On tour: Newton Farm

On tour: Newton Farm

The people behind the produce

We’re exploring the farm yards and cheese dairies that shape our menus.  We recently met up with Hugh and Celia Gay at Newton Farm, just 3 miles from the Brasserie kitchen.

 The South Devons herd at Newton Farm, Bath

The South Devons herd at Newton Farm, Bath

Hugh is the 3rd generation of the family to farm at Newton St Loe. Tenants of the Duchy of Cornwall, they farm a beef suckler herd of Pedigree South Devons, Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle.

 Hugh gets up close and personal with Dave

Hugh gets up close and personal with Dave

We’ve been buying cuts of fillet, rump and sirloin steak as well as bacon (for our Brasserie Burger) from Hugh and Celia since 2012 - now some of our most popular menu choices.

The farm is a traditional mixed farm, with cattle, sheep, pigs, grain and lots of luscious grass. Our livestock have the luxury of living outside on our lush pastures during the spring, summer and autumn.
— Hugh Gay, Farmer & Owner, Newton Farm
 The Green Park Brasserie team at Newton Farm, Bath

The Green Park Brasserie team at Newton Farm, Bath

The Newton Farm livestock have the luxury of living outside where Hugh and Celia breed their own calves who then stay with their mothers for 8-9 months and live on the farm all of their lives. The pasture is in the Higher Level Stewardship scheme, which means no chemical fertilisers or pesticides can be used. The land is full of planted fields with British wild flowers and over 200 trees.

It’s fantastic for us to see exactly where we’re buying from - especially for our chefs. We’ve bought locally since we opened in 1992 and pride ourselves on our food, based on the quality of our local producers and the skill of our chefs.
— Andrew Peters, Owner, Green Park Brasserie

Like the Brasserie, the farm is a family run business; Hugh and Celia have four grown up children, all of them have helped out on the farm whilst growing up. We look forward to working with them into the future.

Below: A 30 day aged 8oz Newton Farm Sirloin Steak and the popular Brasserie Burger (Newton Farm Bacon)

A big thank you to Hugh and Celia for the tour around the farm!


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Our Newton Farm 30 Day Aged Steaks are served with either Peppercorn Sauce, Bearnaise Sauce or Garlic Butter and go very well with our Dauphinoise Potatoes or Fries. 

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Lead image:  Top row, left to right: Adam Ponichter, Sous Chef. Andrew Peters, Owner. Steve Derry, Head Chef. Bottom row, left to right: Hugh Gay (Newton Farm), Alex Peters, Director, Jake Chambers, Commis Chef. Celia Gay (Newton Farm).

UK’s Favourite Romantic Restaurant

UK’s Favourite Romantic Restaurant

Green Park Brasserie are in the running to win the “UK’s Favourite Romantic Restaurant” 2018 award!

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Last year we claimed top spot in HolidayLettings.co.uk's (owned by TripAdvisor) most romantic restaurant in the UK awards and are delighted to be shortlisted for second year in a row.

Group Marketing Manager Alex Peters said: "We're over the moon to be shortlisted for this  award again and to be flying the independent restaurant flag for Bath.

"We've been shortlisted for several local and national awards over the last 12 months. This is down to the fantastic work of our team here at the Brasserie and by sourcing produce from outstanding local suppliers and offering a unique dining experience with our live music."

If you've been to the Green Park Brasserie and would like to support them by voting for them you can do so here.

We're a Bath Life Awards 2018 Finalist!

We're a Bath Life Awards 2018 Finalist!

Green Park Brasserie have been announced as a finalist for the Bath Life 2018 Restaurant Award.

We’re over the moon to have been shortlisted for the Bath Life Restaurant Award 2018.

2017 has been a big year for us here the Braz. Thank you to all of our customers, producers and team who have made the past 12 months a fantastic year for the Braz!

Here’s a run down of some of our highlight moments throughout the year.

 

In 2017 we:

 

Celebrated 25 years of business. Owner, Andrew Peters picked up the keys in February 1992 and has made the Braz one of Bath’s most popular independent restaurants.

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Helped put Bath on the foodie map. We championed food, drink and good times for the Great Bath Feast with Visit Bath in September.

Went local, local, local. We’ve strengthen our partnership with the Bath Farmers’ Market to produce more locally sourced dishes on our menu.

