What a year it’s been. We’d like to say a huge thank you to our fantastic customers and team who’ve made it a year to remember.
As well as producing our core offer of excellent food and live music 4 nights a week, we’ve hosted some wonderful events and entered new business partnerships working with some of Bath’s brilliant people and organisations.
We’ve also achieved some personal milestones along the way: the Brasserie team earned a recommendation in The Times, Bath Pizza Co competed at The European Pizza Chef of the Year Finals and Bath Function Rooms has this past year become one of Bath’s most popular event spaces for parties, dinners, weddings and businesses events.
Here, we look back from January through to December at some of the year’s highlights.
January: Bath Pizza Co on Tour
The Brasserie’s Bath Pizza Co team took a trip to Napoli to explore pizza culture at the start of the year. Visiting some of the world’s most popular pizzerias and inspiring new ideas, the team brought back some brilliant insight from the home of pizza to set them up for a very busy year with new menu favourites.
February: Finalists & Olympic Partnership
2018 saw the Brasserie nominated for a number of awards and was also shortlisted for the UK’s most romantic restaurant (for the second year running). Having claimed the title in 2017 we were also finalists at the Bath Life Awards (Best Restaurant in Bath), the Crumbs Awards (Best Casual Dining Restaurant) and featured in The Bath Magazine’s ‘Delicious Guide.’
A huge thank you to our customers who recommended us for these prestigious awards.
February also saw a new partnership for Bath Pizza Co with local Olympian, Ben Fletcher, a partnership that would see the launch of a charity campaign with Bath Mind later in the year. The campaign has raised funds and awareness of the local mental health charity with an estimated 20,000 customers reading about Bath Mind on the Bath Pizza Co menu.
March: Spring Menu
Despite the heavy snowfall of early March, the kitchen shifted into Spring menu mode, refreshing the Brasserie’s main menu with new dishes and seasonal twists on some of our most popular dishes.
Continuing to work closely with our farmers and producers in Bath and the South West, the Brasserie chefs launched some of our most popular dishes to date, including our Pan Fried Barbary Duck dish and our Spinach, Mint & Parsley Falafel.
We also launched one of our most popular Brasserie special desserts, a Wild Elderflower & Raspberry Jelly with a Raspberry Mascarpone.
April: kicking off Summer Sessions
Alfresco live music sessions launched at Bath Pizza Co with Bath’s Isobel Holly kicking off the 5 month long season. Every Thursday Bath Pizza Co welcomed a number of acoustic musicians and bands alongside some of the Brasserie’s established jazz, swing and funk groups.
The live music Thursday evenings rolled into Festival Season with some of Bath’s best events coming to play at Green Park Brasserie and Bath Pizza Co.
May: Festival Season in full swing
Festival season kicked off in full swing with Bath Festivals’ Party in the City coming to Green Park Station. With live music and performances from 6.30pm through to 1am we had one of our most popular evenings of the year with live music, swing dancing and a whole host of Bath and Bristol bands playing through the night.
Thank you to all who made it one of the most memorable nights in recent memory. We also hosted part of the Jane Austen Festival with events at Bath Function Rooms, directly above our restaurant.
June: keeping it local
The Brasserie chefs took a trip to one of our longest standing suppliers - Hugh and Celia at Newton Farm in Newton St. Loe. Just 3 miles from our kitchen High and Celia have been producing outstanding steak cuts for our menu for years. We’re looking forward to meeting more farmers and producers in 2019.
With festival season ongoing, we also welcomed the Bath Fringe Festival and more live music groups as we entered into one of the longest and hottest summers in recent years.
July: Visually celebrating the best of Bath and the South West
We welcomed local Bath photographer James Markham to exhibit here at the Brasserie. Showcasing the best of his work in Bath and the South West region, James’ work is highly revered and presents some of the areas most notable landscapes in stunning form. Prints are available to purchase online (jamesmarkham.org/somerset).
August: Wedding season and the Prosecco keeps flowing
We hosted many weddings over the May to September period at our function rooms in Bath, Bath Function Rooms. We were delighted to meet many wonderful couples and help make their day special here at Green Park in Bath.
In addition, festival season kicked on with the Bath Folk Festival hosting another busy month of live music events and free flowing prosecco and beers during a hot summer.
September: more music and partnering with the University of Bath
September saw the continuation on our alfresco live music, plus we partnered up with the University of Bath’s Music Society to host live music sessions across the year. The society are a very talented group of musicians playing a wide breadth of styles and we’re looking forward to seeing more of their performances in 2019.
October: TV appearances, heaters & Brooklyn
You might have caught us on Channel 5’s TV series Britain’s Lost Railways. We were chuffed to be on the series charting the UK’s old rail networks as the producers visited Green Park Station (more on the history of Green Park Station here).
We also added a fantastic beer to the Brasserie bar: Brooklyn Lager. The American Amber Lager picked up Gold at the 2018 World Beer Cup and is going down very well.
Our patio heaters arrived and were installed towards the end of the month. The powerful heaters will offer our alfresco and Bath Pizza Co customers a cosy environment through the Autumn and Winter months.
November: Bath Pizza Co compete at the European Pizza Chef of the Year Finals
Bath Pizza Co head chef Jonah was selected to attend the The European Pizza Chef of the Year Finals. Competing against 30 of Europe’s best pizza chefs, the Bath Pizza Co team took a trip to London for the event and narrowly missed out on claiming the title. We hope to be back next year!
December: ‘tis the season
Christmas party season is currently in full swing and we’re looking forward to a cracking New Year’s Eve party to see in 2019. Lastly, we’ve picked up some wonderful reviews over the years but were over the moon to be recommended by The Sunday Times midway through the month. Thank you to all our wonderful team and customers who helped us achieve this accolade.
Here’s to 2019!