A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bath
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS | BATH ILLUMINATED
Harmonie-Rose Allen to turn on city illuminations at Bath Christmas Light Trail switch-on
Pride of Britain Award-winner Harmonie-Rose Allen is set to turn on Bath’s Christmas Light Trail as part of the community-focused Bath Christmas Light Trail Switch-On on Thursday 25 November.
There will be plenty of pop-up entertainment around the city centre on the evening, including the Bath Abbey Chamber Choir, who will be singing some festive favourites, a balloon artist offering free Christmassy balloon creations, seasonal stilt walkers, and the chance to shop from Artisan Makers and meet Father Christmas in Bath’s Abbey Quarter.
The switch-on will take place in Milsom Street from 5pm on Thursday 25 November.
After the city has been illuminated...
Visitors can explore the Bath Christmas Light Trail, which will run from 3:30pm every evening until 31 December.
Discover more about the trail - and find a map of where in town you can find each light display - on the Welcome to Bath website: welcometobath.co.uk
Looking for more family-friendly festivity?
Welcome to Bath are also inviting children to visit the Elves' Swapshop at 5 Old Bond Street, where they are training the Share and Repair volunteers to refurbish toys and give them a new, loving home. Everyone who brings in a toy will be invited to take home a toy of their choice. For more information about the Elves' workshop, and to book your child's place, visit the Welcome to Bath website: welcometobath.co.uk
OUR NOVEMBER ISSUE – OUT NOW
Our November magazine features 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.
Christmas markets may be in short supply again this year but here's six fabulous wines evocative of regions where traditional festivities are celebrated with European warmth and feelgood. 'Vorweihnachtszeit' – bring it on. Grüner Veltliner Vom Haus - Pfaffl Austria. If you have never tasted Grüner Veltliner before, this is a fabulous introduction. It has beautiful white peach aromas and flavours, with a seasoning of white pepper or even daikon, which is so characteristic of the variety. Great value! Weingut Pfaffl was awarded Wine Enthusiast European Winery of the Year in 2016. £13.75 Click here to shop now
Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Kollmutz Organic - Erich Machherndl Austria. Bright citron-yellow, apples, pears, gooseberries, this wine surprises with its fruitiness, typical spicy and minerality on the palate, a hint of mint in the finish. £15.95 Click here to shop now
Rüdesheim Dry Riesling, Rheingau - Weingut Leitz Germany. This would please anyone who loves Chablis, Sancerre, and other bright, dry wines. A crisp and beautifully balanced Rhine wine, this has lime zest, peach and stone-like character, with excellent sustain on the finish. Superb. £17.75 Click here to shop now
Blauer Spätburgunder - Knipser A great German red with cherry and red berry aromas, this is a mid-weight Pinot with excellent freshness, structure and complex flavours of raspberry and cherry, just a touch of cigarbox and freshly ground espresso. This is Knipser's 'Estate' Pinot, composed from the family's Laumersheim vineyards. £22 Click here to shop now
Riesling Unplugged - Weingut Tesch From the Nahe winemaking region in Germany, this is a really well-defined Riesling with wonderful minerality. A real expression of the Weingut Tesch vineyard, managed by Martin Tesch, a big rock music fan who believes that a good Riesling needs no amplification… hence the 'unplugged' labelling. £14.95 Click here to shop now
Pinot Noir Réserve - Trimbach From Alsace in North East France, this wine is soft and gentle on the palate with juicy strawberry and cherry flavours. Round and sumptuous already, more intensity and complexity could (in theory) develop with bottle age, but no chance as it’s so irresistibly delicious now. Medium-bodied, with perfect, soft tannin. A classic expression of Alsace Pinot Noir - traditionally served chilled. £18.95Click here to shop now
With origins in 19th century Russia, Beef Stroganoff is a classic greatest hit of a dish that hit the UK popularity charts in the 1960s and 1970s and richly deserves to be resurrected today. A rich, luxurious – and definitely not frugal – feed, putting steak, mushrooms and a creamy sauce in the spotlight: what's not to like? And hey! We all deserve a splurge from time to time.
