetarian restaurant that offers some of the best breakfasts you could wish for – carnivorous or otherwise. Their freshly made, spectacularly colourful smoothies make a wonderful accompaniment.

Start your day with: Monster Veggie Brekky. This antidote to the traditional fry-up includes homemade baked beans, skin-on sauteed potatoes and herby sausages… and much more. The dish can be produced both gluten free and suitable for vegans.


5. Café Retro
York Street
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Café Retro has been offering delicious breakfasts in Bath for more than 20 years, and its menu includes all of the classic dishes that would be found in a quintessential vintage café, with the odd trans-Atlantic and continental influence also apparent. Stacked pancakes with streaky bacon and maple syrup rub shoulders with eggs benedict and croque monsieurs.

Start your day with: The Big Breakfast. There is a time and a place for the indulgent, satisfying treat that is the Full English breakfast, and that place is Café Retro. Their Big Breakfast offers everything you could ask for from a Full ‘Ish – back bacon, locally sourced sausages, black pudding, egg, hash browns, beans, tomato, mushrooms and toast. Once consumed, sit back in the satisfying knowledge that you will not need to eat anything else for the rest of the day.

These five breakfasts should be enough to satisfy even the greatest of appetites, but it is of course not an exhaustive list – Bath has too many superb delis, cafés and restaurants to be able to mention them all. If we have omitted your best brekkie, please let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

These locations have been added to the Reside Map of Bath, which plots all of the sites of interest that are mentioned in our blogs. Why not have a use it to guide yourself around the city?


Alarm Bells For Landlords: new legislation just a week away


New regulations enforcing the provision of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in privately rented properties are now just one week away. After several months of speculation and debate, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Act 2015 was finally passed by Parliament on the 14th of September – leaving landlords just two and a half weeks to ensure their properties meet the new requirements.

From the 1st of October 2015, landlords will be required to supply and fit at least one smoke alarm on every storey of their property which is used as living accommodation, even if that storey only includes a bathroom or lavatory. Carbon monoxide alarms must also be present in any room containing a solid fuel burning appliance, such as a coal or wood burning fire. These alarms must be tested by the landlord at the start of each new tenancy to ensure they are still in working order.

As the legislation currently stands, Landlords are not obliged to fit carbon monoxide alarms in rooms with gas or oil appliances. We at Reside, however, have advised our landlords to supply CO alarms where gas appliances are present; whilst the legislation does not make this mandatory, it does state that ‘reputable landlords’ are expected to supply carbon monoxide alarms in these circumstances.

The Department for Communities’ guidelines make it very clear that no grace period will be permitted for landlords who have not acted to ensure their property is compliant, and hefty fines of up to £5,000 will be levied against those who do not take the necessary steps.

An explanatory handbook written by the Department for Communities explains exactly what landlords must do to ensure compliance, and can be found here.


Reside5 – Bath’s Best Burgers

For many, a burger is an essential part of daily life; McDonald’s sell 75 meat patties every second, feeding around 1% of the world’s population each day. For others it is a work of art; the construction of a burger alone can provoke a series of impassioned dichotomies amongst foodies: gherkin or no gherkin? Ketchup or relish? Bread roll or brioche bun? The burger is so popular that it now has its own dedicated day in the calendar; the 27th of August is now National Burger Day.

As any local resident will know, Bath has a myriad of high quality independent restaurants, and those wishing to celebrate National Burger Day are in luck. In fact, such is the choice that you may struggle to decide who to reward with your custom. Fear not, for our commitment to this cause has led us to eat many a burger, just so we can bring you this highly informed Reside5.

Who serves your favourite burger? Have we forgotten anyone? Let us know on Twitter or Facebook.


1. Burgers & Barrels
Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road
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A cosy bar that has gained popularity for its cocktails and stonking great burgers, especially ‘The Hulk’ – two kilos of prime beef, drenched in melted cheese and squeezed between a couple of buns which by comparison look minuscule.

Consume The Hulk within 30 minutes and it’s free; failure will cost you £30. To date, 70 people have tried… and 67 have failed. A wide range of other delicious burgers are available for us mere mortals who would probably faint at the mere sight of The Hulk.


2. Schwartz Bros.
102 Walcot Street / Sawclose
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When we posed the question of Bath’s best burger to our Twitter followers, this gourmet takeaway which has remained under family ownership for nearly 40 years came out as the clear favourite:

The company’s website proudly proclaims the sources of its beef and the exact cuts that they use, so diners can be confident that they are eating a burger of the highest quality.


3. Grillstock
The Vaults, Brunel Square
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Having initially made waves in (whisper it quietly) Bristol, Grillstock brought their brand of ‘proper Southern style BBQ’ to Bath and have firmly established themselves as one of the most popular destinations for hungry West Country folk.

The Lockjaw Burger will satisfy most stomachs, comprising two 5oz patties, pulled pork, brisket, burnt ends, cheese and pickles. Those who have already conquered The Hulk may wish to attempt the Grand Champion; Grillstock will give you a generous 60 minutes to consume four different types of meat – but no burger is included, so we cannot officially sanction the challenge on National Burger Day!


4. Bath Brew House
James Street West
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Bath Brew House is renowned for its on-site brewery, which helped them to be christened Bath’s CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015. This means that not only can you enjoy an exquisite burger here, you can also wash it down with some mouthwatering ale that you won’t find anywhere else.

The burger of choice is the Maximus, a towering concoction of beef, bacon, brisket, pulled pork, beetroot, onion ring, fried egg and whatever else the chefs can lay their hands on!


5. G.P.T Smokehouse
Lower Bristol Road
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The Tack Brothers established Bath’s other favourite smokehouse quite literally from the embers of their previous business, which was tragically destroyed by a fire.