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Blushed a little. We picked up some wonderful recommendations from AOL Travel, Taste of the West and Culture Trip during 2017.

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Hosted community events. We partnered further with a series of local event organisers, universities and charities to put on some awesome outdoor events. These included Bath Festivals, Bath Folk Festival, Bath Fringe Festival, Bath Spa University and Julian House.

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Got creative. We refreshed our brand identity with a new visual language, website and on site creative. We also shot a short promo video, which we’re rather proud of.

Diversified. We’ve had an awesome year with our younger sibling business, Bath Pizza Co. Together we’ve co-hosted some great events and look forward to another busy year of wood fired pizza, top local beers and cider and the famous £10 pizza and prosecco or pint deal!

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Got all romantic. We picked up ‘UK’s most romantic restaurant’ award by HolidayLettings.co.uk (TripAdvisor) after being shortlisted against some of the country’s good and great restaurant across the land.

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Turned up the music. We love welcoming Bath’s finest musicians to the Braz. Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening we host live music. A mixture of acoustic, jazz, soul and funk, we’ve also put on outdoor gigs with Bath Pizza Co under the Green Park Station roof.

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Supported local projects. We're pleased to be at the heart of Green Park on the west side of Bath city centre. One of our many community engagement initiatives saw us help out the Bath Spa University team at Green Park House accommodation to litter pick the local park and riverside area. We're looking forward to the 2018  projects!

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A huge thank you to everyone who made 2017 a fantastic year!


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Valentine's day in Bath

Valentine's day in Bath

Valentine’s day in Bath 2018

  • Live Music  

  • Stunning Venue  

  • Award Winning Food

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In 2017 we were delighted to be announced as the UK’s most romantic restaurant by Holiday Lettings (TripAdvisor).

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Pitted against some of the UK’s most romantic restaurants we topped the pile to claim first place battling off 10 other top restaurants from up and down the country.

With romantic live music from the James Lambeth Trio, our unique venue in the former railway station booking hall and award winning food, make sure you book a Valentine’s evening your other half won’t forget.

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Valentines Day in Bath

Visiting for a romantic break in Bath? We’ve also put together the best 11 things to do in Bath to help you plan your visit. If you’re visiting Bath for the very first time or are a seasoned visitor, make sure to check out our top tips from walks, spas and sights to see around the city and beyond Bath.

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The History of 'Bath Green Park' Railway Station

Interested in the history of our venue at Green Park Station? Check out our blog post looking at the before and after images of the station during its service years, time in decay and through to today's renovation. 

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Best Freelancing Cafe & Bar in Bath To Work From

Best Freelancing Cafe & Bar in Bath To Work From

Looking for a quiet, relaxed cafe to work in during the day? We’ve been welcoming freelancers, local business owners, and office workers to the Braz for many years.

Why freelancers choose to work in the cafe at Green Park Brasserie:

  • Powerful WiFi throughout the building

  • Several charging plug points available

  • Relaxed cafe atmosphere throughout the day

  • Spacious seating and tables to use

  • Meet other freelancers and build your network

  • Ideal meeting place to catch up with colleagues and clients from Bath

  • Breakout quiet space, The Library (at the back of the Brasserie cafe/restaurant space)

  • Outdoor summer working areas at both the front and back (city and station side) with benches, ideal for laptop working

  • Great prices, coffee from £1.95 and beers from £3.00

  • Selection of snacks and pastries available from the bar all day

  • £5 fresh wood fired pizza available at lunch (Tues, Weds, Thurs) from Bath Pizza Co.

  • Happy hour (pints from £2.50), Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri, 4pm-6pm


Whether you’re a freelancer looking for a cafe in Bath, or looking to hold a meeting with colleagues, we’re always happy to welcome workers. Make the most of our WiFi, settle down with a coffee of make the most of our lunch menu, including wood fired pizza by Bath Pizza Co.



 

Green Park Brasserie UK's Most Romantic Restaurant

Green Park Brasserie UK's Most Romantic Restaurant

Green Park Brasserie officially the UK’s most romantic restaurant

We’ve been announced as the UK’s most romantic restaurant! After being shortlisted by TripAdvisor’s company Holiday Lettings as one of the 11 most romantic restaurants in the UK, Green Park Brasserie won the most votes to take the title.

Thank you to all of our customers who felt the love for the Braz and voted for us.

