My Bath: Actress Brenda Blethyn . . . my hidden retreat for a cup of tea
Actress Brenda Blethyn, who this week launched an appeal to raise money for a new cancer centre at the Royal United Hospital, answers the questions in our My Bath feature
What's your favourite part of Bath?
I have been lucky enough to come to Bath and to have performed at the wonderful Theatre Royal. Every time I visit Bath, I am still surprised at how beautiful the city is and how lovely it is to walk around the streets and crescents and feel the history.
Where's the best place to eat?
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There are so many good different restaurants to eat here so it's very difficult to say which is the best. When I come here I am usually working in the evening and it is difficult to fit in a meal. For a quick and delicious Chinese meal after a performance where they welcome you at any hour, you can't beat The Peking Restaurant near the Theatre Royal in New Street.
What's the best view in the city?
One of the best views has to be the one from the side of the river near Pulteney Bridge looking across the river and up to Sham Castle. Or on the north side from one of the fields below Beckford's Tower, you can get a really good view of the whole city.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
The day that I came to Bath to launch the Forever Friends Appeal's Be a Brick scheme at the RUH to raise funds towards building a new cancer centre at the hospital, which is so exciting. This new building will transform care for patients and their families and I am so happy to be able to support this. It meant I had a bit more time of my own here to enjoy Bath. I was staying in my favourite hotel, the Royal Crescent. My perfect day would include a wander around the city centre and the shops and if I have time, a visit to the Holburne Museum.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
If the weather is nice the sheltered garden hidden in the Royal Crescent Hotel is one of the nicest places to sit, have a cup of tea and chat – and you can always go inside if it starts to rain.
What's your favourite shop?
Bath is so lucky to have so many small and interesting independent shops. I love the little shops in Margaret's Buildings and the passageways and streets around Milsom Street.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
Bath is such a wonderful city to visit and I hope that it doesn't change too much!
â To find out more about the Be a Brick campaign, go to www.foreverfriendsappeal. co.uk.
â Next week: Casanis Bistro manager Jill Couvreur