Formerly the Grand Eastern

We Invite You to Immerse Yourself in Beautiful Bath

Legend has it that the city of Bath in north east Somerset was founded back in the mists of time by Bladud – a pig farmer suffering with leprosy who was cured by bathing in the mud around a natural hot spring. He became a king and built a temple beside the spring that had saved him, and thus Bath was born.

That mineral rich hot spring is still flowing, and through the centuries has been responsible for Bath’s popularity as a tourist mecca. From the iron age Britons followed by the ancient Romans (who called the spa town Aquae Sulis), to the fashionable Georgians of the 18th century and today’s modern visitors, Bath has flourished and built on its heritage.

When you come to Bath today you’ll find a plethora of things to do and see as you peel back the layers of history – and you can still bathe in the hot spring water too.

The Pearl of India is proud to be one of Bath’s main culinary and historic attractions – as the city’s top Indian restaurant we invite you to dine with us not just for the delicious food we serve, but also to enjoy our rather unique dining hall in Quiet Street. We’ll tell you the story if you’re interested – and are always happy to point you in the direction of other fascinating Bath places of interest.

Statue of King Bladud and a pig, who founded Bath. The Grand Eastern Indian Restaurant, Bath

As a taster, here’s our whistle-stop guide to the best of Bath

Thermae Bath Spa

You’d be crazy to visit Bath and not take a dip in its famous hot spa water. The Thermae Bath Spa complex – a glass-fronted contemporary building which is a little incongruous up beside the historic architecture that surrounds it – is the place to go to take the plunge. It has two natural thermal baths – an open-air rooftop pool and another indoors – along with two aromatic steam rooms, an ice chamber, infrared sauna, celestial relaxation room, restaurant, and 27 spa treatment rooms.

Thermae Spa from above. The Grand Eastern Indian Restaurant, Bath

Once you’re rejuvenated following your Spa visit, why not head off for a bit of retail therapy

Shopping in Bath, The Grand Eastern Indian Restaurant, Bath

Shopping in Bath

Bath really is a shop-a-holic’s dream – and even if you’re not a keen shopper you won’t be able to resist the allure of the city centres warren of independent shops and branches of the top high street retailers. SouthGate mall near the train station is home to most of the big brands, while in the narrow alleys and passages around Bath Abbey you’ll find intriguing little stores selling everything from chocolates to glassware. The Guildhall Market on the High Street has an eclectic mix of traders while in Milsom Street there’s plenty of designer boutiques and the UK’s oldest department store, Jolly’s. If you happen to be in Bath in the run up to Christmas you’ll be able to soak up the festive atmosphere at the city’s legendary Christmas Market – one of the most popular in the UK. Find out more about shopping in Bath at the Visit Bath website.

All shopped out? Then its time to explore some of Bath’s fascinating tourist attractions

Sightseeing in Bath

A great way to take in the city’s main attractions is aboard a red open top Bath sightseeing bus, which circulates around 38 stops through the city allowing  you to hop on or hop off as many times as you like to take in the sights in more detail before you continue the journey. There’s a city tour and a Skyline Tour which takes you further afield. Some buses are live guided, while others have headsets so you can listen to a commentary. If you don’t know the city and its history, this is the perfect way to get your bearings so you can then explore further on your own

Bath City Sightseeing red bus, The Grand Eastern Indian Restaurant, Bath

Some of the “must see” iconic sights (and sites) in Bath are:

The Roman Baths

In the heart of the city tread the pavement where ancient Romans once walked to take the sacred waters. The remarkably preserved remains of the Roman Baths and Temple include a museum collection.

The Royal Crescent

An impressive sweep of 30 Grade 1 listed terraced houses, which stands as one of the greatest examples of Georgian architecture, dating from 1775. There is a museum of Georgian life at No 1, Royal Crescent.

The Jane Austen Centre

Celebrating the life and times of Bath’s most famous resident, Regency novelist Jane Austen, author of Pride and Prejudice, Northanger Abbey and other much-loved classics.

The Fashion Museum

Housed in the Georgian Assembly Rooms, the Fashion Museum contains a world-class collection chronicling the story of fashionable dress over the past 400 years

If you have enough energy left to take in some sport, how about a game at the Bath Rec Rugby stadium

Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby Club was founded in 1865 and is one of the oldest clubs in existence. The club competes in the English Premiership, and they’ve won the Premiership Rugby Cup, the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup. Their home stadium is the Recreation Ground in the heart of the city.

Bath rugby ball. The Grand Eastern Indian Restaurant, Bath

At the end of the day there’s still dinner at the Pearl of India to look forward to (contact us to book a table), and perhaps a show at the Theatre Royal (built in 1805 – one of the oldest working theatres in Britain).