The historic city of Bath never fails to delight, and a trip to the city this summer is a must. With its fine Georgian architecture, the famous Roman Baths after which the city is named, and a reputation as a boutique shopping destination, it’s no surprise that Bath also has a thriving restaurant scene. At the heart of this is one of our favourite eateries, Robun, which serves up a celebration of authentic Japanese cuisine.

Named for the renowned Japanese author, Kanagaki Robun, the menu is inspired by his passion for Western barbecue. It was Robun himself who is credited with introducing the concept of ‘Yakiniku’ to Japan. (A man of many talents, Robun also collaborated to create Japan’s first ever manga magazine). Yakiniku is the art of the art of grilling meat, seafood and vegetables over a traditional robata charcoal fire with delicious results. Dishes are served up as small or medium plates for sharing – tasty smoky little bites rich in flavour, with options for vegetarians as well as the meat-lovers.

There’s also beautifully presented sushi and sashimi, freshly prepared and served over ice, plus light and crispy tempura, spicy gyoza and soft and chewy bao buns. We recommend the Shirakiku Chicken Gyoza (classic pan-fried dumplings), and the Katsuobushi Takoyaki (Japanese octopus dumplings with bonito flakes) to get you started, followed by Wagyu beef skirt, or marinated Black Cod, both cooked on the robata. Try the homemade Moshi ice creams for dessert, or Yuzu & Lemon tart, with tangy yuzu lemon curd and black sesame praline for added crunch. Accompany your Japanese food journey with traditional sake, Japanese whisky and classic cocktails from the bar. You can book for lunch or dinner, or even afternoon tea for a special treat.

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And for those looking to stay longer than a day in Bath, Robun has a wonderful rooftop apartment which comfortably sleeps up to six people. Ideal for groups, the lovingly restored maisonette is split over two floors and features four individually designed double-bedrooms, two ensuite bathrooms, a family-sized bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen and a large living and dining room.

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It’s a great self-catering option which offers easy access to Bath’s historic sites – the Roman Baths and Thermae Baths, the Circus, Royal Crescent and Bath Abbey are all a short walk away, as are the Theatre Royal and a host of other attractions such as Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein, the Jane Austen Centre and the Botanical Gardens at Victoria Park. Boutique shopping in on your doorstep, so take some time out to explore. Further afield is the American Museum and easy access to Stonehenge, Stourhead, Castle Combe and Longleat Safari Park.

Robun, 4 Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath,  BA1 2ED

To book call 01225 433200 or go to robun.co.uk

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