Friday, 4 December 2015

Bath Christmas Market – Only One Week Left

The Bath Christmas Market’s 170+ wooden chalets opened their doors up to shoppers at 10am on November 26th, and from that very first moment the city has been alive with shoppers and sight-seers alike. Bath’s market is always popular but this year it really has gone the extra mile to bring Scandinavian festivity to the city. We took a trip around the market and these are a few of the things we were delighted to find.

1.      Tasters! 
A lot of the stalls in the market are foody stalls and, even better, most of them offer free samples. Wandering around we’ve tasted Cheddar cheese that’s been aged in the Cheddar Gorge itself, handmade chocolate orange chocolate brownies (we were also really impressed with their ginger chocolate brownies), tots of Bath Ale, cured sausages, clotted cream fudge (and sea salted caramel fudge, and coffee fudge, and even strawberry fudge (practically every flavour was covered), and, of course, Christmas puddings. We could have quite easily had an entire meal consisting only of free tasters, and been very happy with it too.

2.      The Lodge
Except that if we’d properly filled up on tasters then we wouldn’t have had room left to eat in the Lodge. New this year is the huge rustic snow lodge which has been built on the Stall Street side of the Pump Rooms. When you want to take the weight off your feet for a bit after all of your exploring then the Lodge is a great place to go. 10a.m.-10p.m. they’re serving heart-warming food, hot drinks, cakes and local ales in a setting that will make you feel as if you’ve just come in off the slopes.  

3.      The Apres Ski Bar 
Close to Bath Rugby’s Recreation Ground, the Apres Ski Bar is another Alpine escape to visit. It has snow on the roof, wooly blankets to snuggle up in (not that it’s been very cold recently!) and ski boot drinks that we’re yet to sample. At night the Ski Bar has it’s own resident DJ so you can go and dance the night away in style.

4.      Last but not least - no more loo-queues
Ever practical this year the organisers have arranged for extra free and pleasant facilities to be around the market. Not a portaloo or a queue in sight.

Bath is in its element at the moment. Our city is thriving with energy and atmosphere, and so if you’re thinking of visiting a Christmas market this year we really do recommend that you choose Bath. Come and stay with us at Dukes Hotel (we’re only five minutes level walk from the city centre and Bath’s Christmas Market) and let us get you in the Christmas spirit. Bring on the mince pies and mulled wine! 

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