As for refreshment on your travels, Bath is overflowing with cafés and tea rooms ready to dish up the necessary.

Catch up over coffee and a cake, share a classic English afternoon tea at the Royal Crescent Hotel or stop by at Sally Lunn's Refreshment House and tuck in to one of their eponymous buns.

For lunch or dinner, the choice is as diverse and rewarding as any bon viveur could wish for.

Bath's reputation for hospitality has brought some of the UK's finest chefs to the city and its surrounds, so you can experience awardwinning cooking, both classic and contemporary, at restaurants that include Bath Priory, Dower House and the Park Restaurant at Lucknam Park Hotel.

Bath centre has a lavish serving of outstanding places to eat lining its streets. Go modern British, or French, Greek or Italian. Branch out and enjoy the taste of the Far East, Africa or Mexico. When the sun's out, nothing beats dining alfresco on a terrace or even afloat on a canal barge. And don't forget the city's healthy helping of pubs and bars selling great homemade food and more upmarket cuisine.

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