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09 Jun, 2009

The Hole in the Wall Restaurant

Posted by: Wen Ching In: United Kingdom|Western Food

In our previous post on Bath, we have introduced Sally Lunn’s bun. This time around, we’ll bring you to modern British food in the Hole in the Wall restaurant.

Before lunch, we were sight-seeing around Bath to capture some photos. From afar, you can see Pulteney Bridge which crosses River Avon.

A panoramic view of the Royal Crescent.

Jane Austen is Bath’s most famous resident. The Jane Austen Centre offers a snapshot of her life during Regency times and explores how the city affected her life and writing.

A performer was playing music on his violin in front of the Roman Bath.

The entrance of the restaurant which does look a little like a hole in the wall.

We read about this restaurant from the internet on the day before our visit to Bath, heard about their two course award winning lunches and decided to pay them a visit. The restaurant has been established for 60 years, one of the oldest restaurants in Bath.

The ambience is perfect for a quiet lunch or dinner. It was dim and comfortable, somewhere to sit back and relax to have a good meal.

After placing our orders, we were served with bread and butter to satisfy our starving tummies.

We ordered a two course lunch and a three course lunch, both priced at £9.95 and £13.95 each. For the starters, we have opted for their homemade slow-roasted tomato and basil soup. We love this. It tasted fantastic, very flavourful and sour with subtle aroma of basil leaves.

We also had a chicken liver and brandy parfait with apple chutney and Melba toast as our starter. The thick chicken liver tasted quite good, the texture was smooth, rich and creamy. It was tastier when eaten with the apple chutney, which was tangy and sweet. The Melba toast was good too, simple, nice and crispy.

As for our mains, we had a pan fried loin of pork steak on mashed potatoes with green peppercorn and garlic sauce. We enjoyed this as well, the meat was on the dry side, but the peppercorn and garlic sauce complemented the pork steak very well, adding to it a sense of smoothness and creaminess. Occasionally biting into the green peppercorns gave us a tinge of excitement. The mashed potatoes tasted light and creamy, it was good.

Instead of choosing salmon and prawns as we would usually do, we felt adventurous to try out something new to us – roasted beetroot and goats cheese risotto with parmigiano reggiano and sour cream. The risotto was rich, creamy and cheesy. Even so, it wasn’t overwhelmingly strong and delicious to the last bite.

We ended our meal with local cheeses with home-made chutney and Bath Olivers. We were served with 2 types of cheese, Stilton and Cheddar cheese. Both cheeses went really well with the biscuits. But unfortunately, we were too full to finish our dessert due to the heavy starters and mains.

Service was good, people are generally very friendly in Bath, which is why we like Bath a lot. It might be pricey to dine in this restaurant in the evening, to avoid burning a hole in your pocket, it is advisable to visit the restaurant in the afternoon for its 2 course lunch. For more information, please visit their website here. We had a great experience in Bath, do visit Bath if you happen to visit the UK.

Restaurant Information
16 George Street,
Bath BA1 2EN,
United Kingdom.
Tel: 01225425242

21 Responses to "The Hole in the Wall Restaurant"

1 | J2Kfm

June 10th, 2009 at 1:26 am


cool header! hahaha.. the Beans look kinda cute, descending ladders and all.

2 | Selba

June 10th, 2009 at 1:36 am



Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! :)

I want to move to UK! *sobs*

3 | Sean

June 10th, 2009 at 2:08 am


interesting restaurant! looks a bit dodgy on the outside but very nice interior! the parfait looks really mouthwatering and generously sliced. beetroot and goat cheese risotto also sounds fascinating … i've never had that combo before! 😀

4 | Simon Seow

June 10th, 2009 at 3:51 am


Bath. My sis went there before, very beautiful.

5 | Tummythoz

June 10th, 2009 at 3:52 am


Roasted beetroot and goats cheese risotto sounds exotic to me. Don't think I'll be that daring to order it.

6 | 追梦者

June 10th, 2009 at 4:00 am


Very nice place.. and food as well.

