Last night Team Ready went along to the Taste of Bath Business Gifting Launch. We met so many fantastic local companies that we knew we had to feature them in a Best of the West special!


We can’t talk about the best of Bath without mentioning Taste of Bath, the reason we got to meet so many of these amazing local producers.

A Taste of Bath Hamper in a homemade apple crate

Taste of Bath is a hamper company supplied by the best artisan producers in Bath and the surrounding area. Packaged in beautiful handmade wooden apple crates or fantastically presented sleek black boxes, Taste of Bath hampers can be sent anywhere in the UK.

Three masn jars in a homemade apple crate with the Taste of Bath logo on it


Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood and his wife Lesley originally set up Colonna to provide lovingly crafted coffees at events around the UK. Travelling far and wide, the couple brewed espresso through the night for revellers at music festivals and rain-soaked crowds at regattas.

A cup of Colonna filter coffee in Colonna and Smalls

This was fun, but they quickly wanted a physical space to build something special for people to visit, as well as creating a hub to explore coffee. The fruit of this vision is the store Colonna and Small’s in Bath, which is dedicated to showcasing coffee as a drink full of flavour, complexity and experience.

The wooden counter and tables and two baristas in Colonna and Smalls


Bath Gin is made using 100% British grain spirit and pot-distilled using 10 botanicals including bitter orange, kaffir leaf and English coriander.

A bottle of BAth Gin with Jane Austen on the front, winking

Floral, tangy citrus and deep spice notes are followed by a mild sweetness, creating a light, aromatic and balanced gin that is at once warm, intelligent, soft and sophisticated… much like Jane Austen herself, who winks mischievously from the label.


A wooden board set out with various charcuterie offerings laid on a white piece of baking paper and a knife

Now in their third year, Somerset Charcuterie are going through up to a tonne of pork a week. Everything is handmade and will remain that way in order to preserve the artisan texture, flavours and look.

An old fashioned grinder next to various cuts of cured meat and some piled of herbs that are used to cure the meat.

They are committed to producing the best product with the best of Somerset ingredients, and are regularly found in markets across Somerset and Bristol, at festivals around the country, in pubs, restaurants and delis.

A wooden chopping board with two chorizo sausages on it, surrounded by herbs and spices and a knife

It has been a fantastic success story so far and we look forward to seeing what else this brilliant local company will get up to.


Jessica from The Organic Cake Company turned her passion into a business after training at Le Cordon Bleu, London.

A Coffee and Walnut cake with the bottom left corner cut out

Why organic? Well, it isn’t all about the taste. The Organic Cake Company stands for the benefits that organic brings to the environment, soil and wildlife; the positive impact on those individuals involved with organic farming; and also the consumption of less hidden chemicals.

A lemon drizzle loaf with the closest end sliced

We particularly loved their salted caramel brownies at the Taste of Bath event. Yum!


Bath is famous for its water. People have been coming here for millennia to sup the magical waters of Sulis. Georgians came here to seek pleasure and healing, and now the thermae spa attracts thousands of tourists to bathe in the natural thermal water.

However, the sulphurous water isn’t the most thirst quenching, even though it is said to have healing properties. The thermal water’s source lies in the Mendip Hills just outside Bath, and it is here that Bath Water is bottled, directly from the source on organic land.


Two bottles of Bath Water, the Still water is on the left with yellow label and top, the sparkling is on the right with a blue label and top

It is a truly refreshing drop that deserves to be enjoyed by thirsty folk up and down the country. Best of luck to Bath Water in their quest to make that happen!