Written by Lydia in Out and about

I have just spent a glorious weekend away exploring Bath and Bristol. Of course sampling some of the cities’ food was high on my priority list, so here are a few of my highlights:

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I could probably say that these burgers were some of the best I have ever eaten. They have two of these eateries in Bristol and one in Bath and we went to the Bristol-Clifton Smokehouse. The whole ambience of the place was just in a word, cool. One long table for happy eaters with a sunken middle running down the length of the table for you to grab napkins, cutlery and delicious condiments including BBQ and hot sauce as you require.  I could have eaten everything on the menu but we opted for two types of burger. My boyfriend James had the LockJaw Burger (featured)- two 5oz burgers, pulled pork, beef brisket, burnt ends, melted cheese, house pickles and fry sauce. I had the Smokestack Burger – 5oz burger, pulled pork, melted cheese, house pickles and fry sauce. It was immense and they definitely don’t scrimp on portion size. They also do cool sides like cornbread, macaroni cheese and burnt ends. The chips and slaw were also top notch. I can safely say that we left there very satisfied and would definitely recommend a visit if you ever in the area. You can’t book so get there early to avoid disappointment.

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Opium Bar

A must visit for a cocktail in Bath.  A really eccentric and artistic bar, almost in an underground crypt with lots of little room leading further underground. With the smell of incense, chilled out music, unique interiors and relaxed seating areas, you could almost be in a hippy friend’s home.  I had a Strawberry Daiquiri and James had an Old Fashioned. Lush. Good job they were £7.50 each, otherwise I would have drank the whole menu.

http://www.opiumbars.com/

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The Bath Bun

I love afternoon tea. There is something about sandwiches and cakes served on a tiered stand, washed down with copious amounts of tea, sipped properly from a pretty china cup, and maybe even with a cheeky glass of Prosecco, that makes me a very happy lady. We went to the Bath Bun in Bath which as afternoon teas go, wasn’t bad at all. It was a cute little place, full of quirky charm. I was interested to try a Bath Bun, as when in Bath…so we opted for the Bath Bun afternoon tea selection. They were really tasty actually, not too dissimilar to a brioche roll, topped with fruity currants and with bursts of crushed sugar.  The scones we had were also yummy, served warm with clotted cream, strawberry jam and topped with a fresh strawberry which was a nice touch. The sandwiches were pretty average but there was a good selection of tea to choose from.

http://www.thebathbun.com/

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