A specially curated guide to help you enjoy the next 48 hours (or more) in Bath
HONORARY DOCTORATE | SPORTS STAR
Honorary Doctorate awarded to Tyrone Mings by Bath Spa University
Bath Spa University has awarded an honorary doctorate of education to Tyrone Mings. The ceremony took place at the University’s Newton Park campus on Wednesday 24 November and was attended by academic leaders of the University, students, members of the local community including representatives of Bath City’s Football Team, Board, and Foundation along with members of Mr Mings’ family.
Tyrone Mings is a brilliant defender and Captain of Premier League side Aston Villa as well as representing England on the international football stage. He was born and raised in Bath and is a highly respected and inspirational figure in the local community.
Professor Sue Rigby, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University, nominated Mr Mings for this award and described the sports star as "An outstanding and inspiring individual”.
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!
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Rich, indulgent and massively moreish, Cheese Fondue is the ultimate sociable sharer – just make sure, folks, that everybody has their own dipping fork and transfers their bespoke cheesy mouthful to their own serving plate rather than straight from fork-to-mouth; double-dippers are distinctly unwelcome at this particular party.
Cheese Fondue is traditionally served with chunks of crusty bread, crudités (carrot batons, sliced peppers, green beans, etc) and cornichons, for dipping – if tradition tickles your Fondue fancy, there'll be few complaints. But substituting the cold stuff with a platter of hot, thyme-roasted baby new potatoes turns this chic, cheesy feast into a substantial supper.
Ingredients (serves 4)
750g baby new potatoes, whole and unpeeled 2tbsp olive oil 3 sprigs of thyme 100g Comté, grated 100g Gruyère, grated 100g Emmental, grated 2tsp cornflour 1 large garlic clove, peeled and chopped in half 350ml dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris or unoaked Chardonnay all work well here) 100ml Calvados or kirsch (optional, but highly recommended)
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Tip the potatoes into a large roasting tin, drizzle with the olive oil and toss with the thyme sprigs. Season well and roast for 20-25 minutes until the potatoes are soft and the skins turning golden.
2. Meanwhile, toss all three grated cheeses with the cornflour and rub the base of a large saucepan with the garlic then discard. Add the wine to the pan and heat until simmering gently before adding the cheese and cornflour mix in small, gradual handfuls, stirring continuously. When each handful of cheese has melted, add another until the cheese has thoroughly melted into the wine.
3. Stir the Calvados or kirsch (if using) into the mix and serve immediately, either in a tabletop fondue pot or straight from the hot pan.
FOUR OF A KIND|PARTY FOOD
Words by Melissa Blease
Christmas is a'comin' in! Get ahead of the crowd by preparing and freezing a selection of party food favourites including a glamorous showstopper dessert that, once prepped, is ready to serve when you are.
Mini Sausage Rolls (easily adapted to vegetarian; makes 20)
Blend 1 x 400g high-quality sausages (skins removed) or vegetarian/vegan sausages in a food processor to form a rough paste. Unroll 1 x 375g pack of ready-rolled puff pastry and cut in half lengthways. Divide the sausage paste in two and divide between both halves of the pastry sheet in a cylindrical shape, leaving a 1cm edge. Tightly roll the pastry around the sausage paste, brushing the ends with beaten egg to form a secure seal. Cut each roll into 10 pieces with a sharp knife, each about 2.5cm long, and arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet. Double-wrap the uncooked sausage rolls with cling film and freeze immediately. To cook, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 5. Remove the sausage rolls from the freezer and glaze with beaten egg. Bake for 35-45 mins until the pastry is crisp and puffy and the sausage meat thoroughly cooked through. Serve warm.
Individual Pizzas (makes 12; vegetarian)
Make up 1 x 500g packed of bread mix (ciabatta works well here) according to the instructions on the packet. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls before covering with a clean tea towel and leaving to prove in a warm place for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp olive in a large frying pan and sauté 1 small chopped onion, 1 small red pepper (deseeded and chopped), a handful of chopped chestnut mushrooms, a couple of tbsp chopped sundried tomatoes, a handful of chopped black olives, 1 garlic clove (crushed) and 1 tsp dried oregano until soft and fragrant. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, roll out into discs each around 10-11cm in diameter and place on a lightly greased baking tray. Spread each disc with the sautéed vegetable mixture and a liberal sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Cover with greaseproof paper, double-wrap the whole tray with cling film and freeze immediately. To cook, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 5. Remove the pizzas from the freezer and sprinkle with more dried oregano. Bake for 18-22 mins until the pizza bases are cooked and the cheese has melted. Serve warm.
