My Bath: Crescent view takes some beating
Mr B’s bookshop owner Nic Bottomley answers the questions in our My Bath feature
1. What's your favourite part of Bath?
The unnamed area where our shop is located spanned by George Street at the top, Queen Square to the west and Milsom Street to the east. It's full of independent shops and restaurants, cobbled streets, glimpses of the tree-lined hills that surround the city and full of picnicking folk on the square in the summer.
2. Where's the best place to eat?
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For superb service and delicious American brasserie food, you can't beat our neighbours at The Firehouse in John Street. For fine French cuisine, I love Casanis Bistro on Saville Row, not that I've had the time to go there in the evening for a long time thanks to our very young children.
3. What's the best view in the city?
There are so many from the Skyline Walk up above Widcombe and Monkton Combe into the city and then out to the valleys behind the city. Of course the Royal Crescent on a sunny early summer morning takes some beating.
4. What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
It's sunny, warm and a gentle breeze. The light's pouring in through the shop's crinkle-crankle windows. I spend the morning talking books with my customers, before having lunch outside somewhere - on the roof of Hall & Woodhouse or at Society Café on Kingsmead Square, maybe. I'm imagining now, falsely, that I have some afternoon leisure time available and that childcare is all sorted out, so I'll persuade my wife to come into town and we'll watch a film at The Little Theatre, before a beer in the garden at The Marlborough Tavern and then dinner there or at The Circus and a cocktail at Opium. I'm not sure who's driving.
5. Where would you meet friends for a drink?
First and foremost The Salamander opposite the shop for a beer, especially in the winter. My colleague Becky likes us all to go to The Tasting Rooms on Green Street on a very regular basis. For coffee it would be Colonna and Smalls though.
6. What's your favourite shop?
Present company aside, I'd have to say Bath Compact Discs for music, or Found just across the other side of Pulteney Bridge for stuff.
7. What one thing about Bath would you change?
We need to do more to encourage independent businesses. Having free parking after 6pm rather than 7pm would help businesses such as ours which organise evening events.
One of the next events at Mr B's Emporium is an evening with author Mohsin Hamid on March 25. Tickets are £6 from email@example.com, the shop at John Street or by calling 01225 331155.
The Independent Bath Literature starts on March 1 - details at www.bathlitfest.org.uk.
Next week - Bath Half Marathon race director Andrew Taylor