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A breather, a brunch, a break and a banquet.

“They arrived in Bath. Catherine was all eager delight; her eyes were here, there, everywhere, as they approached its fine and striking environs..."

semi-overcast 17 °C

What an interesting morning!! My alarm went off at 7.45am and I headed down to breakfast about 8.30. I was presented with a menu and had the full English breakfast, though tailored it so it was vegetarian (veggo sausages, mushrooms, beans, toast and tomato) and of course a pot of tea before heading back upstairs to get ready for my second day in the lovely city of Bath.
After cruising about a bit on the net trying to decide what to do today, I was all full of plans to see the Jane Austen museum and maybe take a boat tour, however neither were to be. Both boat tours operating in Bath do not cater for the individual (very annoying and I think rather discriminatory) and on my way to the museum I got distracted by a bench in the sun, when I next stood up an hour had passed and I was hungry!! I'd previously organized a 2-hour walk for 2pm, which took in all the places I wanted to see along with fun historical facts so I had time for a bite to eat before heading to the tourist center.
I found an amazing little pub on Queen Street called "The Raven", which is half bookstore, half pub and I wouldn't have been surprised if I didn't make the walk either... The place was amazing!! Comfortable chairs, friendly staff, a nice selection of local ales and small enough to make it cosy, but not uncomfortable. Apparently they're famous for their pies, as I saw when I was handed a menu. I had the "Pietanic", consisting of haddock, salmon and pollock along with mashed potatoes and mushy green peas - it was simply amazing. And huge.

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They also make their own ales - Raven and Raven Gold.

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On the way to the pub I'd gotten terrifically lost in the shopping precinct, a massive outdoor area that believe it or not, I stumbled into by accident, so I was glad the food was a good portion and a comfortable place to sit for a while. But anyway - onto my walk!!

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Have just sat down to dinner again, this time at Cafe du Globe, just off the North Parade. It serves traditional Moroccan cuisine, so I thought I'd have something different!! To start, I'm having chickpea hummus with olive oil and pita bread, followed by a slice of Scottish salmon cooked i traditional herbs and spices with a side salad and diced potatoes, along with a small glass of Moroccan sauvignon... Which deserves its own special mention.
The nose is quite fruity and sweet, though not overpowering and the taste is magnificent!! Smooth and rolling, very light and refreshing, hints of citrus and a long aftertaste... Not at all dry. It's called Guerouane Blanc Sauvignon, if any one of you ever sees this wine, I suggest you treat yourself.

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But the walk. The walk was actually quite fantastic, it took me all over Bath as I'd hoped!! Our group was quite small, consisting of myself, two French girls, a German couple and an English couple, and one American girl. Our guide, Sue was very friendly and knowledgeable, telling us interesting tales about the history of Bath and its inhabitants (past and present - Nicholas Cage was a long time resident), along with so many years and dates I don't know how she remembered them all!!
It was raining on and off throughout the day, but thankfully it held off for the majority of the walk - I think the best part was at the Royal Crescent (where John Cleese lives!!). They have the "crescent lawn" that, from the windows of the residences looks infinite, thanks to a strategically placed ditch, and the "commoners lawn", where everyone else is allowed to go. And ne'er the twain shall meet!!

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After that we headed to the second most famous crescent, the Circus. This was where Nicholas Cage once had a house, but his current monetary issues forced him to sell that and his other two houses in Bath... We also got to see some of the remaining Georgian streets, where modern traffic isn't allowed (the streets were so much wider then!!) and we had a look in the very posh Pump House restaurant and tea room, where we were offered the special Bath water (ha ha), but I politely declined.We also went into the NAB bank and saw an authentic Wedgewood ceiling, the oldest house in Bath (also known as the dwelling of Sally Lumis - maker of the buns. Apparently her buns are famous - Charles Dickens had himself a few!! *wink*) and also the narrowest house in Bath!!

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A fun fact - there were holes in the roofs of the houses called "owl holes", where the owners encouraged owls to roost so they would eat the rats and mice that lived on the streets below. They now have super-cute little ceramic owls living in there!!

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It was tremendously fun, Sue then dropped us off at Pulteney Bridge where I had a cup of ear grey at the Riverside Cafe, then headed back to my BnB for a little while before coming out for dinner. I'm now waiting on my afters - traditional Moroccan mint tea and a selection of baklava. I'm definitely sticking with this theme, I chose this over a mouth watering, tempting, divine-sounding chocolate cake!! But it's my last night in Bath, so why not get a little out of your comfort zone... And if the entree and main were anything to go by, this will be impressive.

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It was impressive. The manager poured it from a great height into this tiny little glass cup, without spilling ANY or burning himself, then handed it to me with a bow. The little baklava were fantastic, and his name was Mustafa. Am now back in the hotel watching the end of In Her Majesty's Secret Service, then Iron Man is on!! Hooray for Bath, but back home to London tomorrow!!

Posted by PrincessFiona 14:15 Archived in United Kingdom Tagged england pub raven roman bath somerset royal_crescent moroccan_cuisine Comments (0)

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