Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of July mark Independents’ Day UK, supporting independent retailers across the UK. Bath’s independent businesses offer choice, tradition, and innovation, as well as a personal and passionate service. Indies create jobs and have a positive impact on the city’s economy, supporting local artists and designers, food producers and growers. To celebrate Independents’ Day UK, we asked our wonderful Welcome Ambassadors to share their favourite independent businesses in Bath…
Walcot House and Henry’s Restaurant
“As someone who likes to eat out, restaurants are the focus for my ‘favourite independent’. But it was impossible to choose just one, as different restaurants have ambiences that suit different times of the day, so here are my two choices.
“For a laid-back lunch with your partner and friends, it has to be Walcot House on Walcot Street, which has a relaxed, informal atmosphere, friendly staff and great food – a hidden gem that is steadily becoming more popular.
“For a special evening dinner, Henry’s Restaurant on Bartlett Street, next to Bath Assembly Rooms, is perfect. A small, intimate venue popular with locals, Henry’s provides individual service and fantastic food. You come away feeling well fed and well looked after.”
“Mjölk offers a taste of Sweden in the centre of Bath!
“Positioned opposite the Roman Baths, this stylish and welcoming café run by Chris and his Swedish girlfriend Hannah opened in December 2020. It was of particular interest to me, as I have visited Sweden many times and enjoyed the ‘fika’ culture – making time to have a coffee and something to eat with friends.
“I watched the business grow despite lockdown, providing takeaway hot and cold drinks and the most amazing cinnamon buns! Now, six months later, it is a thriving café with plenty of outdoor seating, selling sandwiches, cakes, wine and beer in addition to the cinnamon buns! A real success story in challenging times!”
M&K Hardware and The Claremont
“There are many wonderful independent businesses in Bath. My favourite has to be M&K Hardware in Bath Guildhall Market. There is an enormous range of DIY, garden and household items to be found in their two units. They also have very helpful staff, and as an added bonus, they were open all through 2020 to cater for any home disasters. A ‘must’ for any home-related item.
“I should also put in a word for our local, The Claremont on Camden Road. To reopen with smiles on their faces is great after what they have been through.”
“My favourite independent in Bath is the lovely Ma Cuisine in Larkhall. Brigitte and Christophe cook delicious traditional French bistro cuisine – try the Weekend Takeaway as a special treat – and they also deliver frozen bistro meals to your door via their online shop. They are now open to eat on their tiny outside terrace, too (pre-booking is a must). I couldn’t possibly decide on my favourite dish, but the tarte au citron is fabulous!”