Andrew Peters, Owner, Green Park Brasserie said: “We’re delighted to win this award. It’s 25 years this February since we opened our doors; from day one we’ve been creating local seasonal menus and been hosting Bath’s best jazz and acoustic musicians in our setting in the historic Green Park Station booking hall - it’s completely unique. With our food, wine, music and venue coming together it does make for a very romantic ambience.”  

The competition also included Bath’s Menu Gordon Jones, the very popular Cinnamon Club in London and Edinburgh’s Aizle amongst other top UK restaurants in Belfast, Oxford, Manchester and Birmingham.

We'd like to thank all of our fantastic food and wine producers, musicians and front of house and kitchen staff who have helped the Brasserie win this award with their hard work over the years.

We'll be celebrating our 25th year later in the summer - the champagne is on ice. Keep an eye out for details.


Valentine's Day 2018

The Brasserie is taking bookings for Valentine’s 2018. Join us for live jazz from the romantic James Lambeth Trio and a four course meal in our stunning venue in Bath city centre.

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Visiting Bath for a Valentine's Day get away?

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Historical images of Green Park Station, Bath

Historical images of Green Park Station, Bath

Green Park Station then and now

A thriving hub of independent traders, market stall holders and artisan products, Green Park Station is now home to Bath's indie community. We recently stumbled upon some old images of the former railway station during its in-between years, from its decommission in the late 1960s and it the redevelopment in the 1980's.

 Station exit view. Pre development of Green Park Station. Now the station side of Green Park Brasserie, part market, part car park for Sainburys.

Station exit view. Pre development of Green Park Station. Now the station side of Green Park Brasserie, part market, part car park for Sainburys.

 Looking out from the back of the Green Park Brasserie, home to Bath Pizza Company.

Looking out from the back of the Green Park Brasserie, home to Bath Pizza Company.

 Boarded up. The Station side facade between the active use of the station and its redevelopment. The station is now a thriving independent community of traders and markets throughout the week and weekends.

Boarded up. The Station side facade between the active use of the station and its redevelopment. The station is now a thriving independent community of traders and markets throughout the week and weekends.

 Green Park Brasserie and Bath Pizza Company occupy the old station booking hall and platform space.

Green Park Brasserie and Bath Pizza Company occupy the old station booking hall and platform space.

'Bath Green Park' Station was originally known as Queen Square - the square still some 500 metres from the station. Green Park Station was opened in 1870 and acted as the terminus of Midland Railway's Mangotsfield and Bath Branch Line.

 The front of Green Park Station in Bath after the station was decommissioned. The original cobbled front pavings remains today, but the road space has been reconfigured with parking only at the rear of the building in the former station.

The front of Green Park Station in Bath after the station was decommissioned. The original cobbled front pavings remains today, but the road space has been reconfigured with parking only at the rear of the building in the former station.

 Bath Green Park station booking hall, now Green Park Brasserie restaurant. The building underwent a restoration which involved cleaning the brick work and adding a new floor to create a two story building, now used as a  function room .

Bath Green Park station booking hall, now Green Park Brasserie restaurant. The building underwent a restoration which involved cleaning the brick work and adding a new floor to create a two story building, now used as a function room.

 Bath Green Park, the station during active use c.1950 . Credit:  Steve Portch

Bath Green Park, the station during active use c.1950 . Credit: Steve Portch

 Live music, great food and local traders on a Saturday morning at Green Park Station in October 2016.

Live music, great food and local traders on a Saturday morning at Green Park Station in October 2016.

Architect John Holloway Sanders designed the station buildings which have since been renovated after the station was decommissioned and the last passenger train left Green Park in 1966 following the Beeching Report.

With the last goods train leaving the station in 1971 it wasn't until the 1980s when the space was redeveloped and Sainburys Green Park store opened in December 1982.

 Reverse view, approaching the station. Green Park Station, Bath before the redevelopment during the 1970s.

Reverse view, approaching the station. Green Park Station, Bath before the redevelopment during the 1970s.

 Green Park Station, Bath. Credit:  Flikr

Green Park Station, Bath. Credit: Flikr

 The popular Bath Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday from 8am - 1.30pm. Local farmers, producers and traders from Bath and Somerset sell meats, veg, cheeses, apple juice, free from produce, cakes, breads, olives and more.

