BATH: Henry's

The Location: Off the beaten track of Bath city centre, along an alleyway just behind the Assembly Rooms is where you'll find this hidden gem. Located towards the end of town recognised for its sophistication, Henry's address sets the mark for the evening ahead. 

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The Menu: Bursting with flavours from duck paired with pomelo to cardamom custard, this menu oozes with innovative twists on classic dishes. Head chef, Henry Scott's exposure to international cuisine, having worked in Sydney, France and London, brings this menu of seasonal ingredients to life. Local produce comes together in harmony with international influences to create dishes such as our starter of courgette fritters with a zesty kimchi and coriander mayonnaise. 

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The Decor: This small restaurant reminds us of the Septime or Seb'on of Paris; a chic but stripped back setting that allows the food to do the talking. Exposed wood is a main feature from tables to floorboards and the walls are decorated with works by local artists (one of which being the chef's sister) giving the place an air of authentic Bathonian charm. 

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The Atmosphere: With a relaxed, indie playlist that we couldn't help but Shazam as well as the jovial murmur of fellow diners, we instantly felt at ease at our window table (rumoured to be the best spot in the house). Henry's is obviously a favourite amongst locals...and we understand why they keep coming back.

 

The Service: The perfect balance of attentive but unimposing. We were taken care of by a couple of members of the small team throughout the evening, each one of them bringing a thorough but subtle attention to detail to the service. When asked if our meals were to our liking, it was clear that our waitress was asking because she really did care, not because it was simply her job to do so. 

 

 

 

 

Head to www.henrysrestaurantbath.com to find out more

Like a Local: Elie's Paris

We caught up with Elie, the owner of one of our favourite Parisian Instagram accounts to peruse and asked him about his take on the city...

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Tell us about your favourite restaurant that never disappoints...

It's pretty hard to say which restaurant is my favourite. But when I’m hungry and I’m craving for many things, I usually go for a Lebanese! The restaurant that never disappoints me is Solemar, in the 16ème arrondissement of Paris. It's a restaurant owned by a Lebanese and his sister who is the chef there. Very authentic! 

How would you spend your typical Sunday in Paris?

A typical Sunday for me starts with a good breakfast and a good coffee. So I start at one of my favourite coffeeshops. If not breakfast, it's surely a brunch or a lunch, then coffee again and a good pastry! I also like going to go to the Parisian flea markets, so I usually find one inside Paris or try to go to the Marché aux Puces of Saint Ouen. 

Your arrondissement in 3 words

I live in the 17ème arrondissement but I spend every day in le Marais because it's where everything is happening. Coffee, food & fashion! 

If somebody was paying Paris a visit for the very first time, what one thing couldn't they leave the city without seeing?

I’d say Montmartre and the neighborhood. This place has always been one of my favourites. Having a walk in the early morning, or after midnight, is really magical. Or even to get lost between the stairs and the streets of Montmartre during the day, is never disappointing!

Elie is the founder of @lebanonbyalocal and part of the #seemyparis Instagram accounts. Be sure to follow him on @elieyobeid for stunning shots of Paris and beyond! 

 

 

LONDON: Texture

THE LOCATION: From the outside, Texture is a fairly unassuming spot located in London's prestigious Mayfair neighbourhood that you might easily walk straight past...but through its doors is where the adventure begins.

THE MENU: An experimental mix of great quality European produce, flavours and (of course) textures that flow perfectly from beginning to end. The starter of goat's cheese ice cream and asparagus was a particular favourite from a menu well worthy of its Michelin star.  

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THE DECOR: A Scandinavian delight within a stunning Georgian building. With its high ceilings, tall windows and refined decor, the restaurant is bright and airy providing the perfect setting inspired by natural influences. 

THE ATMOSPHERE: From business lunches to families coming together to celebrate, there is an air of elegance around the restaurant. Each table is well spaced, making the meal intimate for every party. 

THE SERVICE: From the moment you step foot through the door to the moment you depart, the Texture team takes care of you. The waiter was always attentive and offered a great wine pairing for our meal. 

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A day away: OÍA, SANTORINI

It's no surprise that Santorini is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world, from its iconic blue domes to its bright white walls. Oía, perhaps the most famous town on the island, is where you will find all the clichés of Santorini and much, much more. Perfectly perched on a towering cliff on the Northern part of Santorini, a visit to Oía is simply a must. 