G.P.T is perhaps best known for its delicious sticky ribs, but their signature Dirty Burger with smoked bacon represents the wonderful woody flavours of the handmade hot smoker that they imported specially from Oklahoma.

These burger joints have all been added to our Reside Map of Bath, which pinpoints the eclectic points of interest that we write about in our blogs – from burgers to ghost signs to historical plaques! Feel free to look at it as you wander the city, you may find yourself standing right next to an undiscovered gem.


Bath Boules 2015: The Reside Retrospective

Bath Boules returned in 2015 with a bigger, better and more exciting tournament. Two sides of Queen Square were closed to traffic, and the roads lined with boutique food and drink stalls run by the likes of Yammo!, Pieminister and Masterchef champion Ping Coombes. The event, sponsored by a host of local businesses including Reside, proved a major success, drawing large crowds and raising valuable funds for local charities.

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Warned by the Bath Boules staff that no team had ever won the competition two years running, the victorious 2014 Reside team crumbled under the pressure of the organisers’ mind games, losing the first game badly. A stern team talk later, and Team Reside was back on song, winning all seven of the remaining group ties. It was, alas, too little too late, as their first match opponents went on to win all eight of their games, thus knocking Reside out of the competition.

The Reside team were unable to repeat the heroics of their triumphant 2014 campaign, but a superb day was enjoyed by colleagues, family and friends. Congratulations to all involved for putting on such a wonderful few days’ entertainment, and to the winning Actual Experience team for pipping us to the post. We’ll be back to get you in 2016!


Reside5 – I Ain’t Afraid Of No Ghost Sign!

Bath is rightfully globally renowned for its glorious Georgian architecture and radiant Bath stone, which to this day still gives onlookers an idea of how the city’s 18th Century streets would have appeared. Look closer, however, past the curved façade of The Royal Crescent and the imperious columns of The Circus, and you will notice the faded remnants of a more recent past.

Bath’s Listed walls play host to a great many ghost signs – advertisements that were painted or mounted onto an external wall, mostly before the Town and Country Planning Act (the basis of today’s Listed Building system) was introduced in 1947. Since then, these signs have been left to fade into obscurity, just like the businesses whose wares they used to promote.

There are an incredible array of ghost signs in Bath; some are obscured, some are barely legible, others look as though they were painted yesterday. We have picked 5 of our favourite signs, but wherever you are in the city – remember to look up! You will probably find one close to where you are standing, and if you find one we have missed – send it to us on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

1. Hay Hill Dairy

Location: Hay Hill


Hay Hill is a picturesque pedestrianised street connecting lower Lansdown Road with The Paragon. This sign advertises a business that is not only a dairy, but also a “cheese ham / bacon factor”. ‘Cheese Ham / Bacon Factor’ was not the popular reality show of the day; a ‘factor’ was an agent who would buy and sell goods on commission.

2. The George Gregory Book Store & Lending Library

Location: Argyle Street

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The ghost sign is now accompanied by a rather tasteful false window, illustrating what the building may have look like in times gone by. The well-worn bottom line of the sign declares George Gregory’s bookshop to be ‘well stocked with all the latest fiction’. Given that the shop was situated on Grove Street during the very late 19th & early 20th Centuries, locals would have flocked to the store for the latest tomes by the likes of Oscar Wilde, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle & Thomas Hardy.

3. J.Ellett: Smith & Plumber

Location: Prince’s Street

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A striking alternative to the painted ghost signs so often seen in the city, this iron sign has a more industrial appearance, in keeping with the business being advertised. A ‘smith’ would smelt and forge metal, so it is possible that J.Ellett could have personally been responsible for the sign that adorns the building.

4. Asylum For Teaching Young Females Household Work

Location: Gay’s Hill

Gays Hill

Little is known about one of the more bizarre signs that you will see on Bath’s walls; the word ‘asylum’ implies that the building in question was a type of correctional facility, rather than an educational institution.

Update: Kirsten Elliott, a local historian and writer, kindly contacted us on Twitter to tell us the intriguing and tragic story behind this sign. Kirsten can be found on Twitter at @KirstenTElliott, and her publications are available at

“There can be no more eloquent expression of the attitudes of the wealthy to poor girls in the early nineteenth century than the sign on Gays House in Margaret’s Hill, Bath. The Asylum for the Maintenance and Instruction of Young Females in Household Work was founded in 1819. It was ‘intended for the reception of such destitute female children who are of an age to leave school but not yet old enough for household service.’ Since children went into service at the age of twelve, this is a chilling indictment of the times.

Although attracting titled patrons, and being the subject of charity balls and concerts, by 1827 it was in trouble financially. There had been typhus, and paid nurses had been required. After just over twelve years, in 1832, it was forced to close. In that time, 61 girls were placed in service, eight discharged for ill-health, three expelled, five died, and seventeen were left in the asylum. The children are long gone – but the sign reminds us of the not so good old days.”

5. Nestle’s Milk

Location: Cleveland Cottages

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In 1873, two brothers from Illinois established the first British branch of the Anglo-Swiss Condensed Milk Company in Chippenham, just a few miles outside of Bath. In 1905, the company merged with its fierce rival, The Nestlé Company; this sign presumably post-dates the merger. The image to the left of the word ‘milk’ depicts the Swiss flag set against a white background.

So rich is Bath’s history, that these glorious faded signs can be easily overlooked. If you spot one you think we’ve missed, please send it to us so that we can include it in a future blog!

These ghost signs have been added to Reside’s Map of Hidden Bath, which also plots items of interest from earlier blogs.