Dan Moon at the Gainsborough
The Restaurant with its Georgian architecture, original artwork and impressive wine wall is open to hotel guests and non-residents. Enjoy exquisite cuisine inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients in a sophisticated yet informal environment.
MEET THE HEAD CHEF
West Country born Dan Moon has previously worked at a number of top restaurants where he has achieved numerous awards and accolades, including three AA Rosettes and The Caterer’s Acorn Award. Taking inspiration from the desire to constantly innovate, Dan uses the best locally sourced produce to create stunning dishes which are delicate, beautifully presented and wonderfully flavoured. His passion and flair has taken the dining experience to a new level.
Sat, Sun 12:30–14:30
Very nice meal. We had to rush our lunch unfortunately but will be back to take full advantage of the experience. Faultless service.
I hosted a dinner for four: my ex-wife whose 90th birthday we celebrated, one of our daughters and son-in-law. The table was ready on time but, to my surprise, in an uncrowded room we had been placed alongside a young couple enjoying an intimate evening. We enjoyed the tasting menu at £60 each save for one dish, an unimaginative giant shrimp reclining uneasily on a slightly overcooked scallop. Overall, compared with the great, this was, for me, a second-tier tasting menu not yet aspiring to rosette standard.
An accompanying flight of wines was offered at , I seem to recall £32.50 per person, but no sub-list of these was made available and we elected to choose three bottles from a rather eclectic List. Despite that we were not familiar with Dan Moon's cooking style, no sommelier appeared to advise our choice, a black mark in a top-class dining room. An unoaked Chablis Marronieres was served warm by the waitress and had to be returned for cooling. It proved to be rather light and much too dry for some of Moon's creations so was followed by a powerful but rather rustic Chilean Viognier. The best wine (recommended in the Gainsborough's list) was the cheapest of the three, a really excellent Tempranillo (red) at only £25, surely Bath dining's steal of the century, which fitted the duck like a glove (to mix my metaphors).
The bill totalled £381.38 of which the service charge was £42.38. If the dining room could improve its act, this would seem to me a fair price.
Well What a truly amazing meal !!
The food was heaven in every mouthful .
France meets the Orient is how I would describe it .
There was an oh so subtle taste of china in there , which we found both enhancing and yet in the background of the Pallet.
Fabulous Service without being intrusive .
Well Done DAN MOON XXXXX
Birthday treat for my friend, we booked the 4 course Christmas lunch. This came with a glass of mulled wine to start us off.
We have been a couple of times before as it is a wonderful venue in the heart of Bath.
Amazing food, fantastic service, the the right combination of friendliness and professionalism.
The team noted we were celebrating a birthday and surprised my friend with a candle on her desert and a Happy Birthday platter of chocolates. Very kind and caring staff throughout the hotel. Booking again very soon!!
We had a very pleasant lunch here. We have been several times before and always enjoyed it. Wonderful staff and a very relaxing atmosphere no rush. Perfect in this busy world. This time we were offered two menues. We decided not to go with the festive menu but opted for the usual three courses. As always delicious bread rolls and butters were served. Excellent starters. We both chose chicken for the main which was good. But something slightly lacking. It wasn't very hot and the skin was not crispy. The roast potatoes also not quite right. Again lacking crispness also (and I may be quite wrong here) it was as if they had been reheated. Overall just seemed to lack that wow factor. This was followed by a nice lemon posset. I did wonder afterwards if we should have opted for the festive menu. The larger table next to ours seemed to have done that and maybe we should have too.
However we love the Gainsborough and will certainly be returning again.
Enjoyed the food and the service but found the ambience to be lacking.
In particular, the restaurant would benefit from a live musician or a quality speaker system at the least.
The pre theatre meal is great value.
Easy booking system, polite and friendly staff, excellent food and service, excellent value for money on the two for one menus.
Lovely restaurant & very efficient pleasant staff but food was disappointing. Each dish had too much going on with almost everything tasting rather similar. I had the cod - fish perfectly cooked, as we're the leeks underneath. Unfortunately other elements (pureed & piped into mastercheffy dots) were spoiled by the sauce which was poured around the dish by the waiter. This was tasty but was mainly cream & smoked haddock & hence a very strong/salty taste which overwhelmed the other subtle items & resulted in everything melting into one soup like dish. Not good.
Out of 4 of us, all of the dishes we chose had too many competing elements & similar sauces, none of which complemented them. One of the duck dishes could not be eaten as it was too salty & was raw inside (we all expect pink but not raw!) The scallop starter would have been ok but there was a large amount of very fishy/salty risotto in the bottom which was unnecessary & tasted the same as the rest & I couldn't finish. Unfortunately it tasted much the same as the complimentary Amuse Bouche (but that was salty like reduced chicken stock) However the wait staff were excellent & we didn't have to pay for the duck, or the sorbet they brought to take the salt taste away. Won't be going back.
Me and my friend went here for lunch on the festive menu offer and what an offer.
The service was great and the food delicious full of flavour and artistry.
I had dietary needs which was felt with with ease no hassle.
The whole experience was amazing and really treated us felt so special.
