Why you should believe the hype for this outstanding Greek restaurant in Bath


It has 4/5 stars on TripAdvisor.

It is in the top 10 restaurants in all of Bath – out of more than 400 possible options.

And to boot, a whopping 921 reviews out of 1,145 rated their experience there as ‘excellent’, again on TripAdvisor.

So it’s safe to say that Jars Meze, an independent, family-run Greek restaurant in Northumberland Place, is a popular spot in Bath.

And as the restaurant is expanding into the shop next door, where Pug and Puffin used to be, what better time to test its considerable credentials?

On one midweek afternoon, my friend and former work comrade, Jess, and I went to the restaurant and we were not disappointed.

Inside Jars Meze at 6 Northumberland Place

When we walked in, a melodious noise wafted delicately towards our ears (some sort of calming Greek music) and at once I felt relaxed and excited about the impending meal.

After perusing the menu the night before, I was quick to order the Rolo gourounaki (£7.90) – marinated pork stuffed with vegetables and halloumi cheese, slow cooked, flavoured with honey.

Just typing these words makes me drool.

The meat was incredibly tender, there was a whole cavalcade of flavours and it looked the part as well.

Due to my sub-standard cooking skills at home, I usually don’t hang around polishing my dishes off but with this one I savoured every morsel.

Jess went for the Saganaki (£5.60) – Greek cheese (Kefalotyri) deep fried with sesame.

Saganaki and Rolo gourounaki

She said it was the ‘perfect dish’ to start with and, to paraphrase her, it was like she was back in Greece – that’s how good it was.

The service from the two waiters was punctual and they were a convivial bunch too, which, I think, is nice.

Within 15 minutes or so our main courses arrived.

Earlier, I had tested the patience of Jess and the jocund waiter by dilly-dallying over choosing my next dish.

After taking a similar amount of time that a magistrate does before delivering a verdict, I went for Kleftiko in ladokola from Ioannina (£17.90).

Kleftiko in ladokola from Ioannina

It was made up of lamb shank, wrapped in baking paper and slow cooked, sprinkled thyme and oregano, and served with baby potatoes and carrots.

Without doubt it was one of the best dishes I have had in a long time.

The meat was unbelievably succulent, stunningly cooked and it had little to no fat on it.

I was roused from my stupor when the waiter came over and asked if everything was okay.

I nodded dimly and thanked him.

Jess went for the Chicken Giouvetsi (£16.90) – chicken thigh stuffed with halloumi cheese and baby spinach, cooked in the oven in fresh tomato sauce, herbs and spices, served with tiny Greek pasta and melted cheese.

Chicken Giouvetsi

She said it was very juicy and cooked beautifully.

“It fell apart when I put my fork in it and the spinach and halloumi complimented it well,” said Jess.

It was not all sunshine and roses, however, as she said the pasta was a tad bland and would have liked a bit more variety.

Nevertheless, it was a solid dish overall.

The bill came to a shade over £50, which is perhaps on the pricey side but it would not stop me returning here at a moment’s notice.

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The menu is stack-full of dishes I would love to try and there are very few places that provide a similar, delectable offering in Bath.

And with it increasing its size this weekend, where it will serve new Greek desserts and homemade waffles too, this place is likely to only get better.

Got a view on this or another local news story? Email richard.mills@reachplc.com.



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