Mince Pies (makes 12; vegetarian)
On a flour-dusted surface, roll 1 x 500g pack of sweet shortcrust pastry out to around the thickness of a £1 coin. Using an 8cm pastry cutter, stamp out circles of pastry to line the lightly-greased holes of a 12-hole bun tin. Divide a 300g jar of mincemeat between each pastry case, then use a 6cm pastry cutter to stamp 12 lids out of the remaining pastry. If you have any pastry left over, you can use it for extra decoration: cut some stars out of it to lay on top of the pie lids. Top the mincemeat with the pastry lids (and stars), push around the edges to seal and poke neat little holes in the centre of each lid to allow steam to escape when baking. Double-wrap the whole tray in cling film and freeze immediately.To bake, preheat the oven to 180c/gas mark 5. Remove the mince pies from the freezer and brush the top of each with beaten egg or a milk . Bake for around 20 minutes or until the pastry is golden and crisp and the filling piping hot.
Chocolate and Chestnut Parfait (serves 8-10; vegetarian)
Rinse a deep loaf tin with cold water and shake the water out, leaving the tin slightly dry. Line the tin with cling film (smoothing out as many wrinkles as you can) and set to one side. Melt 200g milk chocolate in a pan set over another pan of boiling water (do not allow the chocolate pan base to touch the water!) or in short bursts on a low setting in the microwave. Add 2 x 250 sweetened chestnut purée and 100g crumbled soft amaretti biscuits to the chocolate and stir well before adding 2 peeled, segmented, roughly chopped oranges and the zest of 1 orange to the mix. Stir well until combined. Softly whisk 450ml double cream and gently fold into the mixture. Spoon the mixture into the loaf tin, smooth the top and double-wrap in cling film before freezing immediately. Twenty minutes before serving, remove the parfait from the freezer, briefly dip the tin in hot water, remove the cling film and invert onto a plate. Scatter the parfait with finely grated dark chocolate and a dusting of icing sugar, and slice.
WEEKEND WINE |CASE STUDIES
Mixed case wines for the festive season
The Great Wine Co have specially selected some fantastic wines for its seasonal 12 bottle mixed cases range… and the prices are rather tempting too. Here are two mixed dozen boxes we think you’ll enjoy. Each box is priced at just £120.
Both twelve bottle cases represent wines from trusted winemakers from across the world. High quality wines, utterly delicious and reliable for Christmas drinking.
Christmas Table Mixed Dozen Whites. £120
4 x 2020 Touraine Sauvignon Blanc KM 5400, Lionel Gosseaume
4 x 2020 Albariño, Eidosela
4 x 2021 Petit Chenin Blanc, Ken Forrester Wines
Christmas Table Mixed Dozen Reds. £120
4 x 2020 Les Mougeottes Pinot Noir, IGP Pays d'Oc
4 x 2018 Rioja Crianza Journey Collection, Ramón Bilbao
Let them celebrate Christmas in gourmet style with the Highgrove Celebration Hamper filled with treats for the festive season and beyond. Presented in a traditional wicker basket, this hamper contains a selection of Highgrove organic foods - the ultimate gift for food lovers! There’s a bottle of dry, crisp and fruity champagne to pop open on Christmas Day, made in France by Laurent-Perrier, and, ready to enjoy with your Christmas meal, a bottle of our dark berry Côtes du Rhône and light and fruity Macon Davayé.
You’ll also find a host of traditional Christmas favourites, including a classic boozy Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter to top it off. As if that wasn’t enough, there’s also Christmas Shortbread. Highgrove has even got breakfast and teatime sorted, with classic Prince of Wales blend loose tea tin, as well as strawberry jam, marmalade and fruity chutney, all made by hand to traditional recipes in England. £180.
To bag the hamper, click the button below. There are also a lot more great gift ideas and treats to be found at the Highrove Christmas shop. Visit highgrovegardens.com
UK grown Wasabi Company release Wasabi Tartare Sauce
The Wasabi Company, the only growers of wasabi in the UK has completed the hat-trick this year with a new Wasabi Tartare Sauce that combines the fire of fresh English grown wasabi with the sharpness of traditional gherkins and capers.
Now wasabi lovers can enjoy the award winning wasabi mustard, wasabi mayonnaise and new tartare sauce all in one convenient gift pack – perfect for any curious foodie. £12.95
The Wasabi Condiment Collection is avaliable from the Wasabi Company website: wasabicompany.co.uk; all products are also available to buy individually.
Looking for more delicious foodie inspo?
Click through to browse our full new look Delicious Guide below!
EATING OUT | NEW RESTAURANT IN TOWN
Try out a new city restaurant with a Mediterranean vibe – La Terra at 2 St John Street in Bath, which was previously the home of Firehouse Rotisserie. Owner Vito Scaduto has over 30 years’ experience managing some of the most renowned restaurants and hotels, including The Bath Priory, the Three Gables in Bradford on Avon and most recently Clayton’s Kitchen in George Street, recently recommended as the top eating destination in Bath by the Evening Standard’s best city breaks in the UK guide. Vito and his team have refurbished the restaurant and created an existing food offering for La Terra of reasonably priced, high-quality food and wine. The menu includes fresh tagliatelle and red mullet ragu, 10oz rib-eye steak with greens and truffle chips along with vegan options of fresh fig salad with picked pear and nuts and polenta and vegetable mille feuille with red pepper purée.
