The Olive Tree

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Contemporary British
Known for being one of Bath’s longest established independent restaurants, the Olive Tree restaurant – located below the luxurious Queensberry hotel on Russel Street – was awarded its first Michelin Star in October 2018. This distinction is in addition to the restaurant’s 3AA Rosette status.

Here, classic flavours meet modern techniques. You will find an unusual edge to what you will have once thought simple flavours – both the FIVE and SEVEN menus are comprised of beautiful, fresh, seasonal dishes. Both can be enjoyed in a welcoming, chic atmosphere.

An award-winning chef in his own right, Chris Cleghorn is both head chef and driving force in the kitchen; he honed his superior skills working with Michael Caines and James Sommerin. Today, his focus remains on his relationship with local suppliers; he is fully committed to seasonality and utilising local produce to not only showcase the best of Bath, but the best of British cuisine.
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minnie
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Olive Tree was fantastic. It is not cheap, but it was easily worth every penny. The staff were very accommodating of dietary requirements, and just generally attentive, polite and caring. The service was amazing, and it was clearly very important to the staff. They served us a wine less than a minute later than intended and could not have been more apologetic, even giving us a little extra wine, and then refusing a tip (thoroughly deserved) at the end of the evening!The atmosphere was really lovely. It managed to be cool and modern, while still cosy and warm. The food was unreal. The bets bit for us was the sommelier. He clearly loved wine and his passion was infectious. And it was great wine! So good we forgot to ask for the names of the ones we really liked... oops!

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Richard
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent, a real treat. Without doubt one of the best restaurants in Bath.

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RichardM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

7 course tasting menu on a Friday evening. Nice atmosphere, welcoming staff. Ordered a glass of champagne each when we were seated, but these took around 15 mins to arrive, by which time we were almost on the first course. It would have been nice to enjoy the champagne while we browsed the menu. The food was excellent and made us smile. There were fairly long gaps between the courses, which can sometimes be nice, but we were often sat wondering where the food was. This was balanced out by the excellent sommelier, who was himself a highlight of the evening. We were in no rush, and it was an enjoyable night out.

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LouiseC
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Olive Tree is always a culinary delight. It is expensive which makes it a special occasion restaurant for us. They offer 3 tasting menus one of which is vegetarian. However, you can choose individual dishes from any of the menus in the style of a la carte. We love it. There has been a recent change in front of house staff and while superb service the atmosphere was not quite as relaxed and jolly as it was but I’m sure that will improve with time.

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Diner1
Bath
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Beautifully cooked food in a lovely setting

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ERob
Bath
10 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I need to have gluten free food. I was given some lovey gluten free bread with my own butter and olive tapenade. I don't think any of the dishes I ordered needed to be changed as they were all gluten free. It was a lovely meal as always.

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GreatDinr
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2013
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good service, good food. Also, the restaurant does its own freshly baked gluten bread!

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DandJ
Oxford
17 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2013
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Olive Tree was busy on Saturday evening. We enjoyed a fabulous meal. The complementary amuse bouche was roasted cauliflower veloutte- a wonderful start to our meal. My wife enjoyed a duck liver starter. My 'chicken and egg' starter was delightful, with a lovely soft poached yolk to accompany the chicken. For main course we had halibut - a generous portion and very well cooked. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her Guariguette - a strawberry mousse with an excellent homemade pistachio ice cream - my pistachio souffle was beautifully light and served with a raspberry sorbet. The service was first class, even though the restaurant was full. Little details like ensuring our water glasses were always topped up. Best meal we had in Bath.

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sileverted
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good attentive service. Excellent food, really flavoursome but the menu choices are quite restrictive. You need to relish game or fish!

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vipCharlie
London
214 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2013
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really like the olive tree in bath. I think the food is very good yet the atmosphere not too stuffy. Had a meal with three of my friends and was thoroughly enjoued by everyone. Including the amuse bouche which is always a nice little addition. Only downside was a long wait between the starters and the mains. Maybe either they could look to speed that up or another amusement could be offered. I dont recall whether this was an issue Ive had on other visits so it could potentially just be a one off delay - either way - id still go back!

