Dan Moon at the Gainsborough

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Contemporary British
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  • Special Occasions
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Lunch
DAN MOON AT THE GAINSBOROUGH RESTAURANT

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

Dan Moon

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.


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JM
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful food, every element of my dish was outstanding.

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ML
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 14 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was stunning and service by the two gentlemen were fantastic. However, not all staff mirrored excellent service with cutlery being literally thrown onto our place setting as she seemed to be rushing around. A small dissatisfaction in comparison to the quality and excellence of the food and presentation. We would definitely return.

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AH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing food, ambience, drinks
The Maitre D was a delight, but the lady that served us was cold and unfriendly, which was a real shame and the only negative.

An overall delightful lunch. Thanks

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C
London
16 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was excellent as usual. And the service is exemplary. It’s just a shame that there is an outside door which blew in cold air and had hotel guests arriving with their suitcases while we were eating. And then a group arrived with their children and were disruptive. That spoilt the atmosphere for fine dining.

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TB
Bath
4 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Menu as ever exciting with slightly different tweaks. Wine & service also excellent. We have never had a disappointing experience. We’ll be back!

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SD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely venue with well trained and knowledgeable staff. Imaginative and tasty dishes, beautifully presented. Wines, even by the glass were great. Great experience.

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JM
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 8 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Celebrated my sons Birthday on Monday night - definitely a meal to remember!
Food was stunning in both presentation and taste
Service was superb
Will most definitely recommend and will be back!

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S
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My partner is french Normandy and she was impressed fantastic food tho beef dish a bit underwhelming wine fabulous hope to be an anniversary date again .

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WM
Bath
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My partner and I had the 7 course taster menu, I found 4 of the courses to be quite dull and bland in flavour which was a shame but the other courses were outstanding. I would say we were pleasantly disappointed with our food, the service was fantastic!!! I wouldn't return as there are other fine dining experiences I've had which were far better.

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LW
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! From the second we arrived, treated like returning friends. Dinner was delicious and very well presented.

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MK
Bath
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All staff were welcoming and very friendly from the front of house to the Maitre Dix and waiters. Waiters were helpful and friendly without being intrusive. Food was well presented and super tasty.

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LO
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food this time was not as good as my last visit, in spite of it only being 2 weeks apart. This has happened before, the only thing that is consistent seams to be the bread. A great shame, as when the food is good it is excellent, yesterday both meals were over cooked. The puddings were great!

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JT
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed our visit very much indeed; it lived up to the high quality of previous visits which we had experienced. The food was outstanding; the service was friendly, informative and efficient.

On booking by phone we were asked about any special occasion - which we mentioned (birthday) - but there was no evidence at the time of the visit that it had been important for the restaurant to note or act upon.

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AL
Bristol
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent anniversary lunch. This was our second visit and the food was delicious again. So good to have high expectations exceeded. The menu is very appealing and we found it hard to decide as we would have liked to try everything. Means we will have to return

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GA
London
1 review
Dined on 1 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was polite and accommodating. The presentation of the food was beautiful and the quality was delicious. I would recommend this restaurant to all my friends.

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CD
1 review
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Sadly, a very disappointing experience and we won't be returning...

We travelled to Bath from Salisbury, especially to enjoy a celebratory dinner at The Gainsborough for my parents' Golden Wedding.

We were greeted by a gentleman (the restaurant manager perhaps), when we arrived at 5:45pm for pre-dinner drinks. He congratulated my parents on their anniversary and we took our seats in the bar.

We all chose the a la carte menu, and having moved into the restaurant, 3 x delicious breads with accompanying butters were served (cannot fault these), followed by the amuse-bouche, then our starters (all good).

When we tasted our main courses however, (we all chose the Roasted Best End of Mendip Lamb), our dining experience quickly took a downturn - the dish was ruined, having had far too much salt added to it! It was almost inedible and I left most of it on the plate. The jus was extremely salty and having had it drizzled all over the dish, there was no avoiding it. We informed the waitress and restaurant manager (?), who told us the chefs had been made aware and would be tweaking the dish for other guests that night, based on our feedback, for which they were "grateful".

On to dessert and 2/4 we ordered were OK, but the lemon mousse was eye-wateringly zesty and far too tangy - we didn't enjoy it at all.

What disappointed me the most was this... when I booked, I told the hotel we were celebrating my parents' golden wedding, hoping that there might have been some special touches added, to make the experience more memorable - there were none, other than a brief "acknowledgement" when we arrived. No complimentary petit-fours, no 'Happy Anniversary' added perhaps to the dessert dishes (as we have experienced elsewhere), just nothing! I wanted this to be a really special, memorable treat for my parents, but sadly The Gainsborough didn't deliver.

The manager deducted 4 desserts from our bill, but I can't help but feel ripped off and extremely let down!

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SJ
Oxford
8 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining at The Gainsborough and before that at Ston Easton when Dan was there and have never been disappointed. Not sure why he doesn’t have a Michelin Star; surely he deserves one.
Had another excellent and delicious lunch today; a very big thank you to Dan and the team. We will be back soon

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ME
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant, almost perfect service, friendly, attentive, just felt slightly neglected for a small period of time whilst waitress was a bit too chatty to another table but small quibble.

Food very good, bread and chicken tea amazing. Slightly disappointed with the duck, was tender but not juicy or succulent. Chicken liver pate was also a miss although beautifully presented just wasn't to my taste not sure how well sorbet works with it. Caramel tart dessert was devine.

On the whole a happy visit.

