My Bath: A walk, a dip and a match – just perfect
Mail on Sunday travel editor Frank Barrett, who lives in the city, takes part in our My Bath feature
What's your favourite part of Bath?
Ever since attending the Nicola Benedetti concert a few weeks ago, I've taken a second fancy to the Forum. On Saturday nights wouldn't it be great to watch old film classics on a giant screen in a classic cinema?
Where's the best place to eat?
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The smart Marlborough Tavern typifies the way that eating out has been transformed in Bath over the past 30 years. Compared with similar sized cities elsewhere in Europe, Bath punches far above its weight with a stunning array of affordable and excellent eating places.
What's the best view in the city?
We moved to Bath from the mean streets of London exactly 30 years ago this week. We bought a Georgian house in Larkhall: every night on our way to bed we would stop on the stairs to gaze across the valley to Bathwick Wood and marvel at the sheer bucolic bliss. I still get goosebumps when Larkhall hoves into view through the window of my Bath-bound train.
What would your perfect day in Bath entail?
A skyline walk (looking in at the cats at the RSPCA). A dip in the rooftop pool at the Spa. Being invited to a box to watch a match at The Rec. Finish the day off at Babington House with a meal and preview of a soon-to-be-released film.
Where would you meet friends for a drink?
Having coffee in the Pump Room with a Bath Bun and the Pump Room Trio is like stepping into a John Betjeman poem. I once presented a live edition of the BBC Radio Four Breakaway programme from the Pump Room when the ancient deities played havoc with the radio mikes. Glorious chaos! Who would think half an hour could last so long?
What's your favourite shop?
I'm ashamed to admit: The Apple Store (it sells what might be described as a sort of techno porn).
What one thing about Bath would you change?
Can't the Bath seagulls be made to attend a course to inspire them to re-learn sea skills, encouraging them to begin a new life back in the Bristol Channel – far away from our bin bags?
â Next week: Ultravox frontman Midge Ure