A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bath
NO TIME TO DIE |COMING TO A CINEMA NEAR YOU
Bond is back!
The Little Theatre Cinema is very excited to announce that it will soon be showing the brand new Bond adventure No Time To Die. As part of this blockbuster event, it will be hosting a midnight screening of the film on it's release on 30 September. Dress up will be encouraged and there will be a prize for the best costume.
The Little Theatre Cinema will also be showing the film at a discounted rate on Monday's as part of its Happy Mondays campaign, so tickets will be only £6.90 for members and £8.90 for regular tickets.
Synopsis: In No Time To Die, Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.
As always, our next issue has a collection of great reading by our team of wonderful writers as well as beautifully presented advertising by Bath's best businesses. We hope you'll enjoy the read!
Every month we deliver 15,000 copies door to door, but if you don't get a copy at home then you can pick up a copy at many places around town and from our floor stands at: Waitrose, Sainsbury [Green Park], M&S Foods in Twerton, Tesco in Weston Village, and at The Holburne Museum.
Here's a mixed six bottle case (two whites and four reds) of some of The Great WIne Co's stand-out wines from the last 12 months. This is a really good selection to be drinking at the weekend, stunning wines from great estates with no compromise on quality. Get a box for £85.00 (Was £105.40)
1 x 2019 Organic Sauvignon Blanc, Seresin Estate
1 x 2019 Etna Bianco DOC, Planeta
1 x 2018 Collioure Rouge Clos de Paulilles Organic, Domaine Cazes
1 x 2017 Wild Scarlet Shiraz Cabernet, Rojomoma
1 x 2018 Pinot Noir, Sutherland
1 x 2019 Cerasuolo di Vittoria, Planeta
Apples, Cheddar cheese and cider: such is the produce that exemplifies the Taste of the West – and they're at their very best right now.
For the apples, if you can find Worcester Pearmains or Egremont Russets they're perfect here, but most varieties of dessert apples will do (note that Granny Smiths or Bramleys tend to be a bit too tart for this recipe). On the cheese front, any strong Cheddar will do a grand job but you can't beat the smooth, flavoursome tang of Westcombe Cheddar for this sauce – paired with the apples, the cider and the mustard, it turns into something really, really special. As for the cider: keep it local, make sure it's dry, and make sure you have plenty left in the bottle to pair with this luxurious, indulgent taste of autumn in the west country on a plate; ooo-arr!
If you're not a fan of pork chops this recipe could easily convert you, but it works equally well with plump, skin-on chicken breasts too.
Ingredients (serves 4)
4 thick, locally sourced, free range pork chops (bone-in), seasoned with salt and pepper 75g butter plus 2 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, peeled and sliced 2 heaped tbsp plain flour 2 tbsp wholegrain mustard 2 dessert apples, cored, peeled and sliced 125g chestnut mushrooms, chopped 200ml chicken stock 200ml dry cider 1 tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped 200ml double cream or full-fat crème fraiche 200g Cheddar cheese, grated To serve: mashed potato; steamed savoy cabbage
1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas mark 5.
2. Heat half the butter and olive oil in a large frying pan. Using kitchen tongs, hold each chop vertically and fry the rind until the fat starts to render down and the edges turn a crisp, golden brown before browning the chops on both sides. Transfer the chops to a deep-sided roasting tray and roast in the oven for around 20 minutes or until the chops are cooked through.
3. Meanwhile, return the frying pan to the heat, add the remaining butter and oil and sauté the onions for 4–5 minutes until translucent. Stir in the flour and cook for a further 1–2 minutes before adding the apples, mushrooms and mustard. Sauté the mixture for a further couple of minutes, add the chicken stock and cider and bring to the boil (stirring continuously) before adding the cream (or crème fraiche) and the sage.
4. Turn the heat down, simmer the sauce for 5–6 minutes and season to taste. If the sauce is ready before the chops are fully cooked, keep warm in the pan, stirring occasionally.
