Monday, April 27, 2015

England: The 18th Century Bath Guildhall Market

I am always looking for food markets when I am travelling and in Bath I found two food markets. The 18th century Bath Guildhall Market is one of them and is the oldest market in the city.

Here is an excerpt from their website:

‘The Market is one of the longest running shopping venues in Bath, serving the community for around 800 years and operating from its current venue in one form or another from at least the 16th century. As the Guildhall Market, it came into existence in the 1770’s and acquired its famous dome in 1863.’

The market now is smaller than it used to and is trying its best to adapt to the 21st century. It’s a nice place to stop by to grab some food items. There is a bakery and a convenience store. There are also cafes in the market which are great venues for a quick chat and a cup of coffee.

The market is just across the beautiful Pulteney Bridge.

There are some cool shops selling gourmet food items such as specialty beer, liquor and cider, as well as cheeses.

A nice bar in the middle point of the market hall.

This is the dome of the market. The cast iron columns with their floral mouldings and high iron framed windows decorate the dome.

The local specialty, the Bath Bun. It is a sweet roll, like a brioche, made from a milk-based yeast dough. It has a lump of sugar baked in the bottom and more crushed sugar sprinkled on top after baking. Variations in ingredients include candied fruit peel, currants or larger raisins or sultanas.

These cupcakes were for a charity fund-raising event in England. I found out about it after reading a poster in different shop and watching the the said charity show on TV.

And a mini convenience store.

Travel Period: March 2015
Destination: Bath, Somerset (South West – England), United Kingdom

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