A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bath
LOOKING BACK | THE ROYAL WAVE
Words by Andrew Swift
Royal Visit 1973
As preparations ramp up for the Platinum Jubilee, we look back to 1973 when Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Bath as part of the celebrations for 1000 Years of Monarchy, marking the 1000th
anniversary of the crowning of Edgar as the first King of all England in Bath Abbey on Whit Sunday 973. In this photograph, taken by Colin Hamilton on 9 August 1973, the Queen is seen walking along the High Street, accompanied by Mayor John Cornish.
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Wotton-under-Edge is an old weaving town where timber-framed shops rub shoulders with Georgian townhouses. In our May magazine, Andrew Swift takes one of the steep and narrow pathways on The Cotswold Edge, which hangs over the little town...
Traditionally, a bisque is a labour intensive, 'cheffy' treat made with a base of pureed shell fish and infused with lashings of cream – so okay, this recipe isn't strictly a bisque. It is, however, a beautifully smooth, creamy, luxurious prawn soup that makes a wonderful light lunch (served, perhaps, with fresh crusty bread, garlic mayonnaise and a well-dressed green salad?) or elegant summer supper party starter.
Don't skip the saffron (it's honestly not as expensive as we're led to believe, and a little goes a long way), the fish stock (those little ready-made pots with a gel-like substance are fine) or the cream – in fact, you could use a little more cream if you feel like pushing the boat out...
1 tbsp butter 2 onions, peeled and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 carrot, peeled and finely diced 1 fennel bulb, peeled and finely-sliced 1.5 litres fish stock 125ml dry white wine 3 saffron strands, soaked in 2 tbsp water 2 tbsp tomato puree The leaves from 2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme 400g raw prawns, shelled and deveined 100ml single cream Freshly chopped dill, to garnish
1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onions and sauté for 5-6 minutes or until soft and translucent, adding the crushed garlic for the last minute or so.
2. Stir the diced carrot and sliced fennel into the pan and continue to sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Pour the fish stock, wine and saffron (plus saffron soaking water) into the pan, followed by the tomato purée and the thyme. Stir and simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes before taking off the heat and allow to cool slightly before transferring the bisque to a blender or food processor and processing until smooth.
4. Return the bisque to the pan, add the raw prawns and cook over a low heat for around 4-5 minutes or until the prawns have turned pink and the bisque has thoroughly heated through. Season to taste (white rather than black pepper works well here), add the cream and heat for another minute.
5. To serve, ladle the bisque into warm bowls, add an extra swirl of cream to each bowl and sprinkle with a little fresh dill.
FOUR OF A KIND | JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
Words by Melissa Blease
4 Smart Party Canapés
Devilled Eggs (vegetarian; makes 12)
Peel 6 large, cooled hardboiled eggs and neatly slice them lengthways. Gently prise the yolk out of each half and put the yolks into a mixing bowl. Arrange the 12 halved whites on a serving platter. Mash the egg yolks with 2 tbsp mayonnaise, 1 tsp English mustard, 1 generous tsp smoked paprika and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Season well before adding 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil and blending with a stick blender or in a food processor until smooth and glossy (if too thick, add a splash of just-boiled water). Neatly fill the egg whites with the spicy mixture (use a piping bag if you're feeling fussy) and serve sprinkled with more smoked paprika.
Herby Dough Balls (vegetarian; makes 16)
Preheat the oven to 190°C/Gas 5 and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Slice 16 ready-to-cook dough balls (readily available in the supermarket) in half horizontally and arrange on the baking tray, cut side up. Mix 100g cream cheese with 1 tbsp finely-chopped fresh chives, 1 tbsp finely-chopped fresh parsley and seasoning to taste. Spread the cheese mixture over the flat side of each ball right to the edges and spoon a small blob of chutney of your choice (mango chutney works well here) on top of each one. Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until golden-brown. Serve hot.
