Independent Bath – my personal recommendations for independent shopping and eating

by Silvana de Soissons27th November 2016

If you are visiting Bath we do hope that you will come and enjoy an Independent Bath experience - here is a small, personal selection of places that I love to spend time and money in. Our city has many niche, independent family owned businesses that work hard all year round to create really interesting, well run enterprises that merit your custom. They source and sell great products, cook innovative dishes and provide a friendly, personal service. We hope you enjoy your visit! 

Independent Streets

The whole of Walcot Street – the artisan quarter – leads into London Road, so do keep walking

Broad Street    -    Bartlett Street    -    Green Street    -    Green Park Station


Shops and Galleries

Fashion and accessories - Found – Argyle Street

Fashion and accessories - Grace and Mabel - Broad Street

Children’s clothes toys - Spotty Herberts - Queen Street

Books - Mr. B’s Emporium of Reading Delights - John Street

Books - Toppings – Bladud Buildings in the Paragon

Wool Bath – Old Orchard Street

Country Threads – Old Orchard Street

The Bath Guild Hall Market - High Street

Cheese - Paxton & Whitfield - John Street

Wines and spirits - Independent Spirit - Terrace Walk

Magazines - Magalleria - Broad Street

Antiquarian books and bindery - George Bayntun - Manvers Street

Art, homewares and flowers - Article & David Simon Contemporary - Bartlett Street

Art gallery - Beaux Arts - York Street


Coffee shops - Cafes - Bakeries

Society Café - Kingsmead Square and the High Street

Colonna & Smalls - Chapel Row

Hunter & Sons - Milsom Place

Thoughtful Bread Bakery and Café - Barton Street


Lunch and Dinner

The Circus Restaurant – Brock Street

King William Pub – Thomas Street

Woods Restaurant – Alfred Street

Henry’s Restaurant – Saville Row

Acorn Vegetarian – North Parade Passage

Marlborough Tavern – Julian Road

Hare and Hounds Pub – Lansdown Road

Locksbrook Inn – Locksbrook Road



Melanie Giles – Walcot Street, Bath {also in Frome and Bradford on Avon}

No 3 Hairdressing, Bartlett Street


Crafts – Courses - Cookery

The Makery – Union Passage

Demuths Cookery School - Terrace Walk


About the Author

Silvana de Soissons is the founder of The Foodie Bugle Shop and its journal. You can follow her on Twitter @SilvanadeS and @TheFoodieBugle and on Facebook and Instagram @TheFoodieBugle

Society Cafe Bath

Society Cafe Bath

Spotty Herberts

Spotty Herberts

Rachel Demuth's Vegetarian Cookery School

Rachel Demuth's Vegetarian Cookery School



Marlborough Tavern

Marlborough Tavern