Cafe 15, No. 15 Great Pulteney - Bath
A luxury new boutique hotel set across not one but three iconic Georgian townhouses has set up home in Bath's iconic Great Pulteney Street. Opening its doors for the very first time earlier this month, No. 15 Great Pulteney promises a truly memorable stay...
Since it became pubic information that the iconic, grand thoroughfare of Great Pulteney Street would be welcoming a splendid new sleeping and eating destination, there has been much excitement, hype and anticipation mounting both locally and nationally. I have been very excited to explore what lies behind the elegant façade of this intriguing new boutique hotel...
Well, Scott and I gave ourselves the perfect excuse on Saturday. Craving a brief rest bite from Christmas shopping, we popped in for lunch at the smart, cosy, cool Cafe 15.
Located on the lower ground floor, Cafe 15 reveals delightful details every which way you look. A series of colourful aged apothecary bottles and curious collections fill the shelves of an old Chemist shop. Hanging vintage whisks provide visual points of interest, as does the faux fire that flickers brightly from a corner, and shiny bronze pots and kitchenware that glimmer and glisten from a mantlepiece...
Having been momentarily mesmerised by the eclectic mix of interiors, we soon set to work on the lunch menu. A tasty selection of starter options, mouth-watering mains and decadent desserts that use the finest artisanal products...
Before any final decisions were made, we ordered our drinks. Scott enjoyed an Italian 'Menabrea Lager ' (£4.50)...
... whilst I opted for a light and fruity; 'Fleur de Pays Rosé, Moulin de Gassac 2015' (£5.25 for 175 ml).
After a refreshing few sips, we settled on our starters. I couldn't wait to get stuck into the 'Courgette and Ricotta Fritters, Chorizo Jam and Seaweed Salad (£8.50).
Perfectly cooked, pillowy soft fritters that were creamy within and caramelised on the surface -having been slightly charred from the pan. The chorizo jam was a touch sweet and spicy and filled with delicious nuggets of chorizo and tomato. Nestled on a bed of fresh salad leaves, the dish was a great introduction to Cafe 15's skill and creativity.
For Scott, the 'Butterbean Purée, Roasted Cauliflower and Fried Duck Egg' (£8.50).
As usual, I couldn't resist digging in my fork! Gosh was it good! Simple ingredients cooked beautifully.
From starters to mains and the 'Porchetta with Green Sauce' (£14.50) for Scott.
An intense, herby green sauce which complimented the meat down to a 'T.' If you love pork, you will definitely find yourself in food heaven here! Juicy, tender, succulently cooked pork with a thick golden layer of fat and crispy crackling. I helped Scott indulge in every (other!) bite! This dish was an absolute cracker.
The pork comes with a generous mixed salad too.
More about that salad a little later on!
The 'Polenta Chips' (£3.50) are ordered as a side and absolutely worth doing so. Crunchy on the outside yet fluffy within. More of that please!
Back to the salad which I ordered as my main; 'Salad Selection' (£9.50).
Now then, this was no ordinary salad. Oh no. Slow-roasted butternut squash topped with freshly chopped herbs and spices, sweet pomegranate seeds, assorted heritage tomatoes, quinoa, bitter sweet chicory, rocket, fresh segments of strawberries, oranges and lemons! My only niggle would be to have had more of the dressing to coat all of the vegetables. However, that aside, it was such an exciting dish and one I would highly recommend choosing from the menu. Often salads can taste bland and almost as if they are an after thought in most cases. But, the experience I encountered with this 'Salad Selection' couldn't have been more pleasing!
We went in with full intentions of finishing with desserts, but the portion sizes were generous and hearty, so much so that we couldn't find room to squeeze in something sweet. However, by the look of their tempting menu, I don't think it will be long before we return!
The imaginative design and décor of No. 15 Great Pulteney was masterminded collaboratively by the hotel's owners; Ian and Christa Taylor, together with Martin Hulbert Design. This boutique townhouse hotel's personality is so unique and utterly charming that you almost wish you could keep it as a secret all to yourself! There are eye-catching collections of art at every turn, ensuring a stay no matter how long or short at No. 15 Great Pulteney will be a lasting one.
I don't want to give too much away if you haven't paid them a visit just yet, but what I will say is, make sure you check out the design of the reception desk... :)