5. Pour the sauce over the chops in the hot roasting tray followed by the Cheddar cheese. Return to the oven or place under a hot grill for around 5 minutes (grilling will result in a satisfyingly crispy finish) until the cheese melts into the sauce and browns on top.
6. Serve immediately with mashed potatoes, steamed, buttered savoy cabbage... and a big jug of that lovely cider.
DELICIOUS GUIDE 2021 |GOFRENCH
EAT OUT: Comptoir + Cuisine
Comptoir+Cuisine serves coffee, juice, croissants and pastries, making it the perfect spot for breakfast, a mid-morning snack, or as a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle – to sit and read, or to catch up with friends or colleagues. For lunch and dinner, enjoy nibbles, cheese and charcuterie boards, including the popular baked camembert cheeses, as well as salads and a delicious range of tapas-style French sharing plates featuring meat, fish, cheese and extensive vegetarian options. Comptoir+Cuisine also offers a selection of Grower Champagnes by the glass, as well as beer and wine. For those who fancy a sweet treat, there is a tasty selection of macaroons and gateaux on offer too. These taste even better when enjoyed with a glass of crisp Grower Champagne for afternoon tea.
Brigitte and Christophe Lacroix have run their gourmet ready-meals business since 2012. In recent times they have been providing hot weekend takeaways from their bistro kitchen which are available for pick-up and delivery. They also have a terrace which is open Tuesday to Saturday that serves delicious breakfast and lunches including classic quiches, croque monsieur and is open in the evenings Friday and Saturday for dinner. From Ma Cuisine’s beloved kitchen, highly respected chef Christophe creates beautiful dishes using local ingredients with no additives, no preservatives and no colourings, wherever possible. Their gourmet ready meals are, as always, spectacularly good; all handmade in small batches and then fast-frozen to retain all the freshness, goodness and flavour. As they are frozen, they are ready to pop in the oven or microwave so you can enjoy the classic flavours of France without all the effort. Ma Cuisine’s gourmet French meals are also available to buy online for free local delivery and national shipping.
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• SHOPPING •
OBJECTS OF DESIRE |BREITLING’S DARK MATERIALS
Superocean Heritage ’57 Limited Edition - Black dial
We’ve seen a number of limited edition variations to Breitling’s Superocean Heritage ’57 Capsule collection over the last 12 months as the brand pays tribute to the original 1957 SuperOcean model that became the watch of choice to the surfing community of the sixties. Many of the collection have been colourful, fun with a laid-back styling but these black dial versions stand out as something seriously special and has to be one of the coolest.
Available in a variety of materials including stainless steel and 18k rose gold, the 42 mm case features two signature elements of the original SuperOcean: a concave bidirectional ceramic bezel and a dial featuring oversized indices.
Paired with the black or brown calfskin leather strap that fits both a stainless-steel pin or folding buckle ( there’s also mesh bracelet or Nato strap options) the Superocean Heritage ‘57 is powered by the Breitling Caliber 10 automatic self-winding movement and is water resistant to 100m.
Shown here are: Breitling Superocean Heritage '57 steel black baton dial watch with a black ceramic rotating bezel on a black calfskin leather strap. £3,400; and on the right is the Superocean Heritage '57 18ct rose gold and steel black baton dial watch with a black ceramic bezel on a tan calfskin leather strap. £4,150
Red Pepper Super Serum – £46 – (80% Red Pepper Extracts) – to illuminate and even the texture of the skin.
Containing natural exfoliating agents, this serum works on the skin's surface to reveal a more even-toned and luminous complexion. Red Pepper extract is used for its radiance enhancing and antioxidant properties whilst Red Pepper Aqueous Extracts contain minerals necessary for the balance and hydration of the skin.
Ginseng Super Serum – £60 – 80% Ginseng Extracts – to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
This serum helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles thanks to its smoothing and skin-tightening effects. The combination of our Ginseng complex and Peptides helps to make the skin smoother and more elastic.
