*AD – This was a press trip and as such all transport, events and meals were free*
I’ve been quite honest both on here and on social media that this past year has been brutal on both my physical and mental health. I’ve got an ongoing back problem which has caused me an awful lot of pain and many of you will know the impact that ongoing pain has on your general wellbeing. I’m taking steps to get myself back to ship shape condition and waiting on a second MRI scan but life isn’t easy right now.
The invite from Visit Bath to have a Feel Good day in Bath came at exactly the right time. I travelled to Bath with GWR trains having spent the night before with one of my oldest school friends in Bristol.
We started the day at Bath Thermae Spa and it was a pretty special experience. Having the time at the spa especially in the rooftop pool before it was opened to the general public was blissful. I was a little anti social during the spa time, enjoying the absolute quiet and glorious sunshine which popped out towards the end of our time there. I always find being in water comforting, you all know how much of a sucker I am for a bath so being in these ( apparently healing ) thermal waters felt amazing.
As well as the two pools, one indoor and one outdoor, there are a number of spa facilities including saunas, an ice room, infrared room and steam rooms.
I left feeling a lot better than when I entered but do excuse my tired eyes.
Being in the spa worked up my appetite and we moved onto Sweet Little Things which is the most beautiful coffee shop in the centre of Bath. Often I find that when cafes are so pretty and instagrammable that the food doesn’t match up but the brunch menu at SLT was delightful. I opted for the pancakes with Nutella and fruit and it was gorgeous. Pancakes can be so disappointing but these were fluffy and light and I’d go there again just for that. A massive thumbs up for the perfect flat white too.
We had some free time after brunch so I headed for a stroll around the town with Alisha Ceit one of the bloggers who was also part of the trip. We went to The Roman Baths which were beautiful. It was pretty busy in there with school trips and tourists but I managed to snap one pic of it looking quite empty but I assure you it wasn’t!
After the Roman Baths I had a little time to myself and picked up some gifts for the girls in the shops around the centre before heading to meet up with the group at Bandook Kitchen for lunch.
Bandook has newly opened and it is such a beautiful restaurant. I loved the layout and style of the place as well as the friendliness and knowledge of the staff. We were all struggling to pick what we wanted from the menu so we were more than happy to let the staff choose a number of dishes for us and all share. The food is probably the best indian food I’ve had. It has a tapas style feel with small plates for sharing and I could see myself going there with a gang of my friends or family and nibbling at lots of bits.
I chose a mocktail to go with my food which was refreshing and pretty to look at, full of fruit and mint.
Every dish we had was packed full of zing and flavour with just the right level of heat. It was definitely the highlight of the trip for me – I am a food blogger after all. I really want to return to Bandook and try everything else on the menu. We tried lots of dishes including the Pani Poori, Grandma’s Curry, Kori Kempu, Pakoras and Chilli Paneer. One of the most unusual and interesting for me was the Bengal Jhalmuri, a sort of fresh bombay mix with was just vibrant and different! We didn’t really have room for dessert but we tried the Kulfi and I’m so glad we did as next time I’m definitely saving room for it. Oh and a special shout out for the best peshwari naan I have tasted.
After Bandook we headed to Goodbody Wellness Centre which is a wellbeing store that specialises in CBD products. I’ve tried CBD oil before and know it can work really well for all sorts of issues from joint pain to anxiety. However it was still good to learn more about it and also the different ways of ingesting it. I tried a CBD coffee which was so good and we were gifted a bath bomb which I used last week and loved. CBD can be pricey but staff advised me that it is coming down in price and a lot of the stuff was very affordable. They also sell online so worth taking a look at their online store too.
I had to leave the trip at this point to make my journey home but thanks to Visit Bath and the lovely group of bloggers who made the day so chilled and enjoyable. I’ll be back!
- As stated this trip was a trip organised by Visit Bath and as such my visit was complimentary.