8am: The morning is arguably the best time to explore Oía to escape the crowds. Wander down the picturesque promenade, and don't forget your camera! For breakfast and coffee... Skiza 

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The most instagrammable spot in Santorini… those iconic blue domes. They are off the beaten track but worth the trek. Head to the main square, look out onto the ocean and turn right. Before the Bvlgari jewellery store, turn left and down those cobbled streets, look to your right… and voilà.   

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12pm:  Santorini is undoubtedly an expensive island however, the best meal we had in Oía was in fact the cheapest. Pitos Gyros is a traditional Greek grill house just off the main promenade in Oía. Their Greek salad is also surprisingly scrumptious!

For something sweet, head to Lolita’s gelato. The best dessert in Oía, thank us later!

Enjoy a leisurely stroll down the main promenade, and wander into the beautiful boutiques and art galleries. Atlantis bookshop is an enchanting little place that will make you feel as though you have gone back in time. It is an independent English bookshop where you will find treasures from collectible first editions to traditional Greek cookbooks.

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2pm: Get ready for a private speedboat sunset tour with Pelagos Cruises. This will last for the entire afternoon. After plenty of research, we found Pelagos Cruises to be one of the best value private tours Santorini had to offer. The price depends on the time and number of people but includes a return transfer from your hotel, a traditional mezze and delicious barbequed meal, unlimited wine, beer, soft drinks, towels, fuel and even Wi-Fi!

Manos and Renos were extremely informative and friendly, and gave us options on where we wanted to go. We saw the red beach, white beach, swam in the Hot Springs, the Caldera, and stopped at quaint little islands on the way. We couldn’t recommend it enough!

https://santorinitours.cruises/ book your tour at info@santorinitours.cruises

If you don’t feel like a boat trip but would still like be by the water, make your way to Ammoudi bay, a charming little fishing port 300 steps below the town with a vast choice of restaurants for fresh seafood and a bit of cliff jumping too!

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8pm: Dinner at Catch Bar is a must. The ambience is just heavenly, and the combination of the famous Santorini sunset and the excellent food makes this restaurant top of our list in Oía.

If you fancy something fancier, Ambrosia is a sublime spot overlooking the caldera for a fine dining experience.

A day away: SAN SEBASTIÁN

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10am: Head to Sakona (Ramón María Lili 2 bajo 20002) to start your day. A cool coffee roasters with a good brunch menu of avocado, eggs et al. Not your traditional San Sebastián haunt but a great choice all the same (the best of Basque cuisine is yet to come!)   

The weather in San Sebastián is famed for its teetering temperament, going from glorious sunshine to rainfall faster than you can say pintxo. For that reason, making the most of the weather is essential. Head to Playa de La Concha and wander towards Monte Urgull, don't forget your camera to capture the summit's spectacular views. 

1:30pm: Perfectly located looking out onto Playa de la Concha is Narru (Zubieta Kalea, 56, 20007), where ingredients are cooked simply but oh so well by the acclaimed chef, Iñigo Peña. The produce is fresh, exquisitely matched and beautifully presented throughout the lunchtime set menu. 

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the boutiques and speciality shops. If you fancy a spot of culture, head to Museo de San Telmo where there's always an interesting exhibition to enjoy. 

7pm: Pre-pintxos drinks at Hotel Maria Cristina; step into the epitome of the city's Belle Epoque glamour and enjoy a glass of wine in this luxurious setting,  

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9pm: Make your way to the Old Town, where you'll find the very best small plates of San Sebastián. First stop is Cuchara de San Telmo (31 de Agosto Kalea, 28, 20003): get ready to wrestle your way to the waiter's attention at the bar, but fear not, the proof is in the pintxos! One of our favourites has to be the pork dish, and the polpo if you're hot off the mark. (Insider tip: Get there half an hour before opening-you'll understand why). Next is Atari (Calle Mayor 18, 20003), this bar has a great buzz and a great menu too...we LOVED the risotto, and the croquetas were a must too. And finally dessert can be at one place, and one place only...La Viña (31 de Agosto Kalea, 3, 20003) for its famous cheesecakeThey make them by the masses every day, and it speaks for itself that there won't ever be a single slice left by the end of the night! 

