Our very own gorgeous collaborator Emma for Grace & Ted, a fantastic shop hosting a curated collection of pre-owned designer clothes and accessories, give us the low-down on the fantastic square upon which her shop is located… Kingsmead Square….
A short stroll from Bath’s main high street you’ll find an historic Georgian Square surrounding a magnificent London Plane tree that’s over 200 years old! Kingsmead Square is our city’s bustling and vibrant community – home to cafes, a bar, restaurants, shops, an outdoor fruit and veg stall and it has its own Instagram page (@kingsmeadsquarebath)….
Food Glorious Food
Home to a plethora of different cuisines, if you’re looking for a quick lunch, special occasion meal or even a scoop of Italian gelato – Kingsmead Square has it all.
Try authentic Nepalese street food at Phat Yaks (owned by the guys from Pierrepont Street’s Yak Yeti Yak; I can 100% recommend their Pakoras) or tuck into breakfast at Kingsmead Kitchen – widely regarded as the home to the city’s best Full English and guaranteed to ease even the harshest Sunday morning hangover…
If it’s Thai cuisine you’re after check out Yum Yum Thai who serve free range chicken, organic wines and 100% authentic MSG free food and don’t forget Seafoods for proper fish and chips that can be taken away or eaten inside (with or without a wooden fork.)
A Place to Relax
If you’re craving a spot to relax with a coffee, Society Cafe on the corner of Kingsmead Square or The Bath Coffee Company located in the Square’s historic grade 1 listed building Rosewell House are the places to go. Did you know Adrian from The Bath Coffee Co actually roasts his own beans? He has even created an exclusive roast called ‘Kingsmead Blend’.
Boston Tea Party is a great place to head if you’re looking for a coffee alongside a hearty meal and with colouring in for the kids and often a busker outside, the whole family will be entertained while you relax and watch the world go by.
Finish it all off with a scoop of gelato from Swoon – originally from Bristol, they caused quite a stir when they opened in Bath and serve a huge selection of mouth watering flavours, all made fresh on site.
Did you know?
Community is at the heart of Kingsmead Square with a Traders Association set up so that businesses could work together to continue to improve the area. In 2018, led by Kingsmead landlord HPH Ltd, contributions were made to the area’s hanging baskets and Kingsmead Square was awarded a Silver Gilt Award from the Bath in Bloom committee for their colourful floral displays.
Nearly every business in Kingsmead Square is independently owned and many are family run. Furniture shop Silcox Son & Wicks which sits quite grandiosely on the corner of New Street was first established in 1900! Their Boxing Day sales are now infamous and huge crowds of people queue every year to snap up ‘Star Buys’ (they once sold a double bed for £1!)
Spanning more than 3 floors, Silcox is definitely the place to go if you need interiors inspo or if you want to treat yourself to something new for your home.
My shop, Grace & Ted is owned by myself and my mum Sharon and has been a dress agency for over 40 years. Taking centre stage above the Gucci bags and Prada dresses however are our dogs Charlie and Fred, who can often be seen sitting on the door step shortly before they dart across the Square after a pigeon…
The Bath Bus Station Fruiterers (confusingly no longer based at the bus station and permanently found in the middle of Kingsmead Square) is a family owned operation too! Serving Bath’s locals for over 50 years, these boys stand outside in all weathers and never fail to give you a smile.
For The Grown Ups
The perfect spot for girl’s nights, date night or a quiet drink after work; The Dark Horse is Kingsmead Square’s cosy, comfortable, underground bar. Voted one of the world’s best cocktail bars, the drinks are strong yet delicious and the music will have your foot tappin’. Relax on a Chesterfield with your favourite tipple and let your stress disappear…
Don’t forget to look up when passing through Kingsmead Square after dark when the gorgeous London Plane tree is lit up with twinkling lights…positively magical.