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The mighty d’Arenberg is a founding member of Australia’s first family of wine. The Osborn family have been producing the finest wines since 1912, in McLaren Vale, South Australia. Today fourth generation Chief Winemaker Chester Osborn makes world-renowned wines with his distinctive flair, using traditional methods in both the winery and vineyards. With a strong focus on environmental and winery practices, all d’Arenberg estate vineyards are certified for organic and biodynamic processes. Basket pressed is often associated with only the most premium of wines, but d’Arenberg press everything, from entry level to iconic, whites and reds, with all the reds traditionally foot-trod during fermentation. From their beautifully expressive whites to big, bold and fragrant reds, you certainly know when you have a d’Arenberg wine in the glass.

Explore the Aussie promotion now and save up to 27% off all Australia wines… be quick!

Visit: The Great Wine Co.


Recipe by Melissa Blease
Goan Fish Curry

If you're in the mood for a no-fail curry in a hurry that works equally well as a glamorous celebratory blow-out, this is the recipe for you. Boasting layer upon layer of flavour and flaunting a 'cheffy' personality that totally belies the speedy prep/cooking time, this rich, luxurious dish allows the fish, basking in a subtly spicy rather than fiery hot broth, to be the star of the dish. Talking of which...

Good quality, super-fresh firm fish is intrinsic to the success of this dish, so splash out on monkfish, cod loin, salmon fillets or even a mixture of all three. Prawns, meanwhile, bring a bonus uplift to the pescetarian party.

On the wine front, a refreshing Pinot Grigio, a softly aromatic Viognier or a gently perfumed Riesling all add perfect harmony to a supremely sensual symphony. Go on, go on – Goan!

Ingredients (serves two)

300g fresh, firm fish fillets, skinned and cut into bite-sized cubes
1 large onion, diced
1 red chilli, deseeded and thinly sliced (add more or less according to heat preference)
1 garlic clove, crushed or sliced
2cm fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 level tsp each of ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander and garam masala
140ml coconut milk (reduced fat is fine)
200g chopped fresh tomatoes
1 tbsp white wine/malt vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
Vegetable oil for frying
Juice of half a lime
Handful of fresh or frozen king prawns (optional)
Rice, to serve
Coriander, to garnish


  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large sauté pan and fry the onion over a medium heat until translucent. Add the chilli, garlic, ginger and spices and cook gently until fragrant (about 1–2 minutes.) Add the coconut milk, chopped tomatoes, vinegar, sugar and around 2–3 tbsp of water.
  2. Reduce heat, half cover the pan and simmer for around 5 minutes (note: the recipe can be cooked up to 3 hours in advance up to this point; just turn the heat off and leave the lid on the pan until you're almost ready to eat.)
  3. Add the fish chunks to the fragrant broth. Stir gently to keep the fish intact and simmer for 10 minutes until the fish has completely cooked through, but keep an eye on it; you don't want the fish to overcook. If adding frozen raw prawns, add them with the fresh fish; if using frozen/fresh cooked prawns, add them five minutes after the fish.
  4. Serve straight away on a bed of rice, spritzed with lime juice and sprinkled with fresh coriander.

A note from our friends at The Great Wine Co:

"A delicious match to Melissa’s Goan Fish curry would be The Money Spider D’Arenberg – Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne blend, textural, balanced and a luscious mix of pulpy fruit, green mango and papaya jumping out of the glass."


New King Pin

Andrew Gordon Brown joined Kingswood School as its headmaster this month. He tells us about rowing for South Africa and how it inspired him to become a teacher and explains why he welcomes his new school’s big airy campus and large indoor spaces.

Enjoy our Q&A here


Boston Tea Party
Boston Tea Party all-day brunch menus (available at both Kingsmead Square and Alfred Street branches) are all good stuff, all of the time, and their sourcing/ethical trading/zero waste policies commendable.

The Courtyard Café

Based in the historic Lilliput Court, the Courtyard Café's breakfast and brunch menus are served until a very civilised 4pm and run the whole breakfast gamut, including their legendary Havana Toast served in super-pretty surroundings.


