The newly owned County Hotel on Pulteney Road has opened the city’s very first Beach Bar.
With comfortable low seating – designed so that visitors can feel the sand between their toes – bright Balinese parasols and views out over the Rec and Bath Abbey, “it’s the perfect spot for guests and visitors alike to drop in for al fresco cocktails, a relaxed bite to eat from the barbecue and experience totally tropical beach bar vibes.”
Food, which ranges from pizzas and superfood salads and barbecue options from classic burgers and hot dogs to vegan bean burgers and pulled jack fruit, will be served all day inside and out in seaside style, while cocktails take their cue from beaches around the world.
Favourites such as Aperol Spritz and Pimm’s and The County Hotel’s take on a Pina Colada and Mojito will make an appearance alongside the likes of an Amalfi Coast (with limoncello, aperol, strawberries and honey), Venice Beach (a champagne cocktail with chambord and lemon sorbet) and a Bath Breeze (featuring gin, vodka, orange and cranberry). There’ll be local beers, ciders and plenty of soft drink options too.
Head inside and visitors will discover a wonderfully eclectic (cool and air-conditioned) space, designed as a social hub for work or play. A space for freelancers to work, friends to meet for coffee or a relaxed lunch or dinner, there’s a bar for drinks and various seating areas centred around contemporary pieces of art.
There is a central artwork,Abyss, by Jacqueline Bond, based on plastic pollution in the ocean and the play of light that this creates, as well as vast canvases, floral installations and a warm terracotta and mustard colour scheme throughout.
A separate meeting room also provides a creative space for workshops and get-togethers, private parties and celebrations.
Owned by Ian and Christa Taylor, The County Hotel Bath is the latest addition to The Kaleidoscope Collection, which also includes No.15 Great Pulteney.
“Creating something that’s fun, eclectic and different for Bath is what we do, and we’re delighted with the initial transformation here at The County Hotel,” said owner Ian Taylor. “Our new planting and sculptures to the front of the hotel – which include Summer the owl by artist Angus McBob [part of the Owls of Bath public art trail] – give passers-by a hint of the new look and feel, but we hope people will come and experience our new Beach Bar and social hub for themselves.”
Once the summer pop-up comes to an end, the beach will be transformed into a visually exciting Winter Wonderland.