My Bath: A day on the Downs is a delight for Martin
The greeter at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, Martin Salter, answers the questions in our My Bath feature
1. What's your favourite part of Bath?
My favourite place in Bath is up on the Bathampton Downs. I enjoy walking through the woods and along the skyline walk in the hills, south east of Bath.
2. Where's the best place to eat?
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There are so many good restaurants in Bath. Perhaps lunch in The Salamander? Dinner at Enzo's? Or for that special occasion, The Boathouse at Bathwick?
3. What's the best view in the city?
Some may say Beechen Cliff. However, I prefer the view from halfway up North Road, looking west across the city – especially at sunset during the summer months.
4. What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
It would begin with a stroll through the city centre. I enjoy seeing the visitors to the city arriving first thing – and of course I'm always happy to be on hand should anyone need directions or advice on where to visit. I would then spend my afternoon on Bathampton Downs before returning home to cook myself a lovely evening meal.
5. Where would you meet friends for a drink?
I thoroughly enjoy meeting my friends at the Old Green Tree in Green Street – it's a very traditional public house with a great atmosphere.
6. What's your favourite shop?
Husqvarna Studios on Charles Street – it is a very good dressmaking shop and most useful as I make all my own costumes and have even made several costumes for the Jane Austen Centre.
7. What one thing would you change about Bath?
Bath is a wonderful city – a city that is fortunate to attract many tourists. However, this means that the city can get very congested with traffic at times.
â The Jane Austen Festival starts tomorrow. Details at www.janeausten.co.uk.
Martin often performs with two dance groups, the Jane Austen Dancers and the Bath Minuet Company, both of which desperately need more men. Details at www.janeaustendancersbath. co.uk and www.bathminuet company.co.uk.
â Next week: Chef and baker Richard Bertinet
â Festival preview, see The Guide