Top-notch beef is essential to stroganoff success – and top-notch beef doesn't come cheap. I've had the best success with richly marbled ribeye but sirloin works very well too, as does high-end rump. If you really want to push the boat out, fillet steak creates the most fabulous end result of all (if, that is, your bank balance can stand it). If you're not sure which way to turn ask your local butcher for advice, but remember the golden rules when you're ready to cook: after you've allowed your steak to come to room temperature for an hour, a searing hot flash is all it takes.
If, however, you prefer to eschew the steak altogether, Mushroom Stroganoff is a luxurious, treatsome dish in its own right; simply up the quantity of mushrooms in this recipe to a 700g mixture of chestnut, shiitakes and chanterelles and sauté them until golden while the sauce is cooking.
Ingredients (serves 2)
1 large onion, finely sliced 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika 1 tbsp tomato purée 400g beef consommé (or beef stock) 150g chestnut mushrooms, thinly sliced 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 2 x 175g steaks of your choice, visible fat trimmed 60g cornichons or small gherkins, sliced 100ml soured cream 2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped Olive oil, for frying
To serve: steamed wild rice
1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large frying pan over a low/medium heat and sauté the chopped onions until soft and just starting to caramelise, adding the crushed garlic for the last minute or so of cooking time.
2. Add the paprika and tomato purée to the pan and continue to sauté for two minutes before adding the beef consommé (or stock), mushrooms and mustard. Bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer for around 10-15 minutes, or until the volume of liquid has reduced by half.
3. Meanwhile, place a large frying or griddle pan over a high heat (you want the pan to be searing hot when you put the steaks in). Bash the steaks between two sheets of cling film (a rolling pin is an excellent weapon of choice here) until about 5mm/¼in thick. Lightly oil and season the steaks and flash-fry in the very hot pan for 1-2 minutes on each side, depending on how you prefer your steaks cooked. Remove the steaks from the pan and set aside to rest for at least 6 minutes.
4. Once the sauce has reduced, remove from the heat and add the cornichons or gherkins, most of the soured cream and most of the parsley (reserving some of both for garnishing when serving). Stir the juices from the resting meat into the sauce and check the seasoning before cutting the steaks into thickish slices (slice against the grain for optimum succulence) and stirring into the sauce.
Serve in warmed bowls on a bed of steamed wild rice drizzled with the reserved soured cream and sprinkled with the reserved chopped parsley.
FOUR OF A KIND|THANKSGIVING SIDES
Words by Melissa Blease
Put an All-American spin on the traditional British roast with these classic stateside sides this Thanksgiving (Thursday 25 November).
Green Bean Casserole (vegetarian; serves 4 as a side dish)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5. Sauté 250g sliced chestnut mushrooms in 1 tbsp of butter and 1 tbsp oil until golden. Add 500g trimmed green beans to the pan and continue to sauté for around 3–4 minutes. Tip the vegetables out onto a plate and set to one side. Add 1 tbsp butter to the hot pan and melt until foaming. Stir 1 generous tbsp flour into the butter and stir over the heat until you have a golden-brown paste. Add 500ml whole milk to the pan a splash at a time, stirring continuously until you have a smooth, thick white sauce. Season well, stir the mushrooms and green beans into the sauce, tip into a suitably sized, greased baking dish. Top the casserole with crispy onions or crumbled cheese and onion crisps (yes, really!) and bake for 20–30 minutes until golden and bubbling on top.
Mac'n'Cheese (vegetarian; serves 4 as a side dish)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5. Cook 350g macaroni (or other short or spiral dry pasta) for 2 minutes less than the time stated on the packet and drain thoroughly. Meanwhile, melt 2 tbsp butter in a hot pan until foaming. Stir 3 tbsp flour into the butter and stir over the heat until you have a golden-brown paste. Add 500ml whole milk to the pan a splash at a time, stirring continuously until you have a smooth, thick white sauce. Take the pan off the heat and stir 1 tsp Dijon mustard into the sauce followed by 125g mature Cheddar cheese (grated) and around 30g grated parmesan, stirring until both cheeses have melted in the residual heat. Finally, add the cooked pasta to your cheese sauce. Season to taste and tip into a suitably sized, greased baking dish. Top with breadcrumbs and more grated cheese and bake for 15–20 minutes until crisp and golden.
