🛁 < This is so appropriate for this post. You know, living in London makes me forget there are other places to visit in England? You’d get it if you live here – we basically have everything you’d ever need, so why would you need to venture outside of it? Probably so you don’t become a hermit/get some culture ’cause that’s a thing people do, right?
Last November, my friends and I decided to visit the lovely city of Bath. Bath is a city in Somerset, England, known for its Roman-built baths. It is steeped in a lot of history, and it was wonderful to walk around getting to soak all of that in.
I literally had two days rest from coming back from the Philippines before I set off again to visit Bath. Life of a traveller, eh? I had gone to see Dr. Strange with my friends the night before, so didn’t get back home until about 1.30 in the morning, fully knowing that I had a coach journey at 7AM. Living life on the edge.
The struggle that morning was real, but thankfully it was only one bus for me to get to the coach station. After picking up some well deserved McDonalds breakfast on the way, we waited at the cold ass coach station.
The journey itself took about 3 hours for which most of it I was asleep – obviously. The weather wasn’t great once we arrived, either, but after some deliberation we decided to venture in to look for some food.
It took us ages because the first two places we stopped by were really full and quite a long wait to be seated. We finally ended up in the Cosy Club, which is located in the heart of SouthGate shopping centre. The entrance seems like a fake out, but once you enter through you’ll find stairs that will take you to their restaurant/bar. The hostess said it would be about a 45 minute wait, and at this point we were willing to wait that long because we were so hungry/couldn’t be bothered to walk anymore. Thankfully, we actually only ended up waiting 20 minutes!
I ordered a pink lemonade once we were seated, which was delicious, and for my main I ordered Cosy Eggs: two poached eggs with hollandaise sauce on a toasted muffin with your choice of smoked back bacon or spinach & mushrooms or Severn & Wye smoked salmon or chorizo sausage. I had it with spinach and mushrooms, but I ordered a side of bacon as well because 🐷
The eggs were poached perfectly, and the sauce was absolutely amazing. Overall, a perfect start to our little weekend away! (Despite having to walk for the longest time just to get there)
After brunch, we passed by Bath Abbey but decided to save that for the next day and instead headed over to the famous Roman Baths.
I remember in primary school learning about the Romans, and I have always found them fascinating. It was pretty cool to get to wonder around the baths and to get a feel of what it was like to live in that day and age. I’m not sure how I feel about public bathing, however I guess it’s not too far off health spas of today, to be fair. We were given a free audio guide tour with our ticket, and that gave us lots of facts about the baths as we walked around. I’m pretty sure my Classical Civilisation teacher from secondary school would have been proud of me visiting the baths 😆
After visiting the baths, we ended up in a little souvenir shop where I picked up a shot glass for my collection, magnets and a postcard. We also passed by a whiskey shop because my friend was looking for presents for her dad’s birthday. As we had been walking around for a long while and getting pretty tired, we decided to head over to the Airbnb we had rented for the weekend.
The house was a bit out of the way located in Bathampton, but it was such a beautiful house! We had to get a taxi to dinner that evening and then going back into town the next day, as well, but split between us the fare wasn’t too bad. The house we stayed in was the definition of house goals, though. There was an open plan kitchen, which led to a little area with all the laundry equipment. The living room was nice and airy with a flat screen TV. Upstairs were two master bedrooms and one side room plus the bathroom, which had the best water pressure I’ve ever come across. Definitely one of the best Airbnbs I’ve ever stayed in!
We decided to chill out for a bit before heading out to dinner. There were quite a few restaurants we wanted to try but because we had left it too late, we weren’t able to get a table as they were mostly fully booked. We eventually found a place called Burgers and Barrels, which is a tiny burger restaurant. When I say tiny, I am not even exaggerating. We were seated downstairs in a cramped area, and usually I would complain but it was actually nice and cosy and the decor was fantastic too.
They had two for one cocktails that night, so I immediately ordered two of those. For my main, I went for the 12 Monkeys: Two original recipe beef burgers, stacked high and glazed with our unique 12 Monkeys spiced bourbon sauce. SO FECKING DELICIOUS! The waiter complimented me on getting 12 Monkeys because it is such a heavy burger… I was nearly defeated by it, but I prevailed 💪🏽 I didn’t manage to finish my chips, though, but that’s whatevs.
After dinner, we headed to the local Sainsbury’s to pick up a bottle of red and then headed home. We spent the rest of the night watching TV, chatting, bonding and getting pissed on red wine. Such a bloody good night.
On arrival the previous day, we really wanted to go to this restaurant called Boston Tea Party. Unfortunately, the one we found was small and completely packed so we had to forgo it. Thanks to the cab driver’s suggestion, however, we decided to head over to the one located on Alfred Street, which was much bigger!
After check out, we decided to head over for some brunch because you can never eat too much brunch, lets face it. We luckily got there at a perfect time because as we were ordering, it suddenly got really busy. Honestly took me the longest time to decide what I wanted, though, because their menu is so delicious. Eventually, I ordered Sourdough Eggy Bread with Smoked Bacon & Avocado and mmhmHMMMHMmmmmmm. It was so good. The wait was a bit long because it did get busy, but it was worth the wait.
After brunch, we then headed over to The Royal Crescent. “The Royal Crescent is a row of 30 terraced houses laid out in a sweeping crescent. Designed by the architect John Wood the Younger and built between 1767 and 1774, it is among the greatest examples of Georgian architecture to be found in the United Kingdom and is a Grade I listed building.” – Wikipedia
I can’t even imagine how much the houses go for down there. They are so beautiful, though, and if I lived there… what a dream!
We then headed back into town, where we stumbled across a cute Christmas market. I didn’t see much that I wanted to buy but the sellers had some really nice wares on display – homemade scarves, purses, etc.
Our next stop was Bath Abbey. As mentioned many times in my posts, I am not religious at all, but I do appreciate a beautiful church and honestly, Bath Abbey is gorgeous. It’s actually called the Abbey Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul and was founded in the 7th century. It then got rebuilt in the 12th and 16th centuries. I particularly liked the great window at the east end, which contains 56 scenes in the life of Jesus.
We were getting hungry at this point, so we decided to get over to Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House & Museum. Before we got there, we made several stops including a ceramic pig made as part of the 2008 Public Art Project created by artist Natasha Rampley and Pulteney Bridge.
Onto Sally Lunn’s! Based in one of the oldest houses in Bath, Sally Lunn’s is a historic tea and eating house, home of the original Bath Bun. What is a Bath Bun? “There is no truly useful common English word to describe a Sally Lunn Bun as it is part bun, part bread, part cake… A large and generous but very very light bun; a little like brioche/French festival bread….but traditionally it is a bun so, even if it isn’t really a bun, let’s call it a bun!” – The Sally Lunn Bun And who the hell is Sally Lunn? I don’t even know myself, and I’ve been doing a little research and apparently she may not even have existed! Nevertheless, her buns are fecking tasty.
You can choose from a variety of sweet toppings to go with your bun, ex: jam, cinnamon butter, chocolate butter, etc. I opted for dulce de leche and oh my god. The sweet creaminess of it was enough to make me cry tears of joy. I also ordered a Bailey’s hot chocolate with cream and it was so indulgent, so satisfying, so alcoholic. 10/10 would visit Sally Lunn’s again!
By the time we finished, it was time for us to head back to the coach station and so ended our lovely little trip away.
Overall, I had such an amazing time in Bath and it is a beautiful city. I love how it’s steeped in history and culture, and there are a lot of things to do/places to visit, as well. I will definitely be back here because I’m pretty sure there’s more that I can explore.