My Bath: Stuart Hooper . . . The city should try to help small traders
At the start of a new season, Bath Rugby captain Stuart Hooper answers the questions in our My
What's your favourite part of Bath?
My favourite part of Bath is Walcot Street. There's always plenty going on and some great little shops tucked away from the crowds.
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Where's the best place to eat?
For a romantic evening I would have to say Sotto Sotto in North Parade. Italian is my favourite and the service is outstanding. For a lunch or less formal evening meal and a great experience, Yen Sushi in Bartlett Street is hard to beat.
What's the best view in the city?
The view from Horseshoe Walk halfway up Bathwick Hill, particularly on a crisp winter's morning, is one of the finest anywhere.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
My perfect 24 hours in Bath would start at 2.15pm on a Saturday with a huge win for Bath against Leicester at the Rec! After which I would enjoy a few beers with the lads and then an evening meal with my wife and our friends at Hudsons. The Sunday morning would without doubt begin with an hour or so swimming with my two boys at the leisure centre, building up an appetite for the quite outstanding breakfast burrito and flat white at Jika Jika.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
If I were meeting friends in Bath for a drink I would head to Jika Jika in George Street, (not because it is owned by my good mate Lee Mears) because it has some great wines and beers and you can sit down in a relaxed environment.
What's your favourite shop?
My favourite shop in Bath is Kitchens Catering Utensils on Quiet Street. I'm a complete cooking geek and love a good wander in there eyeing up the latest culinary equipment.
What one thing about Bath would you change?
The one thing I would change about Bath would be to create incentives to allow small traders to continue to occupy the centre. The variety of the shops, cafes and restaurants are one of the things which makes Bath special.
You can support Stuart as he leads Bath Rugby out for their first home game at the Rec on Saturday, September 8 against London Wasps. Tickets are available now from the Bath Rugby Ticket Office on 0844 4481865 or www.bathrugby.com/tickets.
Meanwhile, players Matt Banahan, Olly Barkley and Francois Louw are at the JMSRugby store in High Street at 3pm tomorrow, courtesy of Puma, to talk about the upcoming season.
â Next week: Golden-Oldies founder Grenville Jones