This is the time of year when I find myself really having to fight the urge to hide away at home with sundry books and large mugs of tea. Not because of the cold weather – we’re all used to that by now! – and not because of the crowds of Christmas shoppers and sale-season bargain-hunters. No; my urge to hibernate is due to the dark mornings and darker evenings. As we creep towards midwinter, it seems that those brief flashes of sunlight in the middle of the day are few and far between, and it’s all too easy to succumb to the temptation to snuggle up on the sofa the moment you get home from work and not budge for the rest of the night. But we must resist!
There’s so much more we could be doing, out there in beautiful Bath! And if it involves a delicious dinner or a mug of mulled wine and a mince pie, so much the better. With that in mind…
Happy Birthday Jane Austen!
To commemorate the birth of their beloved author on 16th December 1775, the Jane Austen Festival, Bath present “an evening of Austen delights” with dramatic readings by Adrian Lukis, Caroline Langrishe and Rosie Lomas on 14th December 2013. The event will be held at The Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, which beautiful building was Bath’s original Theatre Royal; the very same venue attended by Austen herself in 1799 and mentioned in her first completed novel, Northanger Abbey. With mulled wine and mince pies to complement the entertainment, this is sure to be a warming winter evening out – tickets are available from Bath Box Office now!
Food, Glorious Food!
We’re anxious to try it…
If, like me, the highlight of your evening is dinner, then you’re in luck: there are so many delicious restaurants in Bath, there’s no excuse not to eat out. We really are spoiled for choice! That said, everyone has their favourite cuisine, and it helps to know what to look for…
Just picture a great big steak –
Fried, roasted or stewed;
Oh, food! Wonderful food!
Marvellous food! Glorious food!
As far as I’m concerned, you can’t go wrong with steak. It is my absolute favourite food: a sure-fire way to get me to agree to just about anything. For those of you who take after my own heart, we are lucky enough to have several really good steakhouses in Bath:
- The Herd on Argyle Street is relatively new, but building a solid and well-earned reputation for great food and friendly service
- Miller and Carter has only just opened on Milsom Street and is creating quite a buzz – I have dropped a few hints as I’m keen to try it for myself…
- The Hudson Bar & Grill is a little further afield on London Street – but the ten minute walk back to the guest house is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to pudding!
What is it we dream about?
What brings on a sigh?
Piled peaches and cream, about
Six feet high!
Of course, I recognise that not all are as carnivorous as I am. For those among you who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet – or who just want something wholesome and a bit lighter – look no further:
- Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen is practically on our doorstep. Just around the corner on North Parade Passage, what was once Demuths has been renamed and rebranded but serves the same delicious food as ever, with an emphasis on fresh produce and exciting flavour combinations.
Whether you want to lose yourself in literature or indulge in a hearty meal with good company, Bath has something tempting to offer, so venture forth! Why stay at home when you could treat yourself to a few days away and stay at Three Abbey Green?