I’ve spent a lot of time exploring Bath’s food scene, first as a graduate student on a strict budget and later as a visitor. I’ve brought family and friends to the city countless times, showed them my favorite spots to eat, and joined them in discovering new spots to eat, drink, and make merry. Here’s how I would suggest approaching the West Country town’s food and drink scene, whether you’re a first-time visitor or just want to devote your holiday to eating.
Wear layers—the weather in Bath changes at a moment’s notice.
If you only have time for one thing, make it the Roman Baths.
Then, head out to explore some of the city's best places to eat, including Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum—celebrated for its fluffy Sally Lunn buns—and the Bath Guildhall Market, an arcade-style market filled with food vendors and shops.
On your second day, take a day trip to nearby Wells, known for its massive 13th-century cathedral. After lunch, head to the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company in Cheddar to learn about cheddar cheese production and do a bit of sampling.
After you return to Bath, wrap your day up with a boat trip along the River Avon to take in alternative views of the city while you sip on an included glass of prosecco.
On your third day, take a half-day tour out to Stonehenge, Britain's best-known standing stones. The easiest way to get there is on a tour that includes round-trip transfers from your Bath hotel.
Although Bath is not exactly known as a pasta destination, it is one place in the UK where you can learn how to make your own pasta. Wrap up your foodie adventure with a pasta-making class—you'll even get to take your creations with you.