Now i’m not usually an advocate of dining somewhere simply due to the convenience of location, so I suppose I should have been a little more hesitant of my venue of choice for a pre-theatre lunch in Bath. The Garrick’s Head is located next door to the Theatre Royal but as its sister pub, King William, has had some notably glowing reviews from esteemed food critics, (Giles Coren, The Times, described it as “So good it brings a tear to the eye”), I had assumed it would also be a pretty decent bet.
The menu certainly looked the part, with the use of seasonal ingredients and bread supplied from Herbert’s Bakery and Bertinet’s, it got my taste buds going.
Two of us chose the squid and chorizo to start, which is generally always a winning combination in my book. However it just failed to ignite the palate, being rather luke-warm, and the squid slightly over-cooked. My aunt fared no better with her choice of potted pork, she had no comment to make at all which spoke volumes.
I was also rather underwhelmed with my main, char-grilled mackerel, which was dotted with the smallest amount of lemon and chive butter. It was edible, but there was nothing that really lifted the taste of the dish. My aunt commented that the lamb cutlets she had ordered were cooked as they should be, nice and pink, and my uncle polished off his roast partridge, his only real qualm being that no serving of potato accompanied the meal. However neither of them had anything particularly glowing to comment either. All in all the dishes, despite their numerous ingredients lacked any real depth of flavour.
And if speedy service is what you’re after then i’d steer clear of this place. Despite being the first people seated at lunch the food took an incredibly long time to come to the table.
In summary, a distinctly average meal. I’d say it’s worth venturing that little bit further for your pre-theatre dining.