The Whole Bagel

Most of us spend the festive season unashamedly overindulging in plentiful portions, sweet treats and barrels of wine, so January is usually the time for healthier eating.

So our first article of 2018 will be about bagels, because if you’re trying to eat healthy, there is nothing better than roll that is missing the middle… flawless logic.

Synonymous with New York City, there is something so delicious about the chewy and dense, yet simultaneously smooth, bagel. It’s a bit like NYC itself. So imagine my delight to know that Bath has it’s very own bagel stop – and let me say, it’s The Whole Bagel – that’s actually it’s name, not a pun on my part.

The Whole Bagel is based in the centre of bath, at 8 Upper Borough Walls – about 3 minutes’ walk from Bath Abbey. They serve breakfast and lunch, the New York way, on a hole roll.

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They have 7 bagel varieties, including both the usual classics and some exciting flavours too. Plain, poppy seed, multiseed, the famous ‘everything’ seeded bagel feature, as well as the big flavours such as sundried tomato & olive, cheese & jalepeno and cinnamon & raisin.

You choose one of those bagels, then you choose your filling. There is a plethora of classics available, such as Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese and New Yorker Pastrami, backed up by some gourmets specials such as French Brie & Pear, with Italian Prosciutto, Rocket and Roasted Walnuts – the more I read that the more I know I need to go back and try it.

There is of course veggie options too, as well as Pizza Bagels and even a Hot Bacon Bagel for breakfast!

You can also have any of the available fillings on a wrap, baguette, gluten free bread or even as part of a salad… but if you’re smart you’ll stick to the bagels, because they aren't to be missed.

On our first visit I opted for the Spanish Club (Chicken, Spanish Chorizo, Roasted Peppers, Mayonnaise & Mixed Leaves) on Jalapeno & Cheese Bagel. While Sophie went veggie with Cream Cheese, Cucumber and Rocket filling on Sundried Tomato & Olive Bagel.

We have since gone back and I devoured the Chicken Caesar Bagel.

On both visits, the bagels and fillings were absolutely delicious, with bundles of flavour and great texture between them.

You can enjoy a sit in experience, but we opt to takeaway our bagels, finding a bench by the Abbey to watch the world go by.

If I worked in Bath, I would make this my regular lunch break - it's that good.

Remember, don’t just have a bite, have The Whole Bagel.


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