Where to eat in Bath, England: Chef Johann Lafer

One of Germany's most celebrated Michelin-starred chefs, cookbook authors and TV personalities, multi-award-winning Austrian-born Johann Lafer is the inspiration and namesake of the restaurant at The Gainsborough Bath Spa. See thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

FAVOURITE TABLE

Bath has a diverse selection of eateries – from Thai to pies, there's something to suit all tastes. One of my favourites is The Chequers gastropub – a historic venue with good food and an excellent selection of wines and real ales. See thechequersbath.com

LOCAL FOOD DISCOVERY 

Bath Gin (The Bath Gin Company). Billed as 'Gin of a Different Persuasion' and featuring a winking Jane Austen on the label, this gin is fresh and modern with notes of wormwood and kaffir lime. It even has its own Twitter account. See thebathgincompany.co.uk

BEST-KEPT FOOD SECRET 

Bath Blue Cheese. It's a creamy, blue-veined cheese, ripened over a period of eight to 10 weeks in traditional stone-built rooms. See parkfarm.co.uk

MUST-TRY DISH

Roast Creedy Carver Duck at The Gainsborough Restaurant – it's a classic dish served with a spring roll, plum puree and sesame seeds, giving a unique Asian twist to the premium barn-reared and free-range poultry compassionately farmed in the beautiful Devonshire countryside, not far from Exeter. See directmeats.co.uk

FAVOURITE INDULGENCE

It would have to be afternoon tea at the Pump Room overlooking the historic Roman Baths. See romanbaths.co.uk​

A BIG NIGHT OUT

Circo Bar – a chic, centrally located underground cocktail bar with great tapas, music and drinks. See circobar.co.uk

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Spring and summer, when the nearby Mendip Hills are full to bursting with local herbs and produce such as wild garlic – a particular favourite of The Gainsborough Restaurant, which uses local produce wherever possible. 

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