Tuesday, 31 January 2017

A Day & Night in Bath

I wanted to take my husband away for his birthday, somewhere special but not a million miles away.
I remember going to the City of Bath when I was a child and I loved it. My partner had never been so I thought that it would be a brilliant birthday destination. We left pretty early and it was a pain free journey. When we got there we found parking easily enough for a weekend.

Glorious blue skies and beautiful buildings where ever you looked. Apart from the heavens opening briefly leaving my fluffy white coat a soggy mess. The weather was lovely for the rest of the day.
I bought a purple poncho during the down pour. Which my husband was disgusted by, this made the poncho even better!

We happily pottered around the shops and it was nice to just have a look without really needing anything. I managed to get a beaut of a silver skirt for more than 50% off!
What I would say really stood out to me, were the authentic Victorian shop signage. The whole city had a preserved history vibe about it.

Another thing that was great for us, was that everything was a stones throw away. We did a lot of walking but the main attractions, including the Roman Baths and the Puleney bridge were all central.
I wanted to go somewhere to eat that wasn't a chain. I think it is much nicer to go to independent places. It definitely adds to the tourist feeling. 

We stopped off for a bite to eat at Thewholebagel which was a brilliant find!
They had a selection bar where you could pick your own fillings but we opted to sit, in the little kitch seating area upstairs. Where you can pick from a variety of beautifully made bagels. You can pick your own style of bread as well. Always a bonus! My husbands eyes lit up when he realised there was a bacon and bre bagel. Your lunch comes in cute little brown packaging on a board with a side of fresh potato salad. I also added a delicious chocolate milkshake. I tend to judge eateries (lunch time ones anyway.) by the standard of milkshake. This place scored highly! 

After another few shops and a visit to the park we decided, we were tired and wanted to check out the hotel. 

I booked The Combe Grove Hotel. My... was it impressive! Honestly one of the most beautiful hotels I have been to. I would thoroughly recommend it!  
It was everything I wanted out of a surprise birthday treat. Classy and well styled. 
We had a lovely little chalet room just a small walk from the main building. We liked this as it was private and very comfortable. We also got to see the stunning grounds. 

We had booked a meal in the restaurant but as we were feeling a little lazy. So we decided to take our time and go for bar food and some drinks. 
The food was incredible. My husband had steak and he stated it was the best he has had in a long time. (Strong words!) 
I had the classic fish and chips and it was divine! So fresh and not too heavy. 
The fish just crumbled it was so soft. 
I was a very happy bunny! An extensive cocktail menu also makes me very happy. 
A feature that we enjoyed was the build your own Martini part of the menu. Where you can add all the frills you like. 
The cocktails were a little unusual as well not just your standard Cosmo. 

One last element that stood out was that they have a list of little extras you can add to your room in case of a birthday or special occasion. 
I went for the sweet plate which came with brownies, meriange drops, raspberries, beautifully handmade coconut truffles and a giant macaroon... oh and fudge! We were extremely satisfied with this.
Although I could of eaten them three times over!

A pot of Mushroom and Truffle oil popcorn on the cabinet was also really cute touch.

If you would like to find out more about The Combe Grove Hotel click here

Where is your favourite place to go for a weekend away?

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