 

 

 

 

 

BATH: The Next Chapter

We are still recovering from the whirlwind month of July, the main event of which was our graduation day! After four years of fun, and lots of studying too of course (our mothers are reading this), the time has come for us to move on.

So, what does the next chapter have in store for us? 

Emily: "I'll be sticking around in Bath, our base for all things Authentinerary in order to develop our social media following and continue our research on upcoming cities. Alongside Authentinerary I will also be studying towards a Masters degree in Entrepreneurship and Management, hoping to lean a lot more as we continue to develop."

Anisha: "I will be back and forth between London and Bath, sourcing lots of new places for our clients to discover in London as well as working with Emily on the development of our next cities in Bath. And of course we will be keeping up to date with Paris and Madrid with regular trips across the year!"

As bittersweet as it is to leave our university years, we are so excited about what this means for Authentinerary. We can't wait to get to know our four cities even better, as well as get to know new cities and extend our collection for you in the months to come! 

So keep reading, the next chapter is sure to be a page turner!

MADRID: El Perro y La Galleta

THE LOCATION: El Perro y La Galleta is tucked away along Calle de Claudio Coello, just across from the bustling Retiro Park and around the corner from the cool Puerto de Alcalá café bars, making it an ideal location for the city's professionals and visitors alike. 

THE MENU: Just the perfect size; offering a great selection of inventive dishes to choose from, but still small enough for us to know that the chefs are working with only the best produce. The dishes are beautifully presented, and they are equally rich in flavours. It's hard to choose what we would recommend out of the (several!) excellent dishes we've tasted, but be sure to allow room for dessert!

THE DECOR: The hint is in the name with the theme of this restaurant. The interior of El Perro y La Galleta, translating to The Dog and The Biscuit is utterly charming, with a wall of retro radios, vintage styled red leather bound books, and a beautiful vase of fresh flowers sitting on the middle table. The space is open and bright thanks to its glass outer wall, but at the same time comfortable and homely, making it quite easy to spend the whole afternoon at your table! 

THE ATMOSPHERE: There is a subtle buzz about the place, making it an intimate occasion for each table while still allowing for that chance to feel like you're a part of the party. The restaurant has an all-round appeal; fit for families with young children, a lovely spot for ladies who lunch, or a date night destination. 

THE SERVICE: The team at El Perro y La Galleta really take the restaurant to another level with their respectful but welcoming approach. The waiters are all incredibly friendly, putting you at ease immediately and continuing to be attentive throughout your visit.

A day away: PALMA

9am: Off the beaten track of Palma’s old town lies the hidden gem that is La Molienda, the perfect breakfast spot with the best baristas around. (C/Bisbe Campins, 11). But if you're looking for something more local, head to the ever glitzy Cappuccino (Carrer del Conquistador, 13) situated right in the centre of town.

11am: Explore the quaint cobbled backstreets of the old town where you'll find everything from chic Spanish boutiques to old English bookshops.  

2pm: Hail a cab from the main square in town, or alternatively jump on bus number 3 from the end of Passeig del Born and make your way to Playa Illetes – a stretch of idyllic white sand and crystal clear waters.

Order the seafood paella at Balneario Illetas Beach Club (Passeig Illetes, 52) with a chilled bottle of Spanish white wine. The beach club offers sun-loungers however, we'd highly recommend you walk 3 minutes east where you will find yourself in paradise. Cala Comtesa is a small cove, and if you ask any local, they will tell you that it is undoubtebly one of the most beautiful beaches in Mallorca. Sun-loungers are a bargain at 6 euros each for the whole day.

4pm: Make your way back to the old town and wander through the archways and designer shops of Passeig del Born. When (and if) you feel you have done enough shopping for one day, treat yourself to a gin and tonic on the rooftop of the Hotel Alumdaina  (Avinguda Jaume III, 9).

7pm: Whet your appetite at Ombu restaurant, a hotspot due to its innovative fusion tapas; you must try the bao buns as well as the tuna tartare cones, to name just a couple of our favourite dishes. (Passeig del Born, 5-7)