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Published July 7th 2017
Chapel Arts Cafe- great for mind, body and soul
If food is good for the soul, then Chapel Arts Cafe is one of the most soulful places that I have ever visited. Everything about this Vegan and Vegetarian venue is remarkable, and I always feel better in myself and about the world when I go to eat or drink there. Nestled beneath arguably the best arts venue in Bath (Chapel Arts Centre), this cosy and calm place exudes a passion for great and healthy food, enjoyed in a relaxing environment. I have frequently spent entire afternoons in Chapel Arts, and have never once been disappointed. As a determined carnivore, I would eat anything on the menu and not lament an absence of meat once. I think that speaks volumes.
Situated less than a minute from Southgate, Bath's busiest shopping area, the cafe is a haven of peace and calmness. Music to the likes of Norah Jones Ray Lamontagne flows gently through their one main room, and outside to a smattering of intimate tables in their outside courtyard. Access to the Cafe is via two flights of stone steps, leading beneath street level. Ironically, the cafe is actually bathed in light from large windows and a vivid white-walled interior, so it does not feel subterranean at all. This happy atmosphere is enhanced by the genuinely lovely staff, who greet everybody who arrives as if they are an old friend. I love it there.
I arrived at the cafe mid-morning for my latest visit. Two staff were painstakingly adding finishing touches to the beautiful array of cakes on offer. I was spoiled for choice but decided to go for their chocolate brownie. It was one of the best I have ever tasted, and all the more so for tasting both very fresh and packed with wonderful ingredients. As a Vegan place, there is no dairy on the menu, and so I enjoyed my tea with almond milk, which was a pleasant and refreshing change for me. The cafe menu is full of things to discover, ranging from flatbreads to sourdough pizza, and a great deal more besides.
Whether you are a determined foodie or just out for a quick bite to eat, I thoroughly recommend this special place to you. with its unique blend of serenity and dedication, it exudes health and happiness. My next visit there will be to enjoy a pre-concert meal and some drinks before heading upstairs to the Chapel venue. Drawing upon a vast array of musical, dramatic and comedic talent, it is certainly a place to consider if you are looking for entertainment of an evening. Look no further than the exceptional talent of the cafe staff if you would like to eat beforehand, though. Enjoy.