Convivial dining in the heart of Bath
Corkage embodies the rustic charm of a continental neighbourhood bistro, exuding a cosy intimacy where you’re on first-name terms with the team and can ask questions without inhibition.
Originally a pop-up venture conceived by pals Richard Knighting and Marty Grant, it’s now one of Bath’s most coveted and award-winning dining destinations. The premise is simple: a rotation of seasonal plates paired with a handpicked curation of wines, available by the glass or bottle. If you’re bowled over by a particular drop, you can pick up a bottle to take home.
When the pair opened Corkage, they aimed to create a place of conviviality and conversation. Sharing is actively encouraged, so don’t be shy about ordering multiple plates from the creative line-up. Conveniently split into veggie, fish and meat dishes, the ever-evolving menu features the likes of salmon kilawin with crème fraîche, orange and radish, and charred tenderstem with yuzu dressing, cashew milk and brined grapes.
While the food is of an exceedingly high calibre (Richard has been a chef for over 20 years, having trained in Marco Pierre White and Jean-Georges Vongerichten kitchens in London), it’s taken to another level with the addition of Richard and Marty’s other love: wine. The duo’s oenophilia and instinct for pairing is exceptional, so take the opportunity to sample something new.
Trencherman’s tip: Visit on a Friday to enjoy a set lunch with a glass of house wine at £20 for two courses or £25 for three – best eaten alfresco in the expansive heated courtyard, where verdant foliage instantly transports guests to sunnier climes.
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