The Walrus and Carpenter

Address: 28 Barton Street, Bath, BA1 1HH, England
Telephone: 01225 314864

- Mid-range

4.7

Well-established family-run restaurant near Bath's Theatre Royal.

The Walrus and Carpenter is a real Bath institution. Established in 1974, my parents were coming here before I was even born and I don’t think they’ve really changed the menu since then. They’ve had no need to though and are still serving up hearty veggie dishes and great burgers in a slightly eccentric setting.

Food and drink
4.5
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.5
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Value for money
4.8
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Ambience
4.5
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Location
4.7
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Food and drink

Good old fashioned dishes like chilli con carne and burgers are on the menu, which is split into 'befores', 'mains' and 'afters'. Veggies have lots of old-school options including mushroom moussaka, nutloaf and spinach lasagne. There’s an extensive wine list, cocktail menu and tasty homemade milkshakes for the kids.

Recommended dishes

I daydream about how good the avocado and blue cheese ‘before’ is and when I was a veggie a few years ago I used to love the moussaka. Now I’ve gone over to the dark side I love the juicy hefty burgers made from local beef, the rustic side salads and homemade coleslaw.

Ambience

Charming shabby chic - with blue gingham table clothes, candles melting in bottles and walls adorned with posters, there’s a retro feel to the dinky restaurant, but it can be a romantic place for a quirky date and is great for relaxed celebrations.

Service

Family-run by the Robinson clan, service is friendly and informal.

Location

Just across the road and up the hill from the Theatre Royal on the way to Queen’s Square.

Price advice

‘Befores’ start at £4.95, a basic beef burger will set you back £8.65, veggie main meals cost from £11.20 and ‘afters’ are from £5.75.

Tables to book

In the summer ask for one by the door in the corner upstairs to get some natural air-con.

Branches

A few years ago a second Walrus and Carpenter opened in Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol - much to my delight as I was living there at the time. See the website for more details.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • People watching
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • No fuss
  • Chilling out

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