Yuza Super Serum – £46 – 80% Yuza Extracts – to protect against external aggressors
Enriched with Vitamin C, known for its antioxidant properties this serum acts as a veil for your skin to protect it from external aggressors whilst nourishing the skin at the same time. Skin is left stronger, more beautiful and more radiant thanks to Yuza Fruit Extracts which contain Ceramid C24 to strengthen the skin barrier function.
Bamboo Super Serum – £40 – 80% Bamboo Extracts – to add moisture & hydration
Enriched with two types of Hyaluronic Acid, this serum intensively and durably recharges the skin with moisture and provides a feeling of comfort throughout the day. Skin is left looking plumped with moisture and a fresh and glowy complexion thanks to 80% bamboo extracts and a prebiotic, which maintains the skins eco-system for hydrated skin.
Bath Rugby’s 2020/22 official home shirt sees the return of the traditional hoops – a popular move as requested by supporters – but also marks the club’s long-term partnership with Macron (the top sportswear company – not the French PM).
Made from soft cotton, the blue, black and white jersey has a classic-style silhouette that's framed by elegant gold accents along the sleeves and lower hem line. Available in two fittings and a range of sizes. From £66.
Two summer signings will make their Bath Rugby debuts when Stuart Hooper’s men travel to Sale Sharks on the opening day of the Gallagher Premiership season.
Danny Cipriani earns his first start in blue, black and white against his former club linking up with Ben Spencer in the half-back positions.
Starting line-up is as below – click on the image above for more news from Bath Rugby.
• TV, FILM & BOOKS •
ON THE BOX |TALES OF SURVIVAL
Alex (Winslow Fegley) is a boy with a strong passion for writing scary stories. But when he's labelled weird and rejected, he swears he'll never write again. That's when an evil witch (Krysten Ritter), captures him in her magical apartment in New York City and demands that he tell her a new tale every night if he wants to stay alive. Trapped inside with Lenore, the witch's spiteful cat watching his every move, Alex meets Yasmin (Lidya Jewett), another young prisoner who has learned how to survive the witch's wicked whims. With Yasmin's help, Alex must learn to embrace what makes him unique – his love for scary stories – and rewrite his own destiny to break them free.
Director: David Yarovesky and starring Winslow Fegley, Lidya Jewett and Krysten Ritter
The Salvator Mundi is the most expensive painting ever sold. A Renaissance masterpiece by Leonardo da Vinci, its final price reached $450 million – and it was found for $1175 at a shady New Orleans auction house. Masterful Renaissance brushstrokes revealed under the heavy varnish of its cheap restoration, the Salvator Mundi's fate is determined by an insatiable quest for fame, money and power. As its price soars, so do the questions about its authenticity: is this painting really by Leonardo da Vinci? Unravelling the hidden agendas of the richest men and the most powerful art institutions in the world, The Lost Leonardo reveals how vested interests in the Salvator Mundi are of such tremendous power that truth becomes secondary.
As the city prepares to welcome The Great Bath Feast on 24–26 September, we catch up with renowned chef Dan Moon to speak about his influences and inspiration, why he feels at home in the kitchen and what we can expect at The Great Bath Feast. Dan will be appearing on the chef demo stage at 2pm on Sunday 26 September.
What type of cuisine are you most influenced by and why?
I'm influenced by Asian cuisine, which I got hooked on when I did some work in Singapore and Kula Lumpa 6 years ago. I fell in love with flavours like Yuzu, seaweeds, miso and all the different soyas. I have always been into my very classical flavours and now use Asian twists with those flavours to really elevate dishes and flavour profile. My new business is called Yuzu (yuzubydanmoon.co.uk), which really shows my real love for Asian ingredients!
Why is the kitchen your natural environment?
I've been cooking for almost 25 years now - it's all I've ever done and I can't ever see myself doing anything else. I love working in a kitchen, for me it's not a job it's my real passion. I say I have been cooking for 25 years but it really doesn't feel like that, I get just as excited putting my whites on now as I did when I first started.
What will you be doing at the Great Bath Feast?
