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The Bird, Bath
This Victorian mansion near Bath's city centre has recently been given a new lease of life as a vibrantly-furnished boutique hotel, with its unusual name reflected in the art and artefacts. The 31 bedrooms come in a wide range of shapes and sizes, and are individually decorated with bold pieces of art and soft furnishings. Many have far-reaching views across the city, and all have access to a complimentary larder of snacks and soft drinks. Hearty, accomplished and great-value food is on offer in Plate, with the restaurant's emphasis squarely on local West Country ingredients. An elaborate outdoor terrace is used in summer and winter for eating and drinking. It's a lovely 10-minute walk into the centre of Bath along Great Pulteney Street, the city's grandest Georgian street.
We love the walk into the city centre, along Great Pulteney Street - Bath's most memorable Georgian street - and over the landmark Pulteney Bridge.
The Bird is just outside Bath city centre with Henrietta Park and Sydney Gardens nearby.
By car: the hotel is just 40 mins from Bristol, around 2 hours from Southampton or Coventry, and 2 hours 30 mins from London. There is private parking on-site costing £15 per day.
By train: Bath Spa station is a 15-minute walk or 5-minute taxi ride away, serviced by trains from London Paddington (1 hour 20 mins), Portsmouth Harbour (2 hours 15 mins) and Cardiff Central (1 hour). thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Those who love slightly quirky and arty hotels, and who are after somewhere with enticing on-site food and drink options. All the avian references - from birds in flight on the building's exterior, to bird-decorated crockery in the reception and bedroom key fobs with bird cages.
Service & Facilities
Extras such as a daily news sheet - The Daily Squawk, A Bird's Eye View of Bath - and the parting gift of homemade biscuits. Pets are welcome. There's a charge of £25 per night, but that includes a gift in the room.
- Free Wi-Fi
Number 28 is our favourite room: spacious, with good views and a fabulous pretty-in-pink bathroom with a roll-top bath and giant, walk-in rainforest shower. Resident guests have free access to a communal pantry stocked with biscuits, sweets, soft drinks and fresh milk for teas and coffees.
Comfy, Comfy Luxe, Splendid, Splendid Luxe, Feature, Feature Hot Tub
Facilities include: ensuite with rain shower, Malin & Goetz toiletries, hairdryer, dressing table, TV, free Wi-Fi, bottled water, Nespresso machine
Food & Drink
We loved breakfast. Under Covid arrangements, instead of a buffet you're served a splendid 'Somerset board' to share, with pastries, pots of fresh fruit, yoghurt, muesli. Our favourite dish on the dinner menu was the silky smooth chicken liver parfait - one of the substantial 'West Country tapas' served as starters.
Plate: local produce, modern British cuisine, small plates, outdoor dining. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Large plates from £16, three-course set menu £25.