Savouring Bath was founded in 2016 by US born Jennifer Dugdale, who had previously lived in Aix-en-Provence, France where she had created a similar food tours business. On moving to the UK and settling in Bath with her family, Jennifer was overwhelmed by the revolution going on in the city’s food industry which was seeing a huge revival in artisan produce. She couldn’t understand why there was nobody offering regular tasting tours to Bath’s visitors, around the city’s incredible and unique food artisans, and so quickly set up Savouring Bath to plug a gap in the city’s tourism sector.
Jennifer quickly became well known on the culinary circuit in Bath, and this is when she met Mike James, a well established tourism professional who has worked in group travel since the early 1990s. Mike ran a historical food tour as part of Bath’s annual food festival, the Great Bath Feast, in 2016, and Mike & Jennifer quickly became friends through their passion for food and the culinary history of Bath. When Jennifer decided to head back to France in early 2017, she offered Mike the chance to continue Savouring Bath, and Mike has spearheaded the business since then, along with his partner, Mark. Subsequently joined by another of Bath’s well known tourist guides, Cheryl, Savouring Bath’s team of 3 have continued to wow visitors and residents alike on tours in the UK’s only UNESCO World Heritage city, by sharing Bath’s incredible culinary history and the wonderful foods and artisans who continue to keep Bath firmly placed on the UK’s foodie trail.
Since Jennifer created Savouring Bath’s first two tours (“Food Heroes” & “Local Flavours”) the team has continued to develop the business by adding new tours and bespoke events, including corporate event packages, and also the new “Foodie Freny” treasure hunt which has been incredibly popular with private groups, especially hen parties, who are looking for something different & unusual to do during weekend visits to the city. There are always new tours in production, and the team & suppliers are currently working on a vegan tour, a sweet treats tour, full day tours of food producers in the local region, as well as upcoming combined food & pampering experiences!
Since we first got involved with Savouring Bath it quickly became clear that it was something we needed to give a lot of love & nurturing – our food suppliers have shown us their love and passion for what they do, and it’s inspired us to do the same. We’re proud of our city and the great food producers we have, and we want everyone else to love Bath & the unique food experiences we have here, just as much as we do! – Mike James