It’s a stroke of good fortune that when relaxing after a refined Italian meal at Ponte Vecchio one can imagine oneself transported from Bath to some riverine Italian city, with the restaurant overlooking the famous Pulteney Bridge whose Palladian-style span over the river Avon evokes the waterways and arches of Venice. This city centre Italian restaurant along Spring Gardens Road, close to many more Bath landmarks besides, is a fantastically picturesque place to dine, whether indoors in the chic dining room or outdoors enjoying the view – and an aperitif – on the verandah or terrace. A classically-structured menu completes the picture, with a popular selection of traditional Neapolitan pizza to boot.
Bath locals and tourists to the famous spa town alike love to simply drop by Ponte Vecchio (the name means old bridge in Italian) for a drink on the terrace overlooking the Avon where it passes past the weir and under Pulteney Bridge. Carefully annotated, the wine list pulls together fine labels from across Italy, while classic cocktails, traditional aperitivo and imported European beer round off a comprehensive selection, making this an ideal city centre location for a simple tipple. Ponte Vecchio is also a fantastic place to host a celebration or private dining event.
As for Ponte Vecchio’s food, it’s safe to say that their menu represents some of the most back-to-basics, authentic Italian cuisine in Bath city centre. Take your tables at Ponte Vecchio’s Spring Gardens Road premises and indulge in classic Italian dishes like tortino del mare or the delicious mascarpone-stuffed pear topped with speck to start before moving on to regional pasta dishes like the strozzapreti (‘strangled priest’!) with pecorino, walnut, ground pepper and garlic, cooked (no less) in sparkling water. Ponte Vecchio’s pizzas are ever-popular, stone-baked and ranging from the traditional margherita to the wonderful nettuno seafood option, but it’s the main courses that confirm the pedigree of this Italian restaurant: we recommend the pork escalope with marsala sauce and apple or the 8oz prime beef fillet with porcini mushroom sauce.
The staff and management were very helpful and even moved a table for us so that we could sit side by side in our favorite spot. We arrived at 6 pm, explained we were in a bit if a rush and they reacted well. By 7 pm we had eaten starters and our main course, drunk our wine, paid the bill and were on our way, just what we needed. Food was good, wine was fine. We would be happy to eat there again and hopefully next time we will not be in quite such a rush!
amazing food and service as always. would recommend to everyone. i couldn't fault a single thing about the restaurant, it's also worth the money too.
Lovely restaurant with a bar downstairs and dining area on the upper floor with views of Pulteney Bridge and the weir. Friendly staff and good selection of dishes at reasonable prices
Good location overlooking the weir. Staff were all lovely, cheerful and helpful. Food very good. Would definitely recommend and we will dine there again should we return to Bath.
Good food and wine, congenial helpful staff and a friendly atmosphere. My family and I were more than satisfied in all departments. Ponte Vecchio is stylish and comfortable, and its attractive location is an added bonus. Grazie!
Very lovely meal at Ponte Vecchio during a weekday. The Al Parma pizza was very good as were the chestnut gnocchi. The staff was very attentive. Very good night.
Haven't visited for a while. The restaurant has been re-decorated, the atmosphere is good and the place was almost full (Sunday lunch time). The menu is unusual - lots of Sicilian influence, and we had an excellent bottle of wine. The waiters are very professional, and Italian!
Amazing fresh tasty food. Starter, main and dessert were just what we wanted. Lovely staff, great location. Wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend to anyone who visits Bath.
Lovely setting on the river. The staff were very pleasant and attentive without being intrusive. Food was tasty and beautifully served and there was a good selection of wine by the glass.
The food was a good standard and the service was efficient with the staff being helpful, the restaurant had a good atmosphere. The balcony was not in use for some reason.