Sweet Potato Casserole (vegetarian; serves 4 as a side dish)
Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas mark 5. Simmer 800g sweet potatoes until very tender. Drain, allow to cool slightly and mash well with 50–60g butter, 100g soft brown sugar, ½ tsp vanilla extract and seasoning to taste. Fold a handful of finely chopped pecans into the mix and turn into a suitably sized greased baking dish. Sprinkle with the another handful of finely chopped pecans... and, if you want to get totally star-spangled, 2 handfuls of miniature marshmallows. Bake for 20–25 minutes until golden on top.
Creamed Corn (vegetarian; serves 4 as a side dish)
Heat 75g butter in a heavy-based pan until foaming and fry 1 finely chopped onion for about 5 mins. Cut the kernels off 4 corn cobs and add to the pan with 125ml water (you can use 350g canned or frozen sweetcorn instead of the fresh corn, but the fresh corn gives much better results.) Turn the heat down, cover the pan and cook gently for 10-12 mins until the corn starts to turn creamy. Add 1 tsp caster sugar and 125ml single cream to the pan, season to taste and cook, uncovered, for a further 5 mins. Stir 50g grated mozzarella into the mix (optional) and serve hot.
DELICIOUS GUIDE |A STEAK DINNER ...
Hudson Steakhouse has been serving the people of Bath the best steaks for over a decade, offering its diners prime dry-aged steaks, starters with a fusion influence and classic dishes, all served in a sympathetic conversion of a once-notorious Victorian pub. Owner Richard Fenton took on this run-down building and has created a destination that has consistently won best-restaurant awards locally and nationally. Cocktails, premium beers and world wines are served under sparkling chandeliers and the upstairs grill room has an open kitchen which looks out over Hedgemead Park.
This season, The Ivy Bath Brasserie celebrates the most wonderful time of the year with a joyful installation for guests and passers-by to enjoy, complete with festive florals and robins, as well as a limited-edition cocktail menu, available from Wednesday 17 November.
For those looking to treat themselves to a yuletide tipple, the brasserie’s bar team are serving up a number of bespoke cocktails, including the showstopping Red Robin (£9.75), a blend of Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemon, pomegranate, and honey, finished with apple cider, and Hold-Up Ginger (£10.25), complete with Haku Vodka, Aperol, pineapple, lime, and gingerbread, perfect for an after-dinner treat. Also featured is the Christmas Star (£10.25), a festive delight incorporating refreshing Roku Gin, star anis, pineapple, lemon and Crème de Mure.
Click through to browse our full new look Delicious Guide below!
• SHOPPING •
OBJECTS OF DESIRE |LIGHTING UP WINTER
Cobra Candlestick set by Georg Jensen
The Cobra candleholder sensual fluid shape is undoubtedly one of Georg Jensen’s most recognisable and iconic designs. Seemingly defying gravity, the lightness of the candleholders has a magical effect – one that is doubled when the flickering candlelight is reflected in the surface. This set of three candlesticks – small (160mm), medium (200mm) and large (240mm) – form a beautiful natural group that, like a cobra, seems to sway this way and that. Made from stainless steel with a mirror-polished finish, the three candlesticks are durable, weighty and stable. £175 for the set of three. See more of the Georg Jensen designs at Mallory.
Calling for a twirl and a spot under a disco ball on your nearest dancefloor, this maxi skirt by Geisha Designs is whipped up from frothy tulle embellished with an array of sparkling sequins that create the striped pattern that streaks down from the high waistband to the hem at your ankles. £198
Twinkling day and night, this duster jacket is embellished from top to (almost) toe in silver-toned sequin embellishments. Slip it on alongside everything from crewneck tees and jeans to swishy slip dresses to add a sparkling touch to any look. £130
Educational charity and science centre We The Curious has launched a new online shop, supported by the West of England Combined Authority.
