Wednesday, 10 June 2015
allium, abbey hotel, bath.
Just a stone's throw from the glorious Jubilee Gardens, you'll find Bath based brasserie Allium. After a short stroll through the luscious greenery and historical spa town, it was lovely to sit down to a light lunch in the airy and artfully decorated restaurant.
With rich terracotta walls, Allium, which is part of the Abbey Hotel, has carefully selected art adorning the walls, as well as fresh plant life, crisp white tables and high ceilings. We sat with a great view of the contemporary artwork and slowly bustling lunch crowd. The tables are lovely and large and we had an unusual hanging plant dancing next to our chairs.
As well as a dry white Treixadura wine and cold beer, I ordered the Seared Tuna Niçoise Salad with green beans, new potatoes, niçoise olives and quails eggs (£12.50) and my boyfriend went for the Mussels with leeks, chorizo and Somerset cider (£16).
Whilst we waiting, slices of warm brown bread and deliciously soft salted butter came to the table with a smile. It really does make the difference when the butter is proper rich and creamy and served at room temperature for optimum spreading. And trust me, no one wants cold margarine with their loaf. The little things, eh?
The presentation was beautiful. The tuna steak had been seared until a deep shade of pink, the potatoes laced with a citrusy butter dressing and the quails eggs very slightly soft.
Sam's mussels were served in a smoky sauce with generous portion of chunky triple cooked chips and extra bread. The mussels were especially vibrant and plump, with hardly any "none openers" and some good "pincher" shells. Having had disappointing mussel sauces for dipping previously, we relished the creamy and sweet sauce - even being asked if we'd like more bread on the house.
On this occasion we had a mighty meal at Clevedon Hall planned, so we kept this light. No dessert Emily? I know, right? If you were wondering, I resisted the likes of passionfruit mousse, strawberries with pistachio shortbread and tiramisu sundae.
The bill came to around £35 which was great for a delicious lunch for two with drinks in the centre of a popular city. I would definitely recommend Allium in Bath for a beautifully presented meal which tastes as good as it looks, in contemporary and creative surroundings.
Have you been to the Allium in Abbey Hotel? Where are your favourite restaurants in Bath?
Note: We paid for our own meal and the restaurant did not know I was reviewing the experience.