The Queensberry

Bath, Somerset

There's a huge sense of fun at this stylish hotel, whose logo is Vanity Fair's caricature of the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, Oscar Wilde's Nemesis. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

There’s a huge sense of fun at this stylish hotel, whose logo is Vanity Fair’s caricature of the 9th Marquess of Queensberry, Oscar Wilde’s Nemesis. Laurence and Helen Beere’s ‘exceptional hotel’ in a ‘quirky combination of four town houses’ has pugilism-themed jokes throughout; the decor is knockout too. Junior suites, in former drawing rooms overlooking Russel Street, have floor-to-ceiling windows, an original fireplace, maybe Divine Savages’ Crane Fonda or Portobello Parade wallpaper. Some suites have a seven-foot-square four-poster, a large bathroom with double shower. Club rooms are small but chic, and the use of colour is ravishing. In the Michelin-starred Olive Tree restaurant, Chris Cleghorn’s tasting menus pack a punch with dishes such as Wiltshire lamb loin, anchovy, celery, artichoke, Sarawak pepper; ruby beetroot, alliums, hen of the woods. ‘Food and service were outstanding,’ write readers ‘bowled over by the warm and informative welcome’. Light bites are available in Old Q bar. Continental and cooked breakfasts include pastries, charcuterie, smoked haddock or salmon, a full English or full vegetarian. (Geoffrey Bignell)

Hotel details

Address

4–7 Russel Street
Bath
Somerset
BA1 2QF
England

Telephone

01225 447928

Bedrooms

29. Some on ground floor.

Open

all year, restaurant closed Mon, midday Tues–Thurs.

Facilities

lift, residents’ drawing room, bar, 2 sitting rooms, restaurant (vegetarian/vegan menus), meeting room, in-room TV (Freeview), 
4 linked courtyard gardens, valet parking, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £25 plus breakfast £25, children's menu.

Dogs

assistance dogs only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £190. Tasting menus £95–£135, à la carte £75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused at weekends.