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AC
London
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined here previously and enjoyed our visit enormously. Our latest visit surpassed our expectations on all fronts. We will be back on our next visit to Bath. A hugely enjoyable experience

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R
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had booked upon recommendation from a friend, and we were not disappointed.
Stylish decor throughout the hotel, attentive and friendly staff and exquisite cuisine made this celebratory lunch very memorable. I would not hesitate to recommend and hope to return again.

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C
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining at its best! A peaceful and restful place to spend a lunch hour in Bath. Attentive, but not over-attentive, service. Food to tantalise the taste buds! 2 for 1 is a bonus.

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P
1 review
Dined on 24 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meal was just perfect - I can't remember having a better meal even at my favourite Michelin star restaurant in Dublin. I would come back to bath to eat here again.

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JR
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was of a good standard for the price but I would not say it was outstanding. Service was attentive although we did feel a bit rushed and had to slow it down by appearing not to have finished a course when we had! The wine I chose was not available which was disappointing but the waitress suggested an alternative which was ok. One negative thing was that there was an entrance to the hotel which led through the restaurant. It was a bit disconcerting during the meal when people were traipsing past our table with their shopping. It also caused a significant draught because of where our table was. I would recommend it but on a personal basis probably not return as there are other restaurants I would wish to try out.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect birthday lunch for my lady wife. The service, presentation, food and wine were all top-notch and the bloody mary's served prior to lunch in the bar were some of the best I have tasted, and I have tasted a few. As Bathonians, it is jolly nice to know that there is somewhere on our doorstep to enjoy on special occasions and I would unhesitatingly recommend Dan Moon at the Gainsborough to anyone seeking a special dining experience.

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NM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were warmly welcomed and invited to choose where to sit. The service was fantastic with our wine glasses kept topped up and the food delivered with enough time between courses. The food looked and tasted wonderful and we didn't really need to eat again the rest of the day.

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CM
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our 5th visit to the Gainsborough for lunch. We come for our birthdays and anniversary. We always have a wonderful 5 star experience. Your staff are lovely and the food is exquisite. Can’t wait till our next visit x

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JR
London
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly excellent experience, the veloute served with a range of delicious rolls with accompanying butters is a particular favourite and my wife and i look forward to our next visit

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RJ
Dorset
4 reviews
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!
Wonderful food
Exceptional service
Lovely ambience
Calm comfortable and excellent value
Best lunch in Bath

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a
Brighton
15 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb! Excellent food and service. Fabulous location.

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C
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We loved that it was a special day and they made the effort to make it even more special. I would definitely recommend it

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every respect! First class food and service delivered and presented in a timely manner by knowledgeable staff. Will look forward to another visit

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OT
Bath
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriend and I had a 5 course taster menu with wine also for each course, potentially one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The staff were brilliant and the food was equally exceptional. Would recommend to anyone, amazing.

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LR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Headed to Bath for a concert and decided to make a day of it .We booked in a leisurely lunch, which suited the perfectly.
The staff were great and the ambiance perfect. We will be recommending to our friends.

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PJ
Cambridge
5 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the creativity. Thank you we will recommend.

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RW
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice setting with very good service
It was very expensive for what it was
Food OK but just not worth it

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MH
Bath
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here quite often, the food is always good the only criticism is that the food could be a little hotter.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lunch at the Gainsborough was recommended to me by a colleague whose mother in law is an extremely good cook and very choosey about where she eats, and she does like to eat at the Gainsborough. The recommendation was "If she eats there then it must be good!" And indeed it was exceptionally good. The most divine food I have experienced in a long time, made all the better by the unexpected three wonderfully tasty little bread rolls that we were presented with, with a butter to match the flavour of each roll and each one differently shaped (one of them like a rugby ball - after all the 6 nations is on at the moment!) The food was exquisite, both to the tongue and to the eye. The service was excellent and attentive. Even the hand cream in the loos was gorgeous! The only criticism would be the amount of time we had to wait for desert - 20-25 minutes - which seemed unnecessary and a little unthoughtful considering guests have come to Bath to have a look around the city. Another time I would probably go for a 2 course lunch to avoid the long delay before desert. All in all though, a wonderful place to treat yourself at lunchtime.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great value for money, great service, really well presented and tasty. Would definitely recommend it to friends.

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C
London
16 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at this restaurant and we had high hopes. We were certainly not disappointed. Food was superb and service to match. We will definitely be back.

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V
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Whilst we enjoyed our meal pre theatre the operation of a session before theatre starts at 7:30 leaves much to be desired.

The problem is that the restaurant is being operated as an hotel dining room and the briskness that is required of a pre theatre session is totally absent. Either the waiting staff or the kitchen do not understand what they are doing. If you have to be at the theatre at 7:15, it is no good waiting to sit people down at 6:05 when the restaurant is said to open at 6pm and then every minute counts.

You cannot wait for diners to make their choices as it has to be sit down, order and eat within 5 minutes, if you are to serve three courses. We were not eating until 6:20 which meant three courses were out of the question. Dan Moon and the restaurant manager need to go to the Ivy for a 6pm meal and see how it is done when you tell the maître that you need to be out by 7:10 which we did at your restaurant. Notwithstanding the staff just do not understand the dynamics of that session. This is not about pleasantness or skill it is about training and menu/session design. On a Saturday night when the Ivy is mobbed you were virtually empty when the facility and the kitchen skill should make you a great attraction as you are 4 minutes from the theatre.

My advice is open at 5:30 amend the menu and train staff to get a move on. This short session should be all high energy and the main dinner session could then be more in the classic hotel style.


We will try once more when the Ivy is fully booked

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