About Sarah F
Lives in Alicante, Spain
Since Oct 2008
I am a journalist and have been living in Spain for the past 10 years. I live in the Alicante region, which includes the Costa Blanca. As well as its gorgeous beaches, the region has many vibrant fiestas, great gastronomy including paella and the Denia red prawn, sports, mountains, waterfalls, natural parks, traditions and culture.
History Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Speciality Shops
Bars & Clubs
Bars & Clubs
Foodies and history lovers will enjoy the chance to try one of Sally Lunn’s world-famous buns in one of Bath's oldest buildings. Inside the 15th-century café and museum, you can see the original kitchen used by Sally Lunn more than 300 years ago. The recipe is still a well-kept secret to this day.
For a taste of local life, head for Green Park Station with its individual shops, restaurants, and markets — including a farmers market every Saturday selling local food and drinks. Stall holders vary at the market, but usually you can buy Bath soft cheese, organic vegetables, bread, meat, and pies. All are locally grown and delicious.
As its name implies, the Canary Gin Bar sells a wide variety of gins, including Bath Gin, which is only available in the city. The upstairs bar also does a very cool line of cocktails and martinis. This is a great place to meet friends before going on for a meal or to the theatre.
A good old-fashioned 16th-century pub, The Star Inn has a standing regular crowd and a lovely, friendly feel. It serves Abbey Ales from Bath and fresh rolls, as well as free bar snacks on Sunday.
Located in the centre of Bath, The Garricks Head is a pretty pub serving a good range of local real ales and ciders, as well as wines and spirits. The dining room uses the best regional produce to serve great pub food, including a Sunday roast lunch.
Located adjacent to the historic Roman Baths, the Pump Room provides a fine setting for a meal — but it's also an attraction in its own right. Built in 1795, this was a prime place to see and be seen in, and today it's still a classy, elegant affair, with a feel like something out of a Jane Austen novel. The modern British fare comes from renowned caterer Searcys, and the Pump Room Trio provides a classical music soundtrack to enhance your experience. You can have a full meal, or pop in for breakfast or a special afternoon tea.
Bath’s smallest pub, the Coeur de Lion, serves Abbey Ales brewed in the Georgian city. It has an interesting history, some of which can be seen in its stained-glass front window. The pub has a good range of real ales and food, much of which is locally sourced, such as Wiltshire ham and a traditional Sunday lunch.
Just a short stroll from the Roman Baths the charming Italian restaurant Sotto Sotto is located in a converted cellar with bare stone walls. The food is classic Italian, using locally sourced meat, fish and vegetables. It’s not an extensive menu but includes a range of pastas, risottos, pizzas, fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes.
Tasty local produce, real ales, and craft beers make the King William a great place for a meal or drink. The menus aren’t extensive, but it’s all home cooked, with a choice of free-range or organic meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes.
The smell of fabulous home-baked bread wafts from Bertinet Bakery. Chef and baker Richard Bertinet uses traditional methods to make the best bread, including sourdough, ciabatta and Provencal olive and lavender. There are also pastries, cakes and croissants.
Located in a stunning luxury spa hotel, The Bath Priory is an award-winning restaurant focusing on British dishes made with fresh, local produce. This is a truly elegant restaurant for a special occasions, so you can dress up to the nines and enjoy fine food in a restaurant with great views over the garden.