Bath Bound

🛁 < 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.

Day 1

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 🐷

Cosy Eggs 🐣

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)

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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.

The Roman Baths 🛁

The architecture is amazing!

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.

Wallpaper @ Burger and Barrels

Seriously, if I had my way my room would look like this

So fecking cool

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.

I wanna say that these were martinis, but I don’t know what flavour 😂

12 Monkeys 🙈🙉🙊

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.

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Day 2

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.

This is that hipster brunch shit

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

Panaromic view of The Royal Crescent

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. 

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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.

The Great Window

Bath Abbey

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.

“Sulis”

Pulteney Bridge ~ the water coursing through was SO loud

View of Bath

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!

Arty Farty picture

My buns, my buns, my buns, my lovely little buns

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.

11 Comments

  1. January 8, 2017 / 10:15 am

    Yay for travelling within your own country 🙂 I need to do more of that with Korea, but I tend to be lazy. I need to be more like you and go out and about more! Good on you for visiting Bath!

    And holy bath, Chynna! This place looks amazing. Like you, I’m not religious, but that Bath Abbey . . . man, I’d totally go there to see the church in person. What a beautiful place, and the architecture is stunning! I can’t get into the concept of public bathing, but I’m sure it appeals to a lot of people XD; I know it’s popular here, but it’s not my thing.

    That poached eggs looks so good. I’ve still yet to try a poached egg. I need to make trying that a priority . . . and that hipster brunch, HAHAHAHA. Yep, it’s definitely hipster XD

    Bathampton — the name made me crack up and I found it very appropriate considering the area. It’s great the Airbnb turned out to be a fabulous place to stay!

    And girl, I want to try those bath buns! Part bun, bread, and cake? Oooooh. If I’m ever in Bath, I’m definitely going to that place! Dulce de leche as a topping sounds sooooo scrumptious and rich. Mmmm. Chynna, you’re making me hungry! Thanks for sharing <3

  2. January 8, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Ooooh Bath!! I knew exactly what you were talking about when I was reading your first paragraph. When I went to Stonehenge our tour bus took us to Bath, too! So we had a couple of hours there at the Roman baths and then we had just enough time for a quick bite… we were recommended the ice cream/gelato from one particular place and it was so good.

    We had a quick tour as well so I saw the Royal Crescent too. Our tour guide mentioned that actor Nicolas Cage lived at number #11 and that’s why there wasn’t a number there. He didn’t want people to know where he lived. But that totally defeated the purpose because you could obviously tell by the other houses being numbered, that he lived there, because his house was the only one without a number… LOL.

    Those cosy eggs look cosy af. And so delicious looking 😭 I want some from all the way over here! I really liked Bath and I actually would love to go there again, it’s such a quaint city, and filled with a lot of history, as you said. That’s what I really liked about it. The Roman baths were really interesting and I also got to try some of the fresh water and it was… it tasted really weird, let’s just say that.

    Glad you got an opportunity to check out Bath! Honestly after going to Bath I find some of the cities outside London to be way more interesting than London itself 😜

  3. January 9, 2017 / 6:19 am

    When I saw the title, I thought you’re going to talk about your journey with taking a bath X’D. Ok ok, it’s a city in Europe XD. Makes sense on why the town is called Bath.

    I love your life as a traveler. It’s awesome and you get to eat some delicious food + see beautiful sights. Your disk at Cosy club looks delicious! Hehe the bacon looks legit.

    The Roman Bath looks… Like a dirty swimming pool XD. I mean, people back in the day don’t have access to a private bathroom like we do. The architecture looks amazing!

    AHhahahha you need to make a post about your shot glass collection some day~~~ (include magnets/post cards as you please). I found a place at Disney Cali Adventures that sells postcards!!! I should get a couple for you ;).

    One thing that the architectures did really well on back then were the churches… They’re really detailed and wow’s people for generations.

    The food you had were delicious! I feel like I need to follow you around more so I can have some good food too XD.

  4. January 10, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Heard of Bath but it’s nice to see it in photos <3 I'm glad you enjoyed your time there <3

  5. January 11, 2017 / 6:40 am

    I wish I had your life! I always see you travelling!

