The Architect encompasses part of the ground floor and basement of The Empire Hotel in Bath. This beautiful Grade 2 listed building was designed by the Bath City Architect Major Charles Edward Davis for the hotelier Alfred Holland and built from Bath Stone, on the site of the Athenaeum in 1901. It was described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as a ‘monstrosity and an unbelievable piece of pompous architecture’ – we rather like it and wanted to celebrate the boldness of its design by naming it in Major Charles Edward Davis’ honour – but that would have been rather a mouthful, so we will all know who we mean with a simple ‘the Architect’!
It is situated on Orange Grove close, overlooking both Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge. During World War II it was used by the Admiralty as a postal sorting office and remained in their possession until the 1990s. It was then refurbished and became apartments above and a restaurant below – the space that we are now working on. We plan to spend the next few months refurbishing and restoring this impressive space in order to open (with a fair wind) in time for Summer.
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Being foodies at heart, our menu, is something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world. It changes regularly and reflects the seasons but always offers a mix of traditional British dishes alongside something a little different.
We're currently working on our opening menu with the chef team but to whet your appetite, click on the link below:
With the help of the AllTrails App, we are planning to create a circular walk from the pub and through the surrounding area, to help you work up that thirst/appetite. You will be able to view the walk details via a number of ways (varying levels of tech savyness required -Ed)
Watch this space!