Whilst wondering down the bustling cobbled streets of Bath, passing the elegant Georgian terraced houses, the famous Roman Baths. This city seemed to have it all, a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants constructed out of the beautiful sand stone bricks and steeped in history.
Arriving at Pulteney Bridge we were captivated by the view and the architecture of this wonderful construction. There are only three other bridges in the world that have shops across its full span on both sides. Designed in 1770 by Robert Adam and completed in 1774 the bridge connected Bath to the newly built town of Bathwick.
Situated just on the other side of the river a restaurant with an outdoor seating area came into view, this was to be our place for some lunch.
Fighting our way through the crowds we picked up the pace when we spotted just two free tables. The entrance steps for Riverside Cafe & Restaurant were well signposted and down some old uneven steps. We grabbed a table and ordered some drinks, perused the menu which had a lovely selection of delicious food. We freely chatted to the passers by who were all looking for somewhere to eat and to admire the fantastic architecture.
Sitting below this bridge the view was stunning. Just to hear the water running down the river and over the weirs was so relaxing.
Unfortunately due to the good old British weather we had to head inside because it started to rain. The atmosphere inside was relaxed, welcoming and dog friendly. We both enjoyed our delightful lunch of moules frites, washed down with a glass of wine and beer.
This is a very popular cafe/restaurant that has recently re-opened under new management after a period of being closed.
If you’re visiting Bath and fancy some lunch by the river then this is the place to go.