Review on Allium Brasserie at The Abbey Hotel
The Allium Brasserie is housed in The Abbey Hotel, a stately Georgian building built in 1742 in the heart of the City of Bath, a short stroll from the Abbey, Pump Rooms and the Roman Baths. New owners Ian and Christa Taylor, triple Catey winners which are regarded as the hospitality industry's equivalent of the Oscars, bought the Abbey hotel in January 2012, having previously ran the well regarded Cotswold House Hotel and The Noel Arms in Gloucestershire.
The brasserie is an elegant room with prettily laid polished wood tables set against striking mauve upholstered chairs, and white walls adorned with a wonderful display of eclectic artwork supplied from Kings Road Art Gallery and Modern ArtBuyer.
Chris Staines heads the kitchen, a gifted chef who has worked his way through some of the UK's finest gastronomic kitchens, including Marco Pierre White's The Oak Room and the Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental in Knightsbridge where he held a Michelin star for seven years. Under his expert guidance the restaurant has already picked up the Best Newcomer 2012 from the Bath Good Food Awards.
The menu is true to the seasons and chosen with impeccable care and commitment to high quality ingredients and the results are resoundingly good. Expect starters in the style of miso cured Loch Duart salmon, fried oyster fritter, pickled cucumber, grapefruit and wasabi dressing or quail glazed in chilli caramel, Chinese cabbage, hearts of palm, lychee, peanuts and coriander. Main courses pick up the theme with roast grey leg partridge, polenta, poached quince, sage and roasting juices or poached fillet of Atlantic haddock, Cornish mussels, chorizo and butternut squash. Desserts are equally inviting ideas with a poached pear with lemon thyme ice cream and amaretti biscuits or maybe a wonderfully light sticky toffee pudding.
The atmosphere is relaxed, the frequently changing menu is reasonably priced and you are welcome for either a snack with maybe a glass of wine, or indulge in a relaxing three-course meal, the choice is yours.
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Brasserie / Modern British
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm (12.30 - 4.00pm Sun) (12.00 - 5.00pm Aftrnoon Tea)
Dinner: 5.30 - 9.00pm (5.30 - 10.00pm Fri & Sat, 6.00 - 9.00pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express