My Bath: Centre has that Covent Garden buzz
The man spearheading a campaign to make the city the healthiest in the country, Sirona Care and Health chairman Simon Knighton, answers the questions in our My Bath feature
What's your favourite part of Bath?
I love walking around the centre where there is so much street activity going on. This gives a real Covent Garden buzz of a vibrant centre. At the same time I also love being out in the immediate countryside and hills. We are so lucky in a small city to have both so immediately and easily available to us.
Where's the best place to eat?
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There is too much to choose from for a main meal but if a quick break and quality are important then we have one of the best coffee houses in the world in Chapel Row, right next to Queen Square, at Colonna & Small's. I don't just stop in for coffee, but have meetings there as well.
What's the best view in the city?
Around the abbey or from any of the nearby hilltops looking in.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
I work for a great organisation that delivers lots of badly needed health and care services in and around Bath. Occasionally I am privileged to meet our clients and users and to see the benefit that we bring to people's lives. Therefore time visiting our front line services, seeing the appreciation our communities have for what we do, always leaves me feeling fulfilled and immensely proud of the staff and leadership of Sirona.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
I don't really drink that much so prefer places where you can sit down and talk – the coffee house I mentioned above is great for that.
What's your favourite shop?
I'm not good at shopping and tend to go for the "smash and grab" approach, choosing quickly and (sometimes) repenting at leisure! I like the atmosphere of browsing around the arcades and city centre generally which means that there are lots of choices for favourite – but in general, artisan and quality are always interesting.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
Everyone talks about the traffic and it is an habitual problem, but what I think we should do with our transport system is to consider how we could make our fantastic countryside more easily accessible without a car. This would have many consequential benefits for rural outliers as well. Good health is everyone's responsibility.
â The Chronicle is working with Sirona on the Get a Life campaign. To find out more about how to improve your health or the health of your workforce, call Sirona on 01225 831852.
â Next week – renowned actress Brenda Blethyn