UPDATE: This restaurant is now closed.
Our short stay in Bath led us to The Cowshed for dinner, where we had a truly fabulous meal. The Cowshed is housed in a sympathetically restored Grade II listed Georgian Building. There are two dining rooms (one on the ground floor and another on the lower level). Both levels lead out to their own terraces with stunning views. The whole restaurant is well laid out, with tables for larger groups on the lower level. We were very impressed with the decor and ambience. A good start!
Everything on the menu sounded delicious but we decided to focus on their steak as our mains. All of their meat is sourced through their own butchery Ruby & White, which is based in Bristol where their flagship restaurant is also located. The Cowshed use other high quality ingredients from carefully sourced producers… and it definitely shows!
I made a reservation ahead of time and we were seated at a lovely table by the window and the natural light made it perfect for taking food photos. Service throughout our meal was friendly and attentive. I loved all the little attention to detail, such as the original bottles used to serve their own still water and the candles on the table.
The wine list was impressive and as we knew we were going to have steak, we ordered a lovely red wine… a Malbec from Argentina (Michel Torino 2013), described as having “intense fruit flavour and a beautiful lively finish.”
My starter was the Seared Cornish Squid with Iberico Chorizo and Squid Ink. The squid was fresh with moist, firm flesh. The cubed chorizo complemented the squid beautifully. The accompanying squid ink was made into a sauce with some definite spice to it.
Paulo had the Devonshire Scallops with Stornoway Black Pudding, Cauliflower and Golden Raisins. The black pudding was perfect in terms of texture and taste. Both the cauliflower and raisins were made into their own coulis.
Paulo and I ordered the Surf & Turf, which consisted of a cut of meat from the Dry Aged Steaks menu and a choice of pan fried scallops or whole king prawns cooked in garlic butter. We both chose the fillet steak and prawns. The dish was served with skinny chips, a crunchy salad and garlic butter… all very tasty!
The fillet steak was top quality, very tender and nicely seasoned. The 3 whole king prawns were massive, but more importantly, they were fresh and succulent. Yes, they were messy to eat but so worth it. The finger bowl with warm water and a slice of lemon was definitely appreciated.
My son devoured his ribeye steak, which came with a choice of skinny fries, fat chips or salad. He chose the skinny fries and added a very yummy blue cheese sauce to accompany his steak.
My son went for the Cowshed Cheese Plate (minus the crackers and chutney) to finish his meal. Paulo had the spectacular looking (and tasting) Lemon Eaton Mess, which consisted of lemon served four ways: marshmallow, sherbet, meringue and curd. Definitely a dessert that satisfies the sweet tooth!
My treacle tart dessert was equally decadent. It came with whiskey ice cream and orange curd. The fresh strawberry and pistachios were a nice touch.
Paulo finished his meal with an excellent espresso and a double shot of Trijol XO Cognac.
The three of us really enjoyed our dinner. The service, ambience, food and drink were spot on! We will definitely visit The Cowshed again the next time we are in Bath or Bristol.
The Cowshed have great menu options for the more budget conscious: Early Bird & Pre-Theatre Offer, Three Course Lunch Menu and Plat Du Jour. Just remember that the Bath location is closed on Mondays.
The owners, managers or staff did not invite me to visit this establishment and were unaware that my experience would be the basis of a written review. It is based on my experience at my own cost and I did not receive compensation for my review.
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