Ooh - never been tagged before. I feel special now.
Right. I'll do the "5 places to eat" one first, I think. In Bath, because it's the one of the very few places around here with a wide range of foody choices. So, places I like:
(In no particular order)
1) The Fishworks. It's a fishmonger. WIth a restaurant attached. If you don't like fish, you really won't like it here. It's next to the sausage shop, so a bit of a bonus there. IF you like sausages, of course.
Mr WithaY and I have been there a few times and it's always bloody great. Had the best starter EVER - some hand picked (dived? harvested?) scallops seared and served with lemon oil. Very simple. Amazing. And then a HUUUUUGE bowl of fat prawns cooked in lord knows what. I ended up with bits of prawn shell all over my faace, in my hair, up the walls. Superb.
We went there for lunch for our wedding anniversary a few years ago, not long after after we'd had our beloved dog put to sleep and it made us both feel better than we had done for ages. I can't think of a higher recommendation, really.
2) The Moon and Sixpence. In a courtyard behind the Podium, not obvious from the street. Lovely fairly posh food. I've been there a couple of times (and once I wasn't paying - is there anything better than a free meal?) and it was lovely. Beautiful place, gorgeous presentation, nice staff, and a bar upstairs so it was lively, rather than being a "hushed" eating place.
3) The Firehouse. I think it's part of a very tiny chain, as there's another one in Bristol somewhere. They do a pretty small range of food but the half a chicken and mesquite fries is fab.
4) Mai Thai. Down Manvers Street, not far from the police station. Top notch Thai food, very small restaurant, beautiful Thai ladies bring you glorious food, and you can stagger a few hundred yards to the railway station to get home. Marvellous.
5) Sally Lunn's. Go there for tea and Sally Lunn buns. It's like being in someone's house, but you have to pay for a cup of tea. Mmmmm. Buns.