Review: nothing but the bagel, at The Whole Bagel, Bath

As my time working in Bath draws to a close, I’ve been doing my best to cram in as many lunchtime treats as possible. My most recent find – The Whole Bagel – was my favourite.

I recently blogged about a visit to Bagel Boy on St Nicholas Street, Bristol (if you haven’t been yet, go – and keep an eye out for spectacular Wriggle deals) and have had regular hankerings for chewy, doughy goodness ever since.

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The impressive counter displaying all the fresh ingredients you can have in your bagel is more than enough to lure you in to this split-level diner – whether you’re stopping by for a takeaway, taking a seat in the upstairs café, or going al fresco in the courtyard.

Pick something classic – like cream cheese or pastrami – or something more adventurous – like French Brie, pear and Prosciutto – but know that your bagel will be freshly baked and filled fresh to order. Your holey rolls come plain, or with seeds; cinnamon and raisin; cheese and jalapeño peppers; or sundried tomato and olive. The choice is yours. Prices range from £2.75 to £4.50.

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Although I was tempted by the New Yorker (pastrami, mustard, pickles and lettuce), I just couldn’t resist the smoked bacon and Brie with smoked farmhouse bacon, French Brie, chunky tomato chutney and rocket (£4.25), and chose the plain bagel.

First things first: the plain bagel itself was just the right combination of soft and chewy, and it really held the filling in a treat. The saltiness of the bacon was the perfect match for the smooth, creamy Brie, and the sharpness of the beautifully fresh-tasting tomato chutney and the pepperiness of the leaves finished it off perfectly. You just can’t beat a well-done bagel for lunch.

With a focus on freshness, local produce and value-for-money prices, it’s no wonder this place is one of the hottest grab ’n’ go hotspots in Bath. A visit is highly recommend.

If bagels aren’t your thing, the range of freshly-prepared fillings are available in wrap, baguette and gluten-free bread format instead, while fresh salads, soups, sweet treats and teas, coffees, smoothies and cold drinks are also available.

8 Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RG

www.thewholebagel.co.uk

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