I recently had the pleasure of visiting the historic city of Bath, England. I expected to learn all about the Roman baths, I expected to see some stunning Georgian architecture… what I did not expect to do was eat one of the most amazing meals of my life at Acorn Restaurant, Bath. The UK’s first vegan restaurant to be recognised by the Michelin Guide 2019.
As a gluten-free vegan, going out to eat isn’t always easy. I would normally have to call the restaurants in advance to warn them, or pick somewhere that can cater to my requirements. This is easy to navigate whilst in London, but not so much when travelling. In Bath, and to my delight, we found the perfect place to cater to my awkwardness and the food was just so impeccable that I felt like it warranted a full review.
Acorn Restaurant Bath
|Address||2 North Parade Passage, Bath BA1 1NX, |
|Telephone||+44 1225 446059|
Nestled in a small alley off an unassuming square moments from the Roman Baths and the Cathedral, I almost missed Acorn. For ease of finding it, Acorn Restaurant is located just by Sally Lunn’s Historic Eating House and Museum. Signage for the restaurant was discreet, and it wasn’t until I glanced at the menu that I realised I was in luck – not just vegetarian, but an entirely plant-based restaurant with a tasting menu!
I thought I’d feature this place because it’s often that plant-based restaurants struggle to deliver on taste and fail to justify the price tag. That being said, I absolutely want to give credit where it is due! Acorn managed to produce a high quality, tasty and delicate meal at a relatively reasonable price tag. It is not high-street cheap, but not Michelin star expensive either. I was so impressed that I actually bought the book – Plants Taste Better – written by Acorn’s award-winning chef Richard Buckley (who also happens to have a degree in English!). I’ve left a link here but you can also buy it at the restaurant itself if you plan on visiting.
The restaurant itself was small, not necessarily cozy, but intimate and characterful. We opted for a tasting menu, tasting eight individual dishes -four dishes each, priced at GBP38 per person. We naturally added on some wine plus a dessert to share.
Acorn Restaurant Menu
This is more than enough for two people for a leisurely lunch, so three or four dishes including dessert is the sweet spot for a date night dinner. You can find their current menu by clicking here. The online Acorn Restaurant menu doesn’t include pictures, but I’ve got you covered. The images below provide a guide to all the dishes that we ate with the title of the dish in the caption.
The dishes themselves were seasonal, based on available vegetables, and the menu had only just changed from the last of the summer vegetables to the first of the autumn crops – beetroot, squash, Jerusalem artichoke, lentils, earthy mushrooms. The dishes are simple in terms of the ingredients, limited to three or four main elements, but a number of preparations and textures in the dishes really serve to elevate the simple flavours and improve the experience.
The kitchen produces most of its items in-house – in particular, it makes its own nut milks and products to add to the dishes – including a tangy nut butter to supplement your bread instead of actual butter.
We left with our bellies full, but without that comfortable feeling of having eaten far too much. The food overall was light, flavourful and to me just really clever and unique. It takes true talent to be able to create such exquisite plates of food, whilst using the most humble of ingredients.
Have you visited Acorn Restaurant whilst in Bath? I’d love to hear your own personal views!
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