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vipparmenion
London
42 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2013
Overall2food2service3ambience2

If you go on Trip Advisor bad reviews are followed by very positive ones which is most pecular. Our experience on Saturday night was not great, indeed its hard to argue with 2 reviews posted by fellow diners, Sunday night someone posts a glowing tribute, directly contradicting the points made by the earlier reviews- at best it shows high levels of inconsistancy which is not what you expect from a restaurant charging these prices.
All I can say is we wouldnt go again or encourage any one else.

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Jayz
Leicestershire
56 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2013
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food is excellent and the setting good. However the service is not as good as it should be for the quality and price of the restaurant, probably due to how busy it is. Main course was slightly cold and long waits for deserts and coffees. Shame, as the restaurant is generally great, but just let down by not being able to cope with too many people at one time.

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Sandy
Austin
74 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2013
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We enjoy our dinner at Olive Tree in Bath. The food was excellent and service attentive.
I am not fun of basement settings but it was a very nice space and a good choice for a winter outing.

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Dine2enjoy
London
33 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience5

So, a very good experience with great tasting food carefully balanced throughout our meal. The risotto and kedgeree starters brought out the best of the food. The Plaice and Sea Bass with the main courses were exquisite and if I was being picky then the only downside was the parmesan polenta being a let down when it promised loads. The staff were friendly without being obtrusive and added to the experience. Eating early at 7 it was lovely to have a break and to talk before the dessert without any pressure of the table being required for a later cover, rare in London. Well worth visiting and one that I will be adding to my list for fine dining restaurants outside of London.

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wonderland
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2012
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Location, food, ambience etc. all fine, in fact really great quality cold meat plate. However, staff fluent in english were reluctant to use it to speak to us. A sad lack of the staff looking around and seeing what was happening in the dinning room caused the service to be patchy and disorganised. For example, several offers of toast but hot drinks hard to come by. We noticed we were not the only pair with a problem. The couple "next door" had part of their special cooked breakfast order forgotten. Used plates, cups etc were not removed when staff did attend the tables and again this was not just us.
I am sure the lunch and evening service is much better so a bit of staff training would sort this out and make the experience a real treat.

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Mumsy
Bath
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Wonderful food very well presented

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Onslo
Bath
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2012
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Good service and not only very good food but also an experience

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Tweety
Bath
18 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2012
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Having previously eaten here we were somewhat disappointed with the menu with the exception of the steak. Service was excellent and the food looked appetising but lacked somewhat. I missed the tasting menu .

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Nellie
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2012
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Lovely setting and fab food but slightly let down by the staff who really didn't appear to have worked in a restaurant before. Had to ask for water top ups and for wine list and to order wine, etc. Otherwise a good place for a special meal.

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Vennie
London
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was exquisite. All three courses for both my partner and I were presented so well it was almost a shame to eat them as it ruined the picturesque presentation. But the flavours and quality of the food were outstanding. The waiting and bar staff were all lovely and were even so kind as to recommend some nice bars to commit us our evening in. Couldn't have been more pleased!

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LynnT
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From entering the building to leaving, we were well catered for. The menu had some unusual dishes and portions were plentiful.

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vipBESTATFOOD
London
209 reviews
Dined on 23 September 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a superb meal at The Olive tree. Food was excellent, as was the service & with the 15% off deal great value!

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AC57
London
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2012
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal in a smart but not over formal setting. Oriental influences in a stater of quail with stir fried veg. Superbly fresh plaice and gurnard for mains.

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Hommus
Bath
3 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After dining at the Dower House the night before, we weren't sure it could be topped, however the service food and general ambience were on a par, if not better!

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hippo
London
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2012
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We booked the Olive Tree for dinner having heard that it was Bath's restaurant of the year in 2011 and one of Bath's finer restaurants. The food is very nice though loses one star for serving the cheese platter straight from the fridge - both soft and hard cheeses hard as a consequence, and chutney and grapes ice cold! The waiting staff were inattentive, seemed disinterested and bored, and brought us our pre dinner drinks mid-way through the starter (after prompting). In fairness these were deducted from the bill as a consequence.

Overall nice food and reasonable atmosphere, but sadly let down by poor service.

