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A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours in Bath


Specially selected for us by the Great Wine Co, and coming highly recommended, are three wines from New Zealand vineyard the Yealands Estate. They are a delicious Grüner Veltliner £14.50, a Sauvignon Blanc £12.95, and an exquisite Pinot Noir £15.95.

For more information and to order, visit: The Great Wine Co


Crisp, chewy, rich, flavourful and massively moreish, focaccia is everybody's friend, perfect for sharing or keeping all to yourself. Once you're au fait with making one of the most fuss-free loaves in the home-baking gamut, focaccia is your flexible friend, too: you can bring in all kinds of variations on the theme, such as caramelised onions, sun-dried tomatoes, roast garlic, olives or mozzarella (or a combination of up to three of these) – just knead your optional extras in after the first rise, before you press the dough into the tin.

Top tip: don't stint on the olive oil or the salt – both are intrinsic to the flavour

Best enjoyed with: a selection of antipasti and a glass of light Chianti Classico


500g strong white bread flour
5g dried yeast
10g salt
325ml warm water
1 tbsp olive oil

To finish: flaky sea salt, a generous drizzle of olive oil and a handful of fresh rosemary sprigs


Mix the flour, yeast, salt, oil and water together in a bowl until it forms a sticky dough. Turn the dough out on to a clean, floured work surface and knead until smooth and silky (about 10 minutes), occasionally dusting your hands with flour if the mixture is too sticky to be pliable.

Shape the dough into a ball, plop it into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film or a clean tea towel and leave to rise (preferably in a warm place) for around one hour, or until the dough has doubled in size.

Knock the risen dough back and tip it into a lightly oiled, shallow baking tray approximately 26 x 36cm. Using your fingertips, stretch and press the dough into the the edges and corners of the tin before leaving to rise again – covered, as before – for about 30 minutes.

Towards the end of the second rise, preheat your oven to 250°C/Gas Mark 10 (or as high as it will go.)

Just before baking, use your fingertips to poke deep holes across the whole surface of the dough, almost to the base. Drizzle the dough generously with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and tuck the rosemary sprigs in the dimples. Bake for about 10 minutes, then turn the oven down to about 200°C/Gas Mark 6 and bake for a further 10–15 minutes until crisp and golden on top.

Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes before serving.

Our September issue is out and online

Click Here to Read September's edition



Amanda Nicholls grabbed a few minutes with the Bristol-born boy wonder and Formula One’s youngest ever British driver Lando Norris, trackside in Barcelona. 

“This season has started much better, better than we were anticipating and probably ever expecting", says Lando.

Enjoy a five minute read


From the new collection of watches

Rolex have just unveiled a new collection of its classic watches beautifully redesigned to be current and covetable - but still maintaining its heritage and the historic links between Rolex and exploration. Shown here is the über-stylish diver's watch, the Oyster Perpetual Submariner. Mallory Jewellers – Bath’s official Rolex retailer – has many of the new models available to view. For further details see the Mallory website: Mallory Jewellers


Our new Take 5 series, launched in our September magazine, celebrates
the passion of five of our best local indies, including much-loved venues such as Coopers Home Appliances, antique silver specialist Beau Nash and Tina Engell's exclusive jewellery gallery. These retailers select their merchandise personally, jewellery is hand-fashioned for maximum impact, and you will be valued, remembered and given that most exclusive of gifts, a friendly, professional service.
Image shown: the Liebherr Monolith Fridge Freezer £15,500 on show at Coopers.

Take a closer look at our featured five



Librarian Lizzie has for years supported her God-haunted mother and her recovering addict brother. Then she is asked to answer mail from those worried about climate change and the decline of western civilization. As she deals with these issues she wonders what it means to tend your own garden within this global chaos. Granta, hb, £12.99

The Discomfort of Evening

This debut novel by Marieke Lucas Rijneveld – which was the winner of the Booker International Prize 2020 – tells the story of Jas who loses her brother and then watches her family disintegrate into a threatening darkness. Michele Hutchison’s translation captures the language in all its wild, violent beauty. Faber, pb, £12.99

The Memory Wood

This dark and creepy thriller features two emotionally damaged adolescents; one has been abducted and the other has never had a proper friend. Their encounter in the woods results in an unbearably tense game of cat and mouse that has high stakes: will either of them ever actually leave? Transworld, hb, £12.99


What are they? Fresh hazelnuts, harvested while the outer husk is still green.

Season: From now until around the end of October.

What do they taste like? Mildly sweet, juicy and, of course, nutty, with a bit of a crunch.

Added bonus: Cobnuts are high in protein, healthy fats, linoleic and oleic acids, fibre and calcium, and rich in vitamins B1, B6 and E.

How should I use them? Cobnuts are exceedingly moreish eaten fresh from the shell (the green husk removes easily to reveal a brown shell that's equally easy to peel off), perhaps sprinkled with a bit of salt. When roasted, they take on a malted flavour that can be likened to popcorn, making them a uniquely tasty addition to cakes, tarts, and meringues, and an interesting alternative to pine nuts in pesto.