Excellent value as 2 for 1 lunch. Great mixture of flavours. Will come again
Second tine here and it didnt disppoint perfectio on the food front both my wife and I will be returning
Good value set menu considering high standard of food and stunning presentation , delicious food, perfect service. Special and refined without being fussy. We loved it. No idea why it isn’t more busy.
We were recommended Dan Moon and we were not disappointed. Very memorable lunch, outstanding service and the festive decorations added to the ambience. I would definitely recommend -thank you very much
Superb. We had the taster menu which was an adventure in flavour. A memorable evening, reasonably priced for the experience and highly recommended. Superb service.
We came here for a special birthday meal while we stayed in Bath for the weekend and it was absolutely lovely food and exceptional service. Highly recommend.
Really very impressed by our first visit to the Gainsborough (for lunch). Outstanding food, attentive service, and great value to boot. Would highly recommend.
Yet another delightful experience at the Gainsborough. Have been eating Dan Moon's food since he was at Ston Easton and have never been disappointed. The service at the Gainsborough is always excellent and I recommend eating here if you want to treat yourself to something special and eat food prepared by a top chef.
Divine and innovative combinations of food served with attentive but not invasive service in an understated atmospheric space. What is not to love?
A quality offering within the Gainsborough Hotel. the room was quiet when I arrived but gradually filled on this wet Saturday lunchtime with some couples and groups. I had a jauntily presented smoked fish dish with a delicious horseradish cream and some innovative yuzu 'pearls'. all very pretty and of the moment. A rich seafood risotto rather overshadowed the delicate plaice on top - I wonder if a robuster flavour such as squid might have married better. Pud was a rich lemon mousse, with little shards of lemon peel and a raspberry coulis. All in all very acceptable and with a coffee and a glass of verdejo, it came to around £50. Top end for Bath no doubt, but it is a classy spot.
Needs more vegan options and the risotto needs looking into was not palatable. Everything else was lush!
The food was exquisite and exceptional value for money. We both had a G&T, which was extremely expensive. Staff were attentive but not overbearing.
We will definitely go again but will be a bit more cautious about what to drink.
Another excellent meal.
Beautifully presented ,good quality food. Have been several times would thoroughly recommend
Outstanding food and service best place to eat in Bath by far
Perfect in every way and highly recommended
Food, wine, and service were excellent.
However the restaurant ambience can be improved. The hotel guests use the restaurant area very causally and this affects the "fine-dining" experience we are there for.
Friendly, welcoming service; excellent food; interesting wine list. Our favourite place to eat in Bath.
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. What can I say, lovely ambience, fantastic food and very attentive staff. They even prepared a desert for us that wasn't on our evening's menu. Thank you for making a special night even more special.
An ideal setting for a quiet catch-up over a leisurely lunch; excellent food, attentive yet discreet service, and excellent value for money. Always a pleasure to lunch or dine here.
Our table was ridiculously small and with the cutlery and crockery on it it was impossible to fit anything
else on the table.
Even though the restaurant was almost empty another party was seated right next to us.
Portions were very small and the lamb which we had for the main course was obliterated by an overwhelmingly strong jus.
Overall, a very disappointing experience.
Fantastic food with a fun element of theatre with the salmon starter and a perfect chocolate delice desert. The main courses were excellent, well balanced and full of flavour. A perfect lunch.
An elegant, modern dining room in a stylish hotel in the City Centre. Very attentive service accompanied by well presented dishes. Sunday lunch at £30 including a glass of Prosecco was great value.
The best Sunday lunch in Bath - by far
Regular customer Excellent as always will be visiting again soon
We had the six course tasting menu. As the only non meat-eater in our party, it was great to be offered a pescatarian tasting menu, which meant that I didn't have to miss out and which also meant that everyone could enjoy the tasting menu as the whole table has to have it. The food was beautifully presented and every dish was absolutely delicious. We had the accompanying wine flight and there was enough time between courses to really savour the wines. Each wine was fantastic and perfectly complemented each dish. The restaurant at The Gainsborough is beautiful, so we really felt like we were having a treat. The waiting staff were very efficient. All in all, it was an excellent experience and I would highly recommend this restaurant.
We enjoyed our experience & will certainly visit again.
Best food in Bath!! Nice surprise.
Balanced menu, small bar but interesting choices. Good service. Will be back.
I came with a friend for lunch on Thursday 18th, we both had salmon starter followed by the lamb followed by the lemon sweet.
Neither of us enjoyed the lamb dish as much as the pork we have eaten on other occasions. My friend had a problem cutting the meat she does have a wrist problem. My mashed potatoes were just about warm as if they had been sitting on the plate waiting for the rest of the meal to be ready. The service has always been very good, on this occasion we felt rushed, plates wisked away as soon as we put knife and fork down. Twice we said we are not ready. We did enjoy the starter and the sweet.
When we came to pay we did mention the above to the waiter he apologised and said lunch was also being served to a conference, and due to this the restaurant was a member of staff down.
The meal all in all was not very exciting. The tastes were average but not exclusive. The main course with the dug was unfortunately very tough. As we mentioned this to the service there was no reaction - poor.
A Thoroughly enjoyable evening. Service was excellent, wine recommendation was superb and great value for money. The tasting menu exciting, good portion sizes and very tasty.