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.



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.




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



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