Pop the cork between 10am-12noon on Saturdays and 10am-3pm on Sundays at Corkage, where the weekend Brunch and Bubbles menu fizz along on a cheerfully chic theme.

The Ivy Bath Brasserie

Breakfast (served 9–11am) segues very nicely into elegant, laid-back brunch (11am–4pm) at the Ivy Bath Brasserie every weekend. Eggs Royale and Chips, anybody? Oh, yes...


Romanesco Cauliflower

What is it?

A uniquely pretty seasonal variety of cauliflower, at its best from now until the end of November. The florets, by the way, are known as 'curds'.

What does taste like?
A cross between cauliflower and broccoli, but slightly fresher and nuttier in flavour.

Added bonus:
Laden with vitamin C, vitamin K, dietary fibre and antioxidants.

How should I use it?
Strip off the outer leaves and trim the curds nestled around the stalk. Steam and cook in a cheese sauce for a refreshing twist on cauliflower cheese, or tumble with lemon zest, garlic, olive oil and salt before roasting in a hot oven for around 20-30 minutes.

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


Bath Pizza Co
Wallet-friendly wood-fired pizza served from a walk-up window on two semi-alfresco terraces in unique, historic former railway station surroundings.

Clayton's Kitchen
Pavement tables on the lovely little passage adjacent to one of Bath’s brightest chef's eponymous foodie-fabulous hob HQs results in a Parisian 19th-arrondissement staycation experience.

Côte Brasserie
French-inspired bistro classics from breakfast and brunch to beyond sunset served in ancient, split-level courtyard surroundings at the heart of the super-pretty Milsom Place shopping/merrymaking complex.

Circus Restaurant
Roll up to a table on the gorgeous little thoroughfare that links The Circus to The Royal Crescent outside of one of Bath's best modern British bistros.

Main image: The Circus Restaurant


Review by Melissa Blease

Established way back in 1908, Seafoods holds the official title of Bath's Oldest Chippie. But recent subtle revamps (including a lovely alfresco area) have gently bought the whole experience bang up-to-date without sacrificing any of the takeaway/eat in diner's original, traditional charms. 

The sustainable fish line-up always includes fave raves along the cod/haddock theme but the 'posh fish and chips' (that'll be the lesser-spotted battered salmon, then) is highly recommended. Pies ride high on the menu too (alongside sausages and homemade fishcakes), the chips are beyond cheerful... and if you never thought that humble mushy peas could be elevated to superstar status, prepare to have your perceptions challenged here. And by the way: it's licensed, too.

38 Kingsmead Street, Bath BA1 2AA


TAG Heuer is celebrating its 160th anniversary and the new Carrera Chronograph range is a showcase of the brand's tradition, detail and watchmaking of the highest Swiss quality. The Carrera Chronograph Steel features a 42mm fine-brushed steel case with a polished steel bezel, brown Alligator strap and on the face a silver dial and batons, two subdials and a small date window over the 6 O’clock marker. The watch is powered by Tag Heuer’s superb in-house automatic self-winding movement and is also water resistant to 100 metres.

1-5 Bridge Street, Bath BA2 4AP


We should all have one – a faithful old sweater probably living in the garage, shed or porch, smelling of bonfires, with holes and pulled threads here and there, and a quick throw-on when you dash to the corner-shop having run out of milk on a chilly early morn. And can you remember when it was last washed? Thought so.

But it takes time to cultivate the perfect GJ, where the quality of the yarn, and the stitching of the neckline will never give in easily and… it also takes planning. There are puppies you can buy today to bring you instant outdoor style, but slowly and surely they will become trusted companions, serving you well for years to come...