Pear and Blue Cheese Filo Tartlets (vegetarian; makes 24)
Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas mark 5. Brush two sheets of filo pastry with melted butter and place on top of each other. Cut the pastry into 24 equal squares and put the squares together, in pairs, on top of each other at a 45 degree angle to make a star shape (read that again; it's honestly not as complicated as it sounds!). Press each 'star' into the holes of 2 x 12 mini-muffin tins and bake in the oven for about 5-10 minutes, or until crisp and golden. Remove the pastry cases from the oven but leave the oven on while you peel 1 large ripe pear, chop it into small pieces and divide the pear pieces between the pastry cases. Mash 100g creamy blue cheese (Roquefort works well here) with 1 tsp lemon juice. Spoon blobs of the cheese mixture on top of each tart, sprinkle lightly with paprika or black pepper and return the tarts to the oven for 5 minutes, or until the cheese has just melted. Serve warm.
Mini Potato Cakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraîche (makes 24)
Combine 400g cold, well-seasoned mashed potatoes with 1 large beaten egg, 1-2 tbsp whole milk, 1-2 tbsp plain flour and 2 tbsp finely-chopped fresh chives until you have a firm 'dough'. Roll the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface to around 1cm thick and, using a pastry cutter or the rim of a suitably-sized, flour dusted glass, cut into 24 discs. Coat the base of a large frying pan with oil and fry the potato cakes over a medium heat for around 2 minutes on each side, until browned (you will need to do this in several batches) placing each one on kitchen roll when cooked to remove excess oil. Top each cooled potato cake with a generous dollop of crème fraîche, slivers of finely-sliced smoked salmon, freshly ground black pepper and a squirt of lemon juice. Serve at room temperature.
AFTERNOON TEA | HOMEMADE TREATS
Pulteney Bridge Coffee
Offering a lighter option of a Cream Tea, rather than the full afternoon tea, Pulteney Bridge Coffee offers a more informal afternoon treat. The homemade scones are baked on the premises and are served warm with clotted cream, strawberry jam and a pot of loose leaf tea. There is the option to have different jam and / or hot drink if desired. Situated on the World Heritage site of Pulteney Bridge this cosy coffee shop is an ideal spot to pop in, enjoy the freshly baked treats and take in the unique and beautiful view overlooking Bath’s iconic Pulteney Weir.
Cream teas are available to eat in or takeaway. No booking required. 15-17 Pulteney Bridge, Bath, BA2 4AY
WEEKEND WINE | PLANNING JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS?
Three very special Brit fizzes
Rosé – Court Garden Very pale peach hue, frothy; dried cranberry, autolytic; nicely defined red fruit flavours, lively acidity balancing creamy mousse and good weight, nicely balanced, savoury finish with a lovely brioche character. £44
Classic Reserve Brut – Hattingley Valley An elegant, svelte and super pure wine with delicate nose of hedgerow flowers, it has finesse, vibrant green fruit and a characteristic toasty flavour. Pale gold in colour and well-balanced on the palate showing crisp acidity and fine mousse. It has delicate toasty characteristics from being aged on lees whilst the gentle oak flavour adds complexity. £35
Brut Reserve – Lyme Bay Seyval Blanc grapes are used to create a bright, fruit forward and elegant – yet approachable – English sparkling wine. Secondary fermentation in bottle under the Traditional Method process provides structure to the mid-palate and detail to the body of the wine without overpowering the delicate crisp citrus fruit. Pronounced notes of lemon and Granny Smith apple stand out amongst a vibrant and delicate mousse with a clean finish. £29.50
To put your order in or see a range of top quality British fizzles and wines click the button below to visit The Great Wine Co.
Electric Bear celebrates the Jubilee with its Treetops English Pale Ale
Aptly named Treetops, this contemporary English Pale Ale was lovingly made by a talented craft beer team to celebrate The Queen's Jubilee and to be enjoyed – as well as supporting her Majesty's tree planting project.
Electric Bear will donate 30p for every can sold to The Queen's Green Canopy Fund: a nationwide project to plant trees. Every 33.3 cans will raise £10, which is enough to plant one tree (for the Jubilee) in the UK.
In the words of the Electric Bear Brewing Co, "Drink beer and plant some trees". Not a bad idea, we think. Happy Jubilee celebrations!
As the Official Partner and Timekeeper, Longines has released a special edition of its HydroConquest watch to commemorate the 2022 XXII Commonwealth Games.
