Treat yourself to an indulgement afternoon, tasting Baths finest guilty pleasures, meeting the cities great artisan producers and a behind the scenes look at many of Baths best foodie hotspots. Don’t miss out on this food tour!
Savouring Bath food tours are all about finding the cities best culinary delights from local, independent purveyors. I was really excited to join the press preview of the NEW “Guilty Pleasures” Savouring Bath tour. As soon as I heard the name I thought this would be a fantastic tour since the city has SO many great foodie sites. Plus I am HUGE CHOCOHOLIC, so this is right up my street!
So where to start, even as a Bath resident I know I didn’t know of EVERY foodie hotspot in town… and I was right! After attending this tour I found so many more amazing stores/cafes/restaurants I had never been to and learnt some much about the behind the scenes production.
As the name suggests this tour is all about the food/drink we categorise as a “guilty pleasure”. Our enthusiastic, very informative tour guide Mike led us to the lesser known locations in Bath, taking us to the cities hidden artisan hotspots. We visited nine different outlets, tasting their best products and some specially curated samples. The tastings were both food and drink, and a mixture sweet and savoury treats.
QUICK OVERVIEW: Who are Savouring Bath?
This foodie tour company in Bath is all about highlighting and celebrating the city’s food revival in artisan produce.
Founded in 2016 by US born Jennifer Dugdale. She couldn’t understand why there was nobody offering regular tasting tours to Bath’s visitors, around the city’s incredible and unique food artisans, and so quickly set up Savouring Bath to plug a gap in the city’s tourism sector.
From 2017 Mike took over the company with his partner Mark, after Jennifer headed back to France.
sharing Bath’s incredible culinary history and the wonderful foods and artisans who continue to keep Bath firmly placed on the UK’s foodie trail.
The first food tours were “Food Heroes” & “Local Flavours”
This tour was fantastic! I would definitely book it again!
This tour focused on my favourite food/drink type – GUILTY PLEASURES! From chocolate, meats, teas, wines and cheeses – this tour gives you the chance of fully indulge for the afternoon. We were told to eat light before we arrived and that was definitely a good idea – there were a great amount of tastings over the 3-hour tour.
Something different to the traditional tourist spots in Bath. Walking down the quirky backstreets of Bath, finding hidden gems and culinary delights.
THIS TOUR MADE YOU FEEL PART OF BATHS ARTISAN COMMUNITY
We were introduced to local producers/traders, hearing their food stories and understanding the story behind their independent stores. They all had an interesting story to tell, whether it was bringing new flavours to the city from other countries or talking about their specialism and bespoke production of their products. Each producer projected a great sense of pride about their business.
All of this made it feel very special and unique to any other food tour as you really felt involved in Baths artisan culture.
At one of the tasting stops we were introduced a very talented producer – the second person to win the prestigious ‘Roux Scholarship’.
I had a go at blowtorching the top of this lemon meringue pie. I felt the pressure, not only because of everyone in the group watching, BUT THE FACT THAT THERE WAS A ROUX SCHOLAR STOOD RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!
Mike (tour guide) was great and full enthusiasm. He had plenty of historical and foodie knowledge about the city. Whilst walking around the quirky backstreets Mike provided us with facts about Baths food history and great anecdotes. I learnt variety of interesting facts, facts that aren’t the traditional things you here on other tours in Bath.
He also kept each food stop a mystery, so you wouldn’t know where he would be taking you next.
“…We’ll take you to all the places where you’d love to go and indulge on a daily basis but really feel you shouldn’t!!”
Mike also gave us a selection of restaurant recommendations, pointing out the hidden gems that serve great food. Many of these are family-run restaurants, which would definitely give you a much more personal experience when eating out in Bath.
IS THIS TOUR FOR YOU?
I would really recommend going on AT LEAST ONE of Savouring Bath tours. If you are new to Bath then it’s a MUST, to cover so many important foodie hotspots in Bath – some of which are the hidden little gems which many tourists wouldn’t stumble across. AND even if you live in Bath then it’s worth booking too, you’ll be surprised with how many things you might miss if you live in Bath. It’s great to have a few hours to fully take in and immerse yourself in Baths foodie artisan world.
Even as a resident of Bath I felt like a tourist in my own city, realising there were so many eateries/stores I hadn’t even noticed.
These tours are all about celebrating the best in Bath – the best products, makers and producers in the city. Allowing you to be part of the amazing artisan culture. So if you are visiting Bath or want to plan a day out then I would highly recommend booking this tour! Who doesn’t want to end their week with GUILTY PLEASURE food and drink?
Thank you to Mike from SB for inviting me on this tour. It was a great afternoon with a lovely group of people and delicious Bath bites! I’ll be back for another tour soon!
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“There are always new tours in production, and the team & suppliers are currently working on a vegan tour, a sweet treats tour, full day tours of food producers in the local region, as well as upcoming combined food & pampering experiences!” Savouring Bath.
GUILTY PLEASURE TOUR INFORMATION: Tour Duration – 3 hours | Price per person – £35 Operating capacity – min 2 participants, max 10 participants Public tour schedule – Thursdays & Fridays at 2pm For a minimum of 4 participants, this tour can run on request (Monday to Friday afternoons only).