Image from left to right: Newbridge Donegal Crew by Orvis; £119; Furlong Knit Jumper by Finisterre; £95


New in at Graham & Green, we love these retro-inspired vases handcrafted from glass by talented artisans. With unique shapes, ribbed detailing and vibrant colours they come in three styles:

Blue and Purple Glass Vase; £45; 40 x 16.5 cm
Yellow and Purple Glass Vase; £35; 38 x 12.5 cm
Yellow and Mauve Glass Vase; £32; 30 x 15 cm

92 Walcot Street, Bath


Curated by Daniel McCabe – Magalleria

Do you know about The Modern House? It’s the online real estate agency that’s rewriting the rules of the business with its focus on high end modernist buildings pitched with precise detail, preservationist zeal and clever intimacy. After putting out a book they’re now – even more excitingly – publishing a lifestyle magazine. Magalleria will have stock arriving next week and judging by our impressive advance copy it'll take the whole phenomenon to a new place.

Volume 1; £14.00;


Ruby Wax

2020 to date seems to have been about bad news and then about coping with it. Ruby Wax has shaken this up in her own inimitable style with And Now For The Good News. This is her positivity prescription, showing us the green shoots of optimism and change forcing their way up and into the sunlight. From companies putting their employees’ happiness first to the AI technology teaching children with learning difficulties, Ruby talks to inspiring people and shows that the sun is still shining behind the clouds.

£14.99; hardback;

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We all thought we'd never dream of going back to Manderley again, didn't we? But a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1940 version of Daphne du Maurier's eerie tale of Rebecca hits the schedules on 21 October, directed by Ben Wheatley (Free Fire), co-written by Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Joe Shrapnel (Seberg) and Anna Waterhouse (The Aftermath) and starring Kristin Scott Thomas as the legendarily sinister Mrs Danvers.

Watch the trailer and prepare to be thrilled and chilled all over again...


The Roads Not Taken

Leo (Academy Award winner Javier Bardem), sick with an unknown illness, wrestles with dream-like glimpses of the lives he could’ve led, all the while his daughter (Elle Fanning) struggles to balance the necessity of her father’s care with her yearning to forge a path of her own. Director Sally Potter (Orlando, Ginger and Rosa) follows the two on a journey through New York City, and takes an uncompromising, heartfelt glimpse at two distinct lives bound together.

Book your tickets via The Little Theatre Cinema's website.



Innox Mills Market in Trowbridge offers a range of products, from handmade arts and crafts and vintage clothing to street food, fresh produce and West Country ale and cider. Running from 10am–4pm.


Unwind at The Gainsborough Bath Spa’s new yoga classes. Sessions start at 10am every Saturday and Sunday in The Chapel. The classes are complimentary for guests and £12 for non-guests.


Support your local independents and buy farm-fresh local produce at Bath Farmer's Market this weekend. Running every Saturday at Green Park Station from 9am-1.30pm.


Browse 44AD Gallery's latest exhibition, A Kind of Music. Enjoy the brilliant works of Tony Martin and Martin Cody in their ongoing series of drawings and paintings.

Save the date...

In celebration of Wiltshire Music Centre’s reopening, which took place on 1 September, the centre plans to host a FREE community concert, featuring performances by many of the local groups who work out of the centre.

Join Tanya’s Home Clearing Club on 1 October. A 49-day online programme for women that run their own businesses.

The Bath Sakya Buddhist Group will open its doors again on 6 October at the Museum of Bath at Work, welcoming anyone new to, interested in, or familiar with meditation and Buddhism.


Joanna Heptinstall

In the midst of this challenging time it’s uplifting to read about a local success story in the world of traditional crafts. The Traditional Upholstery School in the leafy Wiltshire countryside near Bradford on Avon has settled into an impressive new home, surrounded by rolling farmland. Emma Clegg met master craftswoman Joanna Heptinstall who is teaching her skills to others.

Read our full interview with Joanna here


Attwood Apartments, Rockery Park, Combe Down

A unique and beautifully appointed three-bedroomed apartment set within charming mature gardens with south facing private terrace. The apartment boasts a large open-plan living area with high-spec stylish kitchen and space to dine. The beautifully presented sitting room leads out on to the fabulous balcony, perfect for alfresco dining. There are two bedrooms, a study/third bedroom, one with en-suite, a family bathroom and a utility room. Attwood Apartments is in a secure gated development each enjoying private parking and a garage. This property comes very highly recommended and early viewing is essential. On the market at £650,000.

For further details visit The Apartment Company:

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