Limited to 2,022 pieces, this exclusive edition celebrates one of the world’s greatest sporting events. The eye-catching watch is water-resistant up to 300 metres, features a unidirectional rotating bezel, screw-down crown and case back.
The numbers displayed on the black ceramic bezel depict the vivid colours of the games logo; in addition, on the minute-track of its black sunray dial, the 41 mm steel case contains an exclusive self-winding movement with a silicon balance-spring to ensure high-precision and a longer life span.
The case back is also specially engraved with the Birmingham 2022 logo and “Limited Edition – 1 out of 2022”. A stainless steel bracelet completes this timepiece with sporty and modern lines. £1,600
View this and many more beautiful Longines timepieces at Mallory.
To celebrate the Queen's 70 years of service, Honey Willow have created a limited edition necklace to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee birthday of your loved one.
This luxe platinum and 9kt gold 70th birthday necklace is handmade with seven links for seven® decades of life, love and laughter. Six links are made with 9kt yellow gold and the seventh is made with platinum to represent her platinum decade.
This pendant is hallmarked with a special hallmark commemorating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee: celebrating 70 years, 1952- 2022. £1,300
La Prairie's Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm – part of the Pure Gold Collection, which launched earlier this month (May 2022) – brings a potent energy-rich nutrient to the skin.
The formula contains La Prairie’s exclusive Pure Gold Diffusion System which amplifies the conversion of this nutrient into energy by activating an energy sensor. Night after night, skin appears strengthened and restructured. Each balm contains a Nocturnal Massage Stone, made from a single piece of sculpted marble. £733
The Pure Gold Radiance Nocturnal Balm is available fromlaprairie.com. You can also browse the collection at Harvey Nichols Bristol, 27 Philadelphia St, Quakers Friars, Broadmead, Bristol BS1 3BZ.
• TV, FILM & BOOKS •
ON THE BOX | LOVE CONQUERS ALL?
HBO: The Time Traveler's Wife
Adapted by Steven Moffat from the beloved novel of the same name, The Time Traveler’s Wife follows the spellbinding love story between Clare (Rose Leslie of HBO’s Game of Thrones), and Henry (Theo James of Divergent), and a marriage with a problem: time travel.
Over six hour-long episodes, the genre-bending drama series expertly weaves themes of love, loss, marriage, and survival – in a story that defies the laws and logic of time.
The Time Traveler's Wife is available to watch now on HBO Max: hbo.com
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK | WHY WE LOVE PRINT
Curated by Daniel McCabe
The idea behind The Art-Form is to ask six artists to complete a questionnaire about art. Each artist tackles the form in their own fashion, often generating original artworks in the process. There’s also a follow up interview which allows the artists to explain their work in addition to the insights and workings glimpsed on the completed form. It’s a very satisfying formula and makes for a fairly unique magazine. Issue 6 features Argentinian-Spanish multi-media artist Felipe Pantone, Spanish muralist and painter Aryz, Roby Dwi Antono, French painter Julie Curtiss, Swedish painter/sculptor Joakim Ojanen and US painter Grace Weaver. £15
'Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé' by William Keeling
When Mrs Gaia Champion hosts her first supper after the untimely death of her adored husband, the meal does not go wholly to plan.
Enter Bellerophon “Belle” Nash: city councillor, bachelor extraordinaire and grandson of Bath’s original Master of Ceremonies, Beau Nash. Assisted by a group of eccentric lady friends, Belle sets out to explore Gaia’s culinary mishap, only to expose a web of corruption at the heart of Regency Bath’s judicial system. Welcome to The Gay Street Chronicles.
Belle Nash and the Bath Soufflé – the first in what will be a four-part series from former Financial Times foreign correspondent William “Bill” Keeling – is available from local stockists Topping & Co., Mr B's Emporium and Waterstones Bath.
The seventh edition of Shindig combines old-school festival residents with rising stars to ensure there’s something for everyone.
This year’s fancy dress theme is Mardi Gras. Presenting Shindiggers with the perfect peacocking and parading opportunity. Don feathers, beads, gather your festival crew and bring the best shimmys and shakedowns you’ve got.