7 | ai wei

June 10th, 2009 at 4:48 am


i love the restaurant. though it is alreayd 60 years old but it doesnt seems old. hehe, u guys having full course dinner wor. does ys likes them? he is more into asian food hor?

love the pictures, good job, esiong. and love ur writing too, wenching. ^^

8 | PureGlutton

June 10th, 2009 at 8:23 am


Such an unusual name! and looks so quaint, both inside and outside! Nice pics!

9 | fufu

June 10th, 2009 at 10:25 am


love the first picture of the river avon and then the royal crescent… i only travelled around london and cambridge when i was in london 2yrs ago… well i wanna try the soup too!! =p you have a nicer blog here

10 | Sugar Bean

June 10th, 2009 at 12:30 pm


J2Kfm, haha, thanks! It's as though the Beans are trying to fix the header. :)

Selba, thank you! A visit would be good, but moving here is a little different. Sometimes we found it a little boring here.

Sean, the goat cheese risotto served was delicious. There should be restaurants serving it in KL I suppose. The chicken liver and brandy parfait was good too. Haha, yeah, the exterior doesn't look as good as the inside.

Simon Seow, oh, really? Guess she like it there. Yeah, Bath is really beautiful.

Tummythoz, at first we were hesitating to order, but when we eaten it, it doesn't seem very different. Just slightly cheesy, it was good. Do check them out if you have the chance.

追梦者, yeah, we had a pleasant lunch there.

ai wei, thanks! Yeah, guess they maintained it well. Not too many Asian food here, ys have to eat them. Haha, no, he's enjoying them too.

PureGlutton, thanks! The restaurant is 60 years old, guess that's why it's quaint. We like the interior of the restaurant.

fufu, thanks for the compliment! London and Cambridge are good tourist spots too. Enjoyed your stay in the UK? :)

11 | thenomadGourmand

June 11th, 2009 at 12:42 am


so english (duuhh..i knw i knw its Bath 😉 )!!
I think the prices r ok…for a quality and portion they served..liked the variety available. Good thing u tried the ricotta!

12 | Little Inbox

June 11th, 2009 at 2:38 am


Wow! Nice view! The sky is so blue.

13 | Christy

June 11th, 2009 at 3:59 am


What a unique name!!! Haha, you had me there =)

I love UK…oh my, I'd love to stay at the Jane Austen's centre, I love her=)

Great food and the pics just make me wanna fly there immediately…bad lar, tempting me right now…no mood dy, thinking of vacation..LOL=P

14 | Sabrella

June 11th, 2009 at 5:08 am


很美的照片….and many delicious food

15 | mimid3vils

June 11th, 2009 at 6:57 am


The risotto definitely very fulling with all those creamy cheese~~ :)

16 | 丁丁

June 11th, 2009 at 7:49 am


wa~so jealous n dilicious~^^

17 | fufu

June 11th, 2009 at 11:41 am


yeah had a fun time in london =p

18 | 七仔 CJ

June 11th, 2009 at 11:44 am


Visit u~~
U and fufu can bcome family dy,
both of u travel and write everything u experince..
btw, thx for sharing!
Nice blog. =)

19 | 3ugene

June 11th, 2009 at 1:17 pm


great blog!
nice food alwayz came with little serve….

20 | wmw

June 11th, 2009 at 6:36 pm


Hey there! Nice new look….love travel pics, great ones you posted here.

21 | Sugar Bean

June 11th, 2009 at 10:11 pm


thenomadGourmand, haha, Bath is very English indeed. Yeah, it's nice to be adventurous, get to try new stuff. Yeah, although it's expensive, it's really a great dining experience.

Little Inbox, yeah, we were so glad that the weather was so good the other day! Sunny day without rain! ^^

Christy, oh, if you like Jane Austen's then you really should visit the Jane Austen's centre. No worries, I'm sure you can take some time off to travel.

Sabrella, thank you. It was a pleasant trip, with nice view and good food. :)

mimid3vils, you're so right. The risotto was really filling that we can't even finish our dessert.

丁丁, yeah, the food was good. Do visit UK when you have the chance. :)

fufu, glad you enjoyed it. ^^

七仔 CJ, thank you! Haha, I think fufu traveled more than we do. Thanks for visiting.

3ugene, thanks for visiting! :)

wmw, thanks for the compliment! Bath is a nice place for photography.

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