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After much anticipation, this chilling romance is hitting our screens today. Starring Lily James – a face that we've come to recognise on the streets of Bath in recent months as she films Pursuit of Love – Armie Hammer and Kristen Scott Davis, this psychological thriller is not one to miss.

Based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier, a young newlywed arrives at her husband's imposing family estate on a windswept English coast. Before long, she finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death.

Watch it on Netflix here


Recipe by Melissa Blease
Easy Coconut Dhal

Tarka, masoor and chana; toor, urad and kala: recipes for dhal (or dal – either way you spell it, the word basically translates as lentils, which form the basis of all dal/dhal dishes) are legion. But in its most basic form, dhal is a quietly complex, nutritious winter warmer, silky and creamy, and worthy of much, much more than its misunderstood reputation as a mere curry sidekick.

Serve this super-speedy coconut-infused dhal over rice, as an accompaniment to griddled meat (this recipe goes really well with griddled lamb chops in particular), muddled with leftover roast vegetables such as butternut squash and/or aubergines... or simply in a warmed bowl with roti or chapatis to mop it up and a dollop of mango chutney on the side. 

Ingredients (serves 4)

250g red lentils
400ml coconut milk (reduced fat is fine)
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 chopped tomatoes
8–10 cardamom pods
1–2 fresh chillies/½ tsp dried chillies (optional)
1 tsp turmeric
300–400ml vegetable stock or water
A spritz of fresh lime juice and a handful of chopped fresh coriander, to serve (optional)


1. Stir the lentils, coconut milk, chopped onion, chopped tomatoes, chillies (if using) and turmeric in a pan with 300ml vegetable stock or water. Bring to the boil before simmering uncovered for 20–30 minutes until the lentils are silky and tender, adding more water/stock if the mixture gets too 'claggy' before the lentils are soft and adding salt to taste at the very end of cooking time. (Don't add salt at the start of the recipe, or the lentils will become tough.) 

2. Retrieve and remove the cardamom pods (don't worry if you can't find them – they're totally edible, just not very nice to bite on) and serve in warmed bowls spritzed with fresh lime juice and sprinkled with freshly chopped coriander, if using.


By The Great Wine Co.

Earlier this year (when life was relatively normal) we announced a new arrival to our ever-growing portfolio, CARE wines from Cariñena, 400km west of Barcelona. The name (pronounced Kah-Ray) is derived from what the Romans called the region, and emphasises the wines’ roots, and the maker’s care and passion for the land around them.

The wines offer unbeatable quality and value for money, with fabulous labels that would look at home on a £30 bottle…but you can get these for around a tenner. They have great structure and delicious balance: the whites showing floral aromas, citrus and exotic passionfruit and grapefruit, while the reds have delicate intensity with red and black fruits, well-integrated oak and a long persistent fruit driven finish.

Now’s a superb time to try them, because you can pick them up for as little as £8.55 per bottle when purchased in a dozen, which you can pick and mix of course!

Order now in time for the weekend! Explore CARE Wines via The Great Wine Co.


Creating Change for Vulnerable Teens by Tish Feilden

The co-founder of a Bath-based charity is publishing a book documenting what she has learnt in her 30 years’ experience working with vulnerable teenagers. 

Tish Feilden began her career as a mainstream teacher, specialising in supporting children with emotional and behavioural difficulties, before becoming a psychotherapist working with adolescents and their families. She co-founded the charity Jamie’s Farm with her son Jamie in 2009 with the aim of supporting young people who have low self-esteem, poor behaviour or who are at risk of exclusion, initially bringing groups of young people from London to their own family home in Warleigh.

After securing their first residential farm in Box, just outside Bath in 2010, the charity has grown to run five farms nationwide which are having a transformative effect on some of the country’s most deserving young people. Using their unique approach of ‘Farming, Family, and Therapy’, each year Jamie’s Farm supports thousands of young people who are struggling at home or school and helps them turn their lives around.

Tish is lead therapist at Jamie’s Farm and coordinates and leads on all therapeutic aspects of each visiting individual and group. The book documents her experiences of working with truly remarkable teens who have faced huge challenges in their lives and showcases how the farms are helping young people to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

The book is published today and is available to order via Waterstones and Amazon.


Review by Melissa Blease
Giggling Squid

At Giggling Squid you'll find somewhere cheerfully chic, casually glamorous that offers affordable Thai-centric menus that bring far-flung exotica and reassuringly recognisable classics together in perfect harmony, It ticks a lot of boxes on the “where to eat right now” wish list, set within the elegant confines of a Grade II-listed cornerstone of the vibrant Saw Close merrymaking zone.

Myriad fresh dishes created from myriad fresh ingredients fight to grab your attention here, from a range of accessible Thai tapas/light lunch set menus to intriguingly titled dishes that guarantee an enticing voyage of discovery (the Rising Star Red Duck Curry is highly recommended, and the Heavenly Squid fully lives up to its name) via the familiar red or green curry/Massaman/Pad Thai route. For post-sunset but before 10 grown-up fun, there is a flurry of really good cocktails on the extensive drinks menu while an imaginative children’s menu keeps the little people happy and plenty of veggie/vegan/gluten-free options make sure everybody can join in the fun.


Discover exhibitions, fashion and refreshments

Explore some of the best local, creative talent with two exclusive exhibitions on show this autumn at Milsom Place, alongside delicious dining offers and new season collections from stylish independents and prestigious brands.

The Made in Bath exhibition by Mytton Williams shares the stories of a selection of local makers while Art Gallery SW's Bath Art Exhibition brings together a variety of works from local, established and emerging artists to help raise funds for The Children's Hospice South West.

