Combe Grove Restaurant - Bath

Situated just 10 minutes from the centre of Bath, guests visiting Combe Grove are certainly guaranteed a peaceful, relaxing stay, thanks to its quiet, rural location. This super stylish, stately Grade II-listed country-house hotel, is set within 70 acres of woodland and gardens, and overlooks the picturesque Limpley Stoke Valley. Combe Grove first opened its doors as a hotel and health club in the early 1970's. More recently, in June 2015, the property was acquired by experienced hoteliers Rebecca Whittington and Simon Baldwin, who immediately began to work their magic on restyling and refurbishing bedrooms and public areas within the hotel. Elegant, contemporary spaces have been creatively redesigned and lovingly updated for guests to enjoy and unwind in. Hallways and rooms are adorned in vibrant, bold works of art, and striking sculptures stand on display in the corridors. Completely new to the Combe Grove experience, I was excited to discover all of the delights that hide behind its honey-hued Bath stone exterior, when I was recently invited in to review their dinner menu and cocktails at the house bar...

Winding our way towards the hotel which is perched high up on Brassknocker Hill, Scott and I visited on a Friday evening in January. We headed straight to the newly refurbished cocktail bar, to be welcomed by a friendly barman. He kindly whisked us up some delicious fruity cocktails...

Whilst admiring the copper topped bar and trendy fixtures and fittings, we were presented with the evening menu...

The seasonal menu was wonderfully varied and featured far too many delicious choices!

Soon it was time to head through to the restaurant and sample the evening's tasty offerings from Head Chef, Leigh Evans, who previously headed up the kitchen at The Chequers Bath. To begin, we shared a mini whole wheat loaf which arrived with a cheese and pickle butter...

Swiftly followed by a glass of Cabernet Shiraz and and an Albariño white, which we toasted under the decorative vaulted ceiling...

Scott started with 'Pigeon' (£8) which came with a gorgeous combination of black pudding, granola oats, orange, caramel, peas and crunchy chicory.

Having eyed up the scallops, I couldn't wait to dive into these beauties! Perfectly plump 'Seared Scallops' (£12) served with crispy smoked ham hock, a creamy cauliflower purée, black treacle, thinly sliced Granny Smith apples and curry powder.

Next up, a vegetarian option for myself (which I rarely pick from the menu) but the 'Crispy Hen's Egg' (£12) served with caramelised butternut squash, homemade potato gnocchi, pickled mushrooms, Grana Padano cheese crisps and fried sage, sounded too tempting not to try...

A decadent, rich dish which would rival any meaty main Scott opted for!

Speaking of Scott's main, he tried the 'Plaice' (£20) which was encased in lardo and parsley, and served alongside a crispy ox cheek ball, a beef dripping mash (oh yes!) and fresh girolle mushrooms.

Food envy?! I am feeling hungry again just revisiting the photos!

We concluded our candlelit meal on a sweet note. I chose the delicious 'Clove Panna Cotta' (£9) which had a wonderful seasonal combination of Bramley apples, cinnamon crumble, fudge and fresh blackberries. The portion size was very generous, so I would suggest sharing between two!

Scott went for the 'Dark Chocolate Mousse' (£9); served with clementines, pistachio sponge, malted milk ice cream and bitter orange. 

Chocolate heaven!

Each course was as delicious as the last and the service was welcoming and attentive throughout. An absolute gem in the Somerset countryside which is well worth a visit!

I would like to thank Combe Grove Hotel for kindly inviting us for the evening.

For all the details regarding dining or staying there, please check out their website