'An Everest Odyssey' with Gavin Bate, 7 June, King Edward's School, Bath
Join Mountaineer Gavin Bate as he tells his story of high adventure and perseverance during six expeditions to the summit of Everest, three times without bottled oxygen and twice alone.
The event includes a talk by Gavin Bate, interval, Q&A and fundraising raffle to win some fantastic collectable mountaineering memorabilia (please bring cash for the raffle). All profits from the event will go to King Edward’s School charity, Bath Welcomes Refugees, who are working hard to make provision for Ukrainians who have been displaced by the war.
This event will take place at The Wroughton Theatre, King Edward's School; doors open at 6.30pm, and the talk starts at 7pm. Suitable for children aged 12+; onsite parking available. Ticket are £7.50, available from eventbee.com. For more information on Gavin, visit adventurealternative.com.
ART | A CREATIVE PAIR
Exhibition of Sculpture and Works on Paper, Museum of Bath at Work
See the works of Jean Farrell and Maureen Hosier in a new exhibition by The Museum of Bath at Work's Artists in Residence.
The work of both artists complement each other – from the lyrical storytelling of Maureen Hosier who uses found objects, to Jean Farrell’s pared down essence of colour and form.
A specially commissioned film inspired by Bath’s working life and made in collaboration with the museum, filmmaker Joe Short and Jean Farrell, will also feature in the exhibition.
The exhibition will be shown as part of the Bath Festival Fringe from Saturday 21 May to Sunday 12 June at The Museum of Bath at Work: open daily from 10.30am-5pm. Admission will be free with admission to the museum. Learn more at bath-at-work.org.uk.
You can see more of Jean Farrell's works on the artist's Instagram: @jeanfarrellart
HEALTH | START YOUR FITNESS JOURNEY TODAY!
Energise your everyday at the Team Bath gym and fitness centre
Everyone is welcome at the Team Bath gym and fitness centre, where the team have everything you need.
Enjoy classes at all levels, supportive inductions and personalised plans all within modern, spacious and well-equipped gym spaces and beautiful, purpose-built studios.
No contracts, no joining fee, and no hidden and automatic future price hikes. You can also visit and try the gym out for free before buying. Why not book a visit today? Find out more at teambath.com/fitness, or call a member of the team: 01225 383597
• NEWS FROM THE CITY •
SPORT | BATH RUGBY V LONDON IRISH
Bath Rugby head home for the final time in the 2021/22 campaign
Bath Rugby return to the Rec after two weeks without a fixture for the final home game of the season against London Irish.
The fixture represents one last opportunity for the players and staff to thank the Bath faithful who have stuck by the team throughout what has been a disappointing campaign.
Head Coach Neal Hatley’s message to fans is one of thanks.
“We appreciate all the support you give us. At home we get full stadiums and you’re still coming out to support the players and supporting the team. We couldn’t be more grateful for your support. Thank you.”
Saturday will also be a final goodbye for several long-standing Bath players. Taulupe Faletau, Max Clark, Semesa Rokoduguni and Anthony Watson have all spent a significant period of time at the Rec with Watson giving praise to the fans for their unwavering support.
Bath Rugby will play London Irish at the Rec on 21 May, 3pm Kick Off.
Keep up to date with Bath Rugby on their twitter account: twitter.com
• PROPERTY & INTERIORS•
PROPERTY | A HOUSE AT THE TOP
Beckford Drive, Lansdown Bath BA1
Offered for sale by Cobb Farr estate agents
Situated on the highly sought-after and prestigious Lansdown Hill area, this attractive and substantial detached property with accommodation set over three floors is beautifully presented throughout, with the benefit of a larger than average garden.
There is an area to the side of the house which has the potential for an extension, subject to obtaining appropriate Planning Permission.
The property has a large kitchen and living area on the ground floor with bi-folding doors opening out to the garden, and at first floor level an attractive, separate sitting room with wonderful views towards the Welsh hills and Beckford’s Tower.
There are four good size bedrooms, the two main ones being on the upper floor. The principal bedroom has French doors leading onto a balcony with superb views. To the rear, views overlook the playing fields, which are beautifully maintained, and beyond.
This particular house also has the benefit of a large, double width driveway, with parking for four cars and double garage. Offers in excess of £950,000