The Circus Cafe and Restaurant

Address: 34 Brock Street, Bath, BA1 2LN, England
Telephone: 01225 466020

- Expensive

4.6

Modern British cooking in excellent location next to Bath’s Royal Crescent.

Word-of-mouth has made this restaurant, run by chef Ali Golden and her husband Geoffrey, into a popular haunt with locals and tourists alike. I heard so many good things about it that I had to check it out and was pleased to find a sophisticated restaurant that makes the best out of local produce.

Food and drink
4.6
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Service
4.2
90%
Food and drink
4.6
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Value for money
4.1
90%
Ambience
4.7
90%
Location
4.9
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Food and drink

Seasonal menus change monthly, but the theme is modern British food with a focus on local produce like David Wood’s ducks from Bittescombe Farm near Exmoor or Jo Edwards’ fresh herbs, shoots and leaves at Castle Farm Organics, in Midford near Bath. Fish and shellfish are delivered overnight from South Devon and Cornwall.

Elevenses like crumpets and teacakes are served 10am-noon, then lunch is a simplified menu that includes burgers and smaller version of main meals. Between 3pm-5pm cakes are dished out and then from 6pm onwards it’s dinner time with a monthly menu and daily specials. Wines are all old world European selections, but they do have an English wine on the menu.

Recommended dishes

Menus change frequently, but the fish is always a good bet and when I went I had a chocolate pudding that was to-die-for, so hopefully that will reappear at some point.

Ambience

Muted green walls and tasteful modern art give the cafe/restaurant a sophisticated air. By day it’s a buzzy cafe and in the evening there’s a hushed candlelit romantic vibe. When I went with friends on a Saturday night we felt a bit rowdy even though we were just laughing loudly because everyone else was a whispering couple.

Service

Brisk, but not brusque. Professional and sweet young staff have good knowledge of the food on offer.

Location

In a gem of a location on Brock Street between the Circus (hence the name) and the Royal Crescent.

Price advice

Head there at lunchtime for a taste of the dinner menu at a reduced price (and reduced portions).

Tables to book

Request a table downstairs as upstairs it can veer between temperatures as the front door opens and closes.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • History
  • Design and architecture

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