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Bath’s Food & Drink Heritage
Bath is a hotspot for creative individuals in the culinary industry, looking to showcase new or unusual food & drink products, and arguably always has been!
2000 years ago the Romans arrived here and made extensive use of the UK’s only thermal springs where the city now stands. However, they served visitors unusual commodities we wouldn’t dream of eating today such as flamingo tongue, and dormouse! Today you’re more likely to get handcrafted fudge, award-winning gelato, artisanal baked goods, or world champion cheeses… which all seem rather more pleasant than the Roman-era offerings!
In the 18th century the healing powers of the hot, mineral water springs built Bath’s reputation as thousands flocked to drink and bathe in the spa water during their prescribed period of convalescence. The city became a fashionable spa resort, and we rose to the challenge to provide interesting food & drink to enhance the entertainments, and the trend to do so has never stopped! The spa water still attracts visitors, but more pleasant to drink today are the craft beers, small-batch gins, orthodox teas, and speciality coffees from the city’s modern artisans.
What We Do
Today Bath and the surrounding area is home to some of the best artisanal food & drink production and retail outlets in the UK. Savouring Bath work with around 40 of these independent businesses to showcase the best of the city’s highly varied culinary offerings. Each of our 3-hour tours visit ~8 different businesses with a tasty sample included at each stop, equating in total to a meal. Tours are all uniquely themed, with each itinerary visiting different suppliers so you can take more than one tour during your time in Bath, or have an entirely different experience when you visit next time!
Choose from historically biased tours such as Food Heroes or Georgian Fare; indulge yourself with Guilty Pleasures; or take a mystery-tour such as Saturday Bites. You can even task us to create a bespoke itinerary just for you, or take our Foodie Frenzy scavenger hunt!
Our Tour Guides!
Each Savouring Bath tour is lead by a member of our friendly team of guides, who have a range of tourist guide training and qualifications reflecting the highest quality in culinary tourism. All of us live in Bath and when not leading tours we all either work in, or maintain strong links with, the city’s culinary industry.
To maintain a personal approach, there’s no more than 8 people on each tour, which makes the best environment for your guide to share their own personal experiences and advice on the city’s best food & drink hotspots, plus ideas for great places to shop, visit, or stroll so you can make the most of the city. Our guides are also passionate about Bath’s history and they’ll share anecdotal tales of the city’s culinary heritage during their tour, while the artisans regularly provide the stories of their businesses and the food & drink you’ll sample. We’ll even provide a map at the end of the tour so you can find your way back to some of our suppliers if you wish!