I’m out of town for the weekend, and heading west to one of my favourite parts of the country.
Before getting down to my restaurant review, I wanted to mention Lacock Village – the destination for our Saturday daytime outing. It’s the perfect chocolate box village peppered with pubs, tea rooms and pretty cottages.
Film crews for Harry Potter, Pride and Prejudice and Downtown Abbey have all descended on this tiny village to film their mega productions as do the hoards of tourists.
You’ll find a National Trust run Abbey and grounds and the Fox Talbot history of photography museum plus some great shops such as CoCo Chemistry and Quintessentially English. If you’re in the area – pay a little visit – it’s lovely.
I’ve been coming to Bath on and off for many years now including millennium NYE. I love the Georgian architecture and dare I say Jane Austen overkill. But… despite the history Bath has emerged as a great shopping destination with new bars and restaurants springing up each time I visit.
Graze bar and Chophouse sits next to the Brunel built railway station, so perfect for heel wearers and those keen not miss their train.
Graze in Bath is the flagship (and largest) venue of the 11 strong Bath Ales chain who have pubs across the South West.
The space is huge (180 covers) with two outside terraces and plenty of room for drinkers as well as diners.
Beer lovers will be delighted to see a micro-brewery that produces the beer Platform 3. The wine selection is great starting at £15.50 which can’t be argued with.
Vegetarians and pescetarians are catered for but this is a flesh lovers paradise – there’s even a meat hanging room visible to diners. Graze focusses on aged steak cooked on a Josper charcoal grill. There’s plenty of other options to choose from including specials.
My friend and I both opt for squid, which is spot on and came with a delicious aioli and burnt lemon. After deliberating for what seems like hours I choose a burger served with smokehouse cheddar and apple ketchup and triple cooked chips. It was delicious and uncomplicated – the ingredients spoke for themselves. My friend had a pork cut wrapped in prosciutto with some ace looking sweet potato fries.
Unable to manage dessert we instead go for coffee that came with some cakey/biscuity combo – in honesty I forget what exactly, but provided a sweet hit without needing a heavy pudding.
The place was busy all the time we were there, but the huge restaurant meant it didn’t feel remotely crowded. The service was great and the food really excellent quality.
They offer a kids menu, some good value set options and breakfast too. So whether you’re taking a break from shopping or want a full on celebration meal this place would be a great choice.
You can even watch the trains go past the window if you’re that way inclined.