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No 15 Great Pulteney Bath Review 18th March 2017

 No 15 Great Pulteney Street Bath Review
No 15 Great Pulteney is Bath’s newest boutique hotel, all at once both disarmingly elegant and chic; we arrived to have supper in Café 15, their restaurant, and were very sorry not to be checking in for the night too. The bar was buzzing with life and the interior decor smart and quirky, an avid collector of object d’art has passed this way and there’s plenty to amuse and surprise, on trend but with a unique twist.

The restaurant is in the basement, comfortable leather chairs and wooden tables are surrounded by an apothecary’s delight of antique bottles and jars arranged in cabinets lining the walls; I was charmed to see an ancient tincture that I remember living at the back of my granny’s medicine cabinet preserved and back-lit to great effect. This all gives a jolly atmosphere which we liked and was a good start to the evening.

The menu is light, along the lines of tapas but something more. There is a selection of small plates to start, all inventively put together – try cod brandade fritters with tomato and cumin vinaigrette or baba ganoush and homemade hummus – we decided to share a trio of pesto with a selection of breads. To follow to get in touch with my inner vegetarian I ordered pici pasta with fresh tomatoes, char-grilled courgette, pecorino cheese and gremolata, and my guest chose pan fried gilt head bream with tender stem broccoli, orange and almonds, and skin-on seasoned fries on the side.

The trio of pesto proved an instant hit; we particularly enjoyed the one with the sun dried tomato, and it made the perfect starter to our meal. The main courses arrived well presented in shallow china dishes, the fries coming with neat little ramekins of tomato sauce and mayonnaise for dipping. I liked my pasta very much, tip-top fresh ingredients expertly combined and I felt very virtuous for eating such a healthy option on a Saturday night. The bream was cooked perfectly and the orange and almonds gave it that little extra edge.

So to puddings, who could resist half a dozen (or a dozen for the very wicked) freshly baked Madeleines with chocolate dip? Happily I didn’t and I have to tell you this is the ultimate romantic dessert : dip a tiny meltingly warm shell-shaped piece of light and fluffy sponge into a bowl of liquid chocolate and share – perfect heaven. But it is a very good idea if you’ve checked in for the night beforehand…… My guest had the lemon posset with pistachio and almond granola which was lovely but not so much fun!

We had a lovely evening, the experience made all the more enjoyable by the excellent and friendly service, attention to detail and the interesting surroundings.

Jacquie Vowles

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