The new shop offers a range of ethically sourced, sustainable toys, games and gifts for all ages, including best sellers from the venue’s on site shop and gift vouchers which can be spent in-store.
The online store supports a key manifesto pledge of We The Curious to ‘create a sustainable future’: following a strict sustainability policy which includes procuring sustainable products, supporting the Sustainable Development Goals created by the UN, and working with sustainable suppliers to adopt practices that minimise environmental impact.
Featured image: a selection of the products being sold on the We The Curious online shop
• TV, FILM & BOOKS •
ON THE BOX |AMUSICAL BIOPIC
Netflix: Tick, Tick...BOOM!
On the brink of turning 30, a promising theatre composer navigates love, friendship and the pressure to create something great before time runs out.
Released on Netflix today, Andrew Garfield stars as Jonathan Larson, creator of RENT, in Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut. Starring: Andrew Garfield, Alexandra Shipp, and Vanessa Hudgens.
Driven by a clear vision of the future – and some unconventional coaching methods – Richard Williams (Will Smith) has a plan: to take his daughters Venus and Serena from the streets of Compton, LA, to the global stage. The two girls are extraordinarily gifted tennis players, and with their father’s guidance as they grow and evolve, end up changing the sport of tennis forever.
Starring Will Smith, Jon Bernthal, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, and Demi Singleton.
Book tickets to see King Richard at the Little Theatre Cinema on the Picturehouse website: picturehouses.com
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK |WHY WE LOVE PRINT
Curated by Daniel McCabe
The now-venerable shapeshifter Buffalo Zine makes, by their standards, a relatively straightforward release. The ‘IRL’ issue tracks a group of London friends in a Generation Z coming-of-age-in-weird-times photo essay shot by a cast of acclaimed and emerging documentary photographers. It makes for some interesting variation in the narrative which is threaded with interviews by Courtney Love, Ib Kamara, Paul B Preciado and Douglas Coupland among others, the latter an inspired choice as the originator of Generation X in the 1990s. £38
Magalleria has moved - The magazine store, which carries almost 2000 rare, specialist and independent titles, is now operating from much larger premises in the centre of the city at 5 Upper Borough Walls BA1 1RG.
• WHAT'S ON •
LOCAL CRAFTS | NEW MARKET EVENT
Market supporting local independent businesses to take place this Saturday at The Museum of Bath at Work
After a year of covering Bath's Independent businesses, artists and makers during the second lockdown via her Instagram profile, Heidi Roxton has now decided to hold an event that brings the local community together.
Heidi's Instagram provides independent businesses with a platform from which to tell their stories: how they started off in business, and what they have to offer.
One year on, Heidi feels now is the time to start a little independent market with a big heart, bringing people together to celebrate independent business and community.
Visitors to the market can expect a performance from a local resident DJ, quality art, prints, ceramics, jewellery, retro, vintage, yoga mats and bolsters, furniture, African textiles, children’s clothes and toys, artisan delights, East African street food, local IPA, gin, mulled cider, and much more.
The event will also have its guest charity Mind attend on 20 November; Mind will be giving a talk about mental health and the professional support which is available to everyone.
Following the first market, which takes place this Saturday, The Bath Independent Market will also hold a Christmas event on Saturday 11 December. Dorothy House will be attending The Bath Independent Christmas Market, and will inform visitors about the invaluable services they provide in and around the local area.
Both events will take place at the Museum of Bath at Work. Free admission.
First Market: Museum of Bath at Work, Bath BA1 2RH: Saturday 20 November, 11–4pm
Christmas Market: Museum of Bath at Work, Bath BA1 2RH, Saturday 11 December, 11–5pm
Goethe's Theory of Colour lecture from The Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is a towering figure in German culture and literature, and was also a considerable scientist. He considered his theory of colour Zur Farbenlehre (1810) to be one of his most important works. In it he challenged Newton’s concepts and methodology for the investigation of colour. Although Goethe’s work is now generally overlooked by physicists, it has had significant influence in non-scientific communities. This lecture will explore his methodology and findings and, with the aid of some experimental demonstrations, allow its audience to witness some of the phenomena that led Goethe to doubt Newton.
