My Bath Casanis Bistro manager Jill Couvreur . . . combine festivals for my perfect day
Casanis Bistro manager Jill Couvreur takes the hot seat for our My Bath feature
What's your favourite part of Bath?
Usually I've only got a half hour or so to myself so I take a brisk walk through Royal Victoria Park and head to the Botanical Gardens. I might take a quick seat there and reflect on how lucky we are to have such a wonderful place to stroll around and relax. Then it's straight back to work at Casanis on Saville Row.
Where's the best place to eat?
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You mean apart from Casanis of course! As I only get the chance to eat out on a Sunday, if the weather is good I go with the family to eat in the beautiful garden at the Royal Crescent or we drive out to the Kings Arms at Monkton Farleigh. For a local lunch treat I pop down to Yen Sushi for a quick fix of their Prawn Tempura Hand Roll.
What's the best view in the city?
Without doubt the panoramic views from Alexandra Park. Whenever we have visitors, we always take them there first. It's a great way to demonstrate and admire how Bath is nestled into the beautiful countryside around us and to understand the layout of the city.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
I'd like to combine the Bath International Music Festival with the Bath Film Festival and choose to listen to some wonderful live jazz at the Forum, followed by a movie or three at the Little Theatre. Can I extend my day please? I'd also like to take in the Skyline Walk, watching a balloon take off from Royal Victoria Park and a swim in the rooftop pool at the Thermae Spa.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
For the sunshine (yes, we do occasionally have some) and locality it would be the terrace at Woods Restaurant in Alfred Street. Or for cocktails, either Sub 13 or Circo. There are so many other wonderful places that keep opening up – my new year's resolution was to try them all.
What's your favourite shop?
It's hard to pin down to just one. We have such a brilliant choice of independent shops and boutiques in Bath. I love Mee, Lux and Blue on Bartlett Street and the Prey and Square boutiques. Walcot Street has a fantastic selection of interesting shops to explore, especially Shannon. For books it's Toppings, and for wandering around wonderment, you can't beat Rossiters.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
Having lived and owned businesses in London, Cape Town, Los Angeles and New York, I chose to live and work in Bath and although there are many frustrating things about living here, it's the same in almost any city in the world. I wouldn't want to particularly change any one thing. As a small business owner in Bath, I just keep plugging away at the daily challenges. From refuse collection, pesky seagulls, rent increases and late night anti-social behaviour to low flying balloons and alarms going off, it's all in a day's work.
â Casanis has won Best Restaurant in Bath at the Bath Good Food Awards for the past two years and is listed in the Michelin Guide, Hardens and The Good Food Guide. Visit www.casanis.co. uk for more details.
â Next week: Bookshop owner Nic Bottomley