Ever since the 1930s and 1940s, IWC Pilot’s watches have set technical benchmarks. They are known for their precision and exceptional quality but also the understated, no-fuss dial design that follows the clarity of a plane’s instrument panel, which has always been a characteristic feature.
The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII is built into a 40-millimetre case with a dial that clearly sticks to the essentials – the brilliant white hands have a luminescent coating and a black outline and guarantee optimum legibility by day or night.
The dial features large, rounded Arabic numerals to mark the minutes, but with two exceptions: the 12 has been replaced with a white triangle, while the date window is positioned where the number 3 would be. Water-resistant to 6 bar, the watch is powered by an automatic movement and has a 42-hour power reserve. It’s protected against magnetic fields by a soft-iron inner case, and the front glass is secured against sudden drops in pressure. The watch comes with a calfskin strap.
Overall a beautifully simple but refined and classic timepiece.
Shown above left is the The Pilot’s Watch Mark XVIII in Steel case with white dial (£4,090) and on the the right in a cool black dial with Titanium case (£4,290).
Click the button below to explore Mallory's fabulous range of IWC timepieces.
Festive sweatshirts without the environmental price tag from See+QUIN
Bath based See+QUIN have launched orders for their pre Christmas collection with 12 sweatshirt designs, from festive sparkle to cosy seasonal styles, available in size XS to XL.
See+QUIN are a low-waste slow fashion label creating on a made to order basis. The sweatshirts are made from super soft organic cotton and recycled materials and embroidered in the UK using artisan techniques to recreate the beautiful detail and flourishes of hand embellishment.
Head to seeandquin.co.uk to see the full range – and for this weekend only (until midnight on Monday 29 November) you can save £10 off the sale price of a sweatshirt with the code SPARKLEWEEKEND; alternatively, you can choose not to take the offer and See+QUIN will donate £10 to your favourite charity. Just let them know what charity you would like to support in your order notes.
Lux & Bloom silk scarves
Lux & Bloom Pure Silk Skinny Scarves. £69 each.
Lux & Bloom are an independent British fabrics and accessories brand based in Bath.
Alternatively, visit the pop-up store at No.15 New Bond Street from 3 to 5 December (open 10am until 8pm Friday to Saturday and 10am until 6pm on Sundays).
EXPERIENCE | MAKE YOUR OWN BAUBLE
Gift a creative experience with Bath Aqua Glass
Buy someone special a gift they won’t be expecting – a glass-blowing experience at Bath Aqua Glass. They could craft their own bauble, enrol on a stained-glass course or enjoy a half-day session with an expert glassblower. They’ll keep everything they make.
Prices start from £22.50. Gift vouchers available.
Anything Goes at The Little Theatre Cinema, 28 November and 1 December
This year, 'The Little' are celebrating the start of the Christmas period with a screening of Anything Goes, filmed live at the Barbican, London:
When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love... proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, a comical disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail.
With the cast including Sutton Foster, Felicity Kendal, Robert Lindsay and Gary Wilmot, this is a hilarious musical romp across the Atlantic. Directed by the multi-award-winning Broadway director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall, it features Cole Porter’s joyful score, including I Get A Kick Out of You, You’re the Top and the show stopping Anything Goes. The ‘musical equivalent of sipping one glass of champagne after another', Anything Goes will take you back to the Golden Age of high society on the seas from the comfort of your cinema seat.
Book tickets to see Anything Goes at the Little Theatre Cinema on the Picturehouse website: picturehouses.com
WEEKEND COMPETITION |CHILDREN'S BOOK
WIN a copy of new Christmas children's book, Santa's Secret Angels!
Be in with a chance to win the new children's Christmas picture book by local authors Steve Gunning and Chris Wheeler, Santa's Secret Angels :
What if Santa could see through the sunroof and know whether children have been naughty or nice all year?
Santa’s Secret Agents will make the perfect gift for 5-10 year olds, inviting them on the (sleigh)ride of their lives as they follow Santa's highly-trained team of all-seeing elves and discover all of their gadgets and gizmos.
The book will also be hugely popular with parents too, with its humour and tongue-in-cheek James Bond spy references, as Santa (a.k.a. Double Ho 7) sits down to “a glass of milk shaken, not stirred”.
To enter the competition ... head to Instagram and follow @carrawaypublishing1, @stevegunning, and @thebathmagazine. Next, give our post of the Santa's Secret Angels book cover a like, and finally tag a friend in the comments section.
