The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa
We visited for a spa break for Kerry-Ann's birthday at the beginning of February. The hotel is situated in the middle of the exclusive Royal Crescent, a street overlooking the park and one of the most expensive addresses in Bath (along with the Circus, just around the corner)
We came to relax in the spa and enjoy the restaurant as well as be close to Bath town centre, so we could explore and easily travel by train.
The hotel has lovely gardens, which were pleasant, even in the chill of late January. From the rear of the hotel, the path leads to the left towards the spa and gym and to the right, the bar and restaurant.
The spa is a small space but with beautifully appointed facilities. We were there on a Monday and Tuesday and I wonder if it might get overly busy at a weekend but it was perfect for us.
There were times when we had the pool to ourselves as well as being able to enjoy the steam room and sauna alone. The jacuzzi or Vitality pool was a welcome resting space. We loved the gentle massage of the jets as well as the sublime moment after they stopped where the tingling of the water was a meditation in itself.
We went down to the restaurant for dinner and started with a cocktail (or mocktail in Kerry-Ann's case) in the bar.
I had the Bath Forest, attempting to recreate the sensations of foraging in the autumn with Monkey Shoulder Whiskey, Stones Ginger, Apple, Pear, Sage and Rosemary, infused with Shitake Smoke. It was a satisfyingly rich, slightly sweet, slightly smokey experience. Kerry-Ann went for the tempting Eve's Apple, a combination of Apple Juice, Honey, Rosemary and Lemon Tonic.
Our dinner was delicious, we decided to go a la carte and were impressed by the cauliflower soup that came in a jug. The bowls were presented with a small bhaji in the centre and then the soup was poured around it to theatrical effect.
Served with a warm bread roll and local butter, this was a creamy delight.
We chose the two fish dishes for our main course. Kerry-Ann had the Roast Cornish cod with Buttered leeks and Vermouth cream while I had the Lemon Sole Meuniere with brown shrimp, lemon and capers. These were both delicious in there own way - so much so that neither of us wanted to share - which is quite unusual!
On the side, we shared Tenderstem broccoli and a warm new potato salad.
A nice touch with our room was the personalised name badge!
We had a good-sized bath and a nice spacious bedroom, although there wasn't much of a view, as our windows were partially obscured by the balustrade on the roof. We were also a little disappointed by the lack of biscuits but I can't say that spoiled our stay.
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