The popular Bath Farmers' Market which runs every Saturday from 8am - 1.30pm. Local farmers, producers and traders from Bath and Somerset sell meats, veg, cheeses, apple juice, free from produce, cakes, breads, olives and more.

 Green Park Station, date unknown

Green Park Station, date unknown

 Side angle. The facade of Green Park Station, Bath - this was once the entrance point to the booking hall where travellers would have bought their ticket before going through into the terminus. Today the building's stone work has been cleaned show the Bath stone's original colour.

Side angle. The facade of Green Park Station, Bath - this was once the entrance point to the booking hall where travellers would have bought their ticket before going through into the terminus. Today the building's stone work has been cleaned show the Bath stone's original colour.

 A local theatre group commemorating the last train to leave Green Park Station.

A local theatre group commemorating the last train to leave Green Park Station.

 Green Park Station, date unknown

Green Park Station, date unknown

 The old booking hall at Green Park Station, Bath photographed long after the last train and passengers had left.

The old booking hall at Green Park Station, Bath photographed long after the last train and passengers had left.


The Green Park Brasserie is one of Bath’s best known independent restaurants. Based in the heart of Bath, just 5 minutes stroll from the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Bath's shops, we’ve been serving award winning food and drink for over 25 years.

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11 things to do when visiting Bath

11 things to do when visiting Bath

Visiting Bath: 11 'must do' places & activities

Bath is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and Europe. While there are hundreds of guides to visiting Bath, we've compiled our guide with 11 of the 'must do' places to see and activities to do in Bath. 

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1. Bath Skyline

Bath's skyline trail is one of the most best ways to take in the city. Not only does the walk take in the beauty of Bath from different angles, it also gives visitors a perspective and appreciation for the size and geography of the city. The 10km route can be picked up and multiple points from Bath city centre. Our favourite point would be the view across the city centre from Bathwick Fields halfway up Bathwick Hill. 

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2. Bath Rugby at The Rec

Rugby in Bath is like sport in no other city. With a rugby ground slap bang in the heart of the city with views back across to Bath Abbey and the city, the atmosphere in Bath town centre is unlike no other on match day. The Recreation Ground is nestled against the River Avon with views stretching up to the green hills that create the valley of the city centre. Possibly the most picturesque sports ground in the world, soak up the atmosphere of a match at the Rec, before soaking up a few drinks in one of Bath's pubs and bars. 

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3. Bath Abbey Tower Tour

If you're not a fan of heights you might be better off enjoying the Abbey interior, however, the Bath Abbey Tower Tour offers outstanding panoramic views across Bath city centre. Make sure you bring your camera! 

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4. Georgian Architecture Tour: Royal Crescent & Circus

Guide yourself slightly out of Bath's shopping streets from the top of Milsom Street and onto Gay Street. From here you'll join the Circus, one of Bath's architectural gems. After taking in the 360 degree triumph of John Wood (both Senior and Junior) head onto Brock Street (first left off the Circus). 250 yards along here and you'll join the world famous Royal Crescent, however,  before hand enjoy the eclectic independent shops and galleries along Margaret's Buildings - especially Bath Old Books shop at the top end of the street. From here you can walk along to the Royal Crescent and take in another of Bath's best know architectures. The green space between the Crescent and Royal Avenue is a fantastic spot in the summer months for picnics, ball games and taking in the views.

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5. Spa Time: Bath Thermae Spa & The Roman Baths

The poster girl of many billboards and advertising spreads for Bath, the Bath Thermae Spa (below and lead image) is relatively new to the city, compared to the Roman Baths (above) whose hot water's have been bubbling away for thousands of years.

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Page lead image: Photo Philip Edwards / Bath Thermae Spa. Above image: Photo: Matt Cardy / Bath Thermae Spa

Bath Thermae Spa opened their doors in 2006 and have become one of the top attractions in Bath. Taking in views of Bath Abbey and the surrounding cityscape, the roof top pool is the headline act at Bath Thermae Spa. The Spa also has different spa pools including the open air roof top pool and Minerva Baths, as well as the Aroma Steam Rooms and additional treatments available to visitors. 

