Walking tour of Bath – with locally produced food
I joined Mike James who runs Savouring Bath an “Artisan food and drink tour” in the city of Bath, UK and it was a truly delicious experience. As usual with the food tours that I do, I don’t want to ruin the tour for anyone so I won’t give too much away. The main thing I will say is this is a great tour and I would highly recommend anyone looking at doing a tour in Bath to chose this one.
Mike, originally from Yorkshire, now calls Bath home and is such a foodie that his passion and knowledge is remarkable and makes the tour so much fun.
The tour meets outside the Bath information centre by Bath abbey so it is really easy to find. It is a walking tour of Bath, getting to see the local sights, find out about the history of Bath with the added bonus of eating some of the cities best local produce.
Savouring Bath have 3 tours ranging from £25 to £35 and I can guarantee you will need some extra pennies as you will want to buy some extras on this tour to take home with you.
The traders we visited were of the highest quality with fresh, tasty ingredients. If you have a few days in Bath then do this tour at the beginning as it will then give you chance to go back to these places as you will want to visit them again and again. I am lucky that I do not live far from Bath as I will definitely be returning to some of these places especially the French chocolatier and the bakery we went to.
We had tea, coffee, beer, cider, buns, bread, cheese, gyoza (which were amazing!!!) and Kouignettes.
The highlight of the tour for me was visiting Paxton and Whitfield a local cheesemonger. I am such a big fan of cheese and my palate is changing and I now appreciate different flavours and love trying new cheeses. The guys in the shop were really knowledgeable about the cheese they were selling which I really enjoyed listening to. I will go back to this shop when I am looking at some new cheeses to try for a special occasion, hopefully they will give me some more to sample.
The shop had some ash cheese which I have never heard of and wish I bought some as it was black and I am very intrigued at the flavour. I however did buy some blue cheese that was voted the best blue cheese in the UK and it was so good.
They explained the different cheeses they had on offer telling us how and where they are made. We tried some cave aged cheddar where he scraped it rather than sliced and then gave us the same cheese when it was sliced and the flavours were so different. I am going to scrape my cheese from now on. I assume there is a more technical term for this so if anyone knows what it is please let me know.
The tour lasted about 3 hours and although we walked around Bath we were stopping often and the terrain was flat and well paved so great for anyone with mobility limitations. The tour ends in a local bar which has a great atmosphere and if you have nothing left to do in Bath you could enjoy a few more of their local ales.
If you would like more information about this tour then get in contact with Mike on the Savouring Bath website.
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