The food offering changes throughout the day, with the café morphing into The Blind Pig bar in the evenings, a speakeasy-style hangout serving up a selection of cocktails and alcoholic tipples.
The renovation of the Grade II listed building, built in 1885 from traditional Bath limestone, has been extensive, with the high ceilings, sash windows and exposed timber staircase having been sympathetically restored to their former glory.
We’re glad the food and drinks offering has been updated since Victorian tastes though, with the café now offering a ‘dirty horchata’, a Mexican drink that’s now a popular breakfast beverage for the cool kids in California. Almond milk, nutmeg, cinnamon and condensed milk is blended and served over ice, with a topping of nitro cold brew coffee for that caffeine kick.
A buffet will be on the go all day; from 7am expect house granola with yoghurt and poached fruits, savoury croissants, pastries, and mini breakfast quiches, then at 11am it’s all change with salad plates and sandwiches. In the evening, it’ll be pulling punters in with Espresso Martinis, Butcombe beers (of course), local spirits, wines, a charcuterie offering and a selection of cheeses.
Each hotel room has its own unique interior features as well as a king-size bed, leafy plants, rain head showers and all the usual tech. If you’re a guest, you’ll also have the choice of a freshly prepared wicker breakfast hamper delivered to your room, full of homemade granola, preserves and pastries. We’d recommend picking one up and having your morning meal al fresco in Royal Victoria Park or Parade Gardens, perhaps.
Double rooms are available from £150 per night, including a breakfast hamper.