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KingFeast
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite restaurants in the UK. Always a top experience. Excellent food beautifully presented.

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Delphinusd
Hampshire
15 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2012
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Care was taken in our food preparation and it showed. Service efficient despite being in a quiet time in the afternoon on a Saturday. I don't live in the area but I've bookmarked it upon a return to the area to try some more of the enticingly-named dishes on the menu.

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Oscar
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time that I go, it met and exceeded all my expectations!

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vipGeoffers
London
112 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food beautifully prepared. Service was attentive without being overbearing.

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Carnivore
London
29 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And I was pleasantly surprised with the bill at the end

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vipTiresias
London
14 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Dined here with my parents to celebrate my father's birthday, and everything was just what I have grown to expect from top-notch London restaurants; to find this out in Bath was a really great surprise. The service was impeccable - even talking us through ingredients when we took an interest. The food was wonderful - definitely deserving of a visit from the Michelin man, and perfectly reasonably priced (another issue I find in Bath).

Whenever I am back home this will be the first place I call to see if they have a table.

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Hollyblue
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2012
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Relaxed atmosphere and helpful with choices of excellent wines. The terrine of cornish hen fantastic and so was the melon and other starters and the main courses of fish - between us we chose all of them were beautifully presented. I will go there again

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handw
London
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2012
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Took my boyfriend for his birthday, having heard great things about this place. Sadly, it was a real disappointment. After great cocktails, we had pretty good starters (steak tartare and a terrine), but the mains of lemon sole and artichoke tart were terrible. The fish was overcooked, and the pastry was overdone with no real effort to make a tart, just some pastry with ingredients assembled on top. Wine was slow to come, and the waiting staff were pretty fed up-looking and not particularly helpful. I really wanted to love this place, as the upstairs bar is great and reviews were good, but there are better chain restaurants in Bath for half the price, and I really found little to love here.

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KentFoodie
Kent
7 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We chose to eat at The Olive Tree as it is attached to the Queensbury Hotel where we staying and were very happy with our decision. There was plenty of choice, the food very well-presented and delicious. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and timely. All in all a very pleasant experience and I would not hesitate to dine there again.

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cliffordmarker
Dusseldorf Area
25 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Restaurant was very pleseant, food was very good, though the smart casual was come as you are. The only attire missing from the diners was shorts and flip flops,

Could not complain and when we visit Bath again, will use this restaurant.

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A2B2
London
113 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Our meal at Olive Tree was pleasant. Good food and friendly service - would certainly visit again and recommend to a friend.

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dineronline
Thailand
28 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2012
Overall2food4service2ambience3

food is still good. but customer service lets it down quite a bit. we were seated in bar area despite booking well in advance,- when we asked to move we were told it was full but later diners were seated there. unfortunately the service staff congregated around the bar and we could hear them complaining about other customers- it was quite offfputting. this time on asking someone else we were moved- (to an almostt empty room which was fine), although even then a member of staff complained loudly that our table was being reset. All in all, a shame that the kitchen is let down by front of staff..

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OpenTable Diner
Bath
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2012
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went to the Olive Tree, Bath to celebrate our honeymoon. We were greeted by Charlie (our waitress) who was lovely. We had berry Bellinis as an aperitif courtesy of Toptable, then a superb butternut squash soup appetiser. I started with a duck and foie-gras terrine (good), she had tuna in cumin with marinaded squid (outstanding). I had lamb with spiced couscous (salty), she had duck (delicious). The veg side was too garlicky. Dessert was sorbet decorated with 'congratulations'!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Bath
60 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2012
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had not been to the Olive Tree for some time and were wondering if the high standard in the past would be maintained. Nothing to worry about however as the food and service was if anything better that we remembered. A nice touch was our favourite bottle of wine waiting on our table. Well remembered James!

JC
JCF123
London
55 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2012
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The Olive Tree in Bath is a pleasant, intimate restaurant in the basement of the Queensberry Hotel. The staff are lovely and the food good - although my main course was a bit too rich (everything my partner had was excellent though). The wine list is varied and the selection by the glass is very impressive. It's pretty expensive and I'm not sure I'd have paid full price (we had a 40% off voucher). Overall a good experience and we'd go again if we were back in Bath.

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