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6. Prior Park, National Trust

Slopping gardens, soaring views and a Palladien architecture masterclass, Prior Park is a Bath visitor spot not to miss. Run and managed by the National Trust, the grounds are accessible from the city centre if you're not afraid of a bit of a climb. The grounds are nestled between the steeping Ralph Allen Drive and Widcombe hill side, so the site is no flat to explore. However the tea room and Palladien bridge and ponds are on the flat for those accessing the site from the lower entrance. Prior Park Landscape Gardens link up with the Bath Skyline walk so you can build this into your trail.

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7. Bath Farmers' Market

Hosted in the artisan Green Park Station, the Bath Farmers' Market runs every Saturday from 8am - 1.30pm. Farmers, cheese makers, bread bakers, local cider makers and free from cake bakers all attend this incredibly popular local farmers' market. You'll also find local venison steaks, local apple juice, local butchers and vegetable farmers all pitching up. 

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Our Farmers' Breakfast is available on Saturdays with fresh produce sourced from the market that very morning. If you're not into sausage, bacon and eggs, then our Farmers' Market wood fired pizzas from our sister business Bath Pizza Company might take your fancy.

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8. Bath's Canals and Waterways

Bath's most undersold asset, the canals that link the Bath to the hamlets, villages and towns that surround it are ideal for walkers, bikers and those with access to kayaks or barges.

Picking up the canal from Widcombe (a stones thrown from Bath Spa Railway Station) the 3 mile canal stretch to Bathampton to take in the fields and village surroundings as you leave the city is one not to miss - especially in the summer months. The George at Bathampton is the perfect incentive to get on the canal path. Cold ciders on the canal banks at the picturesque bridge at Bathampton is right up there with the more high profile Bath "must do's". Bath Canal is also accessible from Sydney Gardens behind the Holbourne Museum on Great Pulteney Street.

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9. Parade Gardens & Bath Weir on the River Avon

The entrance to Parade Gardens can be found just off Orange Grove next to Bath Abbey - opposite the Garfunkel's restaurant. Another fantastic summer location for sunbathing, playing in the gardens and live music on the bandstand, Parade Gardens also has great views at water level looking up to the weir and Pulteney Bridge. Small entrance fee for non-residents. 

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10. Bath's Hidden Squares and Cobbled Streets

Only five to ten minutes from the busy shopping streets of Bath town centre are a collection of hidden squares and streets. Home to many local residents and some holiday apartments (get your hands on one if you can) these quiet yet central parts of Bath are worth exploring for their architecture and some with antique shops. 

Places to explore - 5 to 10 mins walk from Bath city centre:  

•  St James' Square, St James' Wine Vaults

•  Margaret's Buildings, Catherine Place, Rivers Street & Rivers Street Mews

•  Russell Street & Circus Place

•  Queen Square (more central and often with events and markets)

If you're feeling a little more adventurous - 15 mins walk from Bath city centre:

•  Lansdown Crescent, Somerset Crescent

•  Cavendish Road, Cavendish Crescent

Norfolk Crescent, Great Stanhope Street

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11. Horse Racing at Bath Racecourse, Lansdown

With a newly built roof terrace boasting impressive views of the course, horse racing in Bath at Lansdown is a wonderful afternoon out just ten minutes drive from Bath city centre. Packed with local ciders and ales racing outside of the city makes for a welcome break from the business of the city centre on weekends. Mid week meets for a more low key affair are certainly worth a visit. 


The Green Park Brasserie is one of Bath’s best known independent restaurants. Based in the heart of Bath, just 5 minutes stroll from the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Bath's shops, we’ve been serving award winning food and drink for over 25 years.

Live music in Bath →                    More about the Brasserie →

Currently exhibiting: Bath Instagrammers

Currently exhibiting: Bath Instagrammers

In September 2016 we welcomed the @IgersBath community to exhibit here at the Green Park Brasserie. Over 900 photographs were entered to the exhibition on the #igersbathgreenpark hashtag with the community moderators choosing 25 of the best images.

Two months later we welcomed the exhibitors and their guests to our opening preview celebrating the best photography of Bath, by the people of Bath. 

The images are hanging on the Brasserie walls and prints are available to purchase by contacting the photographer directly (see labels for contact details).

Read all about the exhibition on the Bath Pizza Co website.


The Green Park Brasserie is one of Bath’s best known independent restaurants. Based in the heart of Bath, just 5 minutes stroll from the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and Bath's shops, we’ve been serving award winning food and drink for over 25 years.

Live music in Bath →                    More about the Brasserie →