Bath Artisans Old & New: New Kids On The Block
Our city has a consistently changing landscape of businesses retailing and producing handcrafted food & drink. Contrary to the trend in closures due to the pandemic, there are new Bath Artisans about to open.
For our Supplier Focus series, I’ve produced 3 blogs looking at a range of Bath Artisans. There are 4 each of a selection those who’ve said goodbye, some well-established friends, and few new faces. We’ll start with some of the most recent and upcoming additions to the city’s food & drink scene…
Click the tabs to discover more about each new culinary business!
Friendly couple Ahmet & Dijan, originally from Turkey, came to Bath via London. They bravely established their boutique in The Corridor in early November, retailing their selection of byzantine gifts and treats. The Corridor is an attraction in itself as it was Bath’s first shopping arcade in 1825.
Bathzaar serve a lovely Turkish tea and have also tapped into the rising interest in Turkish coffee. This is the most ancient way to serve coffee! You can hear the legend of the first cup of coffee on our Culinary Comforts tour.
Along with a friendly welcome, Bathzaar have a huge selection of beautifully photographable lokum/Turkish Delight, baklava, and near-Eastern inspired chocolates and gifts.Click here to read more about Loqum: BathZaar
Nata & Co
This new outlet is set to open in the coming weeks and comes to Bath on their success in Cardiff. When I think of Portuguese, food one of the first things which comes to mind is Pastel (or pastéis) de Nata. These are custard/egg tarts, normally dusted with a little cinnamon.
Apparently, these sweet pastry bites arose from the 18th century Portuguese practice of starching nuns’ religious attire by using egg whites. This meant there were plenty of yolks leftover to make sweet pastries, which proliferated the baking trade. Can’t object to that!
Looking forward to seeing these and the rest of the range from Nata & Co when they open opposite the Victoria Art Gallery soon!
Thanks to @nataandco for the 📷Click here to read more about Nata & Co
This is a new outlet coming to George Street. This is an area seeing considerably reduced occupancy at the moment so it’s great to see someone taking one of the nicest commercial units available.
Edgars Foods have a range of seafood products and high quality fishy treats plus a seemingly Italian-influenced range of luxury edible gifts. This is an exciting addition to the Bath culinary scene and especially welcome in this part of the city centre!Click here to read more about Edgars Foods
If there’s anything I ever get really excited about, it’s often Swedish stuff! Mjölk (‘milk’) are in the process of moving into a former souvenir shop opposite the entrance to the Roman Baths. There’s no question these guys are going to be busy with tourists. But if the pics of their Skandinavian cakes are anything to go by, they’ll be popular with locals too!
I have a few vague, former connections to all things Swedish (boring story). I desperately miss Swedish culture and culinary customs so I reckon I might be here a lot. One of my favs which they’ve promised, are schokladbollar which we make at home fairly regularly. They’re made with chocolate, tons of butter, coffee, oats, rolled into balls and rolled in coconut… smaskigt! (‘yummy’).
Of all the new outlets set to open soon, I’m more excited about Mjölk than any other 😁
Thanks to @mjolk.cafe for the 📷Click here to read more about Mjölk
Bath’s artisans are a wonderfully diverse community of handcrafted food & drink producers…
We seem to generally have quite adventurous palettes here. Though, of course, our visitor economy is particularly helpful in encouraging culinary diversity amongst Bath artisans! Having new businesses regularly joining the melée is a wonderful way to keep us all on our toes. It ensures there’s never a time when there’s nothing of interest in Bath’s culinary scene. Even during tough times when our social lives are restricted.
Everyone seems to be trying out new ideas, innovating and developing. Having new outlets to add to this pot, is one of the many aspects which I think makes our city so special.