Greedy weekenders will find more to Bath than Georgian architecture and Austen. We can’t promise dinner à deux with Darcy, but our itinerary will deliver encounters to swoon over
If coffee is your big crush, start with a visit to coffee emporium Colonna & Small’s on Chapel Row. Let the baristas match your wildest caffeine cravings to superb single origin espressos and fab filters.
But should your deepest desires lie in the dairy aisle, The Fine Cheese Co on Walcot Street has your back. Handsome offerings include the rich gouda-style Wyfe of Bath, creamy Stilton-esque Bath Blue and Mary Holbrook’s peppery Tymsboro goat’s cheese made on her Somerset farm.
Follow your morning dalliances with a locals’ lunch at Wild Cafe on Queen Street. Packed with locally made produce, the menu of sarnies, soups and salads is a tribute to the creativity of the city.
For a fling with gin, fashion your own on a course at the Bath Gin Company (pictured). As well as getting to keep your creation, you’ll be presented with a hip flask of Bath Gin.
After that, you’ll need a lie-down, so we’d recommend hitting the Queensberry Hotel on Russell Street for a luxury overnighter. Head chef Chris Cleghorn takes diners on an epicurean odyssey in The Olive Tree restaurant.
Next day, it’s your turn to learn from the pros. If the aroma of freshly baked loaves fans your flames then book onto a sourdough making course at The Thoughtful Bread Company on Barton Street (their nettle and chive loaf is the biz).
Chocoholics, meanwhile, can book a day of artisan creativity with Seven Hills chocolatiers who hold courses at the same venue. From tempering to truffle making, this is a chance to get tips from talented chocolate makers who turn out moreish mouthfuls from a converted stable in nearby Newton St Loe.