Such is the passion in Bath for high quality, locally sourced food and drink, the city’s motto should really be ‘Liberty, Equality, Gastronomy’. The Great Bath Feast is a month-long celebration of all things edible, and this year’s event promises to be the biggest, busiest and most filling one yet. From farmers’ markets to cocktail classes, there are 150 events during October that are bound to appeal to anybody with an appetite. To save you the hassle, we have waded through the listings and picked out five events which made our taste buds tingle. If you try any of our recommendations, please do let us know how you get on, either on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Bon appetit!
1. The Great Bath Breakfast
Various locations throughout October
Nineteen eateries across Bath will be celebrating the Full English during October by serving high quality, locally sourced breakfasts. For the full list, you can either click the above link or just follow the sumptuous smell of sizzling bacon. There are enough days in October to try them all, but we suggest trying The Hare and Hounds, the Komedia Arts Café & Graze (who list the origins of their ingredients on their website!). All of which leaves you with just one important decision to make: tomato ketchup or brown sauce?
2. High Tea with The Thoughtful Bread Company
Barton Street, 12th, 19th & 26th October
The Thoughtful Bread Company quite thoughtlessly opened their first shop just across the road from Reside this year. Our daily travails now regularly take us past their incredible array of breads, pastries and cakes, and several waistbands in the office have suffered as a consequence. The prospect of a Thoughtful Bread High Tea was too much for this correspondent to resist, and I booked myself in as soon as the Great Bath Feast brochure was released. Finger sandwiches, micro wraps, petits four and double choc ganache brownies are expected to appear on the menu.
3. Wan Ping Coombes with Chris Staines at Allium Brasserie
North Parade, 14th & 15th October
Many of us who were glued to BBC1’s Masterchef earlier this year were blown away by the flair and creativity of the eventual winner, and local resident, Ping Coombes’ Malaysian-inspired food. This 4-course menu will contain starters and main course created by Ping, with puddings by Allium Brasserie head chef Chris Staines. The pair are catering four meals over two days and, with half of the sittings already sold out, you’ll have to act quickly if you want to try Ping’s famous Wan Ton Soup!
4. Yammo! Pizza Show
Walcot Street, 14th October
Yammo! offers authentic and high quality Neopolitan food, and its vibrant atmosphere, passionate staff and stunning pizzas (using a secret pizza dough recipe) have made it a popular destination for visitors and locals alike. The Pizza Show is one of just five different Great Bath Feast events hosted by Yammo! during October, and they promise a breathtaking array of pizza varieties including fried, folded, sweet & savoury. Oh, and if you have any room left at the end, ask to try their misto fritto starter – delizioso!
5. Bath Brew House vs. Smoke House
James Street West, 23rd October
Bath prides itself on its wide array of very high quality local ales, and the very popular Bath Brew House has its own microbrewery right in the heart of the city. A smoke house is also located at the foot of the beer garden, with their own beer often being used in the smoking process. This evening will take place in the Tank Room, where guests will be invited by the head brewer to match a range of beers with dishes that have been smoked on the premises.
If our blog has set your stomach rumbling, do head out this October and experience The Great Bath Feast. Don’t forget to tweet us to let us know what you get up to – we’re always looking for new places to eat!
Photo credits: greatbathfeast.co.uk / yammo.co.uk