With it chandeliers, comfy chairs and sofas and eclectic decor The Cosy Club, Bath has quickly become a firm favourite in the recently developed Southgate shopping area of Bath. The 'club' offers a decent range of food, including brunch, lunch and dinner menus. The venue covers a large area on the first floor of a new building, although it is not that obvious from ground level. The Cosy Club is part of a small chain with other four other venues located in Cardiff, Taunton, Stamford and Salisbury.
Although located in a large space, the venue is 'cosy' and characterful due to careful zoning of areas and choice of furnishings and decor (including reclaimed wooden tables and stools, leather chairs, art-deco uplighters and Victorian lampshades). There is a long 'gin palace style' bar, two lounge areas, a dining area at the back and an outdoor terrace – quite good for people watching in summer as it overlooks the main street of the Southgate development.
The Cosy Club has become popular with a wide range of customers of all age groups. In the daytime it has become a meeting place for new parents as there is plenty of room for prams. It is also accessible by lift from the shopping area and from the underground car-park. The main indicated entrance is a single outward opening door, so difficult to negotiate with a pram or wheelchair. However if you go round the corner there is an automatic door which also leads to the car-park and lifts. Inside Cosy Club there are good changing facilities and high-chairs are available.
My most recent visit was for lunch and was a party of four Mums and four babies. I would describe the food as pub-style comfort food. I had a filling fish finger sandwich (from a sustainable source) with chips and other meals included egg mayo sandwich with chips (slightly dry bread on this occasion), spicy veggie and bean burger with chips (slightly crumbly, not ideal for a first date) and soup of the day with a generous portion of bread. We didn't all finish our food, but that was to do with finicky babies, rather than the quality of the food. We had a range of hot drinks including a yummy looking hot chocolate, and Fentimans ginger beer.
Veggie and bean burger and chips, by Annemarie Dewar-Smith
On more than one previous occasion I have had the 'Cosy Club eggs' (basically Eggs Benedict) from the brunch menu. This is my favourite food so far at the Cosy Club. It is a generous portion, served with muffin, the eggs have always come perfectly cooked and they are served with a choice of bacon, mushrooms or smoked salmon.
Other food available includes a range of sandwiches, burgers, tapas, sharing platters, and mains such as corn-fed chicken breast, duck confit and honey and roast vegetable salad. Food is served from 9am to 10pm. The bar stocks a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The food is reasonably priced and I have always found the staff friendly and helpful. It has become quite a well-known venue so it is advisable to book in advance especially if you have a large party. An online table booking system can be accessed from the website.