Bath Priory … like the best warm bath ever

When I visited: November 2014

Location: Bath (within the Priory Hotel)

Team: Sam Moody (Head Chef), Francesca Martusciello (Head Sommelier)

Rating in the Michelin Guide: Not in Guide (used to have 1 star)

Dining Owl Hoot rating: 4/5

What to wear: Men – shirt and jacket and nice trousers and shoes; women – a smart dress and/or smart trousers and a top

Ambience: Lovely, warm cosy atmosphere

Course of the meal: Raw scallop ceviche with lime sauce and grated truffles

If I could change one thing: Price (scarcity power …)


I heard that Bath was traditionally a place that Londoners escaped to to get away from the city and relax and rejuvenate. After visiting Bath, and specifically the Bath Priory, I can completely understand why.

My partner Owl and I were escorted to the sitting room to look through the menus and enjoy some cocktails (Jessica Rabbit – amaretto, apple and prosecco, and Hoxton Martini – gin, coconut and elderflower) and canapés (long cheese sticks, lemon chicken, spiced bread, goat’s cheese sauce and chicken meatballs).

We selected the dinner a la carte menu and a lovely bottle of white Riaxes Bias Terra Guada wine to go with it. The amuse bouche was a gorgeous mushroom velouté with truffle, and we both particularly enjoyed the starter – raw scallop ceviche with lime sauce and grated truffles.

For main, my partner Owl had the roast pheasant with foie gras, potato and mushroom terrine and game consomée while I had the sea bass with parsnip and ginger. Both were well-balanced and full of flavour. My partner Owl also had a cheese course (a selection of five cheese with sweet bread, crackers, plum compote and grapes) before our desserts – an armagnac and prune soufflé with Earl Grey tea ice cream, and a delicious dark chocolate mousse with a gush of salted caramel and milk yoghurt ice cream.

We got a range of European petits fours to enjoy with our free tea – rose Turkish delight, mini chocolate brownie, raspberry macaron and pistachio mousse.

I would highly recommend visiting the Bath Priory if you want a hearty, tasty meal in a relaxing setting – and if you have time, check out the spa at the hotel too.

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