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If it’s a blowout stay in Bath you’re after, its hotels don’t come with a more blue-blooded pedigree than The Gainsborough Bath Spa. Named after the eponymous artist, an erstwhile Bath resident, the place spreads across a handsome Grade II listed building dating from the 18th century. Looking elegantly understated with its unclothed tables, blue-and-white walls and caramel leather seats, the dining room is a suitably contemporary setting for Dan Moon’s impeccably up-to-date British food. Expect bright, fresh combinations and entertaining textures, all soundly rooted in an intuitive grasp of how things work together, as seen in openers such as smoked fillet of beef with pané quail egg, foie gras, celeriac remoulade and pickled vegetables. A main of butter-poached halibut with asparagus, parmesan broth, broad bean purée and lobster is a very well-conceived and attractive dish, while a dessert of buttermilk pannacotta with Yorkshire rhubarb, honeycomb and granola is a fine conclusion.
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Facilities – at a glance
Classy contemporary food in Georgian heritage surroundings
- Seats: 70
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2.30
- Dinner served from: 6
- Dinner served until: 10
- Wines under £30: 18
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 12
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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