Overnight trip to Bath - Christmas Market

  • December 1, 2012 · 8:30 AM

Hello Ladies,

This trip has gone from amazing to unbelievably spectacular.  There are only 4 spots left.  This is a joint meetup with www.meetup.com/tastour



-Italian Food and Wine matching at Bath best restaurant, Sotti, Sotti.  677 reviewers give it 5* on trip advisor, and it's voted #1 of 277 restaurants in Bath!!

The best part is they are offering an exclusive menu, designed just for us in partnership with their wine supplier... so it's sure to be an extra special night (and at a trial run discounted price)

-An olive oil tasting with the Dragon Den's star, The Olive Oil Man. And oil infused local tapas freshly prepared by the Queen of Balsamic vinegar.

-The Christmas Market

-Visit to the National Trust village Laccock

-Tasting walking tour in Bath

In Bath, there are around 17 Butchers, 20 Delicatessens, 10 Bakeries & 9 confectioners. In other words: This is #foodie heaven

-A lie-in or morning swim on Sunday

- A luxury hotel

-A 10am booking coffee in the Baths on Sunday - they don't usually allow bookings.


-A fun group of taste adventure seeking travellers to share the experience with!


If you would like to book: Please email [masked] to request a booking form

If you are a MAYBE or a NO: PLEASE, change your rsvp, with a comment, so that I can follow up if there is still space.


I may organise a day trip at a later date which will be via train and cost a lot less.  However, I've never been to Bath and I'd like to go to a great restaurant and organise various walking tours for you so that you get the most out of this trip... for me it's all about creating the best experience at reasonable price.


£190 Non Members

£160 Bon Vivant Members - click here to join

Save £20 if booked by 10th November, standard price is £210/180

£40 single supplement, and £50 Large Single, Double bed = same price based on double occupancy.

(see notes below)


Return transport from London to Bath.

Transport for 48 hours to Lacock Village, to Shepton Mallet and into centre city bath.

Parking fees and petrol.

Glass of Champagne over looking the Bristol Suspension Bridge

an Italian Wine Tasting and arrangement of exclusive tasting menu,

tour of Bristol, Exclusive booking of the Pump Room.

guided tour of Bath's famous food shops,

Food, Drink & Hotel cost of Driver and Guide,

a fun social group to enjoy.

Booking fee & insurance (in case of accidents) during the trip.

Not included:

Additional Food, Drink and shopping

Entrance to the Baths, 12.50

Tasting samples on the food tour of Bath - Estimated £10 each

Wine Pairing Dinner at Sotti, Sotti, £70

Olive Oil Tasting and Dinner, with wine £35

Your Travel Insurance, highly recommended

DAY 1: Saturday

8:30 am Meet in West London, on the Piccadilly line (we're heading west, so no point in meeting in central London).

10:15 Stop in Lacock for 3 hours touring and low-tea/lunch


These are not old photos, it is how the town actually looks!!

1:30 pm Arrive at hotel, glass of bubbles on arrival.  Free time in Bristol


3:30pm Foodie Tour of Bath with tasting samples (extra cost for samples, tour included) or free time

5:30 Free Time at the Christmas Market http://www.bathchristmasmarket.co.uk/


8:00 Meet for pre-drinks

9:00 Italian Wine Tasting & Dinner:  (I've created an exclusive tasting menu and we will have a private room - if 12 book - )Sotto Sotto - Voted 1 out of 289 restaurants in Bath on Trip Advisor

dinner will be under £70 and includes a wine tasting of Italian wines, and 4 course dinner and nearly a bottle of quality wine - TOTAL bargain!! (if you are not drinking at all, we can reduce the price for you)

DAY 2: Sunday

8:00 Morning SWIM at hotel

10:00 Morning Coffee in the Pump Room (extra charge of £5-10 - depending on what you order)

Regarded as the social heart of Bath for more than two centuries, the Pump Room is a striking neo-classical salon where hot Spa water is drawn for drinking.

Click here for a virtual tour


Image: Pump Room fountain


11:00 A tour of the Roman Baths and museum  (£12.50 charge extra)

Photos of Roman Baths Museum, Bath

This photo of Roman Baths Museum is courtesy of TripAdvisor

4pm Leave Bath

4:45. An Olive Oil tasting in Shepton Mallet, with the Dragon Den's star, The Olive Oil Man.  Plus an amazing 6 course dinner, showing you how to use the oils. the highlight will be the 100 year old Balsamic vinegar.