While you're here, why not update your winter wardrobe with timeless designs from Phase Eight and Hobbs as well as designer footwear from Chanii B? Then you can find stylish interior touches for your home in Biggie Best and Yves Delorme Outlet. Alternatively, explore designer gifts from Quadri, the only Alessi stockist in Bath, or take home an autumn wreath from resident florist, Anemone. 

Time for some refreshment? Sample a taste of Munich with Oktoberfest in The Botanist, celebrate Drink Rioja month in Le Vignoble, relax over weekend brunch in Côte Brasserie or enjoy 50% off food in Bandook Indian Kitchen… the choice is yours!


All wrapped up

It’s getting a bit chilly now, so it’s sooooo time for a winter warmer scarf. This Karrie Boucle Scarf from Joules sings of rustic country charm – full of texture, oversized, and in a heavy weight it's perfect to add warmth and style to any autumn and winter outfit. Available in two colours, Blue Pink, shown here, or Pink Camel. Joules, £29.95



Breaking tradition, and strongly tipped to be the next 007, Lashana Lynch, who plays agent Nomi wears an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra in No Time To Die. The exact watch is a Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M CO-Axial Master Chronometer with black dial and 38mm case. The case is stainless steel, with a wave-edged design featured on the back. The black dial has a horizontal "teak" pattern which is inspired by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. The dial shows a date window at 6 o'clock and rhodium-plated hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova. The watch is powered by the OmegaMaster Chronometer calibre 8800 automatic movement. In the film Nomi has replaced the standard steel bracelet in preference for the Omega black nylon Nato strap. Cool.

For details on the model and similar versions visit


Curated by Richard Wyatt
"...The gatemen of the 19th century would have a shock if they returned to their Bath turnpike now – all that motorised transport getting into town for free..."

A journey that I often make along the heavily polluted London Road from the Alice Park end into Walcot Street uncovers a little piece of Bath’s transport history.

This Turnpike Trust marker from 1827 – already half buried in the many layers of tarmac that followed its installation and the invention of the motor car – got me thinking about how we could control and profit from vehicles travelling in and out of our mini-metropolis. The Turnpike Trust managed a section of highway and operated the toll gates through which you have to pay to gain entry. The proceeds from this ‘road tax’ went towards maintaining the road’s surface – with no doubt some profit for the Trust. They would have dealt with horse-drawn traffic rather than thunderous lorries and cars, but in its way it worked.

The gatemen of the 19th century would have a shock if they returned to their Bath turnpike now – all that motorised transport getting into town for free. Well, that is - until next March when the Clean Air Zone descends upon us. B&NES have managed to work out a scheme to get excess pollution to a governmentally acceptable level without incurring the wrath of the ordinary motorist. Private cars are exempt from charges to enter the zone but the most polluting commercial vehicles such as buses and lorries will be charged.

But, as my pal Nick pointed out, in this financially challenging times a nominal charge of £2 a head wouldn’t hurt any and all motorists entering the zone and – like the toll roads of old – this could benefit the Council’s coffers. There certainly is a hollow, empty sound coming from that direction at the moment… 

While we are on the subject of the London Road l am not against lowering the speed limit along that stretch from 30 to 20 mph. However, will someone explain to me how it could be enforced? How do you stop buses and taxis speeding along in their own exclusive lane? Time for B&NES to reactivate those speed cameras and put them to good use. Another way of getting some money in until the pandemic is under control and the tourists and the local economy return to more normal levels.


First performance of TRB's Betrayal

The theatre is back. Hooray! It comes to Theatre Royal Bath in the form of Pinter’s classic production of Betrayal, the story of the complex emotional web woven between a couple and his best friend, and inspired by Pinter’s seven-year affair with Joan Bakewell. Melissa Blease helps to unweave the web in her review, just published today. 

Enjoy a two minute read here


Bath Abbey Choir to perform in virtual RemembranceConcert

Join the Bath Abbey Choir on Friday 6 November at 7.30pm as they pay tribute to those fallen in the First World War, Second World War and all conflicts since.

Instead of the usual Remembrance Day concert in the Abbey, this year, the Abbey Choir conducted by Huw Williams, Bath Abbey's Director of Music, will perform in a pre-recorded concert that will be made available online so that people can watch from their homes and remember the heroic service of those men and women who lost their lives for their country.


Here's our current magazine...

As always, there's a lot of great reading by our team of wonderful writers and contributors as well beautifully presented advertising by Bath's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read. Every month 15,000 copies are delivered door to door and until mid month copies can be picked up at many places around town and from our stands at the main supermarkets: Waitrose, Sainsbury's (Green Park Station), M&S Foods (Twerton)... And we have just added Tesco Weston village. Alternatively visit our website to read online. And, look out for our November issue on 27 October.


A dash of Bond

James Bond is being extremely evasive at the moment (sulky face), but we’ve found him the best chair. It’s the Aviator Keeler Wing Desk chair in jet silver, a swivel chair with a curved aluminium body studded with rivets, and a luxurious leather interior. We can just imagine him sitting in it, with his favourite six parts vodka, one part vermouth martini while waiting for the ever-rolling forward opening night of No Time to Die. £1,269, from TR Hayes.


Cavendish Place, Bath

Settled amongst one of Bath's ever-popular Georgian terraces and occupying the first floor of this fabulous, Grade II listed townhouse, this beautiful two bedroom apartment is sure to impress. Displaying Georgian architecture at its finest, this property boasts an array of original features such as high ceilings, large sash windows, and feature fireplaces. The apartment is presented in excellent condition and tastefully decorated throughout. Comprising: sitting room with space for dining, fitted kitchen, master bedroom with fitted storage, an additional second bedroom and luxury shower room. On the market at £695,000.

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