The lecture will be given by Professor Daniel Wolverson from the Department of Physics at the University of Bath, and will take place at Bath Royal, 16 Queen Square, Bath BA1 2HN, Thursday 25 November, 7.30–9pm.
Book your tickets by visiting the BRLSI website below.
Image: Portrait of Johann Goethe, 1787 (Goethe in der roemischen Campagna) by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein (Pixabay)
Online art gallery to exhibit artists' work at Milsom Place
Contemporary online art gallery Modern ArtBuyer will be showcasing their talented and hard-working artists’ recent pieces at Milsom Place. They have curated an exceptional selection of original paintings and prints for the show, and bearing in mind that the Christmas season is upon us they’re making sure to show some perfect gift pieces too.
Open from 10am–5pm Monday to Saturday and 11am–4pm Sunday, at Milsom Place, 41 Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DN
Craft4Crafters fair at The Bath and West Showground
The Craft4Crafters Show returns to the Bath & West Showground. The event is ideal for great Christmas crafting supplies, learning a new crafting skill or finding Christmas gifts. There will be textile and craft displays as well as workshops, live demonstrations, and make and takes for inspiration and ideas. Leading local and national exhibitors will offer products for card-making, papercrafts, stamping, scrapbooking, sewing, cross stitch, embroidery, beading, painting, patchwork, quilting, knitting and more.
Steven Isserlis, one of the world’s greatest cellists, is to perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto – one of the most loved pieces of classical music – with Bath Philharmonia. Part of the #BathPhilforFree season.
Shopping event at Lucknam Park gives guests exclusive access to test the new ESPA Christmas collection
Tuesday 23rd November 6pm – 8pm
Get set for the festive season and receive exclusive access to ESPA’s new ‘Jewels of Nature’ Christmas collection – the perfect luxury present.
The evening includes: Glass of Champagne on arrival with homemade mince pies
Exclusive event product offers. £15 per ticket, redeemable against purchase. For more information about the event, visit the Lucknam Park website: lucknampark.co.uk; to buy tickets (£15pp) call Lucknam Park on 01225 742777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• NEWS FROM THE CITY •
LOOKING BACK |WARTIME FACTORIES
By Andrew Swift
Bath Flight Works
Following on from last week’s archive postcard of Bath Abbey’s war memorial cloister, this week’s archive photograph shows another aspect of Bath’s involvement in World War One. After war was declared in 1914, many of Bath’s factories came under government control and switched to producing munitions.
Stothert & Pitt’s produced 200,000 high-explosive shells, along with submarine engine parts, mine sinkers and an experimental supertank, while Horstman’s made gauges for testing the accuracy of gun and shell components. The city’s cabinet makers switched production from furniture to aircraft – which were largely constructed from wood and canvas – and by the end of the war there were three aircraft factories in the city. The biggest was the Bath Flight Works, which stood behind the Golden Fleece in Twerton. As can be seen from this group photograph, many of the employees were women, most of whom worked in the doping and stitching rooms. The application of dope varnish to fabric-covered wings was dangerous work, as dope fumes were highly toxic. Women often collapsed and had to be carried outside, where they lay on the ground until they had recovered sufficiently to return to work. The Flight Works building survived until 1994, latterly as the Arkana furniture factory. Currys/PC World and the M&S Foodhall now stand on the site.
This photograph is taken from All Roads Lead to France: Bath and the Great War
by Andrew Swift, published by Akeman Press.
It’s Bath City FC’s Community Day this Saturday and you can ‘Pay What You Want’ to get in. Everyone can enjoy an afternoon at the football – without worrying about the cost. PLUS there are free mini footballs for the kids, free face-painting, free inflatable beat-the-goalie, furry friends from Bath City Farm, a pizza van in the ground, an outdoor bar outside as well as the game itself! City host Concord Rangers who are ten places above them in the National League South. So get along to Twerton Park and give the Romans your support. You can pay whatever you want on the gate or book online.
