Visiting Bath over the festive period is an annual tradition of mine and this year I was invited by The Ivy Bath Brasserie for dinner and cocktails. Here’s what you can expect…
Lit up with fairy lights and a Christmas tree, The Ivy Brasserie’s entrance proved to be a popular photo opportunity for passerby’s on the bustling Milsom Street in the city centre.
The Bath Christmas Market stalls line up right outside The Ivy and will continue trading until the 9th December this year.
If you’re like me and usually prefer alcohol-free beverages you may be pleasantly surprised by their Christmas cocktails. The Merry Martini, made with vanilla vodka and Baileys was sweet to taste, smooth like milk and topped with cinnamon sprinkled cream – I kept going back to it.
The Ginger Fizz had that crisp champagne taste but was softened by the added warm and fruity flavours.
The Ivy Brasserie A La Carte menu is full of classic and hearty British dishes, including steak, egg and chips (£14.95), salmon and smoked haddock fish cake (£13.50) and a slow-cooked lamb shoulder (£17.25).
The Ivy Bath currently has a vegan and vegetarian menu and serves food all day, including breakfast and afternoon tea.
Our meals were presented well, the most simple being The Ivy shepherd’s pie (£13.95) in a deep dish that may underwhelm those who are feeling really hungry – it turned out to be just right for me. Portion size aside, it was very rich and tasty with a side of crunchy broccoli and vegetables.
The dining experience finished with a little table theatre, courtesy of a chocolate bomb dessert that imploded before your eyes as the waiter poured over the molten chocolate sauce.
The Ivy Bath Brasserie has an elegant style with a relaxed atmosphere; cushioned seating, white cloth tables, flower vases and a glitzy wine bar that reminded me of Venice.
I very much enjoyed my evening here after exploring Bath’s beautiful sights.
You can book online or call 01225 307 100
The Ivy Bath Brasserie, 39 Milsom Street, Bath, BA1 1DS, Somerset
Disclosure: My dining experience was complimentary for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.