It was Mama Bridges’ birthday not too long ago, and the fam decided to road trip to Bath to hang out with their favourite youngest daughter, ME! Since they were making the trip (I make it sound like hours but it’s only reaaaally two) I knew I had to make it super special. Well, also the fact that it’s her birthday.
You might remember that I went to The Bath Priory and had the most incredible lunch a couple of years ago. I knew they would absolutely love it, so there wasn’t a doubt in my mind when I got it booked in. Who’s the ultimate best daughter now?
Lunch was at 12 but the recommended getting there at 11:45 to start things off with a drink and some treats in the library.
Sure, it was Monday before 12, but this is how all the best days start.
We opted for the lunch menu which is incredibly priced. You get a choice of 3 options for starter, main and dessert.
Before we arrived, they asked me about our dietry requirements. The modern-day family we are, we had one veggie, one pescatarian, one who had given up meat for lent, and one who eats everything.
Out came and assortment of goodies. A hummus dip, a fish dip, veggie treats on a cute little wooden spoon and a meat one for Mama B, who didn’t hesitate to grab it before anyone else could even have a sniff.
I was pleased we got there a little early because it meant we were the only ones in the library, which was nice when she was unwrapping all her gifts. Birthday QUEEN!
Soon enough, we were whisked away to the restaurant.
I was starving, so this bread basket was the most beautiful sight. Actually, it still is. Probably one of the best looking bread baskets I’ve seen!
To start things off, everyone was given a delicious mushroom soup.
With one veggie, fish and meat option per course in the menu, it was pretty easy selecting. Good thing everything is delicious.
For starters, I had the Goats Cheese Mousse, Charred Broccoli, Orange & Toasted Almond.
The rest of the gang opted for the Langoustine Bisque with Crispy Langoustines, Choi & Ginger.
My main was the Ironbark Pumpkin Mille-Feuille with Cèpe, Apple Compote and Sage, which doesn’t look here like much but it was actually super interesting since I had no idea how it was going to look like.
Again, the rest of them opted for the same thing, which was the Salt Cornish Ling with Broccoli Puree, Mussels topped with a White Wine Velouté.
Everyone was pretty stuffed but I couldn’t say no to dessert. Maybe it’s a thing when parents come to visit. I don’t know when I’m going to eat like a princess again.
Ming and I eyed up two options and decided to share. The first, Vanilla Buttermilk with Yorkshire Rhubarb & Honeycomb. It was like a panna cotta.
It was insanely good. But so was our second option, White Chocolate Cremeux with Dark Chocolate Soil & Blood Orange, which Ming actually preferred more. I liked both, so kept alternating between bites. How it should be done.
Initially Papa Bridges said no to the offering of petit fours, but I quickly amended the decision, and we negotiated and concluded on petit fours but for two people (God, you really can see that I’ve been doing University work for the past month).
And I’m glad I pushed for it, because this…
It’s safe to say that she was a very happy Mama B! Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman I know!