No.15 Great Pulteney – Bath, Somerset
This is a fabulous, on-the-pulse address from seasoned hoteliers Ian and Christa Taylor, with a small, yet wonderfully eccentric, spa and an informal restaurant. There are light dishes, afternoon tea and cocktails (each one described on a playing card, so you can knock back negronis while playing Racing Demon) in both the ground floor Bar 15 and basement Cafe 15. But what really distinguishes this gem is its quirky looks, magnificent attention to detail and various collections of kaleidoscopes, shells, snuff bottles, jewellery, chandeliers and much, much more. Be sure to check out the Ladies and Gents – fabulous. It’s all rather spicy for Bath, in a lighthearted and playful way. Bedrooms, many designed by Martin Hulbert (and others by the Taylors themselves), are fun and romantic, while Cafe 15, done up to resemble an old apothecary, is an engaging spot for breakfast. As for stately Great Pulteney Street, it’s one of the neoclassical wonders of the Georgian city.
Wander to the end of the road to see the famed historic Pulteney Bridge and weir and don’t miss the Victoria Art Gallery opposite with its 1,500 decorative arts treasures, including a selection of British oil paintings from the 17th century to the present day.
Anything cooked by head chef Marcus Bradley. We’d recommend the panko king prawn and squid with miso mayo and gochujang chili sauce or the bang bang chicken salad. And to drink, our Forager’s Fizz, a mix of cherry vodka, elderflower cordial and champagne is a must-try.
A No.15 candle, to help transport you back to the wonderfully restful Martin Hulbert designed sitting rooms every time you light it.