Brunning & Price to open The Architect in Bath

Brunning & Price has taken over the ground floor space of the old Empire Hotel in Bath.

Brunning & Price has taken over the ground floor space of the old Empire Hotel in Bath, which currently houses a Garfunkle’s restaurant.

The pub company, owned and operated by The Restaurant Group, is renaming the site The Architect in honour of Bath City architect Major Charles Edward Davis, who designed the building in 1901.

Situated on Orange Grove close, overlooking both Bath Abbey and Pulteney Bridge, the site will be refurbished over the next few months, restoring the space in order to open in time for summer.

"You’ll find us traditional in style, with wooden floors, bookcases, decent old furniture and lots of rugs and plants," says Mary Willcock, manager director of Brunning & Price. "This project will be a joy to work on, as the building itself is crammed with history and character.

"Our menu, which will be published on our website each morning, will be something of an eclectic mix, striking a balance of hearty pub classics, complemented by more exotic influences from around the world. It changes regularly and reflects the seasons but there’s always a mix of traditional British dishes alongside something a little different."

Brunning & Price runs 79 pub restaurants across the UK, with a substantial branch of the estate in the south.

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