Whether you're looking for street acts and big name brands or catching an exhibition and a stroll around the Abbey, it goes without saying you're going to want to eat lunch in the fabulous city of Bath.
But with a demographic that spans from loveable Bath eccentrics (complete with ruffles and tail coats) to the thriving student population, there's a whole host of eateries to suit every taste - pun intended. I've chosen three high flyers.
In such a well-to-do city - especially one with world heritage site status - tourists are a given. And where there are tourists there are high prices. This Georgian beauty of a City is no exception, and this article is written with that in mind.
The Pump Rooms
If you're looking to indulge your early afternoon appetite somewhere that is quintessentially Bath, then Pump Rooms will be perfect for you.
Situated adjacent the historic roman baths, this neo-classical dining space is one to feast your eyes on and not just your stomach. Surrounded by high ceilings and Georgian gorgeousness you can really start to feel like you could be one of Jane Austen's mates. Serving morning coffee from 09.30 until 12, lunch 12 until 2.30pm, and afternoon tea 2.30 until 5.00pm the Pump Rooms hasn't got the largest menu as each meal time slot offers a different selection, and fussy eaters may struggle here. However, the lunch menu does have some mouth-watering classic dishes and a considerable effort has been made to source locally. You can even take a glass of the spring waters direct from the bath springs fountain (it doesn't get much more local than that!) which, in the olden days, was considered good for one's health and disposition.
The fountain at the Pump Rooms
Pros: Gorgeous architecture and a genuine cultural feel. When in the Roman baths, do as the Romans do. Cons: At £13 for an open sandwich, your wallet might prefer if you choose one of the 'light lunches'.
The Raven in Bath is what most would consider a 'proper' pub. Hidden down Queens Street, this pub might not register on your radar as somewhere good to eat - but as soon as you try it you'll never forget it.
Cosy and inviting, and just the right amount of raven related stuff on the walls, this pub serves (nearly) nothing but pies - and with a seasonal and constantly changing menu from Bristol's 'Pieminsters', this pub is definitely the place to get a hearty meal. Choose from chips or mash – standard - but also a more unusual selection of fillings, (which in the past have included The Matador with steak, olives and chorizo or the delectable vegetarian Heidi Pie with goat's cheese, sweet potato and spinach) and you even get a choice of three different gravies.
For those looking for something less pastry-based there is a handful of non-pie options under "Others", including some really formidable pates.
A mouthwatering Raven pie
Pros: friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere, great staff and fantastic value for money with a huge pie, chips/mash/salad for £8.80 no matter what the filling.
Cons: subject to lunch hour rush (because it's so good!) and they stop serving food between 2.30pm and 5.00pm.
7 Queen Street, Bath
The Whole Bagel
The Whole Bagel is "Bath's first Bagel shop", but even if it wasn't, it would be blowing the others out of the water. Tiny but modern inside, this quick-stop sandwich place is everything you always wanted Subway to be - but with bagels. Using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, The Whole Bagel puts a whole bunch of crunch and munch into lunch. It's also good to see a sandwich shop straying away from cheese and onion and tuna mayo - and though TWB does offer the original flavours you'd expect from a bagel dispensary (cream cheese is an elementary choice) they also have a very interesting selection anyway, not to mention the Gourmet range.
They also stock gluten free bread and seeing as your bagel is filled right in front of you, the staff have no problem omitting problem ingredients or adding in extras if you ask.