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Despite its rich historical heritage, Bath is by no means stuck in the culinary past. While there are innumerable but excellent snug, timber-beamed ale houses serving hearty traditional fare (grab a pie and a pint of Raven’s Gold at The Raven) several pubs have gone gastro, with innovative, mouth-watering results.

Bath also boasts several international eateries such as Nepalese, Japanese and the authentic and ever popular Californian, Firehouse Rotisserie. The award-winning vegetarian/vegan restaurant, Acorn, can also be found on the lively North Parade Passage.

Afternoon tea is serious business in this part of the world. So do it justice in the opulent surroundings of The Pump Room restaurant, a stone’s throw from the famous Roman baths. For that extra touch of refinement, splash out on the Searcy’s Champagne Tea with salmon blinis and artisan pastries as you’re soothed by the delicate tones of the Pump Room Orchestra.

Pleasingly, Bath has a vibrant café culture with Jika Jika and Café Retro being just two haunts ideal for lazy, contemplative coffees. And no trip to the spa city is complete without a visit to historic Sally Lunns, home of the famous Bath bun.

As dusk descends, Bath’s nightspots come alive – whether your preference is fancy cocktails at Sub 13 or beer and head banging at Moles, Bath's oldest live music venue. If the weather’s nice, the real ale connoisseur can enjoy some al fresco pints of Badger on Hall & Woodhouse's super roof-terrace.

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