Comptoir &43 Cuisine
Comptoir & #43
After our spa day and night at the Royal Crescent Hotel
, we stayed in Bath for the day, visiting the Roman Baths and having an early evening dinner in this beautiful and cute French restaurant that we found during the day.
We wanted to spend longer in the spa, which meant that we found ourselves searching for lunch places that were still open. We found several great options, including this one, who had stopped serving food minutes before we arrived.
They were friendly here and invited us back for dinner and after some deliberation, we decided to come back later and get a train back in the evening. The business was started by four friends with a series of bistros in London in 2011. They have been focused on Grower Champagne - traditionally made varieties by independent producers, and in Bath they are stretching further to cover French cuisine.
The vibe of this place was around small plates, champagne and cheese along with French items for sale. They call themselves a concept store/bistro and everything you see in the shop is available to purchase! This includes cookware, utensils, homeware, fabrics, skincare, and even furniture. We didn't buy any of the decor but it does have a certain chic.
We went for small plates and were delighted with what we ordered. Potato Wedges cooked beautifully and the ratatouille in a small dish was a thing of wonder - almost like a geometric design.
Comptoir & #43
; Cuisine focuses on artisanal production with organic or ethical sourcing, which works for us. Supporting small producers who are trying to be sustainable is very important these days.
The Root Veg and Chestnut salad was fresh and had a delicious dressing. As well as small plates and salads, lunch and dinner options included cheese and charcuterie boards (including baked camembert cheeses!)
The Stuffed Seabass as seen above was rolled and also had a freshness and light touch about it, despite being stuffed with mushy peas.
The first floor can be hired and seats around 20 or more if you are standing, while the split level basement has capacity for even more. Check out the risque art in the bathrooms!
The snug basement Champagne bar was shut on our visit but it does look cosy.
They do cocktails as well as Champagne, so you can explore all sorts of drinks.
We finished our meal with indulgent desserts - a sweet and creamy creme brulee and a gooey chocolate fondant that oozed to the touch.
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