Bath City v Concord Rangers. Saturday 20 November. Fun starts at 1pm, kick off at 3pm. Visit: bathcityfc.com
ARTIST CALL-OUT |EXPERIMENTAL ARTS PROGRAMME
An exciting new oppurtunity for artists from The Holburne
The Holburne is welcoming applications from artists to participate in a new experimental, open submission arts programme. Artists can be at any stage of their career and are invited to apply to use The Andrew Brownsword Gallery at the University of Bath to make and/or present their work, finished, unfinished or in progress.
Be quick and get your FREE tickets worth £24* to the South West Homebuilding & Renovating Show, 20-21 November 2021.
Find ideas and inspiration to create your dream home and design the spaces you want to live in. Whether you’re building or renovating, extending up into the loft, or creating that all-important home office, having the right knowledge, skills and equipment is essential - and we’ve got it all under one roof at Bath & West Showground, Somerset.
Visit the show and get access to:
Over 100 exhibitors showcasing 1000s of products and services for you to see, touch and compare;
Inspiring seminars and masterclasses providing a wealth of knowledge from planning advice to interior design ideas and much more;
The Advice Centre offering a free 15 minute session with an expert to help get your project started.
*Ticket offer expires at 3pm on 19 November 2021. Saving based on one day-ticket entry for two people. Children under 16 go free.
HOUSE PLANTS|A GREEN-FINGERED GUIDE
A houseplant to suit every room...
In our November issue, we asked plant expert Nicola Taylor to recommend a selection of houseplants that will suit different rooms in the house. This is one of our favourites!
Alocasia Zebrina (Elephant’s Ear) Stunning plant with dark green arrow-shaped leaves and unique black and white striped stem. Care: keep lightly moist and mist frequently. Whatroom: bright sunny bathroom or warm conservatory
For more plant recommendations from Nicola, read the full article on our website, or visit Nicola at her new bath based shop, Chapter 22 Roots and Records, 8 Broad Street, Bath BA1.
PROPERTY |CITY CHIC IN LAURA PLACE
Laura Place, Bath BA2
Number 1 Laura Place has been extensively remodelled and refurbished by the current owner with the help of renowned local interior designers Woodhouse & Law.
Arranged over four floors, this four bedroom, three reception room maisonette makes up the greater part of a beautifully restored Grade I listed Georgian townhouse right in the centre of the city. The property retains many of its original features but has also been thoughtfully redesigned for modern living.
The stylish entrance hall which leads through to the Kitchen and Sitting room. The kitchen has been very well designed by Woodhouse & Law and built by McCarron & Co with a long marble central island over floor units with an inset sink and breakfast bar. The built-in appliances are of the highest quality and there’s plenty of storage.
A grand doorway leads through to the sitting room at the front of the house with views over Laura Place and the famous fountain.
The whole of the kitchen and sitting room has limed oak flooring and there’s a cupboard in the corner of the sitting room which conceals a pullout office unit.
On the first floor half landing we there’s a cleverly situated utility room.
On the first floor is a magnificent drawing room with elegant high ceilings and 3 large sash windows overlooking Laura Place at the front.
A doorway leads to the dining room which is arguably an even more impressive – well designed with beautiful decor. Another unusual but very thoughtful feature is a small butlers kitchen with wall and floor units and a sink with integrated boiling water tap.
On the second floor is the master suite, a grand double bedroom, spacious and with splendid views along Great Pulteney Street, it features built-in wardrobes, a separate dressing area which leads through to large en suite bathroom with freestanding bath and a walk-in wet room shower.
Upon reaching the top floor there is a large glass lantern roof which floods the staircase with natural light and also can provide cool ventilation in the hot summer months. On this floor there are three double bedrooms one of which has an en suite bathroom and there’s a separate guest bathroom. £2,500,000