Where can I buy them? Bath Farmers' Market, Green Park Station; Eades Greengrocers (Crescent Lane); Super Stokes (Moorland Road); or Larkhall Farm Shop (St Saviours Road).


Walter Presents - Channel 4

Take a stylish trip back in time to turn-of-the-21st-century Moscow and join Swedish investment banker Tom Bixen as an innocent trade deal leads to battles with sinister private armies, malevolent power mongers, corrupt politicians... and the skeletons hidden deep in Tom's own private closet...

Moscow Noir:  Sunday 13 September, 11pm, Channel 4
All episodes available on All4 from 11 September


Academy Award-winning Best Picture Parasite, released in February, makes a welcome return to The Little Theatre on Sunday. Korean Bong Joon-ho, who also won Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for the film, has described it as “a comedy without clowns and a tragedy without villains". Intrigued? It’s a story of class struggle, observing and judging the life of two families from different social backgrounds whose destinies cross. 6 September, The Little Theatre Cinema, 11am.

Book your tickets here 


Why indeed? Never is this question more pertinent than now, as our local arts venues and institutions struggle against the seismic impact of a pandemic on their creative operations and their profits. Gerie Herbert of BRLSI debates the power of art with intellectual vigour, and a bit of help from poet John Donne. 
A five minute read on our website:  Click Here to read more


This cheerful little Indian restaurant in Widcombe ticks all the neighbourhood bistro boxes: friendly service, exceedingly wallet-friendly prices and super-fresh food based on a classic Indian cross-continent motif. Seafood treats go large here, from succulent Fish Pakoras on the starter menu to King Prawn Masala on the mains selection by way of an inviting Sharing Seafood Platter that makes a big splash. On a meatier theme, both the Home Style Chicken Curry and the just-tingly-enough Lamb Chettinad are highly recommended, while the Daal Makhani is richly satisfying enough to make it a main course superstar in its own right... and there are Masala Chips in the 'Extras' section. Bikano's Indian Cuisine, 25 Claverton Buildings, Widcombe, Bath. 


The Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which ran throughout August, has drawn praise from both restaurant owners and customers. Some entrepreneurial Bath-based food and drink businesses are continuing their own promotion throughout September, including Olio at Homewood (main pic) in Freshford who are offering the same 50% discount up to the value of £10 per person on all meals and soft drinks when dining every Monday to Wednesday.

Another food boost comes from The Oyster Shell, the award-winning fish and chip shop and seafood grill takeaway on Moorland Road, who are offering an On The Road food truck (shown) delivering fish and chips. They are at Freshford Village Hall car park on Tuesdays, Bishop Sutton AFC car park on Wednesdays and Welton Rovers FC car park, Midsummer Norton on Fridays. You can pre-order or order on the day. 



    Discover the work of over 30 sculptors at the brilliant new exhibition, Sculpture in a Landscape 1969-2020, set against the beautiful backdrop of a private garden in West Leaze. Open 11am – 6pm.


    Unwind in Abbey Hotel Bath's ArtBar and see their latest exhibition, which showcases the work of local artists and celebrates the remarkable sacrifice of the NHS staff at the Royal United Hospital. Image: David Ringsell


    Belly laugh with comedians Sally-Anne Hayward, Morgan Rees and Spitting Image’s Ronnie Golden all in one night at Bath Comedy Club's Widcombe Nights at 8pm on Friday.


    Get swept up in Byron's passion for wilderness at The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa's poetry trail. Entry is complimentary and booking is not necessary unless you are intending to go as a group and dining afterwards.


    Escape into a world of animé at Widcombe Social Club with the highest-grossing Japanese film of all time – Your Name. Screening at 7.30pm on Saturday.

    Grab your tickets...

    Bath Comedy Club is hosting a new fortnightly comedy club night, starring comedians Susan Murray, Natasha Bye and broadcaster and famously “grumpy old man”, Arthur Smith on 18 September.

    Barry Cryer and Colin Sell will be live again at Widcombe Social Club, singing songs and telling jokes on 19 September.

    The city's professional orchestra, Bath Philharmonia, will be joined by two of the brightest stars on the classical music scene, Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, for a socially-distanced performance at The Forum on 24 September.


    3 Warleigh Manor, Bathford, Bath BA1 8EE

    The beautifully designed three-bedroom penthouse apartment within an exclusive Grade II listed manor house is set across two spacious floors. Warleigh Manor is nestled within elegantly manicured grounds on Bath's eastern fringes that enjoys far-reaching rural views. The breathtaking, opulent interior-designed accommodation has handsome Boniti oak parquet flooring throughout. The bespoke well-equipped kitchen and utility room has been designed by Halycon Interiors of London and boasts a central island and breakfast bar. Externally, the large private sun terrace enjoys magnificent 180-degree views over open countryside. On the market at £950,000 with Cobb Farr.

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