Tuesday 7 October 2014

Time2Travel: Bath Day 1

From living in the UK for god knows how many years I have visited very few places so the other weekend we dropped everything else and traveled up to Bath with my other half with a weekend break.

Day 1

Travel To Bath: First Great Western

If you are traveling from London the best way to go is from Paddington via First Great Western and from traveling everywhere by train I was impressed especially as my phone was already nearly dead before the trip has even started and every seat has a plug - not just the special people who manage to get a table :-)


Where2Stay: The Francis, Mercure

Right in the heart of Bath next to a quaint park and a cheese shop is The Francis Hotel part of the MGallery Collection.

The Francis occupies seven of the original of townhouses and in the hotel it tells you where A new house begins. You will notice that the floors are not straight they slope up and down depending to which house you are in.

The hotel has modern, eclectic decor and is pretty beautiful - perfect for a photo shoot. Everywhere we visited in Bath was only a short walk away from the conveniently positioned hotel.

Like many places in Bath afternoon tea is served daily at Francis Hotel but for a more formal dining experience visit chef Raymond Blanc’s Brasserie Blanc, for beautiful French cuisine which we visited recently in London and can truly say it was scrumptious.

Francis Hotel is part of the unique MGallery collection of individual hotels, none of which conforms to the norm and all of which promise a journey of discovery both within their charming and remarkable walls and beyond.

Beautiful Architecture 

Awkward photo of moi

The beautiful architecture of the houses and buildings was just outstanding. 

New Boots

So although I loved all the independent stores I have been really wanting some knee high boots and I was lusting of the Stuart Weitzman ones but with the high price tag i sadly could not afford them. But recently  I spotted some look-a-likes from Carvela with a gold plates on the back heel from TKMAXX for £90 and I love them. With my lower legs being quite gangly i find it a real struggle to find boots that don't slouch down to my ankles - what do you think?!?

Boots Carvela: Buy the suede versions here
Dress: Armani

Where2Eat: Browns Bath

After a lovely day shopping we headed down to the river, right in the centre of town, next to the Guidhall and Bath Abbey. Every building in bath looks like it used to be home to something Royal with beautiful intricate details and Browns is no different. It was once home to a magistrates court and a police station with its grand enterenace.

As we entered everyone was in high spirits and we were happy sipping cocktails until a table outside came  available - as it was so unusallly warm.

Rivoting Raspberri - £8.50

Outside everyone was sipping wine and cocktails so we were happy to go ahead with a bottle of wine

Sauvignon Blanc, Mamaku from New Zealand - £22.8
This is a Classic Sauvignon from my favorite wine region


Roasted Goats Cheese - £7
I aabsolutelylove Goats Cheese and this walnut crusted one was just devine with a beautiful Pico de gallo salsa and a beetroot and pomegrate vinagigrette was the perfect accopinant to the creamy goats cheese.

Chicken Liver & Brandy Parfait - £6
This parfait is partnered with a punchy rhubarb & tomato chutney.  Alongside you get so lovely crispy cinnamon brioche.

Main Dish

Lobster Tagiatelle - £15.5
Lobster and pasta are two of my favourites so partnered they are just perfect. If you are going to choose any pasta at a restaurant I would always recommend the tagliatelle as its fresh and with a creamy sauce and the rich lobster is just lush - I got all the lobster out first and chopped it up instead of messing around throughout the meal.

Adam chose the special which was Duck with a red wine jus and mash cooked to perfection and deliciously rich.


Peruvian Brownie - £6
After a delicious lunch I was unsure if I could fit a desert in but after seeing someone else with a brownie I knew I had to be naughty especially as it was partnered with vanilla ice cream.

With Cheese being famous in Bath Adam decided to go for the selection of British Chesses £9 and for the price it was massive with good sized cheese - may of needed a more varied selection of crackers as there was only one type but we defintley tried all of what Bath had to offer in the way of cheese with: Silton, Wensleydale, Mature Cheddar partnered with celery, grapes and chutney.

After have a nap on our comfy bed at The Francis we got ready for an evening on the town still full from lunch we went straight to hunt out an underground cocktail bar called Opium. 

We were looking for a while but when we finally did find it you were hit with a wall of insence and an intimate location which was a a mish mash of vintage furniture.


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