If you missed part 1 of my Bath adventures, you can read it here!
LUNCH AT THE MARKET CAFÉ
After spending over an hour in the Roman Baths, we got pretty peckish. Bath is pretty famous for its excellent restaurants, but unfortunately they usually come with a big price tag. Instead, Harpall and I decided to venture into The Guildhall Market and found the Market Cafe – a no frills, standard-issue English caf. It totally didn’t disappoint – we fell in love with the piping hot Shepherd’s pie and cheesy chips with chilli. Hearty food that totally didn’t hurt our wallets.
NO. 1 ROYAL CRESCENT
At lunch, it started to get pretty hot in Bath and we both got a little sweaty. So it wasn’t surprising when Harpall sighed a little when I suggested we take the 15 minute walk to Royal Crescent to check out the famous row of Georgian houses.
We relaxed in the park for a while, then prompted by my need of the loo, we soon headed into No. 1 Royal Crescent, an address that has been decorated in the style of the late 18th Century. We were greeted by a footman at the door, who slightly alarmed Harpall with his enthusiasm to play the role and his incredibly large (own-grown!) sideburns.
The house was meticulously and beautifully furnished with knowledgeable guides in each room. One guide scared me with her strict headmistress routine, shouting “DON’T TOUCH THAT” at another visitor across the room; she was absolutely terrifying. Anyway, I wouldn’t say this is a must-visit, but if you haven’t been to many old houses, this is a pretty good example of the Georgian period if you’re interested!
After we left, we relaxed a bit longer in the park, but raindrops soon fell and we thought ‘Ahhh heck, let’s just go back to Bristol’. I was pretty happy we managed to do the main sight-seeing bits of Bath, which leaves us for the other fun parts next time – more restaurants and the spa! I can’t wait!