Food and drink
Strada is an Italian restaurant so pizza and pasta are on the menu, but there’s also a good selection of fish and meat dishes, salads and risottos. The drinks menu features reasonably priced regional Italian wines, bellinis and Italian soft drinks such as limonata.
I love, love, love the pesto e pomodoro bread (that’s pesto and tomato to you and me) and the rigatoni speck (calorific pasta, Gorgonzola, cream and Italian ham), but have eaten my way through most of the menu. Seasonal specials are always a good bet, especially stuffed sea bass and the warm melting chocolate fondants are a must if you have any room left.
Housed in the beautiful Georgian Beau Nash building, the intimate seating arrangements and low lighting create a cosy atmosphere. You are practically sitting in your next door neighbour’s lap, so it’s great for spying on people on awkward first dates... but it’s not so much fun when you are on a date and being eavesdropped on.
Efficient, helpful and friendly – on one occasion they (and indeed I) forgot my pesto and tomato bread, so the manager sprung out some free limoncello.
Next door to the Theatre Royal on Sawclose.
On weekdays look out for pre-theatre offers of £12.50 for two courses or £15.50 for three. Set lunch menus cost from £6.95 and look out for seasonal special offers of two for one on main meals by signing up to alerts on the website. Buy a Bath Visitor Card from the tourist office near the Abbey (£3) to get discounts here.
Tables to book
It can get hot in the summer, so ask for one by a window if you feel the heat.
There’s a sister restaurant in Bristol on Princess Victoria Street in Clifton village – see the website for more information.
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- Stag / hen parties
- People watching