The Royal Crescent Hotel is set in several houses in Bath's famous Royal Crescent and is one of…
“Assured seasonal cooking in historic Georgian property.” - AA Inspector
The Royal Crescent Hotel occupies Bath’s most elegant address and the newly refurbished Montagu’s Mews restaurant is named after writer Elizabeth Montagu, the original resident of a house that now forms part of the hotel. Montagu was host of the Blue Stockings Society, salonière and advocate for women’s education whose fresh and forward-thinking attitude helped bring people together in the spirit of enlightenment. Who better to inform this elegant restaurant’s unique approach to dining? Diners can reflect on this over pre-dinner drinks in the new bar, which offers crafted local botanicals, small batch spirits and a list of imaginatively curated wines and beers. The restaurant overlooks the landscaped gardens behind the hotel, and diners can eat on the terrace in summer, with heated parasols just in case the temperature suddenly drops. Head chef Martin Blake cooks seasonal dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced produce. Make a start with sake-cured chalk stream trout, kombu dressing and radish, or 30-day aged Herefordshire beef tartare, Bath Ale hollandaise and beer vinegar. When it comes to main course, there is certainly plenty of choice and it won’t be easy. Whaddon Grove Farm lamb, carrot escabèche, sheep yogurt and bitter leaf is one way to go, or maybe Wye Valley asparagus and almond faggotini, Westcombe Cheddar velouté and wild garlic. The side dishes are equally enticing, whether it’s steamed tenderstem broccoli, ginger, garlic and almond or home-cooked chips sprinkled with rosemary salt. The high level of skill and precision continues through to the pudding stage. Amalfi lemon tart, crème fraîche and basil makes a fine finish, but then so does Yorkshire rhubarb, Piqual olive oil and vanilla. For those looking for a savoury end to the meal, there’s a selection of British cheeses accompanied by home-made chutney and crackers.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Steps for wheelchair: 1
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 2
- Wines over £30: 253
- 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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