    All the food you eat while adventuring looks so yummy omg.

    I’m gonna have to agree with Nancy about the Roman Baths lowkey looking like a dirty swimming pool lol.
    I’m glad you had fun!

    I miss you, Chynna! Hope you remember me. I’m back with a new site. 🙂

  6. January 12, 2017 / 7:50 pm

    “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?” It’s so true – I meet people who think this way all the time and I think it’s really more of a comfort zone. Like they’re comfortable where they’re at, so why would they need to travel? But then once you do, you sort of realize that’s not true at all and that each place and culture offers something that your home doesn’t have. I think it’s awesome that you like traveling! Opens my eyes to what else is out there 😀

    The Roman Baths and the architecture looks amazing! I think I’ve heard of Bath the city but hadn’t thought that there would be a particular meaning behind the name until I read your blog post. That’s so cool! I am also sooo jealous that you’re able to visit all these places because they’re in England. The architecture is really amazing and really makes me appreciate the human mind. The United States isn’t as old as Europe, so we don’t have all that gorgeous old architecture.

  7. January 13, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    Oh wow, Bath looks amazing! I’ve never been to Bath before, probably because I rarely visit anywhere down south, but it definitely looks like an interesting place. I don’t know how you cope going to new places when you live in London though. When I was looking round universities I was so shocked by how few shops lots of places have. I just assumed everywhere was like Leeds, and didn’t realise it’s actually one of the bigger cities. So it must be even weirder when you have everything on your doorstop in London.

    I love the photos you’ve taken of the Roman baths. They look so cool. I do love cities that are steeped in history. My favourite place to visit up here is York, because all the streets are so beautiful.

    OMG Chynna, that food. I just want all of it right now. I’m never reading your blog without a big plate of food again. Making me so hungry!

    Glad you had a great time in Bath!

  8. January 14, 2017 / 3:18 pm

    I’ve never been to Bath before but a load of my friends and people I know went last year. I might have to have a quick visit when the weather gets better (lol when is that btw) I’m a sucker for great architecture, history and sights. It looks amazing! The green bath looks interesting and makes me want to jump into it LOL. The church looks GORGEOUS. Reminds me a lot of Rome but not as big xD

    “nevertheless her buns are fcking tasty” hahahaha. It looks like that was a lovely place to chill and eat! Thanks for sharing your photos! I’m glad you had a fun time in Bath 😀

    Psh, next stop: Sheffield! Not much to see but I’m there!!!

  9. January 14, 2017 / 6:14 pm

    It’s funny to me how we take for granted the amazing things that are so close to home that some people travel halfway across the world to see. There are places that aren’t even an hour drive from where I live that I want to see and do that I just haven’t yet because it will always be there and I push it off to another time while I dream about exotic places seven million hours away. Silly, isn’t it?

    Bath is on my bucket list of places that I want to visit, so I loved reading this post and seeing your pictures. The architecture is absolutely amazing! And the church at Bath Abbey… there’s not even words for that. I’m sure it’s a million times better in person than in the picture, but the picture is stunning itself!

    And all your food looks ON POINT. I swear you always order the most beautiful dishes and they look tasty! Love the comment about “that hipster brunch shit” XDDD

    Your trip sounded like it was awesome, and I’m so glad you had a lovely time!!

  10. January 15, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Wow, the baths look so amazing. It would certainly be a strange experience being in a place that has so much history. You can almost imagine it as it once was!

    That sounds like it was a really great place to stay in, and it’s great it was the best Airbnb you have had. 😀 Would have made things mode exciting!

    Wow, The Royal Crescent looks so amazing. When you described that it was built in the 1700s, that is just so mind blowing.

    All of the architecture is just so magical. The scale that everything was made and the time frame that it has stood for, it just amazes me. I would love to see a lot of it one day!

    So glad to hear that you had a great time! It would certainly be an interesting place to visit! Thanks for sharing lots of great pictures and your story. 😀

  11. Tilewa Ajala
    March 16, 2017 / 11:26 am

    please when you go back take me. the roman baths still look so good even though slightly dirty and the cosy egg Omygarshhh im drooling here! but really looked like you had fun!

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