Bistro chic in Bath
The Beckford Bottle Shop has been popular with Bath locals and in‑the‑know visitors since it was established in 2015. However, the buzz around the bistro and wine merchant went stratospheric in 2022 following two events: a glowing review by The Guardian critic Jay Rayner and winning Best Restaurant in the Food Reader Awards.
Part of The Beckford Group (a small collection of quality pubs and restaurants in Somerset and Wiltshire), Beckford Bottle Shop specialises in doing simple things well. In the restaurant, a superb collection of wines from the adjoining bottle shop complements artisan cheeses, charcuterie boards and small plates crafted from seasonal and local produce.
Head chef James Harris doesn’t overcomplicate dishes, opting for flavour over frills. Expect ingredient‑led small plates which put West Country produce front and centre – think Bath chaps with Bramley apple, and cured ChalkStream trout with fennel and wild garlic flowers.
The effortlessly cool setting makes the perfect backdrop for all manner of occasions – from impromptu lunches to milestone celebrations. In summer, graze on local charcuterie and wines by the glass under the alfresco awning. On colder days, retreat to the basement dining room where low lighting, dark wood and original features make for an alluring dinner destination.