Checking In: The Queensberry Hotel Bath
Packing my weekend bag, I couldn’t wait to jump on a train to London, hop over to Paddington and alight a train to the wonderful city of Bath. I’d only been to Bath once previously, this was circa 2015 for a spontaneous overnight stay with my partner Charlie. It was one of those rare occasions where I fell in love with the area instantly. Generally, when I visit somewhere new it takes me around 24 hours to decide whether I’m feeling it. I instantly adored Bath, as I did with Rome, Lisbon and Copenhagen. This time around I was heading away with my mum to check into The Queensberry Hotel, and dine in their highly regarded Michelin star restaurant, The Olive Tree.
The Queensberry Hotel is an independent boutique hotel, situated in the heart of Bath. We arrived at Bath Spa Station and decided to walk to the hotel considering it was such a beautiful day and less than a mile away. We were greeted by very friendly and welcoming staff at the hotel’s entrance and shown to our room. The door opened to a beautiful haven, the sunshine was shining in and I shouted an internal ‘YES’. A hotel room with fantastic natural lighting, hoorah! A travel blogger dream.
The hotel itself is spread over four Georgian townhouses, it’s truly stunning and both the architecture and interiors are very impressive. There are 29 rooms, each of which are individually decorated which I just love. The Circus is just around the corner, and the famous Royal Crescent is a short five-minute walk away.
I can’t quite express just how beautiful our hotel room was. I loved the soft neutrals, and modern style yet still managing to retain a traditional and luxurious feel. For me, cleanliness is a big issue (I will trawl TripAdvisor reviews to make sure where I’m booking is scored highly on cleanliness) and I can confirm that The Queensberry was immaculate. So far, so very good. Welcoming staff and a beautiful hotel room in an ideal location for exploring the city.
We were invited to sample the food in the hotel’s restaurant, it’s the only Michelin star restaurant in the city! Under the direction of Chris Cleghorn, the restaurant offers a combination of classic flavours with modern cooking techniques. I was a little worried being vegan that I would be a pain, but to my delight the restaurant offers a seven-course vegan tasting menu. Heaven. The service in the restaurant was impeccable from start to finish, and the manager, Owen Farr, was extremely welcoming and lovely to talk to. The attention to detail was out of this world and made for a fantastic evening, we were there for three hours devouring all seven courses.
The dishes were simply gorgeous, and both my mum and I (both vegans) agreed it was the best vegan food we’d ever eaten. Neither of us are huge fans of mock meats, and much prefer to eat vegan meals that have been made using vegetables. There’s no doubt that the kitchen team are extremely talented, and certainly deserve that Michelin star! Whether you’re a vegan or not, I would 100% recommend making a booking at The Olive Tree. If you’re opting for the seven-course, be sure to have a clear schedule for the rest of the night! This is an experience, not a quick dinner.
At breakfast, we were greeted with a vegan menu, much to our delight. Usually I’m left with dry toast and a piece of fruit, they even had vegan butter which is a rarity! The tofu was particularly delicious and gave us an energy boost for another busy day exploring the city. At the end of the day we retreated back to The Queensberry to relax before heading back to London, and discovered the beautiful courtyard which is a real bonus if you’re staying over the summer. We flopped down on one of the comfy outdoor sofas and sat listening to the birds chirping in the trees under the evening sun, bliss!
I couldn’t fault The Queensberry in any way, the service, room, location and food were all excellent and provided a welcoming stay where nothing ever feels like too much trouble. Thank you to the wonderful staff at The Queensberry Hotel, we had a fabulous stay.
Visit their website to find out more and book your stay at The Queensberry Hotel.