A day out in Bath wouldn't be complete without a lovely lunch out, and where better than The Circus, a family-run restaurant just off the stunning Georgian circus and voted number 4 of the 'top 20 secret restaurants that foodies love' according to The Times. So, with such an exceptional reputation, we knew we were in safe hands.
After a friendly welcome into the fresh, warm and airy restaurant we began to peruse the menu, full of seasonal and local produce, and changed monthly. The aromatic pork belly with juniper berries and puy lentils sounded incredibly tempting, as did their daily fish special of grilled sea bass with a tapenade dressing.
But, I opted for the salad of roasted butternut squash and pumpkin, with cinnamon roast red onions, baby spinach, labneh yoghurt cheese, cobnut gremolata and pomegranate dressing. Its vibrant colours perfectly matched the dishes full flavour - warming squash and pumpkin and cinnamon with the zing and fresh sweetness of the yogurt cheese and pomegranates. Not too sweet, and the perfect dish to mark the imminent transition from summer to autumn.
We also ordered the steamed Fowey mussels with shallots, garlic, flat leaf parsley, white wine and a dash of cream and a generous side order of their crispy 'fat chips'. The Cornish mussels were perfectly fresh, sweet and smothered in the classic, rich and creamy white wine sauce. The 'soupe au pistou' of late summer vegetables from their kitchen garden, and adorned with cannellini beans, garlic, basil and parmesan was a refreshing and wholesome bowl of goodness with sweet and salty notes.
Seeing as our main course was so delicious the choice to stay for a dessert was a no brainer. We chose to share the dark chocolate terrine with a baby ginger meringue and white chocolate cream - incredible! The dish was perfectly balanced in both texture and flavour as the ginger meringues provided both a contrasting crispness and crunch to the velvety smooth chocolate and cream, but also a spicy punch. The marscapone cream had a hint of sweet white chocolate, which matched the rich cocoa darkness of the silky terrine.
We also shared the hot fruit salad of grilled raspberries, red currants and blueberries, with hazelnut praline and zabaglione custard. This was also perfectly balanced, as the tart berries blended with the sweet and indulgent Italian custard, and the delicate dust of hazelnut.
You mustn't go to Bath without visiting The Circus, not just the beautiful crescent of grand Georgian houses, but its friendly neighbour - The Circus cafe and restaurant. Its warm and welcoming service is the perfect complement to the restaurants incredible food. It is one of Bath's best.
And after all that food it was time to walk it off!
We pottered around the Holburne Museum - a former Grand Hotel, and now home to a collection of over four thousand objects, paintings and books including stunning silver and china pieces.
The collection is housed by a architectural marriage of old and new, as the front of the museum reflects the collection's Georgian elegance, and the back is a modern twist giving the galleries plenty of natural light.
Next, we strolled along a stretch of the canal...
And admired the beautiful houses...
And finally gave the museum at No. 1 The Royal Crescent a visit - a perfectly preserved presentation of what life on the Royal Crescent would have been like in 18th century upper class Bath.
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