I will be cooking my signature Creedy carver Duck dish with Foie Royale spring roll, plum and sesame.
Organisers gather to mark opening of Climate & Biodiversity Festival
The first Climate & Biodiversity Festival opened this week with a gathering at the Guildhall for all the community organisers who have helped to shape the two-week programme of events.
The festival was organised to showcase the action these local groups are taking to tackle the climate and ecological emergencies and to enable residents to get involved with what’s happening.
On Saturday 18 September, Friends of Lyncombe Hill Fields will be sharing stories of creating one of Britain’s first Tiny Forests on a 10-acre plot of former farmland by planting 950 native saplings
In the second week of the festival, Friends of the Orchard at Broadmoor Lane will be running an evening walk led by an ecologist with bat detectors available and a Green Gym which allows volunteers to join in with the ecological management of the site.
Wild About Bath, a new organisation encouraging people to enjoy nature, conserve wildlife and build community in Combe Down, Monkton Combe and Southstoke are encouraging people to take part in a Garden BioBlitz to find and record as many species as possible.
Another local network, FACE (Families Acting on Climate Emergency), has organised a family-friendly workshop to explore the insects, flora and fauna on Kensington Meadows. Take part drawing and making art from the finds and sharing secrets about the edible and medicinal plants.
One key theme of the festival is renewable energy and there are several events you can sign up for: the council’s Planning team will be holding a lunchtime webinar, Zero Carbon Development & Energy Efficiency, to discuss the proposed changes to planning policy; and the Energy at Home team will be running a drop-in session at the High Street Hub, 15 Cheap Street, where you can come along and ask for advice on making your home more energy efficient or, if you can’t attend in person, you can join their online webinar to ask your questions.
Bath and West Community Energy will be at the Keynsham & Saltford Community Eco Festival on 18 September (10-3pm) and joining several panel discussions.
Blue Peter star presents Reading is Magic Festival
Blue Peter star Mwaka Mudenda, affectionately known as Mwasky, has been announced as the presenter of Reading is Magic Festival, the five-day international digital books festival created for schools and families by organisers Bath Festivals.
will be introducing more than two dozen events over the five days of Reading is Magic Festival this month (September) featuring writers and illustrators including Michael Rosen, Cressida Cowell, Rob Biddulph, Lauren Ellen Anderson, Frank Cottrell Boyce, MG Leonard and many more. The events are designed to provoke interest and action in their audiences, who watched events online last year in more than 65 countries. Teachers and families are being invited to sign up, for free, ahead of the festival opening on Monday 27 September.
Joining the free and inclusive programme is Michael Rosen, author of many children’s favourites including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. The former Waterstones Children’s Laureate creates author events which are loved by children and parents alike. Also bringing inter-active events to the festival are illustrator Rob Biddulph, the artist behind the online hit Draw With Rob, Laura Ellen Anderson, illustrator and creator of Amelia Fang and Frank Cottrell Boyce, author of laugh-out-loud books for children, including Millions and who worked with Danny Boyle to write the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.
There will also be a strong strand of events aimed at teenage and young adult readers, featuring YA authors Holly Bourne and Will Sutcliffe (whose book Whatever Makes You Happy became a hit Netflix film Otherhood), graphic novelist Alice Oseman, poet Rebecca Tantony and US middle grade author BB Alston, creator of Amari and the Night Brothers. There will hands-on projects to do at home or in the classroom, draw-alongs and plenty of inspiration to get children reading and writing.
Did I Say That Out Loud? With Fi Glover & Jane Garvey
15 October, 7:30pm at Bath Pavilion
The award-winning broadcasters don't claim to have all the answers (what was the question?), but for this live event to celebrate their new book Did I Say That Out Loud?, they guarantee an evening of behind-the-scenes revelations and inconsequential, but strangely compelling, chat about living some of their lives in front of and behind the microphone.
This is your opportunity to be part of something truly unique. Sponsor a handmade firefly by award winning artist Bruce Munro for one year and support those in our community that need our help now.