We'll choose one lucky winner by 6 December!
And if you're not lucky this time ... Gunning and Wheeler's book is priced at £9.99, and is available online and from all good bookshops, including Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, 13-15 John Street, Bath, BA1 2JL. You can also purchase the book on the Mr B's website: mrbsemporium.com
Above book cover illustrated by authors Gunning and Wheeler
THE MAGAZINE KIOSK |WHY WE LOVE PRINT
Curated by Daniel McCabe
Blumenhaus is a large, A3-sized magazine from France blending vintage design and contemporary art with all things botanical and horticultural, or as they put it, ‘Botany with a romantic approach’. It examines the science, history, lifestyle, and artistic expression of this subject, nicely underscored by the expert knowledge of the magazine’s contributors and the impeccable taste of its publishers. The astounding first issue of this unique magazine was reprinted and has now sold out a second time. It’s taken over a year for a follow up, but the wait has been worth it. £29
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.
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EMBRACE THE ARTS | FREE TICKETS
Above: Ben Cort's 'Disco Cave Monsters' – part of the Myths and Monsters exhibition
Black Friday Bumper Prize Drawer from the Arts Marketing Bath Network
Arts organisations in Bath are marking this Black Friday with a massive giveaway of free tickets and experiences.
Following the popularity of previous prize draws, members of the Arts Marketing Bath Network (AMB) have teamed up to offer prizes in a free to enter draw. All you have to do to enter is fill in a very short form – there are no catches or hidden clauses – to be in with a chance of winning one of a bundle of tickets and experiences.
From 9am today (Friday 26 November) you can enter using the form below for a chance to win tickets to a whole host of brilliant events and experiences, including a family ticket for four to Bath Spa Live’s Beasts and Beauties show at The Mission Theatre, a day out for four people at The American Museum and Gardens, tickets to the Wiltshire Music Centre’s screening of The Nutcracker,Victoria Art Gallery‘s Myths and Monsters exhibition (make sure to pick up a copy of our December issue to learn more about that one...!) and many more.
But hurry – you don’t have long to enter. The bumper arts prize draw opened at 9am today and closes at 9am on Tuesday 30 November. You won’t have to wait long to hear whether you’ve won as the prize: winners will be notified by email on Tuesday 30 November.*
Click the button below to fill out the short entry form.
This photograph was taken from Beechen Cliff around 1900 and shows a scene which has been transformed almost beyond recognition. The buildings in the foreground on Holloway, the warehouses on Broad Quay, the Old Bridge, old Southgate Street and St James’s church, along with virtually everything else in the middle distance, have disappeared. One of the few points of reference is South Parade in the top right-hand corner, while a couple of the windows of the Abbey can just be glimpsed at top left.
Bath Rugby v Exeter Chiefs, The Rec, Friday 26, kick off 7.45pm
Ben Spencer will make his long-awaited return to the Bath Rugby starting XV when Exeter Chiefs visit the Rec on Friday night.
The scrum-half’s only minutes of the season thus far came on the opening day at Sale Sharks where he sustained a hamstring injury.
The return of his on-field leadership coincides with a quarter of players available following international duty. Charlie Ewels comes back in to captain the side and fellow England forwards Will Stuart and Sam Underhill are named at tighthead prop and openside flanker, respectively.
Josh Bayliss earned his Scotland debut in the Autumn and combines with Underhill and Miles Reid in the back row.
Elsewhere in the pack, Lewis Boyce is back from a short-term injury with Tom Dunn and Josh McNally retaining starting Premiership roles.
Spencer is joined at half-back by Orlando Bailey while Max Ojomoh and Jonathan Joseph strike up a familiar partnership in the midfield
Tom de Glanville is another to have recovered from injury to start in a back three alongside Will Muir and Semesa Rokoduguni.
Bath Cats and Dogs Home launches its Winter Appeal
Bath Cats and Dogs Home has launched its Winter Appeal, which focuses on the challenges posed by many animals coming into the Home with chronic medical conditions, sometimes caused by neglect or problems such as a lack of socialisation.
One such example was this German Shepherd, Bellatrix. She was rescued by dog wardens in September when found wandering in the Trowbridge area. Because of her lack of energy and bedraggled appearance, the animal care team initially thought she was around five years old. Fast forward two months and heaps of love, veterinary treatment and cuddles later, the team now estimate that Bellatrix is actually a very young dog, guessing she is in fact just over one – barely out of puppyhood.
Bella is just one of many pets who are solely depending on Bath Cats and Dogs Home to give her the second chance she so desperately deserves.
For more information on how you can support the appeal, please visit the Bath Cats and Dogs Home website: bathcatsanddogshome.org
Images above show Bella when she was brought in and Bella now, in happier times