Food and Drink September 23, 2010
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The Angelfish Restaurant
Location: Canal Visitor Centre, Brassknocker Basin, Monkton Combe, Bath, BA2 7JD [map]
Phone: 0845 202 1125
Open: Mon-Sun 10am-6pm

If you decide you’d like to escape city life for a while, you can easily find The Angelfish Restaurant on the A36 out of Bath, below the fabulously named Brassknocker Hill. Situated next to the restored Somerset Coal Canal, with easy access and a large car park, the restaurant enjoys panoramic views across the Limpley Stoke Valley. In this historic setting you can watch the narrow boats while enjoying your food.

Choose to sit outside on the terrace, or inside where the vibe is more informal. The whole restaurant is surrounded by glass, allowing a clear view and making the atmosphere feel light, fresh and warm – even on a winter’s day.

Chef and owners Lionel and Victoria excel in their partnership, bringing their wealth of world-travelled experience to this lovely spot. The choice of menus is informal, enticing and varied. The fixed options menu ranges from snacks and freshly cooked baguettes with unusual fillings, to more substantial meals and a specials board that changes daily.

The specials when I visited were seafood linguine with tomato and basil ragu, moules frites, pork chops in Calvados sauce, fish pie, warm chicken salad with honey and mustard dressing, and salad Niçoise with grilled tuna loin (all at £6.95). Don’t forget the selection of homemade desserts, cakes and ice creams – choose from the likes of sticky toffee pudding, mango tarte tatin with raspberry coulis, Baileys bread-and-butter pudding, sticky date cake, cherry shortbread and coffee mocha pot with chocolate-spiced meringue.

There is magic here for everyone, from cream tea with organic clotted cream to a cappuccino coffee break, ‘let’s do lunch’ occasion or dinner for two. And, if you like what you’ve tried, why not book their outside catering company Gourmet Delicious for your wedding, business event or birthday celebration.

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