The Firefly Appeal, in aid of Dorothy House, is a chance to sponsor a bright and brilliant Firefly for one year. A wonderful way to celebrate the life of someone you love. Each of the Fireflies are unique and special, just like those we hold dearest. Those who sponsor a Firefly will be invited to the grounds for an exclusive evening event where there will be time to enjoy the peaceful surroundings and be introduced to the Fireflies.
Sponsoring a Firefly will help to provide our community with outstanding end of life and palliative care. Your donation helps to ensure that our patients live with dignity and families and carers are given the support they urgently need.
The now sold out Firefly Woods evening event will be held at the grounds of Dorothy House in Winsley on 17 and 18 September. For more information visit: dorothyhouse.org.uk
The appeal page will close on 19 September but it will still be possible to continue to sponsor a Firefly and visit the display throughout the year. To make a donation after 19 September,contact Philly Gaisford directly - firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're considering weight management treatment and would like to find out more about the options available, Nuffield Health Bristol Hospital is holding a series of FREE online events with our specialist team:
What you need to know about bariatric (weight loss) surgery – Tuesday 21st September, 6:30pm
What you need to know about the Allurion Balloon – Wednesday 22nd September, 6:30pm
What you need to know about weight management, emotional eating and binge eating – Thursday 23rd September, 6:30pm
These events – which will be held online – will give you the opportunity to hear virtual presentations by our weight management experts (pictured), including consultant bariatric surgeons, a specialist clinical psychologist, and a dietician, who will discuss options and outcomes. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have.
For more information or to book your place, visit nuffieldhealth.com. Once you have registered for the event, you will be emailed a link which you can use to join the session from your own computer or phone.
LOOKING BACK |RUGBY AT THE REC
By Andrew Swift
Bath Rugby in 1900
To mark the start of the rugby season, this week’s archive photo shows the Recreation Ground as it looked around 1900, with Alfred Wills & Sons’ builders’ yard on the left, on the site now covered by the Beazer Maze. Bath Rugby played their first match on the Rec on 6 October 1894, beating Exeter 22–0. The club had been formed 29 years earlier, and prior to moving to the Rec had played in Henrietta Park. That was only the latest in a succession of short-lived grounds, however, which had included North Parade, Claverton Down, Lambridge Meadows, Kensington Meadows and Taylor’s Field on Warminster Road – now the site of Holburne Park. Whether or not they knew that the Rec would become their permanent home is unclear, but 127 years later they’re still there.
For more on the early days of Bath Rugby and other local sports, see The Year of the Pageantby Andrew Swift, published by Akeman Press.
This beautifully presented Grade II Listed Georgian maisonette is as close to a complete townhouse as one can get, with the original front door opening into your own ground floor entrance and up to the first and upper floors.
The drawing room on the first floor is an elegant room with tall ceilings and two full height Georgian style French windows opening out onto the balcony. With space for bistro table, this is a superb feature of this city home with views across the Approach Golf Course. The well-proportioned room also has stripped and polished wooden floor boards and a central marble fireplace. Wooden panelled folding doors open into the adjacent room, currently used as the fourth bedroom, but would also be a perfect study or dining room.
Up on the second floor is a further bedroom with attractive cast iron fire grate and a sash window to the front, plus a smart shower room. The kitchen is also housed on this floor, with two sash windows providing the wonderful view across the road. The kitchen has been well designed with just two lengths of fitted units including integral appliances, leaving plenty of space for a central dining table. A period fireplace and wooden floors add to the feel of a smart dining room. The attic floor is full of character with a super bedroom benefitting from a double height sloping ceiling. A panelled wall adds a fashionable interest and two windows look out across the golf course. There is an en-suite bathroom comprising both shower and bath. A further bedroom has a chimney pot view to the rear of the Royal Crescent and is served by a separate shower room.
To conclude an attractive three storey period home with a stylish interior and period details enhanced by a fashionable palette. Guide price £895,000