The Queensberry

Bath, Somerset

Spread across four honey-stone town houses, this characterful hotel with fine-dining restaurant, themed around the pugilist 9th Marquess of Queensberry, really punches above its weight. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Spread across four honey-stone town houses, this characterful hotel with fine-dining restaurant, themed around the pugilist 9th Marquess of Queensberry, really punches above its weight. Owners Laurence and Helen Beere have completed an extensive refurbishment programme, while a new kitchen has risen from the ashes of the old, following a fire that put the tin lid on an annus horribilis. Smart contemporary bedrooms range from small ‘club’ doubles with designer wallpaper and a shower room to a suite with a modern, seven-foot-square four-poster. The original Georgian drawing rooms are now junior suites. In the Olive Tree restaurant, Michelin-starred chef Chris Cleghorn devises innovative six- and nine-course menus (omnivore, veggie and dairy-free), with items individually priced so you can pick and mix. Maybe fallow deer, mushroom ketchup, black winter truffle; potato cooked over coal, ‘cream cheese’; Cornish turbot with Exmoor caviar. Or just have a drink in the Old Q bar (the nickname recalls another Q, the disreputable 4th Duke), where a spoof version of the Queensberry Rules forbids shouting into your cell phone: ‘I’M IN THE BAR!’

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 £170. Tasting menus £85–£110, à la carte £75. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.