The Queensberry

Bath, Somerset

Near the city centre but surprisingly quiet, this stylishly quirky hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant occupies a quartet of Georgian town houses, each backed by a garden. More

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Near the city centre but surprisingly quiet, this stylishly quirky hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant occupies a quartet of Georgian town houses, each backed by a garden. They were built for the 8th Marquess of Queensberry, whose passion for boxing can be traced throughout. Owners Laurence and Helen Beere are hands-on alongside manager Joss Roussanne, all overseeing the final stages of a four-year refurbishment. Bedrooms offer a smart home-from-home feel. Georgian features – marble fireplaces, high ceilings, sash windows – are complemented by designer wallpapers and colourful furnishings; toiletries are by The White Company. After a drink in the Old Q bar – perhaps a G&T made with 6 O’Clock Gin from Bristol – dinner guests proceed downstairs to the Olive Tree where chef Chris Cleghorn produces such culinary delights as longhorn-beef tartar with Exmoor caviar and Woolley Park Farm duck with beetroot, sea beet and kumquat. In the bar hangs a spoof of the Queensberry Rules. Top of the list: ‘Manners, decorum and kindness to be shown at all times.’ It’s a rule that the ‘attentive and friendly’ staff take seriously.

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, meeting room, in-room TV (Freeview), 4 linked courtyard gardens, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in restaurant and bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

assistance dogs only.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £125–£475. Tasting menus £70–£90, à la carte £60. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.