The tasting and 6 course dinner, with wine will only be £35!





About the Olive Oil Tasting:

Michael North is a leading authority on seasonal fresh extra virgin Olive Oil and gourmet BalsamicVinegars. He is an acknowledged expert Olive Oil Judge and taster with over 40 years experiencein quality lifestyle, food and drink.

He rose to prominence in 2009 after appearing on BBC TV Dragons’ Den to champion the benefits of seasonal fresh extra virgin Olive Oil.He has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows including UK TV Great Food Live, UK TVFood Market Kitchen, Ready Steady Cook, BBC TV Dragons’ Den, Dragons’ on Tour and BBCRadio.

Michael founded the UK’s first Seasonal Fresh Olive Oil Club in to help discerning food enthusiasts gain privileged access to "heavenly class" extra virgin Olive Oil right at its peak of perfection, and the Club boasts members as far away as New York, Brisbane and the Bahamas.




We have a 'experienced' meetup member driving the minibus, instead of a chaffered minibus which would cost around an extra £70 per person.



After 7 hours of searching online (ridiculous, I know), I finally found a hotel that can fit 15 people. I'm very pleased with the quality of the hotel (There's some real 1960's dumps out there charging £[masked] per night!) We are in the center of Bristol, 20 minutes from Bath.  Hotels in Bath are £200+ and the general feeling of the group was they'd rather spend less on the bed and more on the food and shopping. And I like the idea of people being able to sight see during the down time at the hotel. There will only be a few hours of free time in Bristol, but it should be enough to walk to the suspension bridge or a charming village or to museum/shopping district. I'm going to do a recky and will be organsing a mini walking tour for you.

*This is one of the few hotels with 11 rooms available in this price range within 40 miles of Bath.

Onsite: Bar, Restaurant, Swimming Pool and exercise room, very reasonably priced spa treatments. It's modern, clean and has great reviews online.

The rates are as follows:

Included - share a room - 4 rooms available (included in the price of the trip, based on double occupancy)

(extra £40 - A smaller than a double, larger than average twin bed)

(extra £50 - A massive King size bed and lots of floor space to move around)

This is 15 people.

Breakfast is an optional £15 per person extra. You can deside after you see the offering :)


The Grand in Bristol by Thistle Hotel Facilities BT Openzone

The Grand in Bristol by Thistle Room Standard Twin

The Grand in Bristol, swimming pool




Tapas menu for Sunday Night:


Homemade Soup of Season


Seasonal Fresh Olive Oil & Black Gold “66” Dipping Pool

(Served with fresh white bread)

Garlic & Oregano Toast

Roasted Sweet Peppers & Olives

Brussels Pâté


Sharran’s Specials Salads

Grated Carrot & Salted Roast Peanuts

Pearl Barley & Celery

Mixed Green Leaves, Tomatoes & Feta


Irish Champ


Parmesan Cheese


Greek Style Roast Leg of Lamb with Garlic & Thyme

Vegetarian option available upon advanced request


Decadent Chocolate Mousse


If you can no longer make it, please change your rsvp.  If you are keen, please buy your tickets as soon as possible.  For refunds, I can offer a full refund misses admin fee, if canceled by the 1st Nov, and 50% refund, if canceled by the 17th November.  Otherwise you can try to resell it by posting on the comment pages or to your friends.


I really hope this sounds good.  I've spent around 30 hours researching and putting together the prices so far, and do feel that this is going to be an amazing trip.  I am looking forward to going to Bristol and Bath and planning every last detail before we visit.  I really do love hosting these events and appreciate your interest!  This is something to look forward to as the nights start getting darker and colder, so a big thanks to you all!

If you would like to book: Please email [masked] to request a booking form

Here's to a wild, and crazy night in Bath!




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  • Anna

    That sounds truly amazing! Will you be repeating the trip as I can't make that particular dates?

    November 7, 2012

    • Kelly

      Hi Anna, We'll probably run it again next year. But it will probably cost a bit more as it was a lot more work than I thought